Down Under Beats #17
Due to the fact that in the last few days, I have shifted state, packed up my belongings and I have started a new job, I haven’t had much time to put together the Infamous Five for this week. However, I do have a few clips to show of some of those that I have featured in the I.F. over the last 16 weeks and I have also a few other points of interest.
Melissa Robertson and Lachlan Bryan are about to release new singles this week. Melissa Robertson’s video is of the song that she wrote about one of our great songwriters, Luke O’Shea. Lachlan is about to release a single that features Shanley Del, who is the sister of NZ star, Jenny Morris and her hubby is one of our finest singers, James Gillard. Shanley is a beaut singer in her own right and it is great to see her back in the recording business.
Two days after my arrival in Victoria, I happened upon a gig just 5 minutes away from my temporary lodgings, featuring a Hunter Valley band, Whiskey Business and Brook Chivell from the Gold Coast. The Power Ranch is a real farm, decorated in appropriate style.
It was a great night (albeit a bit on the cold side and I was a bit tired after all of the moving, etc. ). Lots of ambience and fun and cool music.
Victoria has a wealth of talent down here. I am very excited about exploring the music industry in more depth and helping to promote so many great songwriters down here.
There is a countdown now to the Indie Awards at Mildura in the north of the state that I am now living in and the festival that is in the town. For about 10 days, the Indie only festival is run in the middle of one of Australia’s best wine areas. It is a beautiful part of Victoria and Australia. There are free gigs every day in the mall with a variety of acts and then the clubs and pubs of the area host these artists and others. It is an invitation only festival and the artists eagerly hope to be featured. Mainly, the artists featured are of traditional country ilk, but they do mix it up. I went last year and there was a sprinkling of new artists with alt. Country vibe but generally speaking they are mainly of the traditional type.
One advantage over Tamworth is that you can get to see your favourite artists more than once or twice. You can see them multiple times. There are way less artists and the variety is not so much there, but you can see them several times. The Festival culminates in the awards (I listed the nominations a few weeks ago).
Once I get settled in to the job and new digs, I will be able to expose a little more of the great gigs and artists down here.
I am excited about many great new albums that are coming out soon. It has been such a huge year for country music. I can’t wait to share this new stuff with you. Sorry about the brevity this week, but the next month or so will be jam packed.