STEVE EARLE GUY

This album was a long-time coming. When Earle arrived in Nashville from San Antonio, Texas in the mid-‘70s, Clark, who passed away from cancer in 2016, largely functioned as a mentor and teacher for Earle, as well as other young songwriters of the day like Rodney Crowell. The record is a way for Earle to […]

MANDOLIN ORANGE TIDES OF A TEARDROP

Anchored by poignant song-writing and their intimate live shows, Mandolin Orange (Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz) has quietly and confidently found their audience. Tides Of A Teardrop, through Yep Roc Records, is thematically a release for Andrew Marlin, the group’s songwriter. He lost his mother at a younger age, and although that has impacted his […]

THE PIGS HILLBILLY SYNTHESIZER

Where do robot goats meet Barry White? On the latest album from hillbilly pop band, The Pigs…a wild ride of totally original craziness will introduce you to a kaleidoscope of ‘colourful characters’ – the question is, are you ready for them? A mind-expanding mythical mountain man building a homespun electronic synthesizer, the couple who get […]

TEDECHI TRUCKS BAND SIGNSLIVE

The band recorded Signslive to two-inch analogue tape for the first time, using their original Neve Console combined with a ‘70s Studer tape machine. Recording live to analogue tape gives a glowing warmth to the overall sound of the album. Song titles like ‘Strengthen What Remains,’ ‘Still Your Mind,’ and ‘All The World’ point to […]

SON VOLT UNION

One of the most influential bands of their generation continue to inspire with 9th album showcasing the depth of band founder Jay Farrar’s intelligent songwriting as he stretches out on the thirteen songs by confronting our current political climate with keen observations and pointed commentary.  Farrar channels folk music’s enduring legacy of the troubadour here […]

RYAN BINGHAM AMERICAN LOVE SONG

LA-based singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham has always been possessed of a voice that seems to carry the weight of ages – a quality that found its clearest expression on 2015’s Fear and Saturday Night. With this, his 6th outing, Bingham and co-producer Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan) set fire to the wind, charging headlong into a string […]

NATHAN SEECKTS THE HEART OF THE CITY

Tailing the stirring acoustica of 2016’s A Man Possessed EP, the debut solo LP from Nathan Seeckts delivers on the Geelong-based troubadour’s every golden promise—with added, powerfully expressive electric guitar textures reminiscent of local alt. country heroes Raised by Eagles. Seemingly hewn from Bellarine Peninsula basalt, Seeckts’ vocal is imbued with all the heartworn grit […]

I’M WITH HER SEE YOU AROUND

Australian audiences can enjoy a rare treat in the upcoming visit by I’m With Her for Bluesfest at Easter. IWH is a band rooted in a rare alchemy: three celebrated songwriters coming together to create music that reveals entirely new possibilities in their distinct and deep-seated talents. Since forming in 2014, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, […]

GAV BROWN SOUND CIRCUS

Perth-based singer-songwriter Gavin Brown is a man of many sounds: guitar, banjo, piano, harmonica, mandolin, and ukulele among them. True to that formidable repertoire, debut LP Sound Circus showcases its creator’s immense musicality, along with a host of other treats. It’s an album of absorbing warmth and welcome, which seems to radiate most of all […]

TOWNES VAN ZANDT SKY BLUE

This extraordinary album, coming in March around the 7th, which would be his 75th birthday, consists of 11 solo, acoustic songs, 2 songs never heard before, a re-working of ‘Blue Ridge Mountains’,  covers of Richard Dobson’s ‘Forever, For Always, For Certain’ and Tom Paxton’s ‘Last Thing on My Mind’, a version of a legendary East […]

JOHN PAUL WHITE THE HURTING KIND

Three years after releasing his post-Civil Wars solo debut, White has excelled with this April release, featuring vocal contributions from Lee Ann Womack, Erin Rae, and the Secret Sisters. Co-produced alongside the Alabama Shakes’ Ben Tanner it also finds him co-writing with legendary Nashville songwriters like Bobby Braddock and Whisperin’ Bill Anderson. Single, ‘The Long […]