Category: video

Single and video premiere: ‘Please Don’t Cry’ by Copperline

image003.pngCopperline are an alt-country band based in the beautiful Blue Mountains of New South Wales. Earlier this year their video ‘King of This Country’ had its premiere on this site, and today it’s the premiere for their wonderful new single, ‘Please Don’t Cry’, and its video.

The single – which is a bit of a heart-string-puller, but you’ll have to listen to find out why – comes from their album Rusty Fords and Weatherboards and was produced at Soundhole Studios by Shane Nicholson. The song was written for a friend of the band who shared a house with Copperline’s lead singer, Brad Christmas; The video was produced by Jess Gosling and shot in both the Blue Mountains and Sydney.

See Copperline live:

Thursday 29th August – ‘Please Don’t Cry’ Single Launch – Moshpit – Newtown, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Midnight Special (duo show) – Enmore, NSW
Saturday 19th October – Country Rocks Under the Stars Festival – Braidwood, NSW

Listen to Rusty Fords and Weatherboards on:

Apple Music | Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Spotify


Video premiere: ‘Red Wine, White Dress’ by Hayley Marsten

redwinewhitedress.pngHayley Marsten is one of the most interesting and exciting Australian country music artists to emerge in recent times. Based in Gladstone, Queensland, Marsten has already established a unique identity as a performer and recording artist. No one else could have come up with the delightful ‘Wendy’, her most recent single, or the bundle of magic that was her EP Lonestar.

‘Wendy’ was written with the brilliant Lyn Bowtell. For her latest single, ‘Red Wine, White Dress’, Marsten has written with the also-brilliant Brad Butcher, who has made several appearances on this site. ‘Red Wine, White Dress’ is taken from Marsten’s forthcoming debut album, Spectacular Heartbreak, which will be released on 30 August. The video makes its debut on this site today (scroll down to view). It was created by Duncan Toombs at The Filmery and shot in Brisbane.

‘Red Wine, White Dress’ reveals yet another dimension to Marsten, and more of her talents. It is now clear that Marsten has the courage to shift her focus lyrically and musically, especially so early in her recording career, when it must be tempting to keep doing the same things she already does so well. She also has the skill and commitment to pull it off. Part of that skill is choosing the right collaborators, both in Butcher and in her producer, Matt Fell.

There is absolutely nothing to not love about this song or, frankly, about Marsten. If you’re new to Australian country music, consider her a glorious introduction. She’s also great live, and upcoming gig dates are listed below – right after you watch the video.

Pre-order Spectacular Heartbreak here.


Live shows:

Saturday 24th August – Gladstone Ent. Centre (w/ Troy Cassar-Daley) – Gladstone, QLD
Friday 30th August – The Zoo – Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 31st August – Crow Street Creative – Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 5th September – Oodies Cafe – Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 6th September – Captain Cook – 1770, QLD
Saturday 14th September – The Press – Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 15th September – Flow Bar – Old Bar, NSW
Thursday 19th September – Lazybones – Marrickville, NSW
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall (w/ Fanny Lumsden) – Wyalong, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Palladiam Palace Theatre (w/ Fanny Lumsden) – Morundah, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Servo Bar – Woollongong, NSW
Saturday 12th October – VDM Fest – Biloela, QLD
Friday 18th October – Apple Cider Shed – Grove, TAS
Saturday 19th October – Royal Oak – Launceston, TAS
Friday 25th October – Springdale Hall (w/ Fanny Lumsden) – Springdale, NSW
Saturday 26th October – Gunbar Hall (w/ Fanny Lumsden) – Gunbar, NSW
Thursday 7th November – Wesley Ann – Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th November – Bayview Country Art Club – Bittern, VIC
Friday 15th November – Loomberah Hall (w/ Fanny Lumsden) – Loomberah, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Glen Innes Hall (w/ Fanny Lumsden) – Glen Innes, NSW

Find Hayley Marsten’s music at:

Apple Music | Artist’s website | Spotify


Video premiere: ‘Company with Regret’ by Billie Rose Copeland

Billie-Rose-Copeland.jpgThis song is sublime. That’s probably all you need to know (hopefully) to press play on the video below, but in case you need to know more, here it is: ‘Company with Regret’ is the debut single from Billie Rose Copeland, an artist from North West Queensland and graduate of the CMAA Junior Academy of Country Music. It was written – with her singing teacher – only a few days before Copeland’s recording session with Matt Fell at Love Hz studios. Fell contributes all the instruments but it is Copeland’s vocals that star here. There are torch song qualities to her voice, and the marriage with this soulful Americana song makes for an unforgettable tune.

