Watch the New Nahko Video “Dragonfly”

Nahko
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Roots singer-songwriter Nahko has just released his new video “Dragonfly” from his upcoming solo album My Name Is Bear (due out today).

The video features Nahko’s close friend Paris Jackson and is already causing quite a stir.

“I specifically wanted to capture this young woman’s natural beauty and focus on what I thought would be a very perfect song to explain a transformational time that fit both her and I,” Nahko explained.

Check out the video for “Dragonfly” here”

Nahko (Nahko and Medicine for the People) Announces Debut Solo Album

Nahko
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American roots singer Nahko (of Nahko and Medicine for the People fame) has just announced plans to release his debut solo album.

Titled My Name Is Bear Nahko’s album is informed by a time his life that he spent searching for his birth mother who had given him up at the age of 15 after being thrust into unthinkable circumstances. At the age of 21 he did find her, and remarkably she lived just 15 minutes from his home.

“I drove to her house and there she was,” said Nahko. “She was crying, I was crying and consequently, as most of these songs were written between the age of 18 and 21, much of the spirit of My Name Is Bear is informed by this time in my life.”

My Name Is Bear is due for release on the 20th October. The full track listing for the album is below:

1. Dragonfly
2. The Vow (Interlude)
3. Be Here Now
4. Goodnight, Sun
5. Too Much Kerouac (Interlude)
6. Kirby, Joe
7. Susanna
8. Bearly Thoughts (Interlude)
9. Sing Him of My Revelations
10. Hamakua
11. Call Him By His Name
12. Early February
13. Stoned On a Stone (Interlude)
14. Creation’s Daughter
15. Alice
16. Die Like Dinoz

William Crighton and Terra Lightfoot Announce Joint Australian Tour

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter William Crighton has announced he’s hitting the road this November with lauded Canadian roots rocker Terra Lightfoot.

The two singer-songwriters will be heading up and down the East Coast throughout November with Crighton also heading to the Mullum Music Festival and a show up in Darwin.

Check out the full list of tour dates below:

William Crighton and Terra Lightfoot
Thursday 2nd November – Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 3rd November – Central Bar, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Inland Sea of Sound Festival, Bathurst, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Monday 6th November – Yah Yah’s, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Left’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

William Crighton
Saturday 18th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 25th November – Railway Club, Darwin, NT


Listen to the New John Butler Trio Single “Bully”

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The John Butler Trio recently released their latest, stand-alone single “Bully”. The track was recorded back in 2016 and was released as the John Butler Trio work on their new album.

“In the wake of the recent deplorable and gut wrenching event in Charlottesville, Virginia – USA and Australia’s impending bullshit plebiscite on gay marriage, it’s hard to write this without a heavy heart,” Butler explained. “Nevertheless, I want to explain where this song comes from.

“Over the years of campaigning to protect pristine and sacred parts of our globe, I’ve witnessed two archetypes over and over again; The Bully and the Power of community. It’s always been the injustice inflicted by the Bully that’s incited me to stand up, and the strength of community that’s kept my faith in humanity.

“”Bully” is about the abuse of power. It’s about Governments, corporations and organisations who think they have the right to use violence and their powers of state against their own community; telling us how we should live, who we’re allowed to marry, whose lives matter and whose do not, how much racism is tolerable, what industries and private enterprises should be allowed on our land and how contaminated our water is allowed to be.

“It’s about a BULLY mindset that is so greedy for more control, power and dominance that it’s willing to use violence against innocent citizens and in the process, killing the planet and life upon it, just to feed its veracious appetite.

“This song is about good people all over the world, who believe in a fair, just and sustainable future, who are willing to stand together to protect what is most precious to them.”

Listen to “Bully” below:

The John Butler Trio will be supporting Midnight Oil on their The Great Circle tour this November as well as appearing at the SummerSalt Festival in South Australia – full list of dates below:

Saturday 4th November – Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges, VIC
Saturday 11th November – The Domain, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th November – The Domain, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th November – SummerSalt, Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA

Newstead Roots Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Little Georgia
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For the third year running Brisbane venue The Triffid will be presenting the Newstead Roots Festival.

The festival will take place on the 30th September and will feature some of the East Coast’s most exciting roots artists.

This year’s Newstead Roots Festival is set to feature music from Caravãna Sun, Fat Picnic, The Steele Syndicate, Little Georgia (above), Luke Yeoward, Áine Tyrrell, Jordan Merrick and Angharad Drake.

The festival kicks off at 1pm and entry is free. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

Listen to the New Karl S Williams Single “Blood to Give”

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Blues and roots singer-songwriter Karl S Williams has just released his new single “Blood to Give”.

Produced and recorded by Matt Redlich (Holy Holy, Ball Park Music, Emma Louise, Husky), the track is an awesome, stripped back piece of bluesy storytelling.

“Life is hard and unkind to all of us at times, I guess I went digging for suitable metaphors for that experience,” Williams explained. “In some ways the song is also an address to an industry wherein the sensitive are shepherded inexorably toward the precipice.”

Take a listen to “Blood to Give” below:

To celebrate the release of “Blood to Give” Karl S Williams is hitting the road this week for an east coast tour including appearances at the Wintermoon Spring Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Wildwood Music Festival and the Kyneton Music Festival. Check out the full list of dates here:

Thursday 7th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th September – The Edwards, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 9th September – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 10th September – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 14th September – Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 16th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 22nd September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 30th September – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 1st October – Wildwood Music Festival, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 6th October – Music On The Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Sunday 8th October – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Kyneton Music Festival, Kyneton, VIC

C.W. Stoneking Adds Brisbane and Fremantle Shows to Solo Tour

CW Stoneking
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Having already announced a handful of rare solo shows in Meeniyan, Sydney and Melbourne C.W. Stoneking has just added a couple of extra dares in Brisbane and Fremantle.

These are C.W. Stoneking’s first solo shows since 2014 so are going to be pretty special. Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 7th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Friday 20th October – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st Octover – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA
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 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

CW Stoneking
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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

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