Thank Folk It’s Friday – 2nd August

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Ben Harper, Chance McCoy, Lloyd Spiegel, Lucie Thorne, Shelley’s Murder Boys and Sheryl Crow feat. Jason Isbell. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Karine Polwart
Scottish SongbookKarine Polwart
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Teskey Brothers
Run Home SlowThe Teskey Brothers
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

FolkSwagon #200 feat. Naked Strangers, Darby, Sasha March, Lola Sola

Folkswagon

Wednesday 7th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Amber Lawrence
Friday 2nd August – Deniliquin Club, Deniliquin, NSW
Saturday 3rd August – South West Music Regional Conservatorium, Deniliquin, NSW
Friday 9th August – Oberon RSL Club, Oberon, NSW

Big Possum Stringband
Thursday 8th August – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Bob Evans
Friday 9th August – The Basement, Canberra, ACT

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 2nd August – The Unicorn Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Brad Cox
Friday 2nd August – Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 7th August – The Station Resort, Jindabyne, NSW

Catherine Britt w/ Aleyce Simmonds
Saturday 3rd August – Royal Theatre, Quirindi, NSW

Darwin Festival
Thursday 8th to Sunday 25th August – Darwin, NT

Dope Lemon
Friday 2nd August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 8th August – Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 9th August – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Emma Russack
Wednesday 7th August – The Jazzlab, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th August – Sideway, Canberra, ACT

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 2nd August – Herbert River Crushers Hall, Ingham, QLD
Saturday 3rd August – Dimbulah Memorial Hall, Dimbulah, QLD

Fred Smith
Friday 9th August – The Junk Bar, Brisbane

Fleetwood Mac
Friday 9th August – RAC Arena, Perth, WA

FolkSwagon #200 feat. Naked Strangers, Darby, Sasha March, Lola Sola
Wednesday 7th August – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Garrett Kato
Friday 2nd August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Harrison Storm
Thursday 8th August – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 9th August – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

Hein Cooper
Saturday 3rd August – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Thursday 8th August – Cambridge Warehouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th August – Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

High Tea feat. Lisa Caruso
Thursday 8th July – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 8th August – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Elijah Wald
Friday 9th August – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Friday 2nd August – The Rye Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd August – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 9th August – New Hall, Point Lonsdale, VIC

Katie Brianna
Friday 2nd August – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 7th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Little Georgia
Friday 2nd August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 3rd August – Portland Arts Centre, Portland, VIC
Sunday 4th August – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Mick Hart
Friday 9th August – The Entrance Leagues Club, The Entrance, NSW

Mojo Juju
Friday 9th August – The Lighthouse, Darwin, NT

Montgomery Church
Friday 2nd August – Hume Conservatorium, Goulburn, NSW

Muso Next Door Sydney
Friday 9th August – Secret Show, Sydney, NSW

Natalie Henry
Sunday 4th August – Quill & Compass, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 4th August – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Neil Murray
Saturday 2nd August – White Gums, Alice Springs, NT

Paddy McHugh and Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 9th August – North East Artisans, Benalla, VIC

Peta Caswell & The Lost Cause
Friday 2nd August – Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 7th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Porch Light Sessions feat. Frank Sultana, Hollie Matthew, Chris Neto
Thursday 8th August – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Sam Shinazzi w/ Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes
Sunday 4th August – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 7th August – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson w/ Raechel Whitchurch
Saturday 3rd August – Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Saturday 3rd August – Django at Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Simon Imrei
Friday 2nd August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 2nd August – Scottish Price, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 3rd August – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Slim Dime
Sunday 4th August – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC

Stanley Records Showcase feat. Ben Leece, Peta Caswell, Katie Brianna
Wednesday 7th August – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-Together
Saturday 3rd August – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

