Raised by Eagles on the run in winter

image001.pngMelbourne alt-country outfit Raised by Eagles are on tour this Australian winter, bringing their 2017 album I Must Be Somewhere (and other songs) to audiences. They’re one of our finest acts and well worth braving a cold night to see.

The remaining dates are:
Sunday June 24
Chapel On Little Ryrie GEELONG VIC
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Saturday June 30
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Friday July 6
Caravan Music Club BENTLEIGH VIC
With special guests
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Saturday August 4
Spotted Mallard BRUNSWICK VIC
With Georgia State Line
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Wednesday August 15
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Thursday August 16
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Friday August 17
Heritage Hotel BULLI NSW
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Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 August
Grand Junction MAITLAND NSW
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Watch the video for ‘Nightwheel’, the latest single from I Must Be Somewhere:





Single release: ‘High Horse’ by Travis Collins

unnamed-5Travis Collins is a six-time Golden Guitar and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year winner, and his live performances alone would be enough to garner those accolades, except he’s also been releasing consistently great country rock, including Our Backyard, his recent collaboration with Amber Lawrence, which is still taking them around the country.

Collins has announced a new album, Brave & The Broken, and from it has released a new single, ‘High Horse’, which looks at the end of a relationship through the eyes of a man talking to a (not quite understanding) friend. Collins has always been able to tell stories from a different perspective, and this song addresses not just the end of a romantic relationship but the complications that can also come with friendship.

Watch the video for ‘High Horse’:



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Single release: ‘Turn Back Jimmy Creek’ by Gareth Leach

unnamed-4Echuca singer-songwriter Gareth Leach released his debut EP in 2016 and is set to release his first album, Death & Taxes, in September. From the album comes the single ‘Turn Back Jimmy Creek’, which was written after Leach’s journey to the 2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival – and anyone who has driven the New England Highway to that festival will relate to Leach’s lyrics about long drives.

Prior to embarking on a solo career, Leach was already an an established songwriter and musician, as well as being a producer and sound engineer for his bands Strathmore and Bateman. He has also written music for film and has collaborated with musicians from the country, folk, punk and pop industries.

‘Turn Back Jimmy Creek’ has a rollicking country-rock sound to accompany Leach’s gutsy, intriguing vocals, and also features Gretta Ziller on vocals.

Watch the video for ‘Turn Back Jimmy Creek’ below:


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Single release: ‘Gypsy Girl’ by Zoey Mills

unnamed.pngTwenty-year-old Zoey Mills comes from Mackay in Queensland but she has been travelling around Australia, playing at country music festivals and talent quests, since she was fourteen. Her parents accompanied her on those early journeys and their experiences are documented in Mills’s uplifting new single, Gypsy Girl, from her forthcoming debut EP. The EP was produced by the extraordinary Catherine Britt and the song was co-written with Amber Lawrence and Kevin Bennett, who Mills met at the DAG Sheep Station Song writing Retreat in 2017. She has also attended the Junior (2016) and Senior (2017) Academy of Country Music in Tamworth.

Proving that ‘gypsy girl’ is a way of life, not just a song title, Mills has just finished renovating a 1978 model Millard caravan ready for her to travel and tour Australia in. And when she’s not doing that, she can be found working as a florist, which suggests that creativity is a way of life for her.

Listen to ‘Gypsy Girl’ on Soundcloud.

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Interview: Imogen Clark

unnamed-3It seemed like only a minute ago that 23-year-old Australian singer-songwriter Imogen Clark released her debut album, Love & Lovely Lies – and now she’s released her second, the wonderful Collide. As I found out recently when interviewing her, Clark is constantly writing, so a third album probably isn’t far way. She’s a young woman who has dedicated her life to music since childhood, and the work and passion for her craft is evident in everything she does.

Congratulations on your wonderful album. I’ve been listening to it on high rotation and every time I listen there’s a different song that pulls my attention. It’s a really great piece of work.I actually can’t believe you’ve done two albums already, though. When did you start making this one?

We started recording this at Easter last year. The first one came out in May 2016, so we pretty much straight after that album started talking about plans for the next one. So there really wasn’t much wasted time, but that’s great, because that’s what I wanted. I write so much and had been writing, particularly at that time, so, so much, so I was really, really excited to get straight back in the studio and record again, and get some of these songs out. So it was a really good timeline, because I wanted the second album to be out within a couple of years of the first one.

So do you tend to keep writing and stockpile songs as you go?

Yes. We had a ridiculous amount of songs to choose from for this record – something like 40 or 50 songs, and we chose 11. It was a really hard thing, to narrow it down. I don’t even necessarily write for a purpose, generally. I normally feel something that I want to get out into a song and that’s what motivates me to write, and at the end of the day I’m choosing the songs I think fit together best for this next record. I love being the sort of person who writes all the time because it means you have a lot of choice when it comes to making an album.

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Single release: ‘Scars and Memories’ by Maddi Lyn

unnamed (2).pngNew South Wales singer-songwriter Maddi Lyn had her first performance at the age of six at the Camden Valley Country Club. She’s not six any more but there is history in her voice in ‘Scars and Memories’, a touching song about family and home. Co-written with Jeremy Barnes and Troy Kemp, this is a country-rock song with heart and power.

Maddi Lyn has had success at many country music competitions, including wins at the NSW Country Music Regional Awards at Forbes, Illabo, South Coast and Bluebell and local winner of the Macarthur Country Music Awards. In 2015 Maddi won the Australia Country Talent Seekers Quest in Parkes, the youngest person to ever win this competition.

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Album review: Easy, Sleazy and Greazy by Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley

greazyOn the ‘about’ page of Andrea Colburn and Mud Moseley’s website there is this: The King and Queen of the Hillbilly Underground from North Georgia – which is a declaration and a story all in itself. In this way the statement is a very suitable introduction to Easy, Sleazy and Greazy, the new album from Colburn and Mud Moseley.

There are stories galore on this album, some of them exploring dark underbellies and darker emotions, some stepping straight into the toe-tapping traditions of country. Colburn doesn’t so much sing as you call you in, to pay attention to her (although she does have a great singing voice). She’s accompanied by guitar parts – presumably played by Moseley – that have their own stories, although at first you’ll want to listen to Colburn’s voice telling you what’s what.

This is not a beginner’s introduction to country music, particularly if you’re used to lyrics that sound like a repeat of so many other love songs. This is country music for those who love the storytelling side of country, and the side where people aren’t afraid to bring their real selves to their work. Colburn and Moseley seem so real that they could set up their gear in the corner of your living room and play just to you, and you’d think they’re singing just to you, but in the way of true artists their work is not only intimate but universal, familiar and strange all at the same time.

Easy, Sleazy and Greazy is out now.

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