Roz Girvan
Sep
23
7:00 PM19:00

Roz Girvan

A country-soul songwriter with a talent for finding the extraordinary in the everyday,Roz Girvan will be performing songs from her successful 2017 album release ‘East’. From Honkey Tonk, Country blues and Americana –Roz delivers her big- hearted songs with a voice of impressive warmth and strength. With lyrics that resonate, and melodies that entice, her songs have been included in an Australian sampler for the Americana Festival in Nashville, compiled by Brian Wise (3RRR). Backed by the magic fiddle/mandolin of her husband Greg Field, and a solid band, it’s bound to be an afternoon of great local music.

 

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The Pheasantry
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

The Pheasantry

Electric Melbourne based Americana with an original set list that started back in 1993,
Swampy grooves,blues, country rock and roll with alternative grassy harmony.
Upright bass and rhythm pins down the lead guitar that always tells a story.

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Rhythm X Revival
Oct
14
7:00 PM19:00

Rhythm X Revival

Rhythm X Revival is an energetic rockin’ country blues band formed through songwriting and the friendship of duo John-Luke Shelley and Johnny Tesoriero. April saw the release of their nine-track debut self-titled album recorded at The Teskey Brothers’ studio by Sam Teskey, with Ben Wicks on bass guitar. 
John-Luke and Johnny have been reincarnated as Rhythm X Revival from their previous bands JLS & Co, High Speed Steel and The Three Tones. They have performed in festivals around Australia including the Broadbeach Blues Festival, the Queenscliff Music Festival, Bendigo Blues Festival, Echuca Blues Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival and Guitars across the Bay.  
Featuring John-Luke as the lead singer and on lead and rhythm guitar, Johnny Tesoriero on drums, Chris Rourke on bass and Jeremy Neumann on keyboard, Rhythm X Revival has soulful tones of country and blues with modern melodies, catchy lyrics and captivating vocals. 
‘This fast-paced electric-drenched blues, is fun-filled, energy-packed and keeps you guessing’ as quoted in The Rockpit. 
‘If there was a simple way to explain the album to any Country or Blues fan, you would say that Rhythm X Revival is purely the reincarnation of the deep, old school Tennessee sounds we all know and enjoy’, as quoted in Amnplify.

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Dan Brodie & Chris Brodie
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Dan Brodie & Chris Brodie

Standard Hotel Mini Reso - Oct 21 & 28

LOST NOT FOUND is a Sunday hangover for any day of the week, a loner’s gem, a startling set of back-alley takes on established classics; new life breathing in through the bones of these songs, the flesh exposed, the spirit soaked in new bar-room spirits no doubt, but something wonderful has happened here. 

- Simon Sweetman/Off The Tracks  * * * * *

Dan Brodie is a revered Australian singer-songwriter. 

Since 1999, Brodie has captured audiences around the world, releasing a succession of albums (seven in total) which have been nominated for numerous awards. 

Brodie's talents are recognised in his native Australia with two ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards for his second album, Empty Arms, Broken Hearts and along with his various outfits, The Broken Arrows and The Grieving Widows, Brodie’s musical talents have taken him to the U.S., U.K., Brazil, France, Spain and Denmark, playing such iconic venues as CBGB in New York, The Continental in Austin, The Exit/In in Nashville and The Olympia in Paris.

His latest solo covers Album, “Lost Not Found” represents a high water mark, capturing Brodie at his most vulnerable - from the visceral Bob Dylan opener, “Standing in the doorway” to a meditative take on Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger”, through to Merle Haggard’s “Tonight the bottle let me down” and Paul Simon’s “You can call me Al”; and was recently performed to sell out audiences across Europe.

Joining Dan at the Standard for these two very special intimate shows will be longtime collaborator and world renowned guitar slinging brother-in-crime, Chris Brodie (Dallas Crane).

Words of a drunken man - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pvudbQ7Xv4

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Dan Brodie & Chris Brodie
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

Dan Brodie & Chris Brodie

Standard Hotel Mini Reso - Oct 21 & 28

LOST NOT FOUND is a Sunday hangover for any day of the week, a loner’s gem, a startling set of back-alley takes on established classics; new life breathing in through the bones of these songs, the flesh exposed, the spirit soaked in new bar-room spirits no doubt, but something wonderful has happened here. 

- Simon Sweetman/Off The Tracks  * * * * *

Dan Brodie is a revered Australian singer-songwriter. 