Sydney Shanty Club
Wednesday 7th August – Spawn Point Small Bar, Sydney, NSW

Taste Of Tamworth feat. Carter & Carter, Lyn Bowtell, Jayne Denham, The Weeping Willows
Friday 2nd August – Alexandra Town Hall, Alexandra, VIC
Saturday 3rd August – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW
Sunday 4th August – St Mary of the Angels, Nathalia, VIC
Friday 9th August – Knox Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Bottlers
Friday 2nd August – Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, NSW

The Hillbilly Goats
Friday 9th August – Mooloolah Valley Country Club, Mooloolah Valley, QLD

The Jarrah Celts
Saturday 3rd August – Toodyay International Food Festival and Avon Descent, Toodyay, WA

The Little Lord Street Band
Sunday 4th August – The Moon, Perth, WA

The Royal High Jinx
Friday 2nd August – Tabcorp Park, Melton South, VIC

The Weeping Willows
Friday 2nd August – Alexandra Town Hall, Alexandra, VIC
Saturday 3rd August – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW
Sunday 4th August – St Mary of the Angels, Nathalia, VIC
Friday 9th August – Knox Club, Melbourne, VIC

Thelma Plum
Friday 9th August – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD

Tobias Hengeveld
Sunday 4th August – The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tripping up the Stairs
Wednesday 7th August – The Fiddler, Sydney, NSW

Wifey
Thursday 8th August – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Song For Ireland” – Dick Gaughan

New Music Monday – 29th July

Shelleys Murder Boys
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Ben Harper – “Uneven Days”

“Uneven Days” is Ben Harper at his most emotional and tender. Accompanied by piano and strings, Harper has smoothed all the edges off his visceral voice to deliver a truly beautiful song.

“The song “Uneven Days” attempts to explore the depths of how dependent we can become on other people for our own sense of wholeness and stability,” Harper explained. “The only thing more hazardous than oversimplifying relationships is overcomplicating them. Love and surrender are synonyms. Even if I remove love from the equation, mental health and day-to-day perspective maintenance is a razors edge. Maybe acknowledging the unavoidable uneven day, or uneven days, helps avoid uneven months or even years.”

Chance McCoy – “Whippoorwill”

Multi-instrumentalist Chance McCoy continues to play with genres with his upcoming solo album Wander Wide, due on the 20th September. The latest single “Whippoorwill” is probably his folkiest to date, drawing on an old timey style of songwriting, accentuated with jangly guitar and rhythmic fiddle. Probably my favourite from Wander Wide so far.

Lloyd Spiegel – “Track Her Down”

Australian acoustic roots singer-songwriter Lloyd Spiegel has found a really cool groove with hie new single “Track Her Down”. With brass stabs, funky electric guitar and Spiegel’s bluesy voice, “Track Her Down” brings Memphis to Australia.

“”Track Her Down” isn’t really about a person or a place,” Lloyd Spiegel explained. “It was probably an amalgamation of several women I met over the years who I wanted to get to know better but simply didn’t have the time and had to keep traveling. The greater story of the song is that the lifestyle I lead often doesn’t allow me to have anything but fleeting connections with people, and I don’t take those connections lightly; I carry them a lot more seriously than people may imagine.”

Lucie Thorne – “Golden Plains”

Singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne has delivered another beautiful track from her upcoming album Kitty & Frank, due on the 26th August. Similar to the previously released “Wheogo Hill”, Thorne is leaning heavily on ambient synths and driving drum beats to compliment her striking voice.

Kitty & Frank see’s Lucie Thorne cover the true stories of frontier woman Kitty Walsh and her lover, the bushranger Frank Gardiner.

“When I tell people I’ve written a concept album about bushrangers, many jump to the conclusion that it’s all fiddles and lagerphones!” Lucie Thorne said. “It couldn’t be further from it! I knew this whole wild Kitty & Frank story could live in any sound world, it’s such a timeless romantic tragedy. As I was working on the text, I
suddenly realised I was going to make a kinda art/pop album brimming with synths.”

