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Video premiere: ‘Drifting Too Far from Shore’ by Van Walker

VANW 20006Ahead of the release of his new album, Ghosting, on 28 August, Tasmanian singer-songwriter Van Walker released one outstanding single, ‘Spirit World’, then three singles at once: ‘Long Night’s Journey to Day’, ‘When You Were Mine’ and ‘Drifting Too Far From Shore’. The latter now has a video – which is having its premiere on this site today (below).

The song is about being literally and metaphysically unmoored, its lilting, almost hypnotic beat giving the listener a false sense of security when we really know that the protagonist is all at sea. Except it’s his very awareness that he’s out there which offers the promise of salvation: he just needs to make his way back to shore.

After releasing six albums between 2008 and 2010, these songs are the first released under Walker’s name in ten years. He’s been involved in plenty of other music in the meantime, including with bands The Livingstone Daisies and Goatpiss Gasoline. The four tracks already released from Ghosting promise an album that is lyrically rich and musically stirring. Walker is a songwriter of tremendous power as well as subtlety – ‘Drifting Too Far from Shore’ is proof of that.

New singles: Raechel Whitchurch, Angus Gill, Rachael Dee

unnamed-20Singer-songwriter Raechel Whitchurch is preparing to release an album in early 2021 – and her new single, ‘My Father’, almost didn’t make it onto that album, as Whitchurch only presented it to producer Matt Fell on the last day of recording. Whitchurch says of the song, ‘I’ve always wanted to write a song about my dad and how we are such similar people, but it felt like I would never be able to find the right words. I’d been working on the song for three years and felt like I’d finally said everything that I needed to, but I never imagined that a song so personal would make it on to my record.’

Angus Gill has been writing and recording from a young age, releasing three albums, andunnamed-21
was nominated for a Golden Guitar this year. He has a new project, Angus Gill & Seasons of Change, working with some members of Paul Kelly’s band. Their first single is ‘3 Minute Movie’, the result of Gill spending a few weeks in Nashville to wrie, and there is an album on the way.

Rachael-Dee-Braveheart-3000pxRockhampton artist Rachael Dee has released her second single, ‘Braveheart’. Using the central image of a storm, it’s about managing the difficulties of life: ‘People need to know they are not alone, that it is okay and necessary to allow yourself to feel,’ says Dee, ‘and to know that we all have the strength to persist and come through the storm. There has never been a better time to release this song.’

August 2020 playlist

The latest Australian country music singles, from the past month. For previous months, go to the Playlists page. The track listing appears after the playlist.

Adam Brand – ‘Just a Love Song’

Amber Lawrence, Aleyce Simmonds, Kirsty Lee Akers, Dianna Corcoran – ‘True Blue’

Andy Penkow – ‘Wildflowers’

Angus Gill & Seasons of Change – ‘3 Minute Movie’

Benny Allen – ‘The Battle of Point Nepean’

Cass Hopetoun – ‘Typical Bride’

Chelsea Berman – ‘Can You Just Not’

Corey Legge – ‘Fireball’

Dean Perrett – ‘Six Decks to Darwin’

Gareth Leach – ‘Honey’

Gene Bradley Fisk – ‘Kaanglang Dreaming’

Grace Amos – ‘Listen Real Closely’

Gretta Ziller – ‘Unlikely Believer’

Hayley Marsten – ‘Pretty’

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys – ‘I Wish That I Was Honky Tonkin”

Kaitlyn Thomas – ‘Coulda Shoulda Woulda’

Katrina Burgoyne – ‘It All Falls Down’

Leigha Moore – ‘Lightning Bolt’

Lucie Tiger – ‘Greenwood’

Matt Scullion – ‘Big’

Matt Ward – ‘Tattoos, Trucks and Country Music’

Melody Moko – ‘Last Cigarette’

Michelle Cashman – ‘Please Forgive Me’

Michelle Little – ”Nice to See You’

NeillyRich – ‘My Town’

Peachfield – ‘Map Drawn from Memory’

Rachael Dee – ‘Braveheart’

Raechel Whitchurch – ‘My Father’

Riley Catherall – ‘Leave Me Out to Dry’

The April Family – ‘Fortune Teller’

The Bloomvilles – ‘The Rain and the River’

The McClymonts – ‘Free Fall’

The New Graces – ‘Misty’

Travis Collins – ‘Girl Outta the Country’

New singles: Emily Barker, Corey Legge, Michelle Little

[In an effort to keep up with the great singles being released every week, some ‘single releases’ posts will feature more than one artist. This is not because the artists don’t deserve their own posts – it’s simply a matter of trying to post more content in a timely fashion.]

