Watch the New Valerie June Video “Got Soul”

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If you’ve been reading the overseas music press over the last 12 months then you would know that Valerie June is the most buzz-worthy folk and roots artist in the scene right now.

Valerie June has just released her new single and video “Got Soul” taken from her album The Order of Time. Check out “Got Soul” below:

Valerie June will be in Australia this September and October supporting Old Crow Medicine Show on their Australian tour as well as appearing at the Dashville Skyline Festival – the full list of dates are here:

Thursday 28th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th September – Dashville Skyline, NSW
Sunday 1st October – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 3rd October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Kim Churchill Announces New Album Weight_Falls

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Long time Timber and Steel favourite Kim Churchill has just announced plans to release his new album Weight_Falls on the 25th August.

Churchill spent 18 months working on a followup to 2014’s amazing Silence/Win but at the last minute decided to scrap it and start again. The result is the highly anticipated Weight_Falls.

The first single from Weight_Falls is “Second Hand Car” which has a brand new video you can watch here:

To celebrate the release of Weight_Falls Kim Churchill will be heading out on tour this September and October – the full list of dates is below:

Thursday 14th September – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 15th September – Unibar, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 16th September – Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 21st September – The Jack, Cairns, QLD
Friday 22nd September – The Office, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 23rd September – Timberfest, MacKay, QLD
Friday 29th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 30th September – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 1st October – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Thursday 5th October – Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA
Friday 6th October – Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 7th October – Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS
Friday 13th October – Fremantle Arts Centre Front Lawn, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 14th October – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 15th October – Red Room @ Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Friday 20th October – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 26th October – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday 27th October – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 28th October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

C.W. Stoneking Announces Rare Solo Shows

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Old-time blues and roots favourite C.W. Stoneking has been laying low since supporting Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats earlier this year. But that’s all set to change with the announcement that C.W. Stoneking is planning on hitting the road this October for a limited series of intimate performances in Victoria and New South Wales.

These will be C.W. Stoneking’s first solo performances since his Heavenly Sounds tour back in 2014 – so they’re definitely not to be missed. Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 7th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Thursday 26th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th October – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th October – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Watch the New Thomas Oliver Video “Tenderly”

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New Zealand via Australia roots musician Thomas Oliver has just released his new video “Tenderly”. The track is taken from Oliver’s vocalised album Floating In The Darkness and the video features stunning scenery from both his home country of New Zealand and the Australian outback.

“Because the arrangement has such an earthy feel, I just knew we had to shoot the music video in the Outback of Australia,” Oliver reveals. “The redness, the dryness, and the heat – it’s perfect. We did most of the shooting at a place called Wilpena Pound, which is about six hours’ drive from Adelaide. It was an amazing experience. It’s archetypal Australia at its most beautiful, and it marries the music absolutely perfectly.”

Watch “Tenderly” here:

Thomas Oliver has a handful of tour dates kicking off this week – the full list of dates are below:

Wednesday 7th June – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th June – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10th June – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 15th June – Babushka, Leederville, WA

Lloyd Spiegel Announces New Album and East Coast Tour

Lloyd Spiegel
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If you read our review of this year’s Bluesfest you’ll know that Lloyd Spiegel was one our favourite artists of festival. So we’re super excited to hear that Spiegel has just announced a new album and an east coast tour.

The album is titled This Time Tomorrow and is due for release on the 3rd July. Lloyd Spiegel wrote the album while travelling through Europe, Central and North America, all of which had a influence on his blues and roots sound.

“I’ve never written at home,” Spiegel explained. “I find it hard to be creative in my lounge room looking at bills and checking footy scores – and find that the inspiration to write comes from those few quiet hours in a hotel room on tour, the airport transit lounge or the long bus ride. This is where I can reflect and put those experiences into lyric. I’ve travelled most of my life so really, they’re like letters home.”

To celebrate the release of This Time Tomorrow Lloyd Spiegel is heading out on an east coast tour this June and July. Check out the full list of dates, plus the new track “Devil On My Shoulder”, below:

Friday 16th June – The Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th June – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18th June – The Sydney Blues and Roots Festival, Windsor, NSW
Friday 23rd June – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC
Friday 30th June – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Friday 7th July – Hickinbotham Winery, Dromana, VIC
Friday 14th July – Suttons House of Music, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 20th July – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st July – The Mullumbimby ex-Services Club, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 22nd July – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 5th August – The Melbourne Guitar Show, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 11th August – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th August – The Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Bluesfest Review: Good Friday is a fine day!

