Month: August 2018

Single release: ‘Buried Alive’ by Catherine Gunther

 

Buried Alive ArtworkSydney-based singer-songwriter Catherine Gunther already has two EPs behind her: Livin’ on the Land​, released in 2015, and Bittersweet Memories​ in 2016. She has been nominated for a number of awards over the years, most notably Emerging Artist of the Year and People’s Choice Award Top 10 at the 2016 Gold Coast Music Awards, as well as performing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Urban Country Music Festival and Bleach* Festival.

‘Buried Alive’ is her new single, and Gunther’s impressive voice carries this tale of love lost and painful goodbyes. It’s a rich, emotional song with a dirge-like beat that befits its title.

Prior to its release Gunther spent two years living on the Gold Coast while writing and recording, and that time marked a shift in her sound towards Americana. The song is the first of six tracks she plans to release over the new few months, all recorded with producer Jared Adlam.

Listen to ‘Buried Alive’:

 

Apple Music | Spotify

catherinegunther.com

Single release: ‘Love or Money’ by Bennett, Bowtell and Urquhart

BBU.jpgWhen Kevin Bennett, Lyn Bowtell and Felicity Urquhart first joined forces in 2015 to form Bennett, Bowtell a Urquhart, it seemed like the best kind of gift to Australian country music audiences. Each has a glorious voice and a catalogue of standout songs; together they are, simply, magic.

BBU released an eponymous album in 2016 and are now set to release their second LP, Weeds, on 7 September. The first single, ‘Love or Money’, is out now. Watch the video below – and, if you can, see them play live. The magic is even better in person.

 

Weeds will be released on 7 September. Order a signed CD from the artists here.

bennettbowtellurquhart.com

Apple Music | iTunes

Tour dates:

Fri, Sep 14
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm BBU Sydney Album Launch – The Acoustic Picnic
The Music Lounge, Sydney NSW

Sat, Sep 15
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm BBU Newcastle Album Launch, Lizottes
Lizottes, Lambton NSW

Fri, Sep 28
8:00 pm – 10:30 pm BBU Central Coast Album Launch – Hardy’s Bay Club
Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardys Bay NSW

Sat, Nov 17
8:00 pm – 10:30 pm BBU Melbourne Album Launch, The Spotted Mallard
The Spotted Mallard, BRUNSWICK VIC

Album review: Sunday Morning Cinema by Dan Parsons

DanParsons_SMC CoverWEB.jpgCountry music is, more than most other genres, the music of evocation. Songwriters conjure emotions of relationships and situations, sometimes long past; they describe worlds and places. It’s then up to the singer to call on their own experiences to bring out nuances that even the songwriter may not have been aware of, even if they are that songwriter. Sometimes the singer sounds like they’re calling the faithful to worship, and anyone who has fallen under music’s spell knows that transcendent feeling of listening to a song that feels spiritual in nature because those elements of writing and performance create something that connects so deeply to you.

It is no surprise that Queensland-born singer-songwriter Dan Parsons has created an album’s worth of such songs on his new album, Sunday Morning Cinema: it’s his fourth long player and it sounds like the work of someone who has developed a great interest in connecting with his listeners – and that requires honing your songs so that their meaning is always clear, and performing in a way that brings them fully to life.

Parsons has a great baritone voice that recalls James Taylor at his best, and the style of the songs does suggest that era of American songwriting (no bad thing) as well as some laidback West Coast country rock. The songs are so well written that nothing should get in their way, and accordingly the production on Sunday Morning Cinema is sparse without being spare. Steel guitar is given a prominent role (as it should be) but never competes with Parson’s voice, which brings us the many colours and shades in these songs.

Parsons is clearly a storyteller and he has created an album that delivers nine stories, all with their beginnings, middles and ends. This is an album for those who like their music intelligent and thoughtfully made; you can listen to this album over and over and it will always bring you something new each time. You can also simply close your eyes and let Parsons’s baritone call you closer, getting nearer to the centre of his story with each note.
Sunday Morning Cinema is out now.

Apple Music | iTunes | Sanity

The album launch show will be at Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on 2 September. Tickets here.

www.danparsonsmusic.com

Single release: ‘Forever Won’t Be Long Enough’ by Hayley Jensen

unnamed (3)The new single from singer-songwriter Hayley Jensen’s album Turning Up the Dial is the love song ‘Forever Won’t Be Long Enough’. Some love songs are schmaltzy, of course, and they’re not for everyone – but when they’re done right, as this song is, they can certainly make you smile.

The song was co-written with Jerry Salley in Nashville not long after Jensen’s husband proposed to her, and the video features footage from their wedding. Watch the video below:

 

Turning Up the Dial was released in May, landed at #2 on the iTunes Country Albums, #14 iTunes Overall Albums, #4 ARIA Country Albums, #3 ARIA Australian Country Albums, and #16 ARIA Australian Albums charts.

