Down Under Beats 14
The new albums are all starting to come through now and September sees heaps of new music being released. This is usually the time of the year in Australia for new country releases. The only other time of the year so busy tends to be in January, when the Tamworth Country Music Festival is on and people like to launch their albums there.
Some people have them ready for the Mildura Country Music Festival, which is at the end of the month.
Gympie Music Festival went off well from all reports with more emphasis on a broader music range than the country music festival of old.
Phoebe Jay: This pocket rocket teenager is a pure bundle of joy. She writes songs about things that fit her generation and songs that concern her generation. She is full of passion and joy about her music and it is very infectious. Her songwriting is way beyond her years and I have no idea how such a big voice comes out of such a small space. Her current single, No Glue, has been a real chart mover. She is not afraid to sing about things which are a bit political or controversial but she keeps them in the confines of her age group.
Lloyd Clarke: Lloyd is one of the most incredible songwriters that we have here in Australia. In one EEP, he has managed to produce an album that is so much a picture of our country and at the same time, it is not over the top or too sickly patriotic. It has beautiful Celtic undertones and powerful lyrics. His voice is strong yet wistful and folky. We hope to hear more from Lloyd in the near future.
Marie Hodson: Marie is one of the female vocalists in this country keeping the legends of country music alive. I am more about singer/songwriters but Marie has a way of singing the classics that make them sound like her own. She does tribute shows of the likes of Patsy Cline, Reba McEntire and many others. She produces albums that cover the big classics but also lesser known ones. There is no doubting that the Kiwi come Aussie has one of the most incredible voices in the land, whether she is singing Patsy or other songs.
Connie Kis Andersen: This Western Australian is one of the dark horses in Australian Country Music. She promotes Australian Country Music as much as she writes it and plays it. Her music is bluesy, sassy, folky, country. She mainly writes her own music but she also sings the classics. She is a great entertainer and humanitarian. Connie has sung at festivals and gigs all over the world. She is one of the great characters of Australian country music.
Rory Phillips: Rory was born with the blues in his fingers. He picked up a guitar at 5 and at 10, he has broken many records for being ” the youngest to do”. He is still raw (as one would expect at 10) but his fingers do the talking for him. He has an old head on young shoulders. He has the support and guidance of some of Australia’s finest, and has co-written songs with them which appear on his EEP. (Extended, Extended Play!) When you have the likes of Ben Ransom, Bill Chambers, Roger Corbett and Amber Lawrence on your team, plus a growing stream of fans, you have to be taken seriously. His passion for his music is obvious.
The Spindrifters at The Basement
Because I have been looking for work the last few months, I have missed out on some great gigs. As a cool hurrah to Sydney, I have been shouted a night at my second favourite venue in Sydney, The Basement, with some very cool dudes and dudettes, The Spindrifters, who play a mix of music and the band is made up of some of our best pickers and pluckers and singers. It is sort of a supergroup and apparently you never know who might turn up to add to the band. I am really looking forward to this night. I will let you know how it went next week.
Looking forward to a feast of music
I have been singing the praises of Victorian singer/songwriters for a long while now and I am very excited to be moving there so that I can help a little bit with the promotion of such great talent. Even my new local cafe is run by country music singer Chris Lee. Lloyd Clarke (whom I have mentioned above) is nearby as are many others. Melbourne has many talented Alt. Country and Blues artists. There is a major community radio station nearby and Moe hosts a Jazz Festival. Up the road there is a major country music festival as well. It should be a veritable feast of music!
Please check my blog CountryAs on Wordpress for my latest reviews and clips and there will be a lot more to come in the next few weeks between packing boxes. Cd and stereo will be the last things packed!
Stay tuned for some great new album reviews and highlights.
Hooroo for now,