Category: video

Video release: ‘Na Na Na’ by The Mezcaltones

unnamed-4.jpgSydney band The Mezcaltones are known for their high-energy live shows – and their collective sense of humour, which ensures each show is entertaining as well as being musically excellent. Both energy and humour are present in their new single ‘Na Na Na’ and the accompanying video, seen below. The Mezcaltones are taking their outlaw country-rock sound to the 2020 Tamworth Country Music Festival at Joe Maguire’s Pub:

18 January – 1.30 to 4.30 p.m. 
19 January – 7.00 to 10.00 p.m. 
21 January – 7.00 to 10.30 p.m

 

Listen on:

Apple Music | Spotify

www.the-mezcaltones.com

 

 

Single release: ‘Southern Christmas Stars’ by Treehouse Music and Aly Cook

Southern Christmas Stars Itunes cover .jpgThere is a subgenre of Christmas carols that belongs to Australian creations, such as ‘Three Drovers’ and ‘Carol of the Birds’, to go along with Christmas-adjacent songs such as Tim Minchin’s ‘White Wine in the Sun’. What doesn’t come to mind is a joint Australian and New Zealand Christmas song – but now there is one, thanks to NZ artist Aly Cook and Kay and Buzz Bidstrup, who have created ‘Southern Christmas Stars’.

The song depicts the experience of Christmas in warm weather, as well as the joy of reuniting with loved ones. The lyrics were written by Kay Bidstrup to celebrate the Christmas homecoming of her son after a year living abroad, and Buzz Bidstrup and Cook put the music together while Cook was in Australia promoting her latest album, Caught in the Middle.

While December isn’t yet upon us, this song is a lovely way to ease into the festive spirit – and, perhaps, it will become your new Southern Hemisphere Christmas anthem.

Listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

www.alycook.com.au

Single release: ‘Late Night Letter’ by Andy Nelson

unnamed.pngAndy Nelson is a singer-songwriter from Bathurst, in the central west of New South Wales. Earlier this year he released his debut album, Man on the Mountain, which followed his debut, self-titled EP and appearances at festivals such as the National Folk Festival, The End Festival, Inland Sea of Sounds, Festival of Small Halls, Gympie Music Muster and Majors Creek Music Festival.

‘Late Night Letter’ is the second single from the album and it takes about three bars to establish that it’s likely to be devastating and unforgettable, and so it proves. The song tells the story of an adolescent boy growing up in small regional community where there was once a thriving industry that provided work and security. But – as happens all over the world – the work ends, or the industry moves elsewhere, and the people who relied on it are left behind because they can’t or are unwilling to move with the industry. (If you’re interested in an Australian perspective on this, I recommend The Death of Holden by Royce Kurmelovs.)

 

 

This is sparse instrumentation on this track, as befits the subject matter, and it’s incredibly effective, while Nelson honours the story and his lyrics with his delivery. For those who haven’t yet listened to Man on the Mountain, ‘Late Night Letter’ will provide the persuasive reason to do so immediately.

Listen/buy on:

Apple Music | Artist’s website | iTunes | Spotify

www.andynelson.com.au

 

 

 

Video premiere: ‘The Drovers’ by Emma Dykes

Emma EP-26When I covered ‘The Drovers’ by Emma Dykes earlier this week, I had no idea that I’d be offered the chance to premiere the video – but it’s such a great track, how could I refuse?

This special song was inspired by a special service: the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The helicopter team worked with Sam Davison at Two Digital Media to put the video together.

‘I’m very grateful.’ says Dykes, ‘because I wanted the clip to show a day in the life of the rescue staff.  To show the important tasks they complete and just how emotionally invested they are, in a broader sense, both the song and the video are about the emergency services in general.  They’re from all walks of life and do an incredible job.  I also noticed they included a quick shot of me!’

Watch the video below.

 

Listen to ‘The Drovers’:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

www.emmadykes.com

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.

Listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

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

 

www.koranaughton.com.au

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.

 

 

Listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

 

www.facebook.com/brittanyelisemusic

Video premiere: ‘Throwback’ by Cassidy-Rae

Throwback Cover Photo.jpgEarlier this year Sydney-based singer-songwriter Cassidy-Rae released the single ‘More’, a moving song that showcased her talents and debuted at number 3 on the iTunes Country Music chart. Since then she’s been busy, performing on Carnival Cruise Lines in the Caribbean – and recording a new song, the delightful ‘Throwback’, with producer Michael Carpenter. ‘Throwback’ is a song about falling in love the old-fashioned way and celebrating all the little glories as two people fall in love with each other.

The equally delightful video for ‘Throwback’ makes its debut on this site today. Just like the song, it will put a smile on your face – a perfect upbeat track just in time for summer. The video was shot by Jackson Speed in various locations around Nashville and Sydney.

Cassidy-Rae will be performing at the Ballina Country Musical festival on 2 and 3 November, and will no doubt appear at the next 2020 Tamworth Country Music Festival, as she’s a regular there. This versatile artist has also performed all over the world with the Australian Girls Choir. She never stays in once place too long, so catch her when you can!

Listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

www.cassidy-rae.com