Turning Up the Dial is out now through Social Family Records.

Apple Music | iTunes | Sanity

www.hayleyjensen.net

Interview: Kora Naughton

unnamed-4.jpgKora Naughton is a singer-songwriter new to country music – yet she’s already released her first album, Ride or Die, at the age of 16. She’s a passionate, inspiring young woman and that energy can be heard in each song. I spoke to her recently.

 

Congratulations on the album, you must be thrilled to have your debut album out.

It’s pretty awesome. Thank you very much. I recorded this album with songs that I’d written having no intention of releasing – I love writing music and they were just songs that came from wherever when I was bored. I picked 10 that I really liked and I made them into an album and due for release on Friday, so I’m really excited.

 

You said you had no intention of releasing them but it doesn’t sound to me like they were things you were dabbling in, these are really well-constructed songs. So at what point did you start thinking about releasing them?

I released my first single last year in June, and it had nothing to do with this album and it was recorded with an entirely different studio. I recorded it actually as a part of an application process for something and I thought, well, I’ve got it recorded, I may as well release it. It’s called ‘Wrong’. And it ended up winning me the Southern Star Independent Rising Female Star last year. Which was kind of crazy because I never intended to release the song … it just kind of all happened, and that was awesome. So then I wrote another song, ‘I Don’t Want To Grow Up’, with David Carter [of Carter and Carter] at the [CMAA] Junior Academy last year. I released that song through Country Rocks Records, who were doing a spotlight artist thing for me at the time, which was exciting. I didn’t intend to have [the song] on an album but I guess I had these other songs sitting there and we just thought, why not? I put everything into it, I gigged, I worked hard to pay it off and I’m still paying it off, but I gig every weekend and all the money goes back into producing more and selling more albums. But it’s been the best thing I’ve done, I’m thrilled to be where I am, and these 10 songs mean the absolute world to me. So releasing them is scary but it’s also really, really exciting.

 
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Single release: ‘Shout the Land a Drink’ by The Hay Balers

unnamed (13).jpgAs the saying goes, you’d have to be living under a rock to not know about the devastating drought currently affecting large parts of Australia, with 100 per cent of New South Wales drought declared and other states also in desperate need of a drink. Now you can ‘Shout the Land a Drink’ with the new single by that time to be released on 27 August, from The Hay Balers.

The Hay Balers are the creation of Golden Guitar winner Matt Scullion, who wrote the song and has joined forces with Charles Alder from Rural Aid/Buy A Bale. The other Balers are his good friends Tania Kernaghan, Drew McAlister, Simply Bushed and James Blundell.

Produced by Shane Nicholson at Sound Hole studios, ‘Shout the Land a Drink’ was written by Scullion on a recent trip to Tamworth, where he was overwhelmed by the effects the drought was having on the community.

All profits from the sale of the song online will be donated back to the people who need it most: our farmers, who are an integral part of Australian life and the primary producers we depend on for wheat, beef, wool and a whole lot of other things.

BUY SHOUT THE LAND A DRINK ON ITUNES NOW
AND HELP THE FARMERS

http://smarturl.it/ShoutTheLandADrink

 

www.buyabale.com.au

Interview: Adam Brand reaches a Milestone

244056-L-LOEarlier this year Australian country music star Adam Brand marked his 20 years in the music industry with the album Milestones20 Years, a collection of hits and fan favourites from those two decades, as well as two new songs. Adam has taken those milestones on the road, and is currently touring the country. I spoke to him in between shows.

Your tour’s only just started.

Well, it’s kind of started. The album just came out but I actually started doing these Milestones shows back in May because I figured it’s not just about the album this year, it’s about the year, the whole year of just the anniversary year, so I started earlier.

Speaking of your anniversary, now 20 years as a performer, I am wondering how that’s possible when you still look 25.

You’re too kind. It might be called Photoshop, it might be called bad eyesight on your part, it might be called, I don’t know [laughs].

But it really seems not possible because obviously you’ve had a long career but 20 years sounds like a very long time when you still are a young man actually.

Sometimes I sort of think about it myself and I go, Wow, where did that go? or Can that really be true? Can it be that long? It’s been an amazing ride and not only that, I started late, I was a late starter.

I don’t believe that.

My first album didn’t come out until I was 28 – [for] a lot of people [it’s] in the early 20s or even teens.

Do you think that was an advantage starting later, because you knew you really wanted it by that age, it wasn’t just a laugh or anything like that?

Yeah, I’d already done an apprenticeship. We had a couple of little business things and worked with different people and travelled a bit, so when I made that decision and thought, Now I want to try this, I went into it without just stars in my eyes, I went into there thinking, Okay, I’m going to have a go at this, I’m going to really, really put everything I’ve got into it, rather than just spinning the lottery wheel.

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