Lucie Thorne will be touring the new album through September, October and November – full dates are here:

Friday 13th September – The Corridors Project, Cowra, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 15th September – The Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Friday 4th October – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 5th October – Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 6th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 17th October – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th October – McCrossin’s Mill, Uralla, NSW
Saturday 19th October – Community Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 20th October – Grand Junction, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 14th November – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 22nd November – Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga, SA
Saturday 23rd November – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 24th November – Memorial Hall, Ashbourne, SA

Shelley’s Murder Boys – “Airds”

After teasing us with a bunch of social media content from the studio over the last few months Sydney based old-time band Shelley’s Murder Boys have finally released their new single “Airds”. The surprisingly upbeat track is taken from the band’s upcoming album Above is a Roar and is about “problems with no solutions, and strength in the face of adversity” according to the band. The track is a modal exploration of the old timey style with Shelly’s unique voice and distinctive fiddle playing taking centre stage – beautiful stuff.

Sheryl Crow feat. Jason Isbell – “Everything Is Broken”

The latest track from Sheryl Crow’s collaboration album Threads, due on the 30th August, is possibly my favourite yet. On “Everything Is Broken” Crow teams with Americana favourite Jason Isbell for a country-blues-rock belter that harkens back to Elvis, Roy and Johnny without being kitsch or distasteful. The relentless rhythm guitar, splashy drums and blues harp all make this track, as of course does Isbell’s superb voice.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 12th July

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Our latest New Music Monday featured new songs and videos from the likes of Brittany Howard, Chance McCoy, Joe Pug, Little Wise, Lost Ragas, Mumford and Sons & Gang of Youths, Sheryl Crow feat. Stevie Nicks & Maren Morris, and The Little Lord Street Band. Listen and watch them here

Releases This Week

Better in Blak
Better In BlakThelma Plum
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Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Punch Brothers

Punch Brothers

Sunday 14th July – Woodville Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Monday 15th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 16th July – Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 17th July – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Saturday 13th July – Sydney Harbour Cruise, Sydney, NSW

Ainsley Farrell
Friday 12th July – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Allan Caswell & Andrew Swift
Saturday 13th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Alana Wilkinson
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Andrew Swift
Friday 12th July – Desk and Studio, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Sunday 14th July – West Tamworth Leagues Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 18th July – Oodies Cafe, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 19th July – Captain Cook Holiday Village, Seventeen Seventy, QLD

Anna Smyrk
Saturday 13th July – Megan Hall, Dorrigo, NSW
Sunday 14th July – Flow Bar, Old Bar

Archer
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Bello Winter Music
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Belligen, NSW

Birdsville Big Red Bash
Tuesday 16th to Friday 18th July – Simpson Desert, Birdsville, QLD

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Saturday 13th July – Cauliflower Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th July – Co op Club, Sydney, NSW

Brad Cox
Saturday 13th July – Moonshiners Bar, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th July – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Busby Marou
Tuesday 16th to Friday 18th July – Birdsville Big Red Bash, Birdsville, QLD

Bush To Bay Country Music Festival
Saturday 13th July – Bay Central Tav, Hervey Bay, QLD

Cigany Weaver
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Courtney Barnett
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Dan Sultan presents Nali & Friends
Saturday 13th July – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Daniel Champagne
Friday 12th July – Clink Theatre, Port Douglas, QLD
Saturday 13th July – Brother Jenkins, Cairns, QLD
Sunday 14th July – Riverbend, Cooktown, QLD
Monday 15th July – Misty Mountains Music, Ravenshoe, QLD
Thursday 18th July – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD

Davidson Brothers
Friday 19th July – True Brew, Bendigo, VIC

Dean Lewis
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Emily Wurramara
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Felicity Urquhart & Brad Butcher
Saturday 13th July – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 15th July – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Tate Sheridan, Bella Fiorentino, Rebecca Mann
Wednesday 17th July – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Front Yard Sessions: Blues, Roots & Beyond feat. Steve Hensby, Elk Bell
Wednesday 17th July – Freo.Social, Fremantle, WA

