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Single release: ‘My Fire’ by Jody Direen

unnamed-9Jody Direen is a singer-songwriter from New Zealand who has spent quite a bit of time in Australia since she released her second album Shake Up in 2016, joining the Wolfe Brothers on tour and appearing at the inaugural Country2Country Festival last year. Direen is an exciting live performer who is also committed to managing all facets of her life in music, and that balance of professionalism and dynamism has won her many fans.

Direen has recorded a new album, Smoking Ashes, due for release in July, and for those fans the release is much anticipated – so they’ll be very pleased with her new single, ‘My Fire’.

Says Direen of the song, ‘”My Fire” is an empowering song with a global message; encouraging strength, resilience when life knocks you down. I wrote this over the past two years, pulling together and drawing inspiration from various personal experiences of hardships that we all experience. Coincidentally, this song’s release couldn’t come at a better time than now. To the listeners: I hope it helps instil strength and replaces any feelings of anxiety and stress (caused by the current global crisis) with that of no-fear and hope.’

 

‘My Fire’ is out now through ABC Music/Universal.

Listen on/buy from:

Apple Music | iTunes

 

www.jodydireen.com

Single release: ‘I Found Home’ by Raechel Whitchurch

unnamed-8Singer-songwriter Raechel Whitchurch released an EP in 2016, Outlaw, that debuted at number 1 on the iTunes country music chart and took her around Australia, playing shows. She has shared stages with artists such as Fanny Lumsden, Shane Nicholson, Wendy Matthews and Felicity Urquhart.

Since then Whitchurch has been writing songs for her debut album, which will be released later this year. Writing songs is something Whitchurch has been doing since she was a child. She started playing piano at the age of five then at eight swapped it for a mandolin, soon followed by guitar, banjo – and songwriting.

‘I Found Home’ is the first single from the album, and it is a love song that isn’t necessarily romantic – it’s about finding belonging with someone. Life can take in all sorts of experiences and take you all sorts of places, but it’s a person who can be home. It is a beautifully constructed piece of country pop that will connect Whitchurch to new fans, and which is accompanied by a transporting video shot around St Albans, northwest of Sydney.

 

Listen on/buy from:

Apple Music | iTunes

 

www.raechelwhitchurch.com

 

Single release: ‘Little Eyes’ by Rachael Dee

std_33412Rockhampton singer-songwriter Rachael Dee no doubt wrote and recorded her new song, ‘Little Eyes’, quite a while ago, so she could not have known that its release is so very well timed – basically, to provide something joyful in a strange week, strange month and strange year.

The song was co-written with Matt Scullion at the CMAA Academy of Country Music in 2018 and inspired by Dee’s son, Connor.

‘When you are in the presence of children, you realise just how magical their little minds are,’ says Dee. ‘”Little Eyes” is about being present, and seeing the magic of the world by showing appreciation and gratitude for the simple things in life.’

Upon release the song reached number 5 on the iTunes Country chart and Australian community radio has embraced the song, which sits at No. 2 on the AMRAP Regional Chart this week. The accompanying video clip was shot by Golden Guitar winner Lachlan Bryan at Connor’s kindergarten last year. It’s a song – and video – you should turn to whenever you need a smile … which will probably be quite regularly for the foreseeable future.

Listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes

www.rachdeemusic.com

Single and video premiere: ‘Devil’s Drink’ by Camille Trail

CT Devil's Drink_Single_1500pxSinger-songwriter Camille Trail travelled from her home in Central Queensland to play at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January, and so impressed the audience when she performed with her producer, Shane Nicholson, during his own show that she was offered a record deal with Compass Bros Records. But anyone who’s heard her debut single, ‘Humming Chain’, would not be surprised about that. Trail has been a musician since the age of eight and has dedicated herself to the craft of singing, playing and songwriting since.

Now Trail is releasing another outstanding single, ‘Devil’s Drink’, which has its premiere on this site today ahead of its official release tomorrow, along with the unforgettable video created by The Filmery. ‘Devil’s Drink’ was also produced by Nicholson. Says Trail, ‘I wrote “Devil’s Drink” around the idea of something following you – whether it’s a person or a fear – and no matter what you do, you just can’t shake it off. I struggle with anxiety so this links in with me dealing with the pressures it brings and trying to shake it all off. I hope the song connects because I feel that the message is universal – in one way or another maybe everyone has something they’re trying to outrun.’

The song is taken from Trail’s forthcoming debut album. Nicholson told the audience in Tamworth that Trail is the only artist he’s ever worked with who paid for a recording by selling a couple of bulls. No doubt it was worth it – for him, for Trail, and for the fans she is steadily gathering.

