I have been doing a lot of music reviews lately. You can't get much more bluesier and rootsier in Australia than 8 Ball Aitken and Col Finley. I have reviewed both of their albums this week. 8 Ball spends half of the year in the U.S. and half in Australia.....or thereabouts. I have all of 8's cds and his dvd and I have seen him live many times and I really think that this is his best all round effort so far. I love some songs from other albums but as an album, this stands tall....like 8 does. Col's album is called The Collective, a treasure trove of 25 years. It is a 2 album collection of many of Col's hits and those which people ask him to play. They are all originals. Both of these guys have a unique sound. I am sure that nobody else really sounds like them. Check their websites for details and please read my reviews on CountryAs.
I will hopefully be going to see Fanny Lumsden and The Davidson Brothers this weekend in Melbourne. Fanny has a beautiful haunting voice which delivers some of the finest sounds in Australia. The Davidson Brothers are fresh from winning multiple Golden Guitars at Tamworth for their Bluegrass sound.
Next week, hopefully, I will be going back down to Melbourne to go to Tori Forsyth's gig where she will be playing with Golden Guitar winner and mentor, Aleyce Simmonds. Her new album is out soon.
Also due for releases soon are Andrew Swift, (hopefully will see him on March 2), Michael Waugh (I will be seeing him just around the corner from me at the end of February) and many others.
I reviewed Anthony Taylor's album, Music Man as well and it is a beauty, particularly for those who love the 90's American country music sound and those who also love the stylings of the likes of Merle Haggard and the other Outlaws.
My Tamworth girls, Sally-Anne Whitten and Jodie Crosby have albums in the mail to me....can't wait to hear them.
Have a good week...and turn up the stereo.