Country and Western, Swing, Rockabilly and Indi-roots with a backbone rhythm section made of pure rhythm and blues. A players band, made from Australia's finest, with Ed Bates' pedal steel at the core of the sound, Patty and the band's songwriting and playing is genuine and seriously good.
Well-travelled Melburnian Tim Guy has graduated from solo act to bandleader, but he’s still the star of his seasoned ensemble. Fifth album Chords rolls up the best bits of ’70s rock radio and cult power-pop, all washed in dreamy strings and vocal harmonies. Guy wears his influences on his sleeve, from Big Star (“St. Petersburg”, “Mixed Up Mind”) to cosmic Americana - Gram Parsons style (“Electric Heart,” “The Rambler”). His ambitions take him across genre lines: the barroom country of “Footsteps” is the catchiest tune here, while “It’s the Weekend!” celebrates aptly with disco licks and falsetto. All the components may be familiar, but Guy reanimates them with giddy enthusiasm and a rare lightness of touch. Even the sad songs sound like they’re brimming with excitement. (Doug Wallen for Rolling Stone)
Yarra’s Women of Country brings together 6 of Australia’s rising female country artists over 2 weeks at The Standard Hotel.
The first week (16/3) features Freya Josephine Hollick, the old world country songbird from the Victorian goldfields. She sings of lowdown and dirties, of high times and golden mansions and the bursting and the burning of the heart. A voice that floats between Maybelle Carter, Dolly Parton and Skip James, a lady not to be missed. With support from the hauntingly beautiful Jemma Nicole in trio mode + former Cliftonhillbilly, Jemma Rowlands.
In the second week (23/7) we see Sue Ray. Hailing from Brisbane, Sue is an award winning indie singer/songwriter and Female Artist Of The Year nominee in the 2013 Q Music Awards. Living between Nashville and Brisbane, Sue continues to tour and perform regularly and in the past year has appeared live on NITV programme League Nation Live. In late 2017, Sue will be touring Australia to promote the release her of latest EP “Sue Ray – Live at Artec Studios Nashville.
Also performing on the night, blending vintage Americana with widescreen, dark country is Brooke Russell & the Mean Reds + Mick Thomas & the Roving Commission’s newest recruit, Ayleen O’Hanlon opening up the night’s proceedings.
Come get Groovy and Cast your ears to some Ol' Trusty Blues.. At The Standard Hotel , with Ben Wicks on the bass & Scott Bennett Banging The Tubs & Yours Truly Benny James on The Lead Guitar & Vox.. 2 Sets from 7pm.
Hot bluegrass picking, sweet harmony singing and great songwriting from 5 of Melbourne's hopeless romantics
Big respect for Chris Pickering – his third album is wildly ambitious. Not content to make another album at home in Brisbane, he went to the source, recording at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee with Stax Records’ great Don Nix (who has produced John Mayall, Albert King and Charlie Musselwhite). ... But Pickering pulls it off, and that’s a fact. The result is a superb collection of soulful country-tinged pop. File next to Ron Sexsmith.
“Rory Ellis is one of those singer/songwriters, like Leonard Cohen, who makes the hairs on your arms stand up by simply opening his mouth and uttering a few throaty words.”- Brett Callwood: Acoustic Magazine UK
AMERICANA may be the buzzword of the industry, but Rory Ellis personified this genre with pride, years before it became cool.
With his new album, One Skin about to be unleashed, Ellis is again set to push the boundaries and awaken the spirits of audiences, using his genre as the conduit.
Hailing from small-town regional Victoria, Georgia State Line is a clad formed within the walls of their music university, banding together over that all too familiar country twang. Weaving together humble yet soaring melodies intertwined with alt-country rhythms, their music exemplifies the essence of old time country innocence whilst divulging in the tales of being young, in love and the tribulations of losing far more than you gain
James Ellis and the Jealous Guys is a country / Americana / honky tonk band from Melbourne, Australia which includes members of Big Smoke(Tim Baker, Luke Brennan, Joe Cope and Alex O'Gorman), The Hello Morning (Steven Cliffhanger and Joe Cope) and The Bitter Sweethearts(James Ellis and Joe Cope). Their music draws on the influence of Hank Williams, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Daniel Romano.
Ben Mastwyk and the Millions are set to deliver a solid dose of phychedelic honky tonk, classic(ish) country and hillbilly mayhem. Phasers set to INFINITY. Starring Ben Franz, Michael Hubbard, Josh Duiker and Craig Kelly.
Former frontman for altcountry band The Promises , Toby’s debut single Let You Down evokes the romanticism of folk with a nod to pop. Two years in the making, Toby’s self titled album was created in collaboration with his great friends an bandmates, Rob Kidd and Craig Hadlow, and producer Nick Huggins. With diverse influences ranging from Ry Cooder, John Renbourne, and The Shins to Nick Drake and The Cure, Toby’s album celebrates the story of his musical roots through a unique blend of folk, alt-country and indie pop.
The Glorious North is a country rock band from Melbourne Australia. Their debut album, 'Welcome to the Glorious North' invites you into a whiskey-stained world of lost loves, loaded Lugers and booze-addled broken hearts.
Early Paul Kelly, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Wilco are some of the influences you will hear echoing through 'Welcome to The Glorious North', creating a sound that is supercharged country pop. Lyrics to lead you into the beautiful darkness tell tales of small bars in the small hours and the sordid sins of lost and lonesome souls.
Playing the blues is never as simple as it seems. It’s a balancing act between virtuosity and feel, rawness and finesse. Many try, but few seem to nail it like DAVE ORR. At the heart of his music is that unmistakably raw blues guitar. It’s the sound of late night whiskey bars, of musicians stretching themselves and just letting loose.
It’s a scene that Dave knows better than most as he has become nothing less than a fixture of the Brisbane music scene over the past decade. A legend even that has shared more stages with more artists than even he could remember.
“Their authenticity and craft as singers, as songwriters and in Andrew Wrigglesworth's sublime guitar playing makes this a hypnotic and alluring album. Dark folk, blues and country musings on nature, death and doomed romance suit them well and puts Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates right up there with the finest Americana music you'll hear this year.”
- The Music (themusic.com.au) (Feb. 2016)
Original tunes, Americana stylings – vocal harmonies, mandolin, fiddle and guitar.
Wayne’s initiation into the world of music began in Geelong supporting Australia’s finest touring bands (AC/DC, Ayres Rock, Little River band, Buffalo, Cold Chisel, Dragon, Hush,TMG, etc.)
Frankie Lee (ABC Sydney) says “Wayne Jury's music can evoke strong emotions. His exceptional voice has the power, the technical strength, and the main ingredient - absolutely heartfelt soul - to really move the audience.”
“Wayne Jury is one of the best blues singers in this country.” .... according to Michael Smith, Drum Media Sydney.
The Hired Guns were formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1996, with the original line-up of Adam Spellicy (The Dumb Earth), Chris Willard and David Creese (both from The Dumb Earth and Lizard Train) and Anthony Paine (High Pass Filter, Snout and Black Cab).