Down Under Beats #15
Last Friday saw the launch of two fine albums by Aussie females. Gretta Ziller launched her album, Queen of Boomtown and Melody Moko’s The Wreckage were released. There are many similarities between the two artists. They both have a haunting quality to their music and their voices and they are both Alt. Country Music singer/songwriters who cover various styles and topics. Melody’s album was produced by one of Australia’s finest Country Music Singer/Songwriters, Catherine Britt and Melody’s husband, awesome guitarist, Michael Muchow. I have reviewed both of these albums on Countryas. They are two very polished and long awaited albums.
Both ladies have been having launches in several states over the last week and they continue over the next few.
Ben Ransom is still number one with Let’s Go Driving, for the sixth week. (as of 5 September) The new charts come out tomorrow. This has been a great run for Ben.
Last Thursday, I was able to swing a free ticket to The Basement to see The Spindrifters which are kind of a supergroup of individually known Australian musicians. Our finest guitarist, Stuie French, pedal steel supremo, Michel Rose, Tamworth girl and Saturday Night Country Host and awesome songwriter, Felicity Urquhart, Fiddle player, Clare O’Meara, drummer Brad Bergen and special guest, Shanley Del, amongst others. They play a mixture of Tex Mex, Louisiana Blues, classic country and they did a bit of a tribute to Glen Campbell. Felicity did a show stopping version of the classic, Sweet Memories and Stuie’s son, Sonny, did a couple of songs for us too.
Gretta Ziller, The April Family and Andrew Swift will be at Rooty Hill RSL for another Gretta launch this Thursday.
Chalkie White launched his new single on the weekend and he is gigging a bit with it over the next few weeks.
Gary Hammond: I came across Gary quite by accident. His music is a cross between folk/country and blues. All of his songs are original and always tell a story. Some are quite political, some can cause debate and others are just nice and easy to listen to.....but even then, they make you think a bit. He has a very distinctive, husky voice which suits his sometimes moody, always meaningful songs. In many ways, his music is Paul Kelly and Bob Dylan like.
Tyson Colman: Tyson Colman has been in the music business for over 20 years and he has been a session singer for some of the best in Australia. Recently, Tyson’s music has hit a new high and his album, From Now On is doing great guns with a new album coming out soon. On top of this, the country rocker is writing a series of books. He has been on some promotional tours to America and he is gaining a new audience. Tyson is one to watch over the next few years.
Roo Arcus: Roo is one of Australia’s favourite Country Music Artists. He is not just popular because of his Alan Jackson/George Strait kind of music, but also because he is one of the good guys. A true gentleman, a farmer and a family man, Roo is one of the most likeable guys in the business. He is very patriotic, the Australian version of an American Cowboy and one of the easiest guys to listen to. His songs are sometimes autobiographical, sometimes about every day things but mainly, they are songs about keeping it real. He is currently in America.
Dean Perrett: Dean is another farmer, a singer of traditional country songs, what we call bush ballads in Australia. Dean also sings a variety of country songs, which have links to the land and to Australian heroes – every day ones as well as famous ones. Dean is also one of the nice guys of the music industry. He has won quite a few Golden Guitar awards for his songs. Dean has been part of a new era of appreciation for the songs of the land. A new generation is appreciating this genre of music because of people like Dean.
Benn Gunn: Benn has taken up residence most years at Tamworth at the Tudor front bar. That’s where I first heard him. He was already having people sing along to his songs, most of which included the word: Beer. Benn can be thoughtful, with songs of his hometown, or fun with his beer songs and just songs about life. Benn is a bit like the spelling of his name, a little bit unconventional but in the guise of a cowboy, so he is a bit “don’t judge a book by its cover” only, for he is many things. He’s a rockin’ cowboy, a bluesy one, and he can sing a damn fine ballad. He shoots from the hip.
More new albums coming:
This has been a huge year for new albums in Australia. So many great Alt. Country Albums, Blues Albums and Folk Albums coming through. Within the next few weeks months, Rick Hart, Ben Ransom, Angus Gill, Jodie Crosby, John Flanagan, Fanny Lumsden, Imogen Clark and many others are releasing new albums. I can’t wait to hear them.
The move is on:
I will be moving to Victoria next week but will be keeping up the blog. If anything, I will be closer to where a lot of the music is happening at the moment. I did my last show with 2GLF today, hopefully, I will be able to get into the community radio scene when I get settled in.
Turn your radio up. Enjoy the music.
Hooroo until next time!