Last year Blue Mountains band Copperline released their debut album, Rusty Fords and Weatherboards – and this year they make their debut as a band at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, playing:
Saturday 18 January – Post Office Hotel
Sunday 19 January – Tamworth City Bowling Club
Sunday 26 January – Toyota Fanzone Stage
It’s not the first Tamworth for singer and guitarist Brad Christmas, though.
‘I’ve been to Tamworth before and I’ve played with different projects,’ he says, ‘but this is the first time Copperline’s played at Tamworth. So we’re really excited about our Tamworth debut and sharing all these songs with the Tamworth crowd. I’m just really looking forward to seeing how people react. The biggest thrill about this whole project is that it’s such a long journey from when you write songs and record them to you actually getting out there and play them, so I love that moment when you first play a song and you see what people’s reactions are. And I’m looking forward to catching up with his friends who are playing and seeing their shows and just being part of it. Tamworth feels like a big family get-together.’
And even though ‘debut’ implies that the band is a relatively new entity, they’re not.
‘We’ve actually been been playing together for a long time – 10 or 15 years,’ says Christmas. ‘We’ve been in cover bands and event bands, and we’ve even got a little side project as a kids band that we do from time to time. For age we’d been talking about doing a new original country project. We were really waiting for the right time, till everyone could really throw themselves into it, writing and recording an album and touring. Last year ended up being the right time. We had a bunch of songs that we’ve been putting together over a number of years and we really wanted to work with Shane Nicholson, and we found a time that he was available and keen to get us up to the studio. So it all came together around that.’
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Copperline are an alt-country band based in the beautiful Blue Mountains of New South Wales. Earlier this year their video ‘King of This Country’ had its premiere on this site, and today it’s the premiere for their wonderful new single, ‘Please Don’t Cry’, and its video.
The single – which is a bit of a heart-string-puller, but you’ll have to listen to find out why – comes from their album Rusty Fords and Weatherboards and was produced at Soundhole Studios by Shane Nicholson. The song was written for a friend of the band who shared a house with Copperline’s lead singer, Brad Christmas; The video was produced by Jess Gosling and shot in both the Blue Mountains and Sydney.
See Copperline live:
Thursday 29th August – ‘Please Don’t Cry’ Single Launch – Moshpit – Newtown, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Midnight Special (duo show) – Enmore, NSW
Saturday 19th October – Country Rocks Under the Stars Festival – Braidwood, NSW
Listen to Rusty Fords and Weatherboards on:
Apple Music | Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Spotify
Sydney band Copperline have a brand-new single and a video to go with it, making its debut right here right now. ‘King of This Country’ is the second track off the band’s debut album, Rusty Fords and Weatherboards, produced by the prolific Shane Nicholson at Sound Hole Studios. The track tells a country music story – of a protagonist who grew up with country music, trying to make his own break.
Speaking about the track, singer Brad Christmas said, ‘I did a show in a town called Hill End, in the Central West of New South Wales, where I shared the stage with an old country singer. He’d won a Golden Guitar as a kid with his family band but life hadn’t treated him so well since. He told me more and more of his story during the night and I realised I had to write a song about it.’
Watch the video below:
‘King of This Country’ is, in some ways, a companion piece to Felicity Urquhart’s 2009 track ‘Girl in the Mall’ (from Landing Lights). Both are tales of Tamworth, and of country music, with ostensibly different outcomes for their protagonists – although there is poignancy in both tunes.
The video was produced by Jess Gosling and shot in Portland, just outside of Lithgow in New South Wales.
See Copperline live:
Saturday 27 April 2019: Baroque Bar, Katoomba
Sunday 9 June 2019: Moshpit, Newtown
Rusty Fords and Weatherboards is available now:
Apple Music | Bandcamp | iTunes | Spotify