It has been noted elsewhere on this website that singer-songwriter Fanny Lumsden has many strings to her proverbial bow. She also has a few accolades to acknowledge her prowess with said bow: her latest (second) album Real Class Act debuted at number 1 on the ARIA Country chart (the only independent release to do so in 2017); it was the AIR Independent Country Album of the Year 2018, nominated for ARIA Country Album of the Year, 4 Golden Guitars and 3 CMC Awards.
One of those strings is that Lumsden – and her partner in art and life, Dan Stanley Freeman – make videos for her songs, and they do this so well that the video for ‘Elastic Waistband‘, a single from Real Class Act, won a Golden Guitar. Now Lumsden and Freeman have produced a worthy successor, and a great piece of entertainment in its own right, with the creation of a clip for Lumsden’s latest single, ‘Pretty Little Fools’. Filmed at the local pool in Ungarie, New South Wales, the video documents a small-town rivalry in the form of a synchronised swimming competition. And that description makes it sound altogether too serious, so you’ll have to watch it for yourself:
Later in the year Lumsden and her band will embark on one of her renowned Country Halls Tours – the dates are too numerous to list here but you can find them on her website.
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There’s a strong lineage of what might be called ‘Australiana’ songs that are high on sentiment and full of nationally recognisable details, including The Seekers’ ‘I Am Australian’ and the recent ‘Our Backyard’ by Amber Lawrence and Travis Collins. (Despite its title, Peter Allen’s ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ isn’t one of these because it’s about his longing for home rather than being a song about Australia.)
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Matt Scullion has created a wonderful addition to this lineage with ‘Aussie As’, with the video making its premiere here today. Scullion – who also writes songs with other Australian country music artists – has a contemporary vision of what constitutes being ‘Aussie as’ that is as much about our cultural diversity as it is about other, longer-lasting Australianisms. His crisp songwriting – done in tandem with Paul Grierson of Simply Bushed – brings recognisable elements such as nippers on the beach and a footy on the roof into the context of an Australian culture that is changing just as its population does.
Watch the video below:
The song was recorded by Shane Nicholson with the extraordinary Lyn Bowtell on backing vocals. No doubt ‘Aussie As’ will find many fans who will cherish it – and some of those fans will discover the song when Scullion plays it live, as he will do on the following dates:
Sunday 12th May – Edgeworth Bowling Club – Newcastle – NSW
Thursday 16th May – Wickham Park Hotel – Newcastle – NSW
Friday 17th May – Harmonie German Club – Canberra – ACT (w/ Drew McAlister)
Saturday 18th May – Tourist Hotel – Queanbeyan – ACT
Wednesday 5th June – The Scullion Sessions – Stag & Hunter Hotel – Newcastle – NSW
Saturday 8th June – Smoke in Broke – McNamara Park – Broke – NSW
Wednesday 3rd July – The Scullion Sessions – Stag & Hunter Hotel – Newcastle – NSW
Saturday 13th July – Hats Off To Country Music Festival – Tamworth – NSW
Australian 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:
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Sydney 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:
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Ahead 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.
Hailing from central Victoria, Four Lions have a roots, rock and country lineage. Their fourth album, Hard Days, will be released in May on the band’s own Verse Chorus Verse label.
Taken from that album, the single ‘How Much’ is a gutsy, layered tune with rock ancestry and some lovely pedal steel to call in the country crowd. It was written by singer-guitarist Shann Lions, who is also the band’s founder, hence the name (although there are actually five members, not four). Lions says the song started life as a ‘rockier-type track with a Replacements’ Stink vibe’, and that influence can be heard, but it’s clear that some sharp corners that might occur in that sound were softened with the influence of other genres. While ‘How Much’ is by no means saccharine, there is some sweetness there.
Now there’s a video to accompany the single – and its making its debut right here!
Four Lions will support the release of Hard Days with a tour, so keep an eye on their website for dates:
New South Welshman Jack Tully and his band, The Seers, recently released their album Harkness Lane, which has influences as diverse as alt-country and psychedelic rock. Tully’s first, solo album was The Keeping, released three years ago and with a more stripped-back sound. Tully has said of the new album: ‘A lot of life can happen in three years and these songs reflect some of this transformation: growth, change, making peace with our stories, psychotherapy journeying, fatherhood. I’m trying to cut away the stuff that doesn’t matter and make space for what does. Some of the album does touch on the darker parts of life but overall I think there is definitely more light this time around.’
The latest single from the album is the atmospheric ‘The Great Tragedy’, and it is an honour to premiere the video here.
Harkness Lane is available now.
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