Month: May 2019

Single release: ‘Olive, Call Me’ by The Pigs

Hillbilly-Synthesiser-Album-Cover-258x258.pngUnrequited love can be hard to handle – but not necessarily, if you reassure the object of your affection that you’re ‘good to go’ if her significant other happens to bite the dust. And especially if you offer a range of options for how that might happen … In their latest single from their album Hillbilly Synthesiser, ‘Olive, Call Me’, bluegrass band The Pigs muse on what might be if Olive should suddenly find herself single. It’s tongue-in-cheek, of course – or maybe not. Only The Pigs know …

Watch the video for ‘Olive, Call Me’ below:

The Pigs are on tour in Queensland:

Friday May 31, 8pm
Highfields Tavern
Cnr O’Brien St & Highfields Rd, Toowoomba, QLD. 4352
Ticket Sales: $25.00 + Booking Fee / Door Sales: $35.00

Saturday June 1, 8pm
Racehorse Hotel
215 Brisbane Rd, Booval QLD 4304
Ticket Sales: $25.00 + Booking Fee / Door Sales: $35.00

South Kolan (Bundaberg)
Friday June 21, 6pm
1821 Gin Gin Rd, South Kolan QLD 4670
Tickets $30 + bf

D’Aguilar (Moreton Bay)
Saturday June 22, 7pm
Dag Pub (D’Aguilar Hotel)
2040 wood st D’Aguilar, QLD
Tickets Adults $30 + bf / Children $15 + bf

Friday July 12
Black Bear Lodge, 8pm
1st Floor, 322 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006
Ticket Sales: $20.00 + Booking Fee / Door Sales: $25.00

Hervey Bay
Saturday July 13
Bush To Bay Music Festival

Hillbilly Synthesiser is out now. Buy it from the band at:

Or listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

Single release: ‘Hard to Breathe’ by Aaron Jurd

Aaron Promo 2.jpgSinger-songwriter Aaron Jurd is from Lake Macquarie in New South Wales but he’ll be travelling far from home this year. Off the back of two great singles – first ‘Set Me on Fire’ and the latest, ‘Hard to Breathe’, Jurd has booked appearances at Bluewater Country Music Festival, Hats Off to Country in Tamworth and the Deni Ute Muster (dates below).

‘Hard to Breathe’ starts with keys – not often heard prominently in country songs – and kicks up into a catchy country-rock tune. Jurd has a great, strong voice with a lovely tone and the upbeat tone of this song is a counterpart to the ballad-esque ‘Set Me on Fire’.

Listen to Aaron Jurd on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

May 24: West Wallsend Workers Club @ 8pm
June 1: Nambucca Heads Bowling Club @ 7.30pm
June 8: Shoal Bay Country Club @ 9pm – Bluewater Country Music Festival

Hats Off to Country, Tamworth
July 12: Tamworth Services Club @ 8.30pm
July 13: Manilla Services Club @ 7.30pm
July 14: Tamworth Services Club @ 2pm
October 5: Deni Ute Muster

Single release: ‘Cross That River’ by The Holy Smoke

Cross that riverPerth trio The Holy Smoke is made up of highly accomplished individuals: Rose Parker has toured extensively throughout Australia, USA and Canada as one half of the Velvet Janes, supporting artists including Arlo Guthrie, Ani DiFranco, Luka Bloom and The Black Sorrows; Delilah Rose is a 2018 WAM Award nominee, 2019 ISC Songwriting Comp nominee and 2019 WA Country Music Award winner, and Karlee Rae is a top graduate from WAAPA, is in her 20th year of vocal and piano coaching, has toured internationally and recorded multiple albums and EPs.

Together, these artists create beautiful harmonies – as contained in their latest single, ‘Cross That River’. The song is, says Delilah Rose, ‘about putting down our screens and tuning into the people and nature around you. Let’s relish in this moment because
all we ever truly have is right now.’ It is a toe-tapping, uplifting song to carry you into the weekend – and if you’re in Perth and would like to experience the joys of The Holy Smoke in person, you can do that on 18 May at Golden Days at Freo Social.

Listen to ‘Cross That River’ on:

Apple Music | iTunes



Single release: ‘I’m Fine’ by Jasmin Bade

Jasmin Bade - I'm Fine.JPGSinger-songwriter Jasmin Bade hails from Melbourne but after graduating from The
Conservatorium of Music at The University of Tasmania she moved to Nashville in 2018, having dreamt of doing just that since she was six years old.

