Buy from the Bush is a campaign that started on social media and has become a sensation in very quick time. In an effort to support businesses in drought-affected (and now fire-affected) parts of Australia, #buyfromthebush on Facebook and Instagram gives all Australians the chance to do their Christmas shopping from places that not only need a hand but also have wonderful, beautiful, often unique pieces for sale.
Now country music favourite Greg Storer has written and recorded a song to support the campaign, and the song ‘Buy from the Bush’ features his vocals as well as those of Sydney singer Anna Clark. Each purchase of the song helps Buy from the Bush bring some cheer to country towns. And if you’re yet to buy your Christmas gifts, consider buying from the bush (I have).
Buy the single for $5 here:
See all the great bush businesses on Instagram: www.instagram.com/buyfromthebush
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Find out more at www.buyfromthebush.com.au
Daisy Spratt is a singer-songwriter living in Melbourne who has been making a splash not just in her home town but in Nashville, where she usually visits twice a year, although she’s only made it there once this year. Each visit sounds like it is jam packed.
‘I do a lot of co-writes when I’m there,’ says Daisy. ‘This trip round [in July] I did quite a few co-writes. We wrote and recorded “Think Again Boy” while we were there as well. And a lot of meet-and-greets. Meetings and introducing yourself to lots of different people. They keep me busy while I’m there. And I did a photo shoot while I there as well. So we try to smash out as much as we can in one hit.’
‘Think Again Boy’ is Spratt’s new single, and she wrote it with Brandon Hood on her most recent trip – the same trip when she recorded it.
‘I wrote it during a time when I felt kind of underestimated and people underestimated me, I guess, as a muso,’ she explains, ‘and people are very quick to judge purely by looking at you. So we created this storyline about a girl at a bar and there’s a guy trying to hit on her and buy her a drink, but he doesn’t even know who she is. It’s a “Why would you buy her a drink and you just don’t even know her?” sort of thing. It’s a very female oriented song, trying to be sort of empowering – “you don’t know me, I can do my own thing, I can be here and being who I am without you trying to pretend that you know me”. So that was the idea behind it and then it ended up turning it to this really, really fun song.’
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The Buckleys are a trio of siblings from the northern rivers district of New South Wales. They’ve been going to the Tamworth Country Music Festival for years, first busking on Peel Street in 2011 when Molly was 9, Lachlan was 10 and Sarah Grace was 12. That was, in fact, when the band formed – the Buckley family was on holiday in the country music capital when the younger generation decided to start playing, and found themselves in the top ten of the busking competition without even knowing they’d entered.
Now aged 16, 18 and 19, they are managed by Chris Murphy (who also managed INXS) and signed to Petrol Records/Universal Music, they have been nominated for a Golden Guitar in the Best New Talent category,
Currently recording in Nashville, the band will be returning to Australia at the end of the year – and ahead of that they’re released the new single ‘I’m Comin’ For Ya (Love)’. The Buckleys have an irresistible country pop sound – that early experience on Peel Street seems to have honed their instincts for how to capture a listener’s attention and keep them entertained. Although they were unknowns just months ago, this kind of ‘overnight success’ always takes a lot of work – and the proof is there in the songs. And it’s not just themselves they write for: collectively the trio have written well over 100 songs. Sarah was awarded top 5 in the 2014 American Songwriting Awards teen section and the following year both Sarah and Molly were once again nominated for a prestigious ASA Award. One of Sarah’s songs, ‘Strawberry Footprints’, was recorded by Felicity Urquhart for her album Frozen Rabbit.
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This month’s Spotify playlist is all new releases – see below for the full list.
Fanny Lumsden – ‘These Days’
Brad Cox – ‘Give Me Tonight’
Emma Dykes – ‘The Drovers’
Copperline – ‘Next Year’
Natalie Henry – ‘Water Over Wine’
Tom Curtain with Lee Kernaghan and Sara Storer – ‘She Gave Us The Song’
Aly Cook – ‘Southern Christmas Stars’
Andy Nelson – ‘Late Night Letter’
Kora Naughton – ‘Speechless’
Katie Bates – ‘Polka Dot Dress’
Leaving Lennox – ‘Weren’t Looking For’
Brittany Elise – ‘Pit Stop’
Aleyce Simmonds – ‘I Could Dance With You’
Renee Jonas – ‘Blame it on the Wine’
Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife – ‘Catch You’
Brook Chivell – ‘Fearless Rider’
Natalie Pearson – ‘Plan B’
Oh Harlow – ‘Give It A Miss’
Rory Ellis is a singer-songwriter from Newcastle, New South Wales, who has been performing for thirty years. His outlaw Americana style has won fans all over the world, with Ellis touring in Europe as well as Australia. His new album, Inner Outlaw, is his ninth. It showcases his impressive voice and masterful storytelling. And, as it turns out, the twelve songs on the album are just a sample of what Ellis has stashed away. He writes songs constantly, saying, ‘There’s always something that happens every day, really. Since that album I’ve sat out at my little table there and probably written another twenty-four [songs].
