Category: single

Single premiere: ‘Humming Chain’ by Camille Trail

Camille Trail_Humming Chain3000px RGB.jpgSinger-songwriter Camille Trail grew up and still lives on a cattle station in Central Queensland, and it provides the location for the stunning video that accompanies her debut single, ‘Humming Chain’, which has its premiere today.

Trail has long been a fan of the music of Shane Nicholson, and it is Nicholson who produced the track, which is an evocative, confronting and haunting song about slavery.

Trail has played piano since the age of eight, started writing songs not long after and recently studied songwriting at JMC Academy in Brisbane. ‘Humming Chain’ and the rest of her forthcoming album, Devil’s Drink – also produced by Nicholson – were written while Trail was at the academy.

She says that her driving force in life is her passion for music. ‘I recognise how powerful music is,’ she says, ‘and how it can help people, so if I have the power to be able to do that, that will also be a driving force.’

With such a powerful song to introduce her music to the world, she is well on her way to making a mark.

Watch the video – also making its premiere today – below.

 

www.camilletrail.com

 

Single release: ‘Dangerous’ by Catherine Gunther

4.jpgLast year Sydney-based singer-songwriter Catherine Gunther released the impressive single ‘Buried Alive’, one of several tracks she’d recorded with producer Jared Adlam. She’s now released another of those tracks, ‘Dangerous’. Gunther says the song is about ‘the complicated nature of feelings and insecurity in relationships, romantic or not’. And it serves as a warning: walk away before it all becomes toxic.

Gunther’s voice starts in a plaintive mode but ultimately it becomes commanding, as if she’s issuing that warning from a place of knowing – a place beyond that danger, even as the music swirls around, creating a certain sense of instability, if not threat. Perhaps the message, then, is to be eternally vigilant: even when you think you’re past the danger, you’re not.

Listen to ‘Dangerous’ in the lyric video below:

Gunther is set to release a new EP – her third – later this year. You can find all of her music on:

Apple Music | Soundcloud | Spotify

catherinegunther.com

Single release: ‘FOMO’ by Great Aunt

FOMO Single Artwork (Hi Res).jpgMelbourne-based folk/Americana duet Great Aunt have released ‘FOMO’, the first single from their forthcoming debut LP, So Not Right Now, which is due for release in November 2019.

The term FOMO, for the uninitiated, means ‘fear of missing out’, which can become a compulsion – that is, some people get so caught on the idea that they’re missing out on something that FOMO dictates how and what they do. In the single Great Aunt have conjured that feeling of compulsion through hypnotic slide guitar, heartbeat-like double bass and vocals that sound tentative yet defiant. It’s a clever, effective use of sound to reinforce lyric, and it makes for an irresistible song that, in its own way, becomes addictive.

Listen to ‘FOMO’ on:

Apple Music | Spotify

Great Aunt are on tour in Australia, then the US:

July 9, Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT Australia*
July 10, Folkswagon, Sydney, NSW Australia*
July 11, Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD Australia*
July 12, 63 First Avenue, Sawtell, NSW Australia*
July 16, BUG Acoustic, Brisbane, QLD Australia
July 17, Element Bar, Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia
July 18, The Middle, Mullumbimby, NSW Australia
July 20, Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW Australia**
July 21, Little Alberts, Bathurst, NSW Australia**
July 25, Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW Australia
July 27, The Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD Australia
July 29, Hippo & Co, Canberra, ACT Australia
*shows supporting the Weeping Willows
**co-headline shows with Smith & Jones

USA Tour
Sep 8, Republic of Pie, North Hollywood, CA USA
Sep TBC, Americanafest – Sounds Australia Showcase Nashville, TN USA
Sep 17, The Starlight Lounge, New Orleans, LA USA
Sep 18, Stellar Beans, Lake Charles, LA USA
Sep 19, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe, Galveston, TX USA
Sep 20, Dyson House Listening Room, Baton Rouge, LA USA
Sep 21, The Listening Room of Mobile, Mobile, AL USA
Sep 24, The All Star Covered Dish Country Jamboree, New Orleans, LA USA Sep
26, Driftless Books and Music, Viroqua, WI USA
Sep 28, Uncommon Ground, Chicago (Edgewater), IL USA
More dates TBA.

Upcoming Festival Appearances
Oct 4, Deni Ute Muster Festival, Deniliquin NSW Australia
Nov 15 & 16, Healesville Music Festival, Healesville VIC Australia

Australian Spring/Summer Tour
November 30, MONA, Hobart, TAS Australia
November 30, When She Believes Showcase, Launceston, TAS Australia
Nov 31, Marakoopa Café, Mayberry, TAS

 

www.greatauntmusic.com

Single premiere: ‘One Button at a Time’ by Clint Wilson (feat. Jen Mize)

CW-BUTTON-SINGLE-WEB.jpgClint Wilson is a singer-songwriter from Melbourne who released his debut album, Dark Water, in 2018. It debuted at #20 on the iTunes Country chart and climbed to the second position. Wilson draws his influences from country, folk and Americana, as well as Crowded House and The Church.