Busby Marou at Bluesfest. Photos by Stuart Bucknell Photography

This year, we thought we’d take you on a walking tour, dropping in to different stages across four days of Bluesfest – for those who might have missed an act, or couldn’t make it.

Welcome to Bluesfest, It’s Good Friday and the weather is glorious. Entering from Northern entrance, you’re greeted by an avenue of stalls and people with a vast and exciting line up ahead of you. It’s 12.30pm, the sun is overhead, you’ve got money on your RFID wrist band and the bars are plentiful! Taking a tour through the entire site, past the Juke Joint and Boomerang Stage, Delta Stage, past the enormous Mojo and Crossroad stages, all the way to the far end to find respite in the shade at the Jambalaya stage.

Busby Marou are already commanding an enormous crowd in spite of the early time slot and their upbeat vibes are well received with the crowd still flowing in, toe tapping and bopping along. Stories about meeting Paul Kelly at an Awards night and the advice given on the monumental difference between incredible international gigs and starting out in Mittagong in 1979 are the jovial introduction to “Drink the World Dry.” An emphatic cover of INXS’s “Never Tear Us Apart” has us all singing along and indulging in a bit of air guitar. A final cover of Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” carries us all the way to the bar for a cheeky bevy and through the food hall for a bite to eat.

Rhiannon Giddens Bluesfest 2017 by Stuart Bucknell PhotographyAt 2:15pm you find yourself at the Crossroads to catch Bluesfest sweetheart, Rhiannon Giddens in a banjo laden opening number. Showing off her range, a bit of scat treats the crowd to the power behind her vocals, as her diverse and all-encompassing set rolls out to very happy ears complete with some honky tonk blues, soulful a Capella and a hint of bayou country panache. The passion from Giddens is palpable as a hush settles over the crowd, “At the Purchasers Option” haunts the audience with it’s 18th Century sensibilities. With the crowd in the palm of her hand, Giddens delivers an emotive one-two with her signature style. “We Could Fly” tells us a folk tale of old the people who could once fly but have since forgotten how, in a tender yet compelling lyrical journey. To round out a set jam packed with plucky old time reminiscence, gutsy powerful vocals and vulnerable trilling notes, title track “Freedom Highway” brings everyone together for a final huge response.

Wandering up to Boomerang stage, in front of Juke Joint, 3:45pm strikes and Yirrmal takes to the stage with a stirring indigenous opening. Between the two acoustic guitars and the stunning clarity of storytelling, a beautiful blend of English and indigenous language delivers a delicious cross over of both the expectations of an indigenous performance and an acclaimed acoustic act. His language punctuates the story and connects it back to earth and people in a way that is felt rather than heard.

The Strumbellas hit the Delta stage at 4:30pm with a first impression reminiscent of an early Boy and Bear folk-rock vibe, complete with sweet violin that carries the melody out above the full band sound. Around us, the crowd gets involved in the call and response, calling “Hey” to the world and joining in the easy to pick up lyrics and chorus. They deliver feel good happiness, wrapped up in a song. Graduating from the indie folk feel in to the heavier rock influenced folk, we all still erupt in cheers for the violin solo!

After a break and recharge over hearty fare and a drink tapped on the wristband, the much anticipated Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue bust on to the Mojo stage like we’ve partied all night long, not like it’s 7pm on a Friday! With a cataclysmic trombone leading an all guns blazing repertoire, we take some time away from the folk to appreciate the funk. The high energy hypnotises the crowd and Trombone Shorty’s dexterity playing both trombone and the most amazing, long trumpet trill that would put even the best Circular breathers to shame has us all dancing. The sheer joy on stage, evident thank to the bands on stage dancing antics creates a kind of intimacy, like we’ve been invited to a private party or club. The jazz trips over the funk and falls amongst the RnB that pulls itself together and gives us the show of a lifetime, every time. A powerhouse performance.