See Camille Trail live:

Friday 28 February – Red Lion Hotel – Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 29 February – Red Lion Hotel – Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 7 March – Red Lion Hotel – Rockhampton, QLD
Friday 27 March – Red Lion Hotel – Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 28 March – Red Lion Hotel – Rockhampton, QLD
Sunday 29 March – Bushfire Fundraiser – Commercial Hotel – Biloela, QLD
Saturday 4 April – The Milk Factory – Brisbane, QLD (w/ Allison Forbes)
Friday 14 August – Great Keppel Island Hideaway – The Keppels, QLD
Saturday 15 August – Great Keppel Island Hideaway – The Keppels, QLD

 

www.camilletrail.com

Single and video premiere: ‘And Then We Dance’ by Vixens of Fall

Vixens of Falls_And Then We Dance_3000pxVixens of Fall is a trio of sisters from Far North Queensland. Kristina (Nina), Adrienne (Wren) and Anneliese (Lulu) have been immersed in music and performance since childhood. They formed Vixens of Fall in 2014 and since 2016 they have played numerous country music festivals, including the Tamworth and the Gympie Muster.

Last year they released an EP, A Love Like Ours, and from it comes their fantastic new single, ‘And Then We Dance’, which was recorded by Michael Moko at The Pool Room and at Mick McCartin’s Black Wolf Studios on the Sunshine Coast, and which has its premiere on this website today.

‘And Then We Dance’ is, the sisters say, ‘a small revelation into a world of sassy romance, a portal into a mystical world of allure and seduction surrounded by flame and passion.’ The video captures this perfectly – and its also having its debut here today. It was shot by Jazmyn Bowman of Jazmyn Produces in Wamuran Basin, Queensland, at the girls’ drummer’s property and captures ‘that moment in time when you look across the room and feel an instant connection, an overwhelming compulsion to be part of that person’s journey. It’s when the body and mind is overloaded with sensory stimulus, when lucid thought leaves the real world and nothing is as important as that single moment.’

 

The single and video release may be coming near the start of the year but Vixens of Fall have already made a splash in 2020, winning the Battle of the Band competition at the recent Tamworth Country Music Festival and coming in as runners-up in the Aristocrat Entertainer of the Year. You can see them live on the following dates:

Friday 14th February – Single & Video Launch – Redcliffe Leagues Club, Redcliffe – QLD
Saturday 14th March – Redcliffe Leagues Club, Redcliffe – QLD
Thursday 9th April – Redcliffe Leagues Club, Redcliffe – QLD
Saturday 30th May – Redcliffe Leagues Club, Redcliffe – QLD
Friday 12th June – The Waves Sports Club, Bundaberg – QLD
Saturday 13th June – The Waves Sports Club, Bundaberg – QLD
Thursday 18th June – Redcliffe Leagues Club, Redcliffe – QLD
Saturday 4th July – Twin Towns, Tweed Heads – NSW
Saturday 26th September – Twin Towns, Tweed Heads – NSW
Friday 4th December – The Waves Sports Club, Bundaberg – QLD
Saturday 5th December – The Waves Sports Club, Bundaberg – QLD

 

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

www.vixens-of-fall.com

 

 

Single release: ‘Kerikeri’ by Lucille

Lucille_Press-0001With her first two singles, ‘The Killing Season’ and ‘Best of Me’, Melbourne artist Lucille established herself as an eclectic, fascinating artist with considerable talent. Her third single, ‘Kerikeri’, consolidates that early impression. Taken from her forthcoming album, Come On, Fly, it has a country tempo and Lucille’s unique, powerful vocals.

It’s a nostalgic song that is in no way mawkish. Kerikeri is a place in Northland, the tip of New Zealand’s North Island, where the weather is warmer than in Lucille’s childhood home of New Plymouth. Lucille’s family would visit Kerikeri for holidays, and it’s to those times that Lucille harks on this song. It’s the details that make the song so resonant, along with Lucille’s ability to convey the emotion of being in that place and time. She sounds not just as though she’s remembering happy times but that she is in them. This is captured in what she says of Kerikeri, the place: ‘All in all it is a paradise and looking back to how I felt as a child it was all sunlight. I’m sure most of us have that special place we can think of. It’s like a feeling where over time you feel like your vision has dulled, and you can’t see the colours like you saw them back then. There was yellow sand, and blue sky like I can’t see it now. That is what it feels like anyway.’

Given Lucille’s output thus far, Come On, Fly will likely prove to be a trove of musical treasures, mostly unexpected, always intriguing. ‘Kerikeri’ is a sample of what to expect.

Listen on:

Apple Music| iTunes

musicbylucille.com

Single release: ‘Daydream’ by The Buffalo Grass Boys

400x400bbIn the words of band member Luke Panic, Sydney-based outfit The Buffalo Grass Boys are ‘a bunch of dudes who like playing music and singing songs and creating art to go with our music’. So it is that for their new single, ‘Daydream’, they have released some art along with the song.

The band collaborated with Giedre Domzaite, a freelance animator and art director based in Sydney, and gave her free rein to create whatever she liked to accompany the song. The result is a video that is worth watching multiple times – so it’s just as well that the song is worth multiple listens too. It’s a song about melancholy with a driving rhythm that suggests that getting past that melancholy is the goal – and the way through is honesty.

Listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

thebuffalograssboys.com.au