‘I’m Fine’ may be Bade’s first release but her musical education isn’t hard to detect: she has a warm, well-developed voice (and great enunciation) and the song has a tight country-pop structure with a clear message. The song’s title comes from the protagonist insisting ‘I’m fine, I’m fine’, even when she’s not. Bade says that she hopes the song allows listeners to feel that they aren’t alone in their emotions and that mental health is a topic that needs to be discussed.

Listen to ‘I’m Fine’ on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Soundcloud | Spotify


Single release: ‘Stand Still’ by Simon Imrei

Simon Imrei (Stand Still - Cover Art).jpgVictorian singer-songwriter Simon Imrei has been a touring member for several bands, including Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, and last year released his sophomore album The Sum of Scenes to great acclaim. His new single, ‘Stand Still’, is taken from a forthcoming EP. The first thing to say about it is that it is oh, so easy to listen to – and that is a very enthusiastic compliment. When a song is easy to listen to it invariably means that its creator and everyone who’s had their hands on it, including the singer, the musicians, the producer and sound engineer, have wanted to make sure that the listener has a great experience. But that intention starts with the creator, who, in this case, is also the singer.

‘Stand Still’ is a song about heading down the coast with someone, living out of an old suitcase and, basically, taking the time to stand still. The execution of the song reflects the meaning of the lyrics – it feels laidback, almost cosy, like an invitation to be still. That’s no doubt why it’s so easy to keep it playing in a loop – each listen perpetuates those feelings.

Listen to ‘Stand Still’ on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Soundcloud | Spotify

Imrei will be launching the single with his acoustic band at the Merri Creek Tavern in Melbourne’s Northcote on Saturday 18 May, with special guests Louie & The Pride. Tickets are on sale now from the venue website:

Video release: ‘Pretty Little Fools’ by Fanny Lumsden

std_26391It has been noted elsewhere on this website that singer-songwriter Fanny Lumsden has many strings to her proverbial bow. She also has a few accolades to acknowledge her prowess with said bow: her latest (second) album Real Class Act debuted at number 1 on the ARIA Country chart (the only independent release to do so in 2017); it was the AIR Independent Country Album of the Year 2018, nominated for ARIA Country Album of the Year, 4 Golden Guitars and 3 CMC Awards.

One of those strings is that Lumsden – and her partner in art and life, Dan Stanley Freeman – make videos for her songs, and they do this so well that the video for ‘Elastic Waistband‘, a single from Real Class Act, won a Golden Guitar. Now Lumsden and Freeman have produced a worthy successor, and a great piece of entertainment in its own right, with the creation of a clip for Lumsden’s latest single, ‘Pretty Little Fools’. Filmed at the local pool in Ungarie, New South Wales, the video documents a small-town rivalry in the form of a synchronised swimming competition. And that description makes it sound altogether too serious, so you’ll have to watch it for yourself:

Later in the year Lumsden and her band will embark on one of her renowned Country Halls Tours – the dates are too numerous to list here but you can find them on her website.

To listen/buy:

Apple Music | Artist’s website | iTunes | Spotify

Single release:’40,000 Star Hotel’ by Kelly Brouhaha

Album Cover DIGITAL.jpgThe website of South Australian singer-songwriter Kelly Brouhaha states that she ‘spends most of the year around a campfire, travelling in her 1992 Toyota Hiace Van called ‘Pamela Vanderson’. That last piece of information is a clue: namely, it reveals that Brouhaha has a well-developed sense of humour and language. The mention of a campfire is also a clue, because it relates to Brouhaha’s work, which involves a lot of travelling the country playing music, sometimes in the company of Beccy Cole and Libby O’Donovan, and that experience, and Brouhaha’s way with words, leads to the creation of a cracking good song in the form of her new single, ‘40,000 Star Hotel’. The 40 000 stars of the title are not from the Michelin guide but the southern sky, and this robust, appealing song gives us a sense of Brouhaha’s life on the road. It was co-written with Aleyce Simmonds and produced by Shane Nicholson.

This is the first single from Brouhaha’s forthcoming self-titled album, which will be released in June. You can pre-order the album from the artist at

Listen to ‘40,000 Star Hotel’ on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

June 7 Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga
June 8 The Wheaty, Adelaide
June 12 Pistol Pete’s, Geelong
June 15 The Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo
June 16 The Wesley Anne, Melbourne
June 26 Lizotte’s, Newcastle
June 28 The Manly Fig, Sydney
June 30 Flow Bar, Old Bar
July 6 The Junk Bar, Brisbane
July 27 Sol Bar, Maroochydoore