Category: single

Single release: ‘Speechless’ by Kora Naughton

unnamed-6.jpgLast year singer-songwriter Kora Naughton released her debut album at the age of eighteen. This year she has completed high school – and managed to create another album, working with producers Rod Motby and Shane Nicholson. Naughton has now released ‘Speechless’, the first single from that new album. It’s a song about writing a song – which is not as ‘meta’ as it sounds. Rather, it’s a song about the work of songwriting and an insight to the creative process, married with an infectious country pop sound.

Says Naughton of the song’s creation, ‘I was sitting around in my lounge room and I had this melody that I really wanted to use stuck in my head but I had a bit of writers’ block, so as a joke, I literally wrote about having a catchy tune and a melody and no words to go with it and it ended up being the first verse!’

Given Naughton’s work rate, it’s no surprise that her writers’ block lasted only long enough to inspire her to write a song … and ‘Speechless’ is not only a great song but an upbeat tune for the summer months.

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See Kora Naughton live:

Sat 21st Dec – Woonona Bulli RSL, Wollongong NSW 8:30PM
Sun 22nd Dec – Appin Hotel, Appin NSW 2PM
Sat 18th Jan – Imperial Brew House Red Door Cafe, Tamworth NSW 10AM
Mon 20th Jan – Songwriters In The Round, Services Club, Tamworth NSW 9AM
Mon 20th Jan – Rebel Country Showcase The Albert Hotel, Tamworth NSW 5PM
(with Darlinghurst, Chloe Styler, D Henry Fenton & Zac and George)
Mon 20th Jan – Imperial Brew House Red Door Cafe, Tamworth NSW 6PM
Tues 21st Jan – Hungry Jacks Stage, Tamworth NSW 1PM
Tues 21st Jan – James Blundell & Friends, Moonshiners, Tamworth NSW 7PM
(with Andrew Farriss, Catherine Britt, Andrew Swift, Kristy Cox, Chloe Styler, Darlinghurst & more)
Wed 22nd Jan – The Atrium, Tamworth NSW 2PM
Wed 22nd Jan – Imperial Brew House Red Door Cafe, Tamworth NSW 7:30PM
Thurs 23rd Jan – Ben Ransom & Friends, Wests Diggers, Tamworth NSW 7PM
Fri 24th Jan – The Atrium, Tamworth NSW 2PM
Fri 24th Jan – Hungry Jacks Stage, Tamworth NSW 5:30PM
Fri 31st Jan – Dandaloo Hotel, Dapto NSW 8PM

Single premiere: ‘Blue Light’ by August River Band

Single Artwork 2.jpgSometimes when you hear a really driving, punchy drum beat you do not expect to hear a violin right alongside it and weaving in and out of it, making it sound as though they should never be apart. Add a guitar track that enhances both of those instruments and you have August River Band, a three-piece band from Brisbane consisting of Eev Ferreira, Lil Burrows, and Gerard Kerr.

Their new single, ‘Blue Light’ – which has its premiere on this site today ahead of general release tomorrow – is a reflection on the contemporary habit of spending far more time looking at a screen than at each other. Lead singer Eev Ferreira implores us to look up from the blue light of that screen and connect with others. It’s a love song not to a person but to human connection, a plea, in some ways, to not forget that we’re not machines.

Drummer Gerard Kerr is a veteran performer from Brisbane bands such as RadioStomp and Snatch, while Ferreira and vioinist Lil Burrows are both South African expats. Burrows performed as a violinist in the South African National Youth Orchestra and played with several artists whilst moving around Australia, finding Eev once settled in Brisbane. As August River Band they have distinctive, powerful sound that has already won over audiences in their home town and at festivals around the country.

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Single release: ‘Polka Dot Dress’ by Katie Bates

unnamed-5.jpgKatie Bates is a Melbourne-based singer-songwriter who is twenty years of age and has been performing live for over a decade and writing songs from the age of eleven – which explains why this may be a single from a debut album (forthcoming) but sounds like a sophisticated piece of music and lyric.

Bates is inspired by the music of the classic and alternative country artists from the 1960s and 70s, and she has found a home in Melbourne’s dynamic alt-country/Americana scene, performing as a backing vocalist and occasional opening act for artists such as Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes and Ben Mastwyk, as well as opening for Andrew Swift, Kristen Lee Morris, Tracy McNeil and Suzannah Espie.

‘Polka Dot Dress’ is sultry, intriguing and provocative, with a sound that turns satisfyingly, defiantly snarling, evoking another of Bates’s influences: PJ Harvey. The song was produced by Lachlan Bryan and Damian Cafarella and features Patrick Wilson from Georgia State Line on drums, Tom Brooks on guitar and Cafarella on bass.