Since 1999, Brodie has captured audiences around the world, releasing a succession of albums (seven in total) which have been nominated for numerous awards. 

Brodie's talents are recognised in his native Australia with two ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards for his second album, Empty Arms, Broken Hearts and along with his various outfits, The Broken Arrows and The Grieving Widows, Brodie’s musical talents have taken him to the U.S., U.K., Brazil, France, Spain and Denmark, playing such iconic venues as CBGB in New York, The Continental in Austin, The Exit/In in Nashville and The Olympia in Paris.

His latest solo covers Album, “Lost Not Found” represents a high water mark, capturing Brodie at his most vulnerable - from the visceral Bob Dylan opener, “Standing in the doorway” to a meditative take on Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger”, through to Merle Haggard’s “Tonight the bottle let me down” and Paul Simon’s “You can call me Al”; and was recently performed to sell out audiences across Europe.

Joining Dan at the Standard for these two very special intimate shows will be longtime collaborator and world renowned guitar slinging brother-in-crime, Chris Brodie (Dallas Crane).

Words of a drunken man - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pvudbQ7Xv4

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David Cosma
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

David Cosma

David Cosma returns to The Standard on Sept 16th, with his longtime musical offsider Nick Carrafa joining him. It’s a mish-mash of blues, roots, pop and some. Playing a right handed guitar, left handed, Dave’s songs are honest, with content about anything, nothing and everything in between. Nick contributes harmonies, harmonica, percussion and some original tunes of his own too. They’ll be performing a set of originals including songs from Cosma’s current release, The Death of Discovery. This will be followed by a set from the WCCM Combo (Americana/ Rockabilly/ Country), featuring Dave, Nick and joined by Adrian Whyte and Trent McKenize. Sunday, September 16th, kicking off at 7.00pm.

 

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Dan Dinnen & Shorty
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Dan Dinnen & Shorty

Dan Dinnen & Shorty sees one of the Australian Blues Scene’s most dynamic performing artists team up with one its most exciting and original drummer/percussionists.

Dan Dinnen is a blues singer/songwriter, harmonica player and guitar finger-picker who delivers a swag of original tunes that run the gamut from smoking ballads to juke-joint boogies and grooves. He’s an energetic performer who combines originality with an old-time blues feel and style. 

Dan Dinnenis one of the most authentic blues voices on the scene, but with an individual sound.”  - Helen Jennings, PBSfm.

Dan was the 2016 MBAS Blues Performer Of The Year (Solo/Duo Category), a Semi-Finalist in the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN and a Chain Award recipient (Group Of The Year 2016) for his work as lead vocalist and harp player with Greg Dodd & The Hoodoo Men. 

Drummer/percussionist Anthony “Shorty” Shortte is best known for his work with ARIA award winning blues act Collard Greens and Gravy. Shorty’s unique approach to the drum-kit helped to create a rolling, rollicking, juke-joint sound that captivated audiences at gigs and festivals around the country for 20 years.

Dan and Shorty have a ball as they weave rhythms around each-other’s playing, delivering blues that simply grooves!

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Patrick Wilson
Sep
2
7:00 PM19:00

Patrick Wilson

Fresh from the studio with a some of Melbourne’s finest musicians, Multi –instrumentalist and singer songwriter Patrick Wilson will play 2 sets of country down at one of Fitzroy's most charming pubs, the standard hotel. Come down to hear some new tunes and classic honky tonk standards from 7pm. 

Free entry.


Patrick Wilson is a Melbourne based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. Toting his blend of old-time and alternative country he draws comparisons to the early music of Guy Clark and Steve Young. With story telling and song integrity at the forefront of his music, Wilson pushes the boundaries of “Americana” music in an attempt to define the relatively new genre. 
From the age of 19 Patrick began working as an apprentice butcher in his surf-coast hometown of Torquay, Victoria. Here he lived the wear and tear of daily grind, working an unfulfilling job during the day, and at night writing and cultivating his name around the Geelong/ Melbourne music scene. Wilson took this only as fuel to the fire, up and quitting his job and channeling small-town life into writing, recording and independently releasing debut EP, ‘Ryan The Moth’ in 2013. Noted as the ‘emptiome of country folk’ (Torrent This TV)

It was the influence of musicians like Van Morrison and Roy Orbision that Patrick grew up listening to on the radio that inspired his writing. Taking guidance from Orbison’s soulful croon and Morrison’s orchestral arrangements in order to arrange and craft a comprehensive big band;The Bare River Queens and to record sophomore EP, ‘Anywhere With A Rooftop’, released September 2017. 

