WHO – EMERGING TALENT

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AMBER RAE SLADE & THE MIGHTY BIG NOISE

Born in Detroit, Michigan to a musical family and raised in proper gypsy fashion throughout the USA, Amber Rae Slade’s introduction to music came early. As a result of her family’s capo business and musically diverse parents, the family constantly travelled on tours and festivals across the country, living at times, in campgrounds and hotels.

From her first visits to Memphis, New Orleans and Nashville (a place she would one day hang her hat), Amber found her musical homes and heritage. She delved deep into the music of her idols, such as Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson, Sonny Terry (to name a few) and through their sound, discovered her own. After a few years gigging around the music mecca that is Nashville, Amber’s sonic journey took her to the other side of the world where she married and has now formed a duo with Australian producer and Golden Guitar winner, Matt Fell. This partnership has exploded into an exciting and distinct musical force known as Amber Rae Slade & the Mighty Big Noise- a live act far removed from the standard acoustic, 2 guitars, 2 singers setup.

Amber explains, “While we love nothing more than watching an acoustic performance and have done plenty of that ourselves, right from the start we were intent on creating a sound that was anything but simply acoustic. We’ve strived for a sound that’s dense, rhythmic and unique.” Through the use of down and dirty baritone guitars, banjo, acoustic guitar, and an array of percussion and drums, the music coming through the speakers sounds like the work of a band rather than a duo.

During this year’s Tamworth Festival, in some prime supporting slots, the duo garnered massive industry attention and that attention will likely snowball as they embark on their house concert tour with Fanny Lumsden and various gigs around the country.

LEANNE TENNANT

Leanne has written songs and been in love with music for as long as she can remember. She began playing the guitar in her teens and started performing publicly busking in the subways of Brisbane prior to commencing gig life immediately on leaving high school. A few years into performing Leanne decided to take a break and get on the road. She sold everything she owned and headed North.  On reaching Cairns, Leanne fell in love with the heat, sweat and laid back life and opted to stay. This new inspiration led her to pick up the guitar again and the rest is history.
Tennant is an artist who manages to mix vulnerability with extraordinary strength.  This is the feeling that runs through her album, Pull Up Your Britches, to blend a colourful tapestry of delicate moments fielded with a fiery backhand.

Written as individual pieces and recorded with two separate line ups, Pull Up Your Britches has a distinct flexing of genres. Leanne worked closely with Producer Mike Myers (The Middle East) and her good friend Bill Chambers at Big Sister Studios in Cairns to create a rare mixture of styles driven by raw honesty , peppered with cheeky lyrics. The album consists of an all-star mixed line up of musicians including, Bill Chambers, Jordan Ireland (The Middle East/ Stolen Violin), Jack Venables (Osaka Punch) and Simon McMenamin (The McMenamins) Pull Up Your Britches is a collection of songs from an artist unafraid to take risks. Her sound has been described as ‘Horror Country’ because of her unique ability to blend country music with haunting vocals and dark overtones.  With the help of the Cairns City Council Leanne has also developed a captivating and equally horrifying video for the single ‘Black Snake Calls’. www.leannetennant.com.

THE SWAMP STOMPERS

The Swamp Stompers play funky roots and blues with heavy grooves; they’ll make you shake, they’ll make you move! Formed in mid-2012, the band has already made waves in the Australian music scene with standout performances at the prestigious Byron Bay Bluesfest, Sydney Blues & Roots Festival, and Bridgetown Blues Festival (WA). The trio, made up of Corey Legge (electric guitar/lapsteel slide guitar/lead vocals), Luke Ligtenberg (bass/didgeridoo/vocals), and Mitch Broadhead (drums/backing vocals), plays with raw power and energy, creating a huge sound and a live show second to none! Unlike many other bands, The Swamp Stompers have the distinction of two front-men with contrasting dual lead vocals, adding an entirely unique flavour with audiences across Australia left utterly intrigued.

‘’Catchy grooves, intelligent songs and youthful hunger – this band has the right mix of potions to take Australian blues and roots to the next level. One of my absolute favourites.’’ – Lloyd Spiegel.

The Swamp Stompers have just uploaded a new video for the lead track of Stepping Stones. True to the bands no-nonsense aesthetic, the clip for ‘Swamp Stomp Boogie’ features the young Lismorites stomping in a swamp, or swamping in a stomp, depending on how you see it.

LAUREN WHEATLEY

After doing cover gigs for years to hone her skills, Lauren determined to step out as an original artist in early 2013 and create her own music with Tommirock producer Joel Black.

She came out with all guns blazing and impressed from the get-go, with the successful uptake of her first single ‘Overrated’, written with Mollie McClymont, backed up by second track ‘Take You Back’ making the CMC video charts with a smashing music clip, and now, ‘Rollercoaster Life’ is really cementing her as one artist to watch in the future. Lauren will release her debut album mid -2015.

Her hometown of Newcastle is becoming a noted country artist mecca with Lauren co-writing songs for her debut album with Mollie McClymont (The McClymonts), Morgan Evans and Troy Kemp (McAllister Kemp). 

“I took the gamble as an original artist and I haven’t looked back since,” said Lauren. “I couldn’t be happier with the overall sound of the album and I just want to get out there and play these tracks.” Other aspects of Lauren’s skill-set include doing the worm with her eyebrows, reciting the whole movie Nemo and doing the robot dance.

Realistically, we could waffle on until the cows come home about how excellent Lauren is but the best test for any artist is to see for yourself-jump on the internet and type the name in Google…you won’t regret it and you won’t forget it; do it now!