Emily Barker – ‘The Woman Who Planted Trees’

Western Australia-born London resident Emily Barker is a highly accomplished musician who also happens to have a wonderful singing voice. While this is not a country music song, it’s too glorious to not include here. Barker’s next album, A Dark Murmuration of Words, will be released on 4 September.


Corey Legge – ‘Fireball’

‘Fireball’ is the first single for talented Wollongong singer-songwriter Legge since his debut album, Driving Out of Eden, was released last year. His second album is due for release later this year.


Michelle Little – ‘Nice to See You’

This is the first original release from singer-songwriter Michelle Little in
over a decade. A lovely, uplifting song in the western swing genre, it features fiddle from Luke Moller and pedal steel from Jy-Perry Banks, and was produced by Michael Carpenter at LoveHz Studios.

Single release: ‘It All Falls Down’ by Katrina Burgoyne

unnamed-17Singer-songwriter Katrina Burgoyne grew up in regional New South Wales, and now calls Nashville home. She will be familiar to Australian country music fans thanks to some earlier single releases, which garnered two Golden Guitar nominations and top 10 chart places. Those singles are not available on streaming – but many of the songs Burgoyne has written or co-written are, including tracks recorded by Amber Lawrence, Taylor Moss and Travis Collins. As a songwriter Burgoyne has secured indie and major label cuts in North America, Australia and the UK, so in the years since she last released music in Australia she has certainly not been idle.

Burgoyne now has a dynamic new song of her own in the form of ‘It All Falls Down’, co-written with Nashville recording artists Jordan Brooker and Palmer Lee. Burgoyne may be great at writing songs for other people but this song proves that she also deserves to be back in the spotlight as a performer. Hopefully there are some other songs tucked away that she’ll record and release very soon.

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Single release: ‘Unlikely Believer’ by Gretta Ziller

unnamed-16Melbourne singer-songwriter Gretta Ziller has a voice that makes you feel like she’s known you forever and is going to tell you secrets – she has the ability to really make the listener feel like they are right up next to her, and that the warmth in her voice is for you alone. She also sings with a sense of command that is reassuring for that same up-close listener: we can sit back and let her tell us a story.

These are abilities that Ziller has displayed across all her recorded material, including the 2014 EP Hell’s Half Acre and her 2017 album Queen of Boomtown, and which has contributed to her two Golden Guitar nominations, amongst other accolades. And it also appears on her new single, ‘Unlikely Believer’, which is her first release on ABC Music.

The song is about faith in love but, more broadly, in humanity. It is also, therefore, about resilience – the commitment to not giving up on that faith.

Says Ziller, ‘I wrote “Unlikely Believer” to remind myself that although I’ve been through a lot in life that it’s harder but so much more rewarding to keep believing in things, rather than dwelling on the hurt and hardship.’

Given her signing to ABC Music, hopefully the single heralds an album in the near future. Meanwhile, she’s released a video to accompany the song, filmed at the Westgarth Palais Cinemas in Northcote, Victoria, and featuring Ziller’s live band along with keyboardist Clint Wilson.

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Single release: ‘Leave Me Out to Dry’ by Riley Catherall

LMOTD SINGLE COVER FINALSince Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Riley Catherall started releasing songs in 2018 he’s been incapable of putting a foot wrong. Catherall has a rich musical pedigree, with studies in classical and jazz, amongst other things, but part of his brilliance as an artist now is what he leaves out rather than what he puts in. He is a master of refinement and restraint, in his vocals and his songwriting, so that the meaning of his songs is clear to the listener, every time. In other words, if he’s telling us something, we know he means it.