Genevieve Chadwick & The Stones Throw
Friday 19th July – Music at Street Market, Sydney, NSW

Great Aunt
Friday 12th July – House Concert, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 13th July – City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 16th July – New Farm Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 17th July – Element Bar, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Thursday 18th July – The Middle Pub, Mullumbimby, NSW

Harley Mavis
Friday 12th July – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 17th July – Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Hat Fitz and Cara
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Hats Off To Country
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Tamworth, NSW

Hein Cooper
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Honey
Saturday 13th July – Walter Wines, Mudgee, NSW
Tuesday 16th July – Bright & Balanced Living, Blackheath, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. King Arthur
Thursday 18th July – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Illawarra Folk Club feat. Teri Young, Evan Buckley
Saturday 13th July – Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space, Shellharbour, NSW

Jess Ribeiro
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW
Friday 12th July – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 18th July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 19th July – Franks Wild Years, Wollongong, NSW

Jesse Younan Tribute Show
Friday 19th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Kasey Chambers
Tuesday 16th to Friday 18th July – Birdsville Big Red Bash, Birdsville, QLD

Lachlan Jacques w/ Clayton Frick
Saturday 13th July – Sappho Books, Sydney, NSW

Laura Jean
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Leah Flanagan
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Lisa Caruso
Friday 12th July – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Little Wise
Thursday 18th July – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC

Liz Martin Band
Thursday 18th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Lloyd Spiegel
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Luke O’Shea
Saturday 13th July – North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

M.E. Baird
Wednesday 17th July – Byron School of Art, Mullumbimby, NSW

Magpie Diaries
Friday 12th July – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Wednesday 17th July – The Rock Bar, Alice Springs, NT
Friday 19th July – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Mandy Connell & Liz Frencham
Friday 12th July – Chez Kerby, Melbourne, VIC

Matt Corby
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Melanie Horsnell
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Merpire
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Merry Muse feat. Silvertonic
Sunday 14th July – Merry Muse, Canberra, ACT

Mic Conway
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Nadia Reid
Friday 12th and Sunday 13th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW
Sunday 14th July – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Nathan Seeckts
Saturday 13th July – Pistol Pete’s, Geelong, VIC

Neil Murray
Tuesday 16th to Friday 18th July – Birdsville Big Red Bash, Birdsville, QLD

Punch Brothers
Sunday 14th July – Woodville Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Monday 15th July – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 16th July – Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 17th July – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Queen Porter Stomp w/ Michigan Waters
Friday 19th July – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Sebastian Field
Wednesday 17th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 17th July – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sean McMahon and The Owls
Thursday 18th July – Edinburgh Castle, Melbourne, VIC

Seeker Lover Keeper
Friday 12th July – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 12th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 14th July – Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Friday 19th July – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

Sound Feast feat. The Long Johns, Dangerous Song, Barry Charles & Peter Wells, Niq Reefman
Friday 12th July – The J, Noosa, QLD

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, NSW

Sunday Road Sessions feat. Emma Jones
Saturday 13th July – Sunday Road Brewing, Sydney, NSW

Taste Of Tamworth feat. Carter & Carter, Lyn Bowtell, Jayne Denham, The Weeping Willows
Friday 19th July – Burrinja, Upwey, VIC

The Bushwackers
Saturday 13th July – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Furbelows
Friday 12th July – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Hillbilly Goats
Saturday 13th July – Beerwah Hotel, Beerwah, QLD

The Little Lord Street Band
Friday 12th July – Whalebone Brewing Company, Exmouth, WA
Tuesday 16th July – House Concert, Exmouth, WA
Wednesday 17th July – RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, Monkey Mia, WA
Thursday 18th July – Finlay’s, Kalbarri, WA
Friday 19th July – Four5Nine, Perth, WA

The Lumineers
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

The Maes
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

The Montgomery Brothers
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

The Pigs
Friday 12th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th July – Bush To Bay Music Festival, Hervey Bay, QLD

