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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Honk
Aug
12
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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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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Moondogs
Dec
24
7:00 PM19:00

Moondogs

Moondogs is the culmination of 40+ years of blues-fuelled rock and roll.

Heavily influenced by the seminal works of the late 60's and early 70's by the Stones (Beggars Banquet, Exile on Main Street, Let it Bleed) and Faces (A Nod is as a Wink to Blind Horse), Moondogs bring back tunes that you have forgotten about, but then wonder why.

Guitarists and vocalists  Les Barker (ex-Dear Enemy, Lois Lane) and Simon Gardiner (ex-Cuban Crocodiles, Yogi Goes Bear) trade tasty slide licks that would make Ronnie Wood proud. Neil Salmon and Mick Harris (ex-Croc’s Back) hold down a rock-solid rhythm section that will have your flares flapping.

Moondogs have that rare ability to transport you back to a time where everyone was a little bit cheeky and everything was fun. Catch 'em if you can.

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Tim Guy
Dec
17
7:00 PM19:00

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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Sam Reiher and the September Gurls
Dec
3
7:00 PM19:00

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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Gallie
Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

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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Bo Jenkins
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

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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