Tag: Single releases

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: ‘Direction’ by Chloe Christine

unnamed.jpgOne of the results of the continued commitment to professional development by the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) and members of the industry is that artists of all stages have access to education and mentors, via the CMAA Academy. Artists in country music can emerge at any age; it just so happens that the existence of the Junior Academy means that artists in their teens are appearing with terrific songs, excellent performance skills and professional attitudes to their work (country music in Australia produces few amateurs, it seems, even if they’re in their teens).

Singer-songwriter Chloe Christine is sixteen years of age. At the age of fourteen she was one of twenty students picked from Australia and New Zealand to attend the CMAA Junior Academy. The next year she released her debut single ‘No One Cares’, and it reached number 8 on the iTunes Country Music charts and number 5 on the My Country Australia charts.

Chloe has been taking singing lessons since she was five, and started teaching herself guitar at eleven years of age. Now she performs regularly at pubs, clubs, festivals and other shows. She’s also released a new single, ‘Direction’, and given her pedigree it is not a surprise that it’s a great song, an accomplished country-pop track that takes its lyrical inspiration from her school life.

Chloe Christine is an example of what makes Australian country music so exciting and vibrant: she’s young but already a professional, releasing music that stands with any in the genre, and showing that a new generation of artists can mix and meld seamlessly with those who have been performing for many years. No doubt she has set herself a high bar at a young age, but there’s also no doubt she has what it takes to keep meeting that bar, and vaulting over it.

Listen to ‘Direction’ on:

Apple MusicSoundcloud | Spotify


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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Single release: ‘More’ by Cassidy-Rae

MORE Single Artwork.jpgCassidy-Rae is a Sydney-born-and-bred singer-songwriter who already has extensive experience, appearing at various festivals and studying at the CMAA Academy in  Tamworth. She released an EP, Wanted, in 2015 and is currently performing on board Carnival Cruise Lines.

Upon release Cassidy-Rae’s new single, ‘More’, debuted at number 3 on the iTunes Country Music chart. It is a towering country-pop achievement, made exceptional by Cassidy-Rae’s voice. She says that the intention of the song, and its video, is to show ‘that we are beautiful on both the inside and out. People’s words may not have a physical impact, but they can change how we view ourselves internally. More is a message we need to hear.’

The song was recorded with Michael Carpenter, who is the producer behind a lot of great Australian country-pop and country-rock, and as Cassidy-Rae has just completed her degree in Music and Arts, Industries and Management, let’s home she has a bit more time to create more new music like this.



Apple Music | Spotify


Single release: ‘Better or Worse’ by Gareth Leach

Gareth Leach.jpgSinger-songwriter Gareth Leach released his debut album Death & Taxes in 2018, and for those who haven’t yet heard it, new single ‘Better or Worse’ is a great introduction to Leach’s unstinting lyrics and heartfelt vocals, and his country/alt-rock sound. The song was a TSA Awards Semi-finalist ‘Best Alt-Country Song’ this year and, as Leach says, it’s about ‘dealing with living with your own high expectations of “what this life is supposed to be”.’

The song has what Leach calls an ‘outlaw guitar riff’, and that riff not only sets up the mood of the song but calls in the listener. That riff led Leach to go in search of a lyric that could suit it, and in his notebook he found something he’d written a month or so earlier: Tell me is it getting better or is it getting worse? 

If the vocals sound like they’re coming from an authentic place, it’s because, as each Leach says, they come from ‘a very real and personal conversation that I was, and continue having with myself. For me in my own songwriting, music can either act as therapy or bring issues to light that I am not consciously aware of until writing it down.’

Watch the video for ‘Better or Worse’ below:


Death & Taxes is out now.

Apple Music | Spotify



Single release: ‘Olive, Call Me’ by The Pigs

Hillbilly-Synthesiser-Album-Cover-258x258.pngUnrequited love can be hard to handle – but not necessarily, if you reassure the object of your affection that you’re ‘good to go’ if her significant other happens to bite the dust. And especially if you offer a range of options for how that might happen … In their latest single from their album Hillbilly Synthesiser, ‘Olive, Call Me’, bluegrass band The Pigs muse on what might be if Olive should suddenly find herself single. It’s tongue-in-cheek, of course – or maybe not. Only The Pigs know …

Watch the video for ‘Olive, Call Me’ below:

The Pigs are on tour in Queensland:

Friday May 31, 8pm
Highfields Tavern
Cnr O’Brien St & Highfields Rd, Toowoomba, QLD. 4352
Ticket Sales: $25.00 + Booking Fee / Door Sales: $35.00

Saturday June 1, 8pm
Racehorse Hotel
215 Brisbane Rd, Booval QLD 4304
Ticket Sales: $25.00 + Booking Fee / Door Sales: $35.00

South Kolan (Bundaberg)
Friday June 21, 6pm
1821 Gin Gin Rd, South Kolan QLD 4670
Tickets $30 + bf
Tickets: https://bit.ly/2Q5dES8

D’Aguilar (Moreton Bay)
Saturday June 22, 7pm
Dag Pub (D’Aguilar Hotel)
2040 wood st D’Aguilar, QLD
Tickets Adults $30 + bf / Children $15 + bf
Tickets: https://bit.ly/2LJOQ3p

Friday July 12
Black Bear Lodge, 8pm
1st Floor, 322 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006
Ticket Sales: $20.00 + Booking Fee / Door Sales: $25.00
Tickets: https://bit.ly/2W8MJKA

Hervey Bay
Saturday July 13
Bush To Bay Music Festival
Tickets: https://bit.ly/2YpUj1B

Hillbilly Synthesiser is out now. Buy it from the band at:

Or listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

Single release: ‘Cross That River’ by The Holy Smoke

Cross that riverPerth trio The Holy Smoke is made up of highly accomplished individuals: Rose Parker has toured extensively throughout Australia, USA and Canada as one half of the Velvet Janes, supporting artists including Arlo Guthrie, Ani DiFranco, Luka Bloom and The Black Sorrows; Delilah Rose is a 2018 WAM Award nominee, 2019 ISC Songwriting Comp nominee and 2019 WA Country Music Award winner, and Karlee Rae is a top graduate from WAAPA, is in her 20th year of vocal and piano coaching, has toured internationally and recorded multiple albums and EPs.

Together, these artists create beautiful harmonies – as contained in their latest single, ‘Cross That River’. The song is, says Delilah Rose, ‘about putting down our screens and tuning into the people and nature around you. Let’s relish in this moment because
all we ever truly have is right now.’ It is a toe-tapping, uplifting song to carry you into the weekend – and if you’re in Perth and would like to experience the joys of The Holy Smoke in person, you can do that on 18 May at Golden Days at Freo Social.

Listen to ‘Cross That River’ on:

Apple Music | iTunes