The Stetson Family
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 12th July – House Concert, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 13th July – City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th July – Burrinja, Melbourne, VIC

Thelma Plum
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Then Jolene
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July – Bello Winter Music, Belligen, NSW

Tobias Hengeveld
Friday 12th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 14th July – Franks Wild Years, Wollongong, NSW

Witches Leap
Thursday 18th July – House Concert, Valla Beach, NSW
Friday 19th July – Tintenbar Up Front, Tintenbar, NSW

Yarra’s Women of Country feat. Madeline Leman & The Desert Swells, Sarah Carroll, Brooke Taylor
Sunday 14th July – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ziggy Alberts
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Lua” – Conor Oberst feat. First Aid Kit and Dawes

New Music Monday – 8th July

Joe Pug
Image Courtesy of Joe Pug

Brittany Howard – “History Repeats”

Brittany Howard has stepped away from her amazing band The Alabama Shakes and will be launching her debut solo album Jaime on the 20th September. “History Repeats” is the funky first single from the album which seems to be mashing Prince, Beck and Howard’s own bluesy influences together into something really interesting.

“History Repeats is as much a personal song as it is a song about us as a human species,” Howard explains. “Our times of success may propel us forward, but our repeating failures hold us back from evolving into harmony.”

Chance McCoy – “Wander Wide”

Old Crow Medicine Show’s Chance McCoy is channelling Neil Young in his latest solo single “Wander Wide”. The track has a laid back, indie folk feel with finger-picked electric guitar and pedal steel coupled with McCoy’s double tracked vocals.

“Wander Wide” is taken from Chance McCoy’s upcoming solo album of the same name, due on the 20th September.

Joe Pug – “Exit”

I’ve been really getting back into Joe Pug recently thanks to his amazing The Working Songwriter podcast. So I’m pretty excited that he’s announced his new album The Flood of Color due on the 19th July. “Exit” is the first single from that album and its just stunning. This is Joe Pug at the height of his songwriting powers, wrenching an emotional truth from just his acoustic guitar and voice, with just a touch of accompaniment. If this is just the first single, I can’t wait to hear the rest of The Flood of Color.

Little Wise – “Devil off My Back”

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Sophie Klein, AKA Little Wise, returns with her latest single “Devil off My Back”. The folk-rock track is instantly catchy with its sing-along chorus and driving rhythm. This is the first taste of Little Wise’s upcoming album
Want it All which is due on the 20th August.

“The song is about trying to quiet that inner voice that says ‘you can’t do it’,” Klein explained. “It’s about trying to remove the distractions and escapism that allow us to ignore what’s really going on.”

Little Wise will be launching the new single next Thursday 18th July at The Merri Creek Tavern in Melbourne.

Lost Ragas – “Just Wastin’ Time”

Melbourne four-piece Lost Ragas have announced plans to release their latest album This Is Not A Dream on the 2nd September. “Just Wastin’ Time” is the first taster of that album, providing listeners with a slightly psychedelic sound alongside Lost Ragas’ unique brand of alt-country. A weird, twisty sound which definitely sets a lot expectations of the album to come.

Mumford & Sons and Gang Of Youths – “Blood (Live in Stockholm)”

When The Recordings of The Middle East came out in 2009 it brought Australian indie-folk to the world stage. It showed that a band from Far North Queensland could stand side by side with the world’s biggest nu-folk bands who were exploding at the time. The history of The Middle East has been well documented over the years so does not really need repeating here, however its been nice to see them getting a lot of attention recently with the 10 year anniversary of The Recordings of The Middle East.

Seeing The Middle East’s contemporaries Mumford & Sons team with Australian stadium rockers Gang Of Youths on a cover of the band’s epic track “Blood” is magical. The two bands have paid fitting tribute to the original track while still giving it their own stamp.

Having reformed recently for VIVID, The Middle East have also just announced a show at The Tivoli in Brisbane on the 13th September.

