Buy from the Bush is a campaign that started on social media and has become a sensation in very quick time. In an effort to support businesses in drought-affected (and now fire-affected) parts of Australia, #buyfromthebush on Facebook and Instagram gives all Australians the chance to do their Christmas shopping from places that not only need a hand but also have wonderful, beautiful, often unique pieces for sale.
Now country music favourite Greg Storer has written and recorded a song to support the campaign, and the song ‘Buy from the Bush’ features his vocals as well as those of Sydney singer Anna Clark. Each purchase of the song helps Buy from the Bush bring some cheer to country towns. And if you’re yet to buy your Christmas gifts, consider buying from the bush (I have).
Buy the single for $5 here:
See all the great bush businesses on Instagram: www.instagram.com/buyfromthebush
And Facebook: www.facebook.com/buyfromthebush
Find out more at www.buyfromthebush.com.au
Daisy Spratt is a singer-songwriter living in Melbourne who has been making a splash not just in her home town but in Nashville, where she usually visits twice a year, although she’s only made it there once this year. Each visit sounds like it is jam packed.
‘I do a lot of co-writes when I’m there,’ says Daisy. ‘This trip round [in July] I did quite a few co-writes. We wrote and recorded “Think Again Boy” while we were there as well. And a lot of meet-and-greets. Meetings and introducing yourself to lots of different people. They keep me busy while I’m there. And I did a photo shoot while I there as well. So we try to smash out as much as we can in one hit.’
‘Think Again Boy’ is Spratt’s new single, and she wrote it with Brandon Hood on her most recent trip – the same trip when she recorded it.
‘I wrote it during a time when I felt kind of underestimated and people underestimated me, I guess, as a muso,’ she explains, ‘and people are very quick to judge purely by looking at you. So we created this storyline about a girl at a bar and there’s a guy trying to hit on her and buy her a drink, but he doesn’t even know who she is. It’s a “Why would you buy her a drink and you just don’t even know her?” sort of thing. It’s a very female oriented song, trying to be sort of empowering – “you don’t know me, I can do my own thing, I can be here and being who I am without you trying to pretend that you know me”. So that was the idea behind it and then it ended up turning it to this really, really fun song.’
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This month’s Spotify playlist is all new releases – see below for the full list.
Fanny Lumsden – ‘These Days’
Brad Cox – ‘Give Me Tonight’
Emma Dykes – ‘The Drovers’
Copperline – ‘Next Year’
Natalie Henry – ‘Water Over Wine’
Tom Curtain with Lee Kernaghan and Sara Storer – ‘She Gave Us The Song’
Aly Cook – ‘Southern Christmas Stars’
Andy Nelson – ‘Late Night Letter’
Kora Naughton – ‘Speechless’
Katie Bates – ‘Polka Dot Dress’
Leaving Lennox – ‘Weren’t Looking For’
Brittany Elise – ‘Pit Stop’
Aleyce Simmonds – ‘I Could Dance With You’
Renee Jonas – ‘Blame it on the Wine’
Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife – ‘Catch You’
Brook Chivell – ‘Fearless Rider’
Natalie Pearson – ‘Plan B’
Oh Harlow – ‘Give It A Miss’
There 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.
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Andy 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.
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When 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’:
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Rory Ellis is a singer-songwriter from Newcastle, New South Wales, who has been performing for thirty years. His outlaw Americana style has won fans all over the world, with Ellis touring in Europe as well as Australia. His new album, Inner Outlaw, is his ninth. It showcases his impressive voice and masterful storytelling. And, as it turns out, the twelve songs on the album are just a sample of what Ellis has stashed away. He writes songs constantly, saying, ‘There’s always something that happens every day, really. Since that album I’ve sat out at my little table there and probably written another twenty-four [songs].
‘Little ideas pop to mind or thoughts or things you see or hear,’ Ellis goes on. ‘You can always write a song about something. It doesn’t need to be the biggest thing in the world. It can be the smallest thought in the world. In fact, the song “The Letter”, off the Inner Outlaw album, I was sitting here thinking about my grandfather sitting around his table out in the backyard in Porter Street, Prahran. There’s a little chess table made out of marble and concrete by my uncle Jimmy, who was my godfather. I just started to write about the backyard. It was incredible little place in Porter Street and had a loft, a horse stable, the cobblestones and the big gates out the back. Of course it’s not there now. My dad used to say, you know, there’s people there like Bob Hawke and Arthur Calwell sitting around Uncle Jimmy’s table. So I wrote a song called “Uncle Jimmy’s Table”.’
It is obviously wonderful for an artist to be open to those ideas coming, but there’s a great deal of skill involved in taking that inspiration, that fleeting thought, and turning it into a song. Ellis explains the craft of this by saying, ‘I think the thing is to take a small idea and paint a really big picture in not a lot of words. At the end of the day being a storyteller more so than a pop stylist, you tend not to do the total repetition on everything. So you’re actually telling a story, you’re painting a picture for people so that they can put themselves in the situation, you know, or relate to it somehow. And that’s the skill to it, in my opinion.’
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