Down Under Beats #18
By Kaz Johnson
G’day from Victoria!
(Canadians can relate to that name too!). Mildura Country Music Festival starts this weekend (as reported last week). It is one of the major Indie Festivals in Australia. There are other Blues and Roots Festivals and Country Festivals about, most notably the Deni Muster in NSW and several others have been happening in Parkes and Forbes and other places.
I was busy with reviews last week on CountryAs with Melissa Robertson bringing out her new single, He’s A Writer of Songs, Fanny Lumsden’s smashing new album, A Real Class Act and Michaela Jenke’s Diamonds Outta Dirt, a really cool EP. There are new ones coming out soon, I will let you know as they come through.
I had a break from the Infamous Five last week, with all that is happening in my crazy life, but it is back this week with some special ones.
With the long weekend coming up in NSW this weekend, there are a lot of mini festivals going on as well as footy finals. Spring is in the air in Austalia and lots of new music is coming through.
Carpenter Caswell continue to promote their new self titled album with some great gigs with some of Australia’s very best acts. Lyn Bowtell has new music out as well and a new album coming shortly. Everybody is bringing out sneaky singles at the moment to be followed by albums shortly.
Tamworth seems a way off yet, it is not on until January, but the gigs are being advertised already. It is a two fold thing. If you don’t book early, you might miss out. If you do book early you may miss out on something else. Nominations for Golden Guitars will be announced soon.
My music calendar will be full for the next 5 years if my Victorian friends and awesome musos have anything to do with it. I have to get a place to live soon and settle into the job, then I will be going to a few gigs.....or more!
Melbourne is also the city for good quality buskers. I will be out and about soon doing a special report on them. I am about 2 hours out of Melbourne, but it will be good for day trips and quick weekend getaways for gigs.
Paul Costa: Paul and his brother Don are two of the best known brothers in Australian Country Music. Paul for his original songs and Don for his famous interpretations of classics. Brother Noel has also been known to write the odd song or two! Paul has been one of the most consistently good and successful male artists. His ability to sing just about anything and appeal to a wide audience of all ages with his “Mr Nice Guy” tag and his slickly produced albums and great gigs make him one of our finest entertainers.
Dan Murphy: Dan is the real thang. A cowboy at heart, this fireman come country music artist is a fan favourite and a true country boy. His songs are pure country, whether he is singing his own songs or singing classic country tunes. He is half larrikin and half good old boy and he sings about all things country. What you see is what you get with Dan, and he is easy to listen to and loves a singalong. Two great albums and hopefully more to come.
Peter Smokie Dawson: Peter is as Australian as Vegemite and Uluru. He’s a battler who sings from the heart and writes songs about life and all things that your average guy can relate to.....and girl for that matter. An affable chap with a passion for music and life in general, Peter is following in the steps of the pioneers in Australian Country Music. It has been a long haul for Peter, but he is finally getting some recognition.
Matt Scullion: Matt is one of the most respected Australian Songwriters, though he is not as commercially known as a lot of his peers. He has written and co-written many songs with some of our best and he has helped a lot of young acts along with his songs. He has had some international success. He is a fine singer in his own right but rarely gets the promotion that he so deserves. Check out most Australian Country Music Indie albums and you will probably find a Matt song.
Doug Bruce: I have mentioned Dougie on here before, but he is worth an official mention in the Infamous Five. Doug arrived from the USA a while ago and he is now firmly entrenched in the Australian Country Music culture with a string of albums, awards and nominations. He is a fan favourite with his Alan Jackson/George Strait country music style. He writes his own songs but they definitely have that flavour. He is one of the good guys of country music and we love him. From ballads to a little bit of the old Honky Tonk and Texas Swing, Dougie is ours now.
That’s it for this week, guys, but I will have some really cool stuff coming up soon for you. Life is better with music in it and just plain awful without it.
Hooroo until next time,