After a bite and a breather, it’s time for what many have been heralding as the Folktastic headliner, The Lumineers at 10:45pm on the Crossroads stage. Their opening builds anticipation and when you realise their recordings sound the same as their live performance, you know you’re in for a great show. Such a genuine and authentic sound, true to what we are so used to, has the crowd besides themselves as “Classy Girls” bursts forward with a real fervour and speed yet haunting cello punctuation. We’re surprised with

“Ho Hey” very early on and, unsurprisingly we all respond with wild abandon. Darling of the set, “Cleopatra” follows soon after with all of us in fine voice while “Dead Sea” has an earthy, grounded tone, like a low cloud or fog on the crowd to hush and sooth us. While we know and love every offering from their back catalogue, there’s a particularly special air as an upbeat rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” delivers a great vibe through a combination of strings, piano and thumping bass to mesh the band and crowd together.

The late night and huge traffic queue to leave the car park is worth it as we’re buzzing from head to toe with the first day’s Bluesfest blast.

See the full gallery of photos on our Facebook page.

Highlights from Friday at Bluesfest

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Watch the New Rosie Burgess Trio Video “Run Through The Fire”

Rosie Burgess Trio
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I’ve been hearing so many great things about the Rosie Burgess Trio lately and with the release of their new single “Run Through The Fire” I can confirm that this is something special. Taken from their new EP Handful, Part Two, “Run Through The Fire” has a beautiful video shot by Agostino Soldati.

“We made it in a day down in Footscray and Altona, and it was this gorgeous sunny day so we had to work hard to avoid having loads of people in all the shots!” Rosie Bugess explained. “We got some great cameo appearances from members of the public though, which were really fun.”

Check out the video for “Run Through The Fire” below:

The Rosie Burgess Trio will be officially launching Handful, Part Two with shows this May – the full dates are here:

Thursday 11th May – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th May – The Bottlerocket, Nowra, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Burradise Festival, Culburra, NSW
Sunday 14th May – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Pierce Brothers Announce New EP The Records Were Ours

Pierce Brothers
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Fan favourite folk-pop duo Pierce Brothers have announced plans to release their new EP The Records Were Ours on the 19th May. The EP is the first in a planned trilogy of releases featuring material recorded in the studio and live over the last couple of years.

To celebrate the release of The Records Were Ours the Pierce Brothers will be heading out on a national tour through May before flying over to Europe for the Summer festival season. Check out the full list of dates here:

Thursday 18th May – Metro Lair, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Lorne Hotel, Lorne, VIC
Thursday 25th May – The Academy, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th May – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th May – Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD

The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd Announce Co-Headline Tour

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Two of Australia’s most loved roots artists The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd and teaming for a co-headline tour this summer.

The tour will see The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd perform a bunch of open-air concerts around the country supported by Sahara Beck, Ocean Valley and Harts.

“We’ve been crossing paths with Xavier Rudd at festivals in Australia and internationally for many years, and we’ve always had a great time together,” Felix Riebl from The Cat Empire explained. “Add Sahara Beck and Harts to the mix, it should be an amazing summer. We’re very excited about this one, it’ll be a full and colourful stage.”

“I’ve always had a tonne of respect for The Cat Empire guys since the start,” Xavier Rudd added. “Deadly musicians and lovely people. Over the last 15 or so years touring around the world and seeing their posters in so many different towns and countries has always brought me a smile. I guess it’s about time that we teamed up to do some shows together & I’m stoked to share a stage with these legends back on home soil early in 2017!”

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 26th January – St David’s Park, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 29th January2017 – North Gardens, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 4th February – Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 5th February – Sandstone Point, Bribie Island, QLD
Saturday 11th February – Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 12th February – Stuart Park, Wollongong, NSW

Watch the New Eagle & The Wolf Video “Hips”

Eagle and the Wolf
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Central Coast based folk and roots duo Eagle & The Wolf this month released the second single from their self-titled album, the rockabilly infused “Hips”. The accompanying video is definitely lots of fun – check it out below:

Eagle & The Wolf are currently on tour with Kasey Chambers – check out the upcoming dates here:

Friday 2nd December – Revesby Workers’ Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 3rd December – Campbelltown Convention & Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th December – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Saturday 10th December – Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, Batemans Bay, NSW

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