Since performing with a band to performing as a drummer and guitarist for several other Melbourne based musicians, Wilson has created a sound unique in his own; tasteful and well made. Comprehensive in nature with just the right amount of taking from the old and building on the new.  
Wilson has supported country legends, The Bellamy Brothers and Bill Chambers and has performed as part of Tamworth Country Music Festival. Undoubtedly, he is one to keep your eye on.

“I heard Patrick Wilson sing for the first time in a small studio in Melbourne. His voice and his songs blew me away.” - Bill Chambers

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Matt Walker
Aug
26
7:00 PM19:00

Matt Walker

ARIA Award winner Matt Walker’s latest project Lost Ragas are hard to pin down. Broken hearted alt country that flies off into amazing dual slide guitar meets lapsteel all centered around Matt Walker’s beautifully dark voice. Following on from their debut “Phantom Ride” which garnered ABC Radio National Album of Week, Lost Ragas released their second album, Trans Atlantic Highway in early 2015 to critical acclaim once again which led them to support The Felice Brothers as well as making their debut appearances at Dashville Skyline, Out on the Weekend and Semaphore Music Festival. In 2016 they released a new single, “Where James Played” in homage to their friend James Crucikshank (The Cruel Sea) b/w Spectrum’s classic “I’ll be Gone”.
 
While the band buckles down in the studio again to begin work on their 3rd album, Matt takes time out to play a rare solo show.
 
http://lostragas.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thelostragas
http://www.mattwalker.com.au/
http://lostragas.bandcamp.com/releases
http://m.youtube.com/channel/UCO9CMoIqvlBHQSRdger5A5A

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The Glorious North
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

The Glorious North

The Glorious North are a country rock band proudly from the north side of Melbourne, singing songs about girls, love, loss and booze.  They describe their sound as Slacker Country but their live shows are anything but.  They’re back after a brief writing and recording hiatus so get along for a toe tapping good time.

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Honk
Aug
12
7:00 PM19:00

Honk

We are Honk, a Melbourne rhythm and roots band that blends heritage country music with a love of rock n’ roll. Honk comprises seasoned musos from the independent music scene who've played in bands you may have heard of and many you probably haven't. 

Our 6 track EP 'Never Planned’ is the prelude to a soon-to-be released LP featuring spaghetti western drinking songs, lovesick laments and outright rockers. If you've ever fallen asleep on a train, won at cards, lost at love or tried to save the farm, Honk is the band for you. 

 

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Shaky Stills
Aug
5
7:00 PM19:00

Shaky Stills

With his brand of country, folky rhythm and blues, out the front Shaky is more of a crooner than a screamer, Shaky’s pure and charismatic voice is impossible to miss”.

“Matched with his trademark quirkiness, quick wit and finesse at penning interesting songs".

Patty Carr ( aka Shaky ) fronts an unmistakable sound & style, with Ed Bates on the pedal steel driving Country & Western, Rhythm n Blues, Rockabilly & Swampy shuffles. There's plenty of inspired soloing from Ed and Matt Rodd on the steel and 6 string electric guitar.

They'll be debuting their new single "It Ain't Easy" along with playing songs from their current Album Genuine. 

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Michael Meeking & The Lost Souls
Jul
29
7:00 PM19:00

Michael Meeking & The Lost Souls

It’s the morning after the night before … Are you filled with regret or still on a high?

“Will you send me to heaven or put me through hell?” Michael wonders in the gospel-tinged ‘Running Towards Me’. Elsewhere, in ‘Someone New’, he asks: “Is it a blessing or a curse to feel such joy and then such hurt?”

Saturday Night Sunday Morning is the finest album in a music career that has taken Michael from Melbourne to London and back again. After six years in London, Michael returned home and re-formed The Lost Souls (Julien Chick on bass, Chris Gates on guitar, and Dave Kleynjans on drums, Cate De Carteret and Maryanne Smart on backing vocals). They’re joined on the album by some special guests, including Shane Reilly (Lost Ragas) on pedal steel, and Steve Hesketh (The Drones, Jet, You Am I) on piano, while Alison Ferrier and Michael trade lines of lament in ‘Please Don’t Cry For Me’, a heartbreaking tale of sorrow and regret. “Lovin’ ain’t my best game,” Michael confesses. “Always seems to end in pain.”

