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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

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

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

Single release: ‘Peed in the Pool’ by Fanny Lumsden

Fanny Lumsden_Peed in the Pool_3000px_Updated.jpgSometimes a country music blogger intends to have a day off, because there are other things going on, such as a little thing called the ‘day job’. However, such intentions are for nought when Fanny Lumsden releases a new single right out of the blue, with no warning whatsoever, and it’s accompanied by the news that she’s signed with independent label Cooking Vinyl Australia, while she’s in the middle of an epic Country Halls Tour. Not only that, but she’s made a video for the single. If anyone could achieve all that at once, it’s Lumsden – and, of course, the single is wonderful and so is the video, because excellence is her minimum standard of output.

So please enjoy ‘Peed in the Pool’, which is a song about someone who is ‘more into guidelines and less into rules’ – and who may have peed in the pool one time. It is a worthy addition to Lumsden’s growing canon of great country songs – the work of an artist who is such an integral part of Australian country music that it’s hard to remember what it was like without her.

Listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

Video premiere: ‘Things I’d Rather Do’ by Laura Frank

Laura Frank Things Id Rather Do Artwork.jpgLaura Frank is a singer-songwriter from south-east Queensland who’s had quite a varied run-up to the launch of her first country music song, ‘Things I’d Rather Do’. She was a yodelling champion in Year Five, qualified as a tap dance teacher, owned a cafe and operated a mixed martial arts gym. And while she was recording ‘Things I’d Rather Do’ she was building her own house. On the music side of things she played in the duo Bamford Cook, spent three years in musical theatre, and has supported a range of artists including Sarah McLeod and Tones and I.

‘Things I’d Rather Do’ is a funny yet reflective song about life’s long to-do list – and the distractions that get in the way of ticking things off it. Frank says she hopes the track sparks some kind of emotion, ‘whether that be joy, sadness or excitement.  I guess the worst response would be the feeling of indifference – I’d rather people hate the tunes than not think anything of them.’

The song was produced by ARIA and Golden Guitar winner Jordan Power. The video for ‘Things I’d Rather Do’ makes its premiere on this site today – and you can see it below.


See Laura Frank live:

Saturday 9th November | Banshee Bar | Ipswich, QLD

Single and video premiere: ‘Slanguage’ by Matt Scullion

Matt Scullion Slanguage (single artwork) jpg.jpgIf anyone thought Matt Scullion’s recent single ‘Aussie As’ was the last they’d heard from him on the subject of Australian culture and language … well, they were incorrect. And that’s to the benefit of music lovers all around the land, because Scullion’s latest single, ‘Slanguage’ – which has its premiere on this site today – is not only a great companion piece to ‘Aussie As’ but a clever, clear and funny examination of Australian slang or, to borrow Scullion’s term, ‘slanguage’. In other hands this might have been a dog’s breakfast, shall we say, but Scullion’s impeccable songwriting skills turn it into a ripsnorter.

Of course, you’d expect nothing less from this seven-time Golden Guitar nominee – especially since Scullion enlisted multiple ARIA and Golden Guitar winner Shane Nicholson as producer, as he did on Scullion’s last two releases.

The idea for the song came to Scullion while he was travelling overseas, noticing how much he had to tone down his ‘slanguage’ so he could be understood. ‘I had an absolute blast writing :Slanguage”, he says. ‘I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much while writing a song. We really do have some funny sayings, like “stubby short of a six pack” or “up at sparrow’s fart”. I mean, where does that stuff come from? It’s gold and so uniquely Australian.’

Also making its premiere here today is the song’s video, which you can see below. It was shot by Luke McDonagh (White Tiger Workshop) in a classroom at Jesmond High School in Newcastle.  ‘

Both single and video arrive ahead of the release of Scullion’s new album, Aussie As, which will be released on 23 September. To celebrate the album’s release, Scullion will be playing live:

Thursday 3 October – Today’s Country 94One FM Benefit Concert – Gosford RSL – Gosford, NSW

Saturday 12 October – Newcastle Album Launch, Adamstown Community Hall, Newcastle NSW

Sunday 20 October – Bar Petite, Newcastle NSW

Friday 1 November – Sydney Album Launch at The Newsagency, Camperdown NSW

Saturday 9 November – Country At The Camp, Branxton NSW

Friday 15 November – Ulladulla Album Launch at Catholic Community Hall, Ulladulla NSW

Saturday 16 November – Country Rocks The Capital Music Festival, Canberra ACT

Saturday 7 December – Bungendore Carols By Candlelight, Bungendore NSW

Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26 January – Tamworth Country Music Festival


Pre-order the album at:

Apple Music | iTunes


Single and video premiere: ‘Things I Leave Behind’ by Cornell & Carr

C&C ThingsILeaveBehind Cover C FINAL.jpgMike Carr and Matt Cornell have perfectly good country music careers in their own rights. Cornell is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist; he’s been a member of iconic rock band the Baby Animals, and musical director for Adam Brand for nine years. He’s released four albums, performed at Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gympie Music Muster, Sydney Rocks Country Music Festival and Summer Moon Country Music Festival, and was nominated for two Golden Guitar Awards in 2018. Carr has written some of the most popular Australian country songs of the past few decades, for artists such as Adam Brand, Adam Harvey and Melinda Schneider. He’s released two solo albums – and is a two-time Golden Guitar Winner, eight-time nominee for APRA song of the year, and two-time ARIA winner for work done by his hilarious alter ego Buddy Goode.

But, clearly not content to rest on their laurels, these two musical forces combined to become Cornell & Carr. They released their debut album, We Go Way Back, early this year, and from it comes their new single, ‘Things I Leave Behind’. The video for this emotional new song and the single itself have their premiere here today. You can watch the video below.

The song was inspired by Cornell leaving the home in Sydney where he was raised. ‘When I sold the house, packed the truck and drove away,’ he says, ‘it hit me hard. And I realised that all the things we accumulate over the years have very little meaning, but what matters are the memories we leave behind – both good and bad.’ In bringing his specific memories into the song, the lyrics are more relatable, not less, so this is a track that many people will connect to.

Listen on:

Apple Music | Spotify


See Cornell & Carr live:

Thursday 5th September – Tourist Hotel – Queanbeyan, NSW
Saturday 7th September – Mantra Studio Kitchen & Bar – Yarraville, VIC
Friday 4th October – Deni Ute Muster – Deniliquin, NSW
Saturday 26th October – Mount Hunter Country Music Stampede – K Ranch Arena,
Mount Hunter, NSW
Friday 24th January – Tamworth Diggers Showroom – Tamworth, NSW