Sheryl Crow feat. Stevie Nicks, Maren Morris – “Prove You Wrong”

“Prove You Wrong” is a taster from Sheryl Crow’s upcoming collaboration lead album Threads, due on the 30th August. This track features the powerhouse vocals of Stevie Nicks along with up and coming singer-songwriter Maren Morris. Overall its pretty inoffensive, middle of the road country-rock which showcases the unique vocals of each singer.

“Stevie exudes art, she is at all times authentic. She’s the sister I don’t see enough, but she never leaves my heart,” Crow explained of the song. “I invited Maren to perform on “Prove You Wrong” with Stevie and I because she belongs in our ‘club’ of strong female rockers who tell it like it is.”

The Little Lord Street Band – “Frankie’s Back In Town”

WA based indie-folk five-piece The Little Lord Street Band have released the video for their catchy new single “Frankie’s Back In Town”. The jangle-rock track will definitely put a smile on your face and stir all sorts of pining for the summer months. This track is pure joy – it’s easy to see why The Little Lord Street Band have been killing it on the live circuit recently.

Speaking of the live circuit The Little Lord Street Band are currently touring “Frankie’s Back In Town” – the remaining dates are here:

Wednesday 10th July – Yardie Creek Homestead, Exmouth, WA
Friday 12th July – Whalebone Brewing Co, Exmouth, WA
Saturday 13th July – Froth Craft Brewery Fundraiser, Exmouth, WA
Sunday 14th July – Yardie Creek Homestead, Exmouth, WA
Tuesday 16th July – House Concert, Exmouth, WA
Wednesday 17th July – Monkey Bar, Monkey Mia, WA
Thursday 18th July – Finlay’s, Kalbarri, WA
Friday 19th July – 459 Bar, Perth, WA
Saturday 20th July – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 21st July – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Friday 26th July – Grumpy’s Music Bar, Perth, WA
Sunday 28th July – Otherside Brewing Co, Perth, WA

Bluesfest Drops its Third Artist Announcement

Afro Celt Sound System
Image Courtesy of Afro Celt Sound System

The third artist announcement from Bluesfest dropped today, headed up by a trio of powerful women – Kesha, Sheryl Crow and Melissa Ethridge.

Joining them this time around are a host of artists that will no doubt get Timber and Steel readers excited including Afro Celt Sound System (above), William Crighton, Elephant Sessions, Newton Faulkner, Harry Manx, Juanes, Seu Jorge, Ziggy Alberts, Ásgeir, Harts and Holy Holy.

Bluesfest is held just outside of Byron Bay from the 29th March to 2nd April. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full announced so far is below:

Lionel Richie, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, José González, First Aid Kit, Morcheeba, Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The California Honeydrops, Eric Gales, Bobby Rush, Dumpstaphunk, Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Youssou N’Dour, Seal, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jackson Brown, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Gomez, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Benjamin Booker, Hurray for Riff Raff, Canned Heat, Walter Trout, André Cymone, The Teskey Brothers, Kesha, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Ethridge, Afro Celt Sound System, William Crighton, Elephant Sessions, Newton Faulkner, Harry Manx, Juanes, Seu Jorge, Ziggy Alberts, Ásgeir, Harts, Holy Holy

Listen to Jack White’s Interpretation of Hank Williams

Hank Wlliams

A couple of months ago we brought you the news that a bunch of contemporary artists including Bob Dylan, Jack White, Alan Jackson, Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams and Sheryl Crow would be appearing on the new tribute album The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams featuring 12 previously unrecorded Williams songs.

The album has just been released and you can listen to Jack White’s take on Hank Williams with the wonderful track “You Know That I Know” over at RollingStone.com.

Unrecorded Hank Williams Songs to Appear on Tribute Album

Hank Williams

Bob Dylan, Jack White, Alan Jackson, Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams and Sheryl Crow are amongst a list of all-star names set to appear on a very special tribute album to the late great Hank Williams featuring previously unrecorded songs.