From that album comes Wilson’s new single, ‘One Button at a Time’, making its debut on this website. The song features the always-impressive Jen Mize, and is a glorious duet that tells the story of friends who – slowly and carefully – become lovers. The song was written by Wilson, Mize and Lola Brinton, and you can watch the video below.

 

Wilson is already planning his second album, but in the meantime you can find his first album on:

Apple Music | Spotify

www.clintwilsonmusic.com

Single release: ‘Wildfire’ by Whistle Dixie

Wildfire - SingleThe city of Newcastle, New South Wales, has contributed quite a bit to Australian music (a little band called Silverchair comes first to mind) and the nearby area of the Central Coast is home to many great Australian country music artists. Newcastle country/Americana band Whistle Dixie have, therefore, grown from fertile musical soil. Formed in 2015, they’ve appeared on bills with acts such as Diesel, Troy Cassar-Daley and Karise Eden. They were finalists in the 2017 Toyota Country Music Busking  Championships and will take their live act to this year’s Deni Ute Muster, Gympie Music Muster, Burning of the Barrel and the Groundwater Country Music Festival.

Their new single, ‘Wildfire’, is taken from their forthcoming album. The beautiful harmonies and gentle beat seem to belie the serious tone of the lyrics, yet also make it more likely that the listener will pay attention to this song that tells the story of emerging from adversity with strength and determination, and of realising that sometimes you don’t know how much you love something until you have to fight for it.

Listen to ‘Wildfire’ on:

Apple Music | Spotify

www.facebook.com/whistledixieband

 

Single release: ‘Devil’s Road’ by The Weeping Willows

unnamed (2).jpgWhat happens when you have an album full of really great songs? If you’re The Weeping Willows, it means you are able to keep releasing really great singles. The fifth and final single from The Weeping Willows’ second album, Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’, is ‘Devil’s Road’. Co-written with Lachlan Bryan – and with a video directed by him – ‘Devil’s Road’ is a classic country song of temptation and the futility of resisting it.

Hopefully the mention of this being the final single from the album means that the band’s members, Laura Coates and Andrew Wrigglesworth, are thinking of creating a new album … not because the current one is tired, but because hungry fans always want more! In the meantime, you can watch the video for ‘Devil’s Road’ below and catch The Weeping Willows on tour:

‘Devil’s Road Test Tour’ Dates:
Sat 6 July: Union Hotel*, Brunswick, VIC
Sun 7 July: House Concert**, Sassafras, VIC
Tue 9 July: Smith’s Alternative*, Canberra, ACT
Wed 10 July: FolkSwagon Cafe/Lounge*, Sydney, NSW
Thu 11 July: The Junk Bar*, Brisbane, QLD
Fri 12 July: 63 First Ave*, Sawtell, NSW
Sat 13 July: City Sider Diner* during ‘Hats Off To Country’, Tamworth, NSW

* With Great Aunt

** With Dave Diprose

 

 

Listen on:

Apple Music | Soundcloud

 

www.theweepingwillows.com.au

Single release: ‘Direction’ by Chloe Christine

unnamed.jpgOne of the results of the continued commitment to professional development by the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) and members of the industry is that artists of all stages have access to education and mentors, via the CMAA Academy. Artists in country music can emerge at any age; it just so happens that the existence of the Junior Academy means that artists in their teens are appearing with terrific songs, excellent performance skills and professional attitudes to their work (country music in Australia produces few amateurs, it seems, even if they’re in their teens).

Singer-songwriter Chloe Christine is sixteen years of age. At the age of fourteen she was one of twenty students picked from Australia and New Zealand to attend the CMAA Junior Academy. The next year she released her debut single ‘No One Cares’, and it reached number 8 on the iTunes Country Music charts and number 5 on the My Country Australia charts.

Chloe has been taking singing lessons since she was five, and started teaching herself guitar at eleven years of age. Now she performs regularly at pubs, clubs, festivals and other shows. She’s also released a new single, ‘Direction’, and given her pedigree it is not a surprise that it’s a great song, an accomplished country-pop track that takes its lyrical inspiration from her school life.

Chloe Christine is an example of what makes Australian country music so exciting and vibrant: she’s young but already a professional, releasing music that stands with any in the genre, and showing that a new generation of artists can mix and meld seamlessly with those who have been performing for many years. No doubt she has set herself a high bar at a young age, but there’s also no doubt she has what it takes to keep meeting that bar, and vaulting over it.

Listen to ‘Direction’ on:

Apple MusicSoundcloud | Spotify

chloechristinemusic.com.au