The song is available from Social Family Records.

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Single release: ‘I Still Close My Eyes (and See Your Face)’ by Brooke Taylor

std_30465.jpgBrooke Taylor is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne whose style has influences from folk, rock and country. Over the past few months she’s played shows and festivals around Australia, including St Kilda Music Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, The Taste Of Tassie and Swagger Music Festival. In 2017 she released her debut EP Two and in 2018 the single ‘Your Side of Our Bed’.

Taylor’s latest release is the single ‘I Still Close My Eyes (and See Your Face)’ and, in short, it’s a cracker. Taylor has a beautiful deep tone to her voice that conveys warmth as well as hard-won wisdom, and the longing and loss in this song are completely plausible because you can hear them in that voice. What’s also plausible is a sense of picking herself up and carrying on, acknowledging that loss and learning to live with it.

Musically this is one for those who love classic country that sounds like it’s being sung in a dark bar to that one person in the corner who really needs to hear it. Taylor has the gift   of communication and she uses it so well in this song.

Taylor will launch the single on Friday 15 November at the Fyrefly in St Kilda, Melbourne, with support from Hana and Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits.

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Single release: ‘Paper Thin’ by Ben Leece

unnamed-4.jpgNewcastle singer-songwriter Ben Leece released his debut album, No Wonder the World is Exhausted, just over a year ago, and won many fans with his particular way of telling stories and looking at the world. Leece is an artist who is not confined by musical style or genre – rather, he applies what is best for the song. He has, however, found a warm welcome within the Australian country music community, forming strong connections with several artists, including Melbourne band Georgia State Line, who appear on his new single, ‘Paper Thin’, alongside Leece’s band, Left of the Dial.

Leece describes ‘Paper Thin’ as a love letter to the musical community that he has found himself in. It’s essentially an uplifting song, even though a certain weariness can be detected in Leece’s voice – yet that is what gives the message of the song its context, and its greater meaning, because it doesn’t feature Leece asking for support but, rather, offering it.

‘It’s been a rough year, both personally and for this greater musical community,’ Leece says. ‘”Paper Thin”‘ is an affirmation to be there for the people that have been there for me.’

It’s also an affirmation that working, creating, keeping on going can be a balm. With an album as good as his Leece would have been justified in waiting a while to release new music, but he hasn’t. ‘Paper Thin’ is an offering to his community but also to listeners, because as those who love music know, there is reassurance and comfort to be found in songs, and the best songs are those whose creators understand that.

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Ben Leece and Left of the Dial, with Georgia State Line, are playing on the following dates:

November 8 / Australian Music Week / Cronulla NSW

November 9 / Tamworth Hotel / Tamworth NSW

November 10 / Grand Junction Hotel / Maitland NSW

Single release: ‘Weren’t Looking For’ by Leaving Lennox

Weren't Looking For Cover Art.jpgLeaving Lennox is an Australian duo – Mick Hambly and Lauren Val – who made their way to Nashville in April 2019 and currently reside there, writing and recording music. They’ve wasted no time finding live gigs, either, playing at the Summer Songwriter Festival in Tennessee, Big Red Apple Fest in Georgia, Annual Artisan Fest in Kentucky, Frank Brown Songwriting Fest in Florida and the Clarksville Riverfest in Tennessee.

Their sound is acoustic pop with a tinge of country, as is appropriate for musicians living in the country music capital. Their previous single was ‘Old Love’, and now they’ve released ‘Weren’t Looking For’, a lovely song about the riches to be found when you have an open hearted and open mind. Sometimes duets can sound like one singer was tacked on to another, but ‘Weren’t Looking For’ sounds like it was crafted to bring out the best in  Hambly and Val, with each singer anchoring and supporting the other. This is an instantly memorable song that you make you think just as it makes you smile.

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Video premiere: ‘Pit Stop’ by Brittany Elise

Brittany-Elise Photophia Studios.jpgEarlier this year Queensland singer-songwriter Brittany Elise released her debut album, Something More, which showed her versatility as a songwriter and her great country voice, developed over years of performing (since childhood). On release the album went to number 2 on the iTunes Country Chart, and 20 on the iTunes All Genres Album Chart.

The latest single from Something More is ‘Pit Stop’, in which she encourages a less-than-ideal companion to ‘roll on by’ and find another pit stop. It’s a catchy, feisty song about moving on – by getting someone else to do just that! (Even if ‘five years later I still wish you well’ …)

The video for ‘Pit Stop’ has its premiere here today. It was made by The Filmery, who create a lot of great videos for Australian country music artists.



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