Category: dani young

Video premiere: ‘Hillbilly Cider’ by Jed Zarb

Tunecore Hillbilly.jpgAhead of the official release of new single ‘Hillbilly Cider’ by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jed Zarb, the single – and video – are having their premiere here today. And while summer is technically over because Australians like to say it ends on 28 February, seasonally it’s hanging around until the March equinox … which means we can still say that ‘Hillbilly Cider’ and its video are perfect late-summer fare: up tempo, good humoured, and highly entertaining.

The single – which follows ‘Mountain Man’, released late last year – was inspired by the Hillbilly Cider Brewing Company, whose cellar door is in Zarb’s back garden in the Blue Mountains region of  New South Wales. Zarb can see the daily operations of the apple orchards and cider shed from his house; over time, he says, ‘I romanticised the operation into poetry and then a song.’

The song features and is co-written by Dani Young, and the video was directed by Australian actor Aaron Jeffery, who became well known to Australian audiences thanks to the long-running TV series McLeod’s Daughters and Water Rats. Jeffery also makes a cameo in the video, which was filmed in Bilpin in the apple orchard that inspired the song. The rest of the cast, however, aren’t actors – they’re Bilpin locals, enjoying the song just as much as you will.


Single release: ‘Stepping Stones’ by Dani Young

unnamed.jpgSydney singer-songwriter Dani Young has emerged onto the Australian country music scene over the past couple of years. Her debut album, Desert Water, was an album of duets recorded with Warren H Williams and it was nominated for a Golden Guitar  in 2017.

Last year Young toured alongside Damien Leith, who also co-produced her forthcoming second album along with Jeremy Edwards; the album is mixed by Shane Nicholson. Young is an accomplished jazz artist as well, winning Best Young Jazz Act at the Northern Territory Jazz and Blues Festival.

Young’s new album is due for release early in 2019. The single ‘Stepping Stones’ is a song about leaving your roots behind – or maybe not. It has lyrics almost everyone can relate to, along a note of self-awareness and absence of self-pity that makes it intriguing and worth listening to over and over. The song is accompanied by a video that Young directed with Duncan Toombs, who is the creator of many a great country music video.


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