Chris Pickering
Oct
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Chris Pickering

Chris Pickering Experiment is the live project of Melbourne-based writer-musician Chris Pickering, also featuring James O’Brien (Darling James) and Steve Pope (Kate Miller-Heidke Band, Bulldozer). The trio play stretched-out psychedelic twang versions of Pickering’s well-structured indie-pop songs, with influences as diverse as Burt Bacharach, Waylon Jennings, Tinariwen, and Can. Featuring space-rock guitar solos, tight-knit arrangements, and brilliant musicality, this group are sure to send you on a musical flight to the edge of space-time and back again.

 

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Michael Meeking & The Lost Souls
Oct
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Michael Meeking & The Lost Souls

Melbourne outfit Michael Meeking & The Lost Souls return to The Standard and are excited to have released their new album Saturday Night Sunday Morning. The culmination of several years of creating the pop-jangled rock sounds the are now embedded on the album forever, Michael Meeking has released an album he is immensely proud of.

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.

Saturday Night Sunday Morning is the finest album in a music career that has taken Michael Meek- ing from Melbourne to London and back again. Af-ter 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). 

“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 Rogers, Triple R

Americana UK declared that Michael had “the rock swag- ger 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.”

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Z Star Delta
Nov
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Z Star Delta

The explosive duo features the electrifying award-winning frontwoman Zee Gachette deemed “one to watch” by BBC Radio 2 (drums and acoustic guitar), and guitar prodigy Sebastien Heintz, who effortlessly deliver a fascinating cinematic road trip of sound. Zee’s hypnotic presence, bewitching raspy blue tones, big acoustic guitars and swampy grooves laced with Seb’s dark desert slide, psyche blues guitars and synth make for a beautifully dangerous concoction. From the acoustic sublime, to high octane rock. Sensual, expansive, powerful. The duo’s sound journeys through an intoxicating and experimental mix of Country Blues and Desert Rock.

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Kim Volkman and the Whiskey Priests
Nov
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Kim Volkman and the Whiskey Priests

Sometimes, as you fight your way through the polluted air of artistic pretension, social media pranks and specious advertising hype, it’s possible to catch a glimpse of honest-to-goodness rock’n’roll.

Yet so it is with Kim Volkman and the Whiskey Priests. Kim Volkman isn’t a household name, but he is a name to be reckoned with in Melbourne’s booze-laden rock’n’roll dens of vice and iniquity. Setting Suns, Volkman’s latest record with his three-piece outfit, the Whiskey Priests, is a dose of rock’n’roll in its dirtiest, bluesy, raw guise.

The album opens with Poor Tom, a Led Zeppelin track recorded on the cusp of that band’s stratospheric rise, and released posthumously in the early 1980s. Volkman and fellow guitarist Tim Deane wrench every last drop of blues attitude from its festering body; this is the devil’s music, writ large. A few songs later, and Devil’s Coat Tails takes you down the well-travelled road of boogie rock; Only Money is a philosophical, if potentially disingenuous, assessment of our commoditised existence. You can hear Keef chilling in the backroom in Fools Gold; you can strut like an exiled motherfucker in Monkey and reach a higher plane of rock’n’roll consciousness.

And then there’s Volkman’s sensitive side, from the sweet and heavy You and Me, to the album’s dark, brooding and mysterious closing track, Setting Sun. Seven minutes later, and the air is still dense with love, hate, anger and remorse, each grinding blues chord slicing piercing your brain like a evangelist preacher summonsing the devil from a sinner’s tormented soul.  Rock’n’roll was always supposed to be this way.

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Bo Jenkins
Nov
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Bo Jenkins

"His mere talent puts him in the same league as Hendrix and Clapton" is a bold statement to say about someone only few have heard of, but these are the words from "RHYTHMS" magazine about the Bo Jenkins Band on his performance at the, Byron Bay Blues Festival in Australia.Bo, a left hander, tunes his guitar upside down and plays with the high "E" string on top - allowing him to play some things that right handed players just cannot do. 

Bo was born on a small farm in Bottleneck, Arkansas, to Joe and Thelma Jenkins. He spent his early years living next door to Levon Helms, future drummer and vocalist for "The Band". 

After his family moved to Helena Arkansas, Bo grew up hearing his father sing and his grandfather (a full blooded Native American) play guitar.

Bo started his career playing the roadhouses and bars in Helena and up and down Highways 49 and 61. These have produced many renowned musicians such as Sonny Boy Williamson, Conway Twitty, Houston Stackhouse and Willie Dixon. This delta region is where Blues met Country and had a baby named Rock and Roll. Artists such as Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich and Ronnie Hawkins learned their trade in this small town.