Catherall’s latest release is ‘Leave Me Out to Dry’, a story of heartbreakingly gracious regret. It is a sequel, of sorts, to Catherall’s 2018 release ‘Watered Down Man’, which, says Catherall, ‘encapsulated a version of myself notoriously stumbling my way through Melbourne’s streets heralding a warning not to get too close. It’s a bit of a mantra for myself to ensure I’m not slipping back into the same state.’

The song was recorded in Melbourne by Damian Cafarella (of Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes) and will appear on Catherall’s album, which is set for release later this year.


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Single release: ‘Coulda Shoulda Woulda’ by Kaitlyn Thomas

unnamed-17If you were watching the Red Rebel Music showcase during the recent Hats off to Country festival, you would have seen a very impressive performance from Kaitlyn Thomas. Although she’s still young Thomas has an impressive pedigree, writing, recording and releasing music from a young age, as well as recently recording the song ‘Nervous Girls’ with Bec Lavelle and others.

Thomas’s latest song is the highly entertaining country-rock track ‘Coulda Shoulda Woulda’. The song was the result of a spontaneous co-write at the DAG Songwriters Retreat in Nundle, NSW and was finished within a couple of hours.

‘It just kind of happened while we were waiting around for others to finish writing. We were talking about dating apps and past experiences of how you should have seen the warning signs and red flags after the very first date,’ says Thomas.

‘I wanted the song to have a Shania Twain rock feel as I felt the song has her kind of sassiness. I’m super happy with the result and I think we achieved that Shania vibe.’

Even if you can’t directly relate to the lyrics, the song is proof that Thomas is an artist on the rise, combining powerful vocals with her sense of humour and storytelling skill.

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Single release: ‘Last Cigarette’ by Melody Moko

unnamed-16Since Newcastle, NSW artist Melody Moko released her album, The Wreckage, in 2017 she has played up and down and across Australia, supporting Fanny Lumsden, The McClymonts and Catherine Britt, appearing multiple times at each Tamworth Country Music Festival, and playing at other festivals such as Groundwater.

Moko is a songwriter of insight and heart, and a passionate performer who is willing to open herself to the audience every time she plays. Her new single, ‘Last Cigarette’ – the first from her forthcoming album – has all those qualities, embodied in Moko’s wry, wistful vocals. Co-written with Britt, the song compares the grip of nicotine addiction with a troubled relationship, and it also holds the listener in its grip from start to finish. It was the last song written for the album but was an early contender for the first single. Moko’s husband, the in-demand guitarist Michael Muchow, plays on the album, and he took on co-production duties with Neilson Hubbard when the album was made in Nashville.

During her recent Isol-aid appearance Moko played the first four songs on the new album, and all four were outstanding. Given Moko’s previous form, this isn’t a surprise – but it does provide something to look forward to, at a time when that is very much needed.

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Single release: ‘True Blue’ by Amber Lawrence, Aleyce Simmonds, Kirsty Lee Akers & Dianna Corcoran

unnamed-15When it’s announced that Amber Lawrence, Aleyce Simmonds, Kirsty Lee Akers and Dianna Corcoran are releasing a single together, that’s something that goes immediately to the ‘must-listen’ list. Each of these singer-songwriters has an established musical identity, none of them like each other, so they all bring something unique to a collaboration. And in this case they have collaborated on the beloved John Williamson song ‘True Blue’.

The four originally performed this as a ‘cover song challenge’ online during lockdown, 12 years since they toured together as Chic Frontier and 38 years after the song was originally released by Williamson. There were so many requests for them to record a studio version that they’ve now done just that, and the result is as wonderful as you’d expect. Each singer recorded her part separately and Corcoran mixed the track; the four also filmed their parts of the video separately.

But while they were isolated during the creation, they’re united in their message that the song points to something in the Australian spirit that has helped us press on since the awful start to the year and through the past few months. As Lawrence says, the song ‘really summed up the response from all Australians in these terribly dark times.’

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