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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The Gympie Music Muster is one of Australia’s most popular festivals. Held each year in Amamoor Creek State Forest in the Queensland Sunshine Coast Hinterland, it’s two hours north of Brisbane and 40 minutes from the popular Noosa Heads.
This year’s Muster runs from Thursday 22 August to Sunday 25 August and the several compelling reasons to attend have just been revealed: namely, the announcement of headliners Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts and James Blundell.
They’ll be joined by fan favourites Luke O’Shea and Felicity Urquhart (who is the 2019 Gympie Muster Ambassador), as well as Tex Perkins and former INXS songwriter Andrew Farriss, who is making his country music debut (the full first line-up announcement appears below).
Gympie Music Muster Program Coordinator Emily Murphy says that the 2019 line-up stays true to the Muster’s 38-year tradition of grassroots country favourites and also offers audiences the chance to get to know emerging artists.
In addition to the main-stage action there will be intimate Songwriter Sessions, an all-star guitar-shredding jam, line and rock ’n’ roll dancing and instrument workshops.
One ticket price gives Muster attendees free camping and multi-venue access. Run by the community, for the community, the Muster is a not-for-profit charity event which has raised in excess of $15 million for charities Australia wide since its inception.
For more information, and tickets, go to www.muster.com.au.
Full first line-up announcement:
Tex Perkins and The Fat Rubber Band
Andrew Farriss and the Rainmakers
8 Ball Aitken
The Wilson Pickers
Kirsty Lee Akers
Amy Nelson (CAN)
The Dungarees (CAN)
James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
More to be announced soon
A duet can be an irresistible thing – especially when the voices are well matched and the song allows the singers to not only inhabit the feel of it but sound like they actually enjoy singing with each other.
The DNA of ‘I Wonder What You Kiss Like’, the new song from Brook Chivell and Natalie Pearson, sets it up with excellent foundations: it’s written by the Wolfe Brothers (who make regular appearances on this website) and NZ singer-songwriter Kaylee Bell, and the entwining of such country rock and country pop pedigrees makes for a catchy, joyful song that is the perfect platform for Chivell and Pearson, who not only sound like they’re having a ball on this tune but who each understand the restraint needed to let the other shine, so that the song comes out the winner.
The song comes after a very successful 2018 for both artists, who had chart success with their respective singles and performed at country music festivals across the land, including Tamworth, Groundwater, and Deni Ute Muster and Gympie Music Muster.
Watch the video for ‘I Wonder What You Kiss Like’ below or listen on:
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The song title ‘Crazy’ is, of course, familiar to country music audiences thanks to Patsy Cline – but Canadian singer-songwriter Danielle Todd has reinterpreted the word in a completely different countrified way, creating a gloriously upbeat song that’s about being crazy in love rather than love lost.
In ‘Crazy’ the Nashville-based Todd has created an earworm that you won’t mind having. Her instincts as a performer – which is a more-than-full-time job, with Todd paying gigs up to seven days a week – have no doubt helped her create a song that is hard to resist; it’s also clear from the vocals that she knows how to communicate through song, with a strong, joyous sound.
Watch the video for ‘Crazy’ below or listen to the song on:
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Megan Sidwell is a New Zealand artist now living in Melbourne. Her debut EP, Forever on a Sunday, was released in 2013, prior to her relocation across ditch. Sidwell has certainly created an impression in Australia, taking out the Battle of the Bands at the 2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival and making the finals of the 2017 Toyota Star Maker competition. At the most recent Tamworth festival she played a remarkable 16 shows.
Sidwell now has a debut album due for release in 2019. From that album she has released the single ‘I Got You’, an irresistible country rock track with a lovely melody. It was written and recorded in Nashville, and produced by Sam Hawksley, who’s had his own multiple Tamworth appearances in the past.
Listen to ‘I Got You’ below or on:
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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.
Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Emily Hatton has been performing and singing since the age of five, and since then she has been honing her skills – and deploying them in a very impressive debut single, ‘Hades’. This is a country pop gem that is about the dark side of a relationship – specifically, the dark side is a person, represented by Hades, the god of the underworld. While the gods of Ancient Greece don’t often turn up in songs, Hatton uses the metaphor wisely and well.
Growing up, Hatton listened to Fleetwood Mac and James Taylor, and in her late teens started to become influenced by the Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss. With those country artists she shares an ability to convey emotion in an authentic way, leaving the listener with a sense of connection and understanding of her story. ‘Hades’ is a great debut single and hopefully there will be more songs to follow.
Watch the video below or listen on:
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