The album was co-produced and engineered by the multi-talented Roger Bergodaz. “We went into the studio and smashed out 13 songs in 12 hours,” Michael smiles. “Most of the songs were put down in one or two takes. We were very inspired by the sounds and space that Roger had captured in his work with Raised By Eagles and Lost Ragas.”

Opening cut, ‘One Sweet Day’, is a declaration of commitment. “No matter what the future might hold,” Michael sings. Right now, the future looks bright for Michael Meeking and The Lost Souls. Michael’s work has been championed by Triple R’s Neil Rogers. “Not only a gifted songwriter and performer, the hard-working Michael is one of the genuinely decent people floating around in this thing called the music industry,” Neil says.

Americana UK declared that Michael had “the rock swagger of The Faces, only more refined and performed better”, while UK’s Maverick Magazine said of Michael’s previous album, 2012’s Ride On: “It’s a bit like listening to your favourite bits of your entire record collection in just 40 minutes.”

And The Music’s Jeff Jenkins stated: “The Meeking might not inherit the earth, but he will impress with his passionate pop.”

Much of Saturday Night Sunday Morning is rooted in the classic Melbourne country-rock sound of bands such as The Dingoes, Weddings Parties Anything and The Warner Brothers, though Tom Petty influenced ‘Looking For A Change’, Ryan Bingham inspired ‘Back To Life’, and ‘Me And Lucinda’ is a love song to Lucinda Williams.

“All I want is serenity,” Michael declares in first single, ‘Field of Green’, before adding some Stones-like swagger to ‘It Won’t Take You Long’. But that’s the story of SaturdayNight Sunday Morning, a glorious record of conflicting emotions and contrasting styles.

 

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Women of Country - Leaps and Bounds
Jul
22
5:00 PM17:00

Women of Country - Leaps and Bounds

Yarra’s Women of Country returns to The Standard Hotel in 2018 as part of the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival. Sunday 22nd July brings together 5 of Australia’s rising female country artists in one very special show.  

This years show features local next big thing(s) Georgia State Line, fresh from their tour with Eilen Jewel - new act The Canyon Callers featuring Melbourne via Perth songwriter Brooke Russell - highly regarded country and soul singer Roz Girvan - Cat Canteri, recently awarded ‘Album of the Week’ in The Age - and Mandy Connell, who has recently completed her second web series of duets with local songwriters.

All acts will play 45 minute sets starting from 5pm, and like all shows at The Standard Hotel, it will be free entry.

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The Easy Leaves
Jul
15
7:00 PM19:00

The Easy Leaves

The Easy Leaves are very top of the Country heap in San Francisco, headlining and filling big rooms (Great American Music Hall, The Independent, Mystic Theatre), main stage set at last year's Outside Lands Festival (Willie Nelson told them 'We should play together again'!), CMT premieres their videos ... But more to the point, they write, record, and perform incredible songs. Songs that are meticulously crafted, and have great capabilities of (just plain) moving people. Under the guidance of Merle Haggard's music, and countless other important poets, The Easy Leaves have written their own great collection of poetry for the common man. 

The Easy Leaves have been hired as sole support on shows and runs by Dwight Yoakam, Ry Cooder & Ricky Skaggs, Junior Brown, Robert Earl Keen, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Asleep At The Wheel, Blind Boys of Alabama, Jim Lauderdale, Los Lobos, Langhorne Slim, and Lake Street Dive. The Easy Leaves are fantastic live! 

This is their first visit to Australia, having been invited to support Kasey Chambers on her Camp Fire Tour and on the nights off the lads are playing a small run of their own shows.

Melbourne, you can catch them at The Standard Hotel at their early Sunday evening session, so come down to Fitzroy and give these Californian Country Men a big warm and fuzzy Melbourne welcome.

2 sets starting at 7pm
and it's free.

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David Cosma
Jul
8
7:00 PM19:00

David Cosma

David Cosma at the Standard Hotel, July 8th.

