Category: single

Video premiere: ‘When I Found You I Found Me’ by Jay Seeney

JS - WIFYIFM - Single Cover High Res.jpgAustralian country rock singer-songwriter Jay Seeney today releases the video for the new single of his EP Light Me Up. ‘When I Found You I Found Me’ was co-written with the prolific Drew McAlister and flips the script on the love-song trope of finding ‘the one’. The video explores the idea further, showing Seeney travelling across some breathtaking parts of the land, from Far North Queensland to South Australia. As it makes its premiere right here, watch it below:

 

Seeney says his songs come from ‘real places and real events. This is the best way to connect with people. I share stories that are authentic and relatable.’ Those songs have taken Seeney and his band to audiences across Australia, including at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Deni Ute Muster, Broadbeach Country Music Festival and Gympie Music Muster.

Light Me Up is out now. Find it on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

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Single release: ‘Troubadour’ by Jenny Mitchell

S.R Photography-14.jpgNew Zealand singer-songwriter Jenny Mitchell has impressed many people in her homeland and in Australia with her mesmerising live performances and her intelligent, heartfelt songwriting. From her album Wildfires she has now released ‘Troubadour’, a song that describes her life on the road. The word troubadour is old and Mitchell is an old soul, but she brings to this story her contemporary and hard-earned perspective on the life of an itinerant artist.

Watch ‘Troubadour’ below:

Wildfires is out now.

www.jennymitchell.co.nz

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Single release: ‘Sleepwalking’ by Sara O’Connor

SOC sleepwalking 300x300pixels.jpgSara O’Connor is new to country music but not to music in general: she has been singing with jazz outfits for twenty years. Her introduction to country music came partly via Melinda Schneider, and partly via her band’s double-bass player, who suggested she check out the Texan Swing genre. The vast country-music knowledge of her partner, Ben Soutter, also helped – and now Sara has released the wonderful single ‘Sleepwalking’ from her EP Rollin’.

O’Connor’s voice sounds like it is to the country manner born, and the song’s lyrics also put her right into the genre: honest, expressive and telling a story. The whole EP announces O’Connor as a valuable introduction to Australian country music. 

Listen to ‘Sleepwalking’ on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

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Video premiere: ‘King of This Country’ by Copperline

image001Sydney 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 | BandcampiTunes | Spotify

www.facebook.com/CopperlineMusic

Single release: ‘Crazy’ by Danielle Todd

Danielle Todd | 1-2.jpgThe song title ‘Crazy’ is, of course, familiar to country music audiences thanks to Patsy Cline – but Canadian singer-songwriter Danielle Todd has reinterpreted the word in a completely different countrified way, creating a gloriously upbeat song that’s about being  crazy in love rather than love lost.

In ‘Crazy’ the Nashville-based Todd has created an earworm that you won’t mind having. Her instincts as a performer – which is a more-than-full-time job, with Todd paying gigs up to seven days a week – have no doubt helped her create a song that is hard to resist; it’s also clear from the vocals that she knows how to communicate through song, with a strong, joyous sound.

Watch the video for ‘Crazy’ below or listen to the song on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Single release: ‘I Got You’ by Megan Sidwell

i-got-youMegan Sidwell is a New Zealand artist now living in Melbourne. Her debut EP, Forever on a Sunday, was released in 2013, prior to her relocation across ditch. Sidwell has certainly created an impression in Australia, taking out the Battle of the Bands at the 2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival and making the finals of the 2017 Toyota Star Maker competition. At the most recent Tamworth festival she played a remarkable 16 shows.

Sidwell now has a debut album due for release in 2019. From that album she has released the single ‘I Got You’, an irresistible country rock track with a lovely melody. It was written and recorded in Nashville, and produced by Sam Hawksley, who’s had his own multiple Tamworth appearances in the past.

Listen to ‘I Got You’ below or on:

Apple Music | iTunes |Spotify

 

 

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Single release: ‘Wendy’ by Hayley Marsten

image003 (2)Queensland singer-songwriter Hayley Marsten released her EP Lonestar in 2017 and revealed herself to be in possession of an abundance of talent and humour, a fantastic singing voice and a hint of quirkiness. All these were evident during the set I saw her play at this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival; also clear was the fact that she’s a truly great entertainer.

During that set Marsten played a new song that she said was inspired by her mother – whose name we discovered the first time she sang the chorus. ‘Wendy’ is a tale of heartache told with self-awareness and without self-pity, and includes Marsten’s exhortation to herself to be ‘a little more like Wendy’ – and you should listen to the song to find out what that means. You should also listen to it because Marsten is an emerging artist who should have everyone’s attention.

‘Wendy’ was written with the magnificent Lyn Bowtell; the pair also collaborated on Marsten’s ‘Coming Home’ (from Lonestar), which reached #1 on the Kix Country Chart and #21 on the Australian Country Airplay Charts.

Marsten is currently running a Pozible campaign to fund her debut album – given that these sorts of campaigns are essentially pre-ordering an album, and also given that the high quality of Lonestar and ‘Wendy’ is a good indicator of what to expect on the album, funding this album comes with very little risk. If you’d like to support Marsten’s campaign, go to: https://www.pozible.com/project/shall-we-make-my-debut-album

Listen to ‘Wendy’:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

www.hayleymarsten.com