The album, titled The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, was conceived by veteran A&R executive Mary Martin after a leather briefcase filled with unrecorded song ideas was discovered after Williams’ death in 1953. Originally set to be a Bob Dylan project The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams has evolved to include recordings by some of the worlds best folk, country and contemporary music stars.

Fans will note the similarity to Bill Bragg and Wilco’s Mermaid Avenue albums which featured unrecorded songs from the late Woody Guthrie.

The album is due for release on the 4th October and the full artist and track listing is below:

1. Alan Jackson – “You’ve Been Lonesome, Too”
2. Bob Dylan – “The Love That Faded”
3. Norah Jones – “How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart?”
4. Jack White – “You Know That I Know”
5. Lucinda Williams – “I’m So Happy I Found You”
6. Vince Gill & Rodney Crowell – “I Hope You Shed a Million Tears”
7. Patty Loveless – “You’re Through Fooling Me”
8. Levon Helm – “You’ll Never Again Be Mine”
9. Holly Williams – “Blue Is My Heart”
10. Jakob Dylan – “Oh, Mama, Come Home”
11. Sheryl Crow – “Angel Mine”
12. Merle Haggard – “The Sermon on the Mount”

More details about the release can be found via Rolling Stone.

Treat Yo’ Mama: A Mother’s Day Playlist

Mother's Day

Yesterday we were in our local supermarket when we were confronted with a sign advertising Mother’s Day above a tray full of grapes. That’s right – grapes. It seems like businesses will commercialise anything to get another dollar and it’s sometimes easy to forget why we celebrate Mother’s Day in the first place, and that’s to give thanks to the women who have blessed us with life.

At Timber and Steel we’re ignoring the flowers and chocolates and coffee machines and whatever is shoved down our throats as the “perfect Mother’s Day gift” and give the gift we know will always be appreciated – music.

We’ve put together our favourite folky songs celebrating all that is wonderful about mums of all ages in a handy playlist. All you need to do is make your mum breakfast in bed, tell her how much you love her and set up Timber and Steel’s playlist within listening distance. When we’re starting with the John Butler Trio’s “Treat Yo’ Mama” you’ve got to know we’re onto a good thing – because every mum deserves a treat this Sunday, if not everyday.

“Treat Yo’ Mama” – John Butler Trio

“When I First Met Your Ma” – Paul Kelly
Every mother deserves to be reminded she’s beautiful and desirable. Who better to capture that than Australia’s troubadour Paul Kelly</a.

“Mother and Child Reunion” – Paul Simon

“Gillian” – The Waifs
This song is a wonderful, touching tribute Josh Cunningham’s mother with the slightly creepy line “Gillian if you weren’t my mother I’d make you my wife”. Touching and creepy at the same time? When a song is this good who cares.

“Mothers Daughters Wives” – The Corries

“Mother Nature’s Son” – Sheryl Crow
Take a classic Beatles track, fill it with banjos and add Sheryl Crow’s country-rock drawl and you have an instant folk classic. Not sure about the cat video though…

“Grandma” – The Little Stevies
If mothers are awesome does that make grandmothers doubly as awesome? We think The Little Stevies think so

“Flume” – Bon Iver

“Made by Maid” – Laura Marling
Recounting the folk tale Babes in the Wood “Made By Maid” is may well be the ultimate proverb for motherhood – that no matter what we wish for our children in the end they make their own decisions. But never forget, we love you Mum!

Joanna Newsom, Robin Pecknold Cover Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow

Joanna Newsom
Image Courtesy of Joanna Newsom

Nu-folk royalty Joanna Newsom and Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes) have been getting a lot of press for their current US tour but the latest is probably the most bizarre. While cover songs are common at gigs these days (especially folk gigs) the choice of Newsom and Pecknold’s latest reworking comes a little from left field – the Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow duet “Picture”. An enterprising fan caught the whole thing on video and the result is actually quite good. Check it out below:

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