Playing a right handed guitar, left handed, Dave’s songs are honest, with content about anything, nothing and everything in between. Accompanied with harmonies, harmonica and percussion provided by multi-instrumentalist Nick Carrafa. It’s a mish-mash of blues, roots, pop and some. They’ll be performing originals including songs from Cosma’s current release, The Death of Discovery. This will be followed by a set from the WCCM Combo (Americana/ Rockabilly), featuring Cosma and Carrafa along with Adrian Whyte and Trent McKenize. Sunday, July 8th, kicking off at 7.00pm.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/DavidCosmaMusic

http://davidcosma.com/

https://www.youtube.com/DavidCosMusic

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Sean McConnell (White Lightning)
Jul
1
7:00 PM19:00

Sean McConnell (White Lightning)

Sean McConnell (White Lightning) makes his first appearance at The Standard this Sunday, 1st July. 

Best known for his high-energy, Mississippi-style blues duo, White Lightning, this gig will see Sean in a trio, featuring Ben Wicks on bass and Scott Bennett on drums. 

Expect blues reminiscent of a bygone era, of prohibition and juke-joints, with searing slide guitar and riffs strong enough to leave a twelve bar bruise. Fans of Muddy Waters, the Black Keys and R.L Burnside will appreciate. 

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Backwood Creatures
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

Backwood Creatures

“Hands down - One of the best live bands ever! The energy of Hendrix, the rawness of Tony Joe White and the sheer force of Zeppelin all in one!” - PBS Radio, Melbourne

Spearheaded by Jeb Cardwell, energetic swamp-rock trio Backwood Creatures harks back to the glory days when guitar- driven riffs and rich vocals were king. When these guys get going, musicianship, charisma and impossibly slick finger work leave crowds transfixed.

Bassist Grant Cummerford (Jeff Lang) and drummer Tim Burnham (Lloyd Spiegel) join Jeb on stage to deliver a spontaneous and skilled live performance that masterfully ebbs and flows, from languid Sunday pub sessions to frenetic Aussie festivals.

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Shaky Stills
Jun
8
1:00 PM13:00

Shaky Stills

“With a brand of country, folky rhythm and blues, out the front Shaky is more of a crooner than a screamer, Shaky’s pure and charismatic voice is impossible to miss”.

“Matched with his trademark quirkiness, quick wit and finesse at penning interesting songs".

The Shaky Stills band write a swag of songs with strong voices in the line up, they have a real blend of country, rockabilly and rhythm n blues with Indi hooks to sing to. Shaky Stills have been writing and playing shows, rooms & festivals around Melbourne. 

Patty's (aka Shaky's) Troubadour existence is a family tradition with his great great grandfather Charles Thatcher "The Colonial Minstrel" being one of the first recorded minstrels in Australia (http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/discover_collections/history_nation/gold/miners_life/thatcher/index.html)

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Large Number 12s
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Large Number 12s

The Large Number 12s don’t care if it’s 20 people or 1000 people the songs get played with the belief they were written with. Other musicians love the Largers because they are still making great rock, great melodies, great rhythms and great noise.

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Chris Pickering Experiment
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

Chris Pickering Experiment

The five years that Chris spent in Nashville were a pivotal point in his evolution as a songwriter, the results of which will be become apparent on his new album, Canyons. Whilst in Nashville he befriended and played alongside many of the finest up-and-coming crop of songwriters and performers in Nashville, including Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Kelsey Waldon, Caitlin Rose, Cale Tyson, Kelsey Waldon, and numerous others. The album is the result of recordings that have been made at Bomb Shelter in Nashville, and Hicksville Studios in Joshua Tree, CA. Accordingly, Chris engaged the services of producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes) and up-and-coming Australian producer and artist Adrian Mauro (Machine Age) to help administer the final touches to his latest work.

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Honk
Apr
29
7:00 PM19:00

Honk

Honk is a Melbourne rhythm n' roots band who blend honest country music with our own gut instincts for a spaghetti western drinking song.

Honk is made up of seasoned players of Australia’s independent music scene who’ve played in several bands you may have heard of, and many you won't.

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Sammy Owen & Friends
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

Sammy Owen & Friends

He comes on givin lip like your younger brother after a night on the turps. He's all cheek and twists and a wry smile to keep you fooled. Then he launches into some of the best driving blues you'll hear in yonks. Sammy Owen - he jumps and jives like a young George Thorogood, he shreds that thing, his lyrics tease, soon you'll be yellin for more. Come hear what we're talking about - intense, hard hitting, toes over the edge style blues from Melbuurne, vic.

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