‘Little ideas pop to mind or thoughts or things you see or hear,’ Ellis goes on. ‘You can always write a song about something. It doesn’t need to be the biggest thing in the world. It can be the smallest thought in the world. In fact, the song “The Letter”, off the Inner Outlaw album, I was sitting here thinking about my grandfather sitting around his table out in the backyard in Porter Street, Prahran. There’s a little chess table made out of marble and concrete by my uncle Jimmy, who was my godfather. I just started to write about the backyard. It was incredible little place in Porter Street and had a loft, a horse stable, the cobblestones and the big gates out the back. Of course it’s not there now. My dad used to say, you know, there’s people there like Bob Hawke and Arthur Calwell sitting around Uncle Jimmy’s table. So I wrote a song called “Uncle Jimmy’s Table”.’
It is obviously wonderful for an artist to be open to those ideas coming, but there’s a great deal of skill involved in taking that inspiration, that fleeting thought, and turning it into a song. Ellis explains the craft of this by saying, ‘I think the thing is to take a small idea and paint a really big picture in not a lot of words. At the end of the day being a storyteller more so than a pop stylist, you tend not to do the total repetition on everything. So you’re actually telling a story, you’re painting a picture for people so that they can put themselves in the situation, you know, or relate to it somehow. And that’s the skill to it, in my opinion.’
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Fanny Lumsden – an unstoppable, inspirational singer-songwriter who is in the middle of her latest Country Halls Tour – has released a new song, the bittersweet ‘These Days’, and announced that her third album, Fallow, will be released in March 2020.
‘These Days’ is about the stretch of time between Christmas and New Year, when not much happens but so much matters. The song is bittersweet because, as the song says, she waits all year for these days but, as she said on stage the other night, these days can contain sadness even while you’re experiencing them, because you know they’re about to be over. Given that many Australians spend that stretch of the year in the same state – going to the beach, hanging out, taking the opportunity to do not much of all but knowing it’s all so fleeting – there is much to relate to. And, as is so often the case with Lumsden’s songs, it’s also musically memorable.
Fallow is available to preorder on CD and vinyl as well as digital, and if you order from Lumsden she’ll send you an email to access lots of behind-the-scenes content, which will be added to as time goes on.
‘These Days’ is out through Red Dirt Records and Cooking Vinyl Records.
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Emma Dykes is a singer-songwriter from Port Macquarie, New South Wales, who carefully crafts heartfelt, articulate songs about a range of different human experiences. Dykes is unafraid of emotion, detail or reality, and the specificity of her lyrics brings the listener closer.
Her latest single, ‘The Drovers’, comes from Dykes’s own experiences. She has worked on mine sites and learnt about rodeo first hand as the president of a local rodeo committee in Cape York – and has also worked as an emergency nurse in rural and remote towns. It’s the latter occupation that has seen her rely on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to transport seriously ill patients. She
Dykes once asked to take part in a fundraiser as the performing artist for the event, which was a 4500 km off-road 4WD adventure named ‘The Drovers Run’ was raising money for the rescue helicopter. She wrote the song ‘The Drovers’ in Arkaroola, South Australia, on the back of a restaurant menu while on that tour. With co-writer Matt O’Leary she asked each of the people on that tour to write down what the rescue chopper meant to them, and those responses inspired the song.
The track was produced by Matt Fell at Love Hz Studios and unites the hard yakka of the fundraising Drovers with the importance of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter itself. It also draws on the work of the drover as we usually know it, mustering cattle across expanses of countryside.
‘The rescue service is there when it is needed, free of charge, all thanks to these fundraising efforts,’ says Dykes. ‘It’s a worthy cause and one that we want to be ready and waiting, though we hope we’ll never need to use it.’
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