The song has been in high rotation on ABC Country and ABC local radio. Now there’s a video to go with it, created by The Filmery, and it’s a great pleasure to premiere the video for ‘Company with Regret’ here today – please watch it below.


Single premiere: ‘Humming Chain’ by Camille Trail

Camille Trail_Humming Chain3000px RGB.jpgSinger-songwriter Camille Trail grew up and still lives on a cattle station in Central Queensland, and it provides the location for the stunning video that accompanies her debut single, ‘Humming Chain’, which has its premiere today.

Trail has long been a fan of the music of Shane Nicholson, and it is Nicholson who produced the track, which is an evocative, confronting and haunting song about slavery.

Trail has played piano since the age of eight, started writing songs not long after and recently studied songwriting at JMC Academy in Brisbane. ‘Humming Chain’ and the rest of her forthcoming album, Devil’s Drink – also produced by Nicholson – were written while Trail was at the academy.

She says that her driving force in life is her passion for music. ‘I recognise how powerful music is,’ she says, ‘and how it can help people, so if I have the power to be able to do that, that will also be a driving force.’

With such a powerful song to introduce her music to the world, she is well on her way to making a mark.

Watch the video – also making its premiere today – below.


Single release: ‘Devil’s Road’ by The Weeping Willows

unnamed (2).jpgWhat happens when you have an album full of really great songs? If you’re The Weeping Willows, it means you are able to keep releasing really great singles. The fifth and final single from The Weeping Willows’ second album, Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’, is ‘Devil’s Road’. Co-written with Lachlan Bryan – and with a video directed by him – ‘Devil’s Road’ is a classic country song of temptation and the futility of resisting it.

Hopefully the mention of this being the final single from the album means that the band’s members, Laura Coates and Andrew Wrigglesworth, are thinking of creating a new album … not because the current one is tired, but because hungry fans always want more! In the meantime, you can watch the video for ‘Devil’s Road’ below and catch The Weeping Willows on tour:

‘Devil’s Road Test Tour’ Dates:
Sat 6 July: Union Hotel*, Brunswick, VIC
Sun 7 July: House Concert**, Sassafras, VIC
Tue 9 July: Smith’s Alternative*, Canberra, ACT
Wed 10 July: FolkSwagon Cafe/Lounge*, Sydney, NSW
Thu 11 July: The Junk Bar*, Brisbane, QLD
Fri 12 July: 63 First Ave*, Sawtell, NSW
Sat 13 July: City Sider Diner* during ‘Hats Off To Country’, Tamworth, NSW

* With Great Aunt

** With Dave Diprose



Listen on:

Apple Music | Soundcloud

Single release: ‘Honey’ by Magpie Diaries

Magpie.jpgDashville is a name familiar to many Australian music aficionados – primarily as a festival that features the best of alt-country and other artists. Matt ‘Magpie’ Johnston is a co-founder of Dashville, and he’s also a singer-songwriter under the moniker Magpie Diaries.

Sanctuary is the debut album from Magpie Diaries, released in 2018, and it’s been supported by tour dates around the country. The latest single from the album is ‘Honey’, and Magpie wrote it after he passed an elderly man selling honey by the side of the road outside of Singleton, New South Wales. Magpie says that the man looked happy – ‘It got me thinking that this elderly man could be me one day.’

That happiness has influenced the writing and the recording of this delightful song, which is actually a love song wrapped around a message of sustainable living. If that sounds improbable, well, just listen. The key to it all is honey.


Sanctuary is out now.

Apple Music | Spotify

Magpie Diaries is on tour:

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Video release: ‘Pretty Little Fools’ by Fanny Lumsden

std_26391It 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.

To listen/buy:

Apple Music | Artist’s website | iTunes | Spotify