Down Under Beats #16
I will shortly be heading to Victoria to live, where there are so many Indie Americana/Alt Country artists that they are dominating the scene in Australia at the moment. I am very excited about my new job in the library and it is in the country, so even better. A stone’s throw away from where I will be living and working are many places where music festivals of all types are held and not far from Melbourne where the scene is blossoming in pubs and at house concerts and other gigs. Hopefully, I will also get into Community Radio there.
The albums are coming thick and fast now and the festival season is pushing on as well. Angus Gill’s album is out this Friday. Currently, his song, Roadworks, is doing really well on the charts. As the new albums come through, I will endeavour to review them for you. It has been a boom year this year for country music in all of its 79 guises in Australia.
Arna Georgia: Arna is following the footsteps of Amber Lawrence, Melinda Schneider and others, coming from the city and entering country music. Arna’s style is very traditional, despite the fact that she is from Sydney. I had the joy of seeing her perform just before Christmas last year and she was showing the signs then that big success was not far away. Her songs are original songs but they have that old time country music flavour with a twist.
Tara Favell: I saw Tara with her sparkly guitar a few years ago at an Amber Lawrence event in Maroubra. Tara definitely has a country sound but she is probably leaning towards the more contemporary sound. She is one of the hardest working performers, appearing at every kind of venue possible in Sydney, from shopping centres to clubs, pubs and festivals. She hasn’t quite got the big break yet, but it will come. She has a very clear sound. She is a versatile performer who also models and acts.
Michaela Jenke: South Australian, Michaela, definitely has the torch and twang about her music, though she does up the tempo a few times. She has supported some of Australia’s best on tour and her debut EP was released this year. She covers a few of the 79 types of Country Music. I think that she tackles the bluesy sound well, sounding a bit like Sara Evans. I will be doing a review of Michaela’s EP shortly. It is a treat.
Adam Toms: Adam is currently back on the gig circuit and writing new music. A few years ago, Adam released two very popular albums but had a break to look after his family and put music on the backburner for a while. Adam has a very bluesy/rocky voice but can sing just about any style. He is a very likeable guy and one of the most down to earth people that you could meet. I am glad that he is back making music.
Lee Forster: Lee co-starred on one of my favourite albums a few years ago with Stuie French, which comprised of drinking songs. I have seen and heard Lee a few times at Tamworth and most recently at Mildura last year. He is a country singer/songwriter through and through and one of the easiest guys to listen to. He’s a fairly humble guy and he plays a few different styles of country but mainly gets back to basics. He is also a pretty fine guitarist.
There are a couple of gigs that I hope to go to not long after I hit Victoria and of course, Mildura Country Music Festival is coming up soon. I will let you know more about that and the Indie Awards when time gets closer.
Hopefully, I will get an article to you next week, and it will have a few review mentions.