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Gallie
Nov
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Gallie

Having spent many years traveling the world playing music, during which time he recorded two EPs and one full length album, all of which have never been released, "I was never in one place long enough to give them a proper release", Gallie has said.

"It's these years of being on the road and the people I've met, the experiences I've had, that all creep into the songs".

He finally managed to stay in one place long enough to record and release 'The Occoquan River' and it's this release that has seen Gallie garnish an evergrowing and devout following. In one week alone his video for the song 'Long May Your Days Be Gold' got over 30,000 views on facebook.

On the strength of this release Gallie has been selling out shows up and down the East coast and is set to return to Europe with dates planned for Ireland, England and France.

A natural storyteller, and gifted songwriter, every performance is different, sprinkled between the songs are stories about growing up in Dublin, his travels on the road, the people he has met, and the loves lost and found. The stories are sometimes comical, sometimes tragic but always heartfelt. It's this passion that Gallie brings to his performances and songwriting that will continue to bring him to an international stage, alluring listeners of all creeds to sit up and take notice.

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Sam Reiher and the September Gurls
Dec
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sam Reiher and the September Gurls

Samuel Reiher and the September Gurls are a Melbourne based outfit playing country tinged tunes with a hint of honky tonk and a sniff of rockin’ and a rollin’. Sam writes heartfelt songs that’ll resonate heavily with any fan of Americana music. His debut EP was produced and recorded by Australia's grand daddy of country music, Mr. Bill Chambers.

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Tim Guy
Dec
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Tim Guy

Informed by world travels and other adventures, Melbourne’s Tim Guy has steadily mapped out a diverse catalogue that documents his unique evolution as a singer, songwriter and performer. He’s also notched up more casual career highlights than most artists could ever hope to – let alone keep track of. 

Having bounced between no less than 10 schools during his Australian childhood – with an interlude in Papua New Guinea – Guy relocated to New Zealand to launch his music career. His very first tour spanned 27 dates supporting that country’s national treasure, Bic Runga, who lovingly produced his 2004 debut album Blazey. He went on to record both 2007’s Hummabyes and 2010’s Big World in Auckland, perfecting a breathy blend of rustic folk, bluesy Americana and chiming indie rock.

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Z Star Delta
Oct
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Z Star Delta

The explosive duo features the electrifying award-winning frontwoman Zee Gachette deemed “one to watch” by BBC Radio 2 (drums and acoustic guitar), and guitar prodigy Sebastien Heintz, who effortlessly deliver a fascinating cinematic road trip of sound. Zee’s hypnotic presence, bewitching raspy blue tones, big acoustic guitars and swampy grooves laced with Seb’s dark desert slide, psyche blues guitars and synth make for a beautifully dangerous concoction. From the acoustic sublime, to high octane rock. Sensual, expansive, powerful. The duo’s sound journeys through an intoxicating and experimental mix of Country Blues and Desert Rock.

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Railway Bell (WA)
Oct
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Railway Bell (WA)

Alt Country five-piece Ralway Bell are earning a solid reputation in the Wild West as a favourite of the genre, by both city and country music folks.

As recent winners of the 2017 WAM Song of The Year (Country) and 2016 Country Group of the Year (WA Country Music Awards) along with nominations for Best Country Group in 2015 & 2016 for the WAM Awards, Ralway Bell are about embark on their first national tour (October 2017) to support the release of their debut album ‘Dear Friends’.

This Alt Country outfit channel Indi and Blues Rock influences through their whisky soaked tales of love and despair. Rich guitar tones and sweet pedal steel licks colour their sturdy denim rhythms - that have worn the stages of bars and festivals in rural and metro WA.

The first single Caught In The Crossfire, 2017’s WAM Song of The Year (Country) launched to a capacity crowd at Rodney’s Bait & Tackle (WA) late in July and is accompanied with romantically visual clip directed by James Bogle (Whiteley) and shot by Michael McDermott (Hounds of Love).

‘Dear Friends’ is premiered nationally via themusic.com.au on October 3rd. Ralway Bell tour nationally throughout October, including a visit to the famed Standard Hotel on Sunday October 8th with WA Ex-Pat Sean Pollard (Split Seconds).

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Leaps and Bounds - Yarra’s Women of Country
Jul
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Leaps and Bounds - Yarra’s Women of Country

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.

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Leaps and Bounds - Yarra’s Women of Country
Jul
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Leaps and Bounds - Yarra’s Women of Country

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.

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Tim Guy
Jul
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Tim Guy

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)

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