Tag: Single releases

A special single release: ‘Buy from the Bush’ by Greg Storer feat. Anna Clark

a3878924704_16.jpgBuy 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:

gregstorerbuyfromthebush.bandcamp.com/releases

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

December playlist

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’

 

 

 

Single release: ‘Southern Christmas Stars’ by Treehouse Music and Aly Cook

Southern Christmas Stars Itunes cover .jpgThere 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.

Listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

www.alycook.com.au

Single release: ‘Late Night Letter’ by Andy Nelson

unnamed.pngAndy 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.

Listen/buy on:

Apple Music | Artist’s website | iTunes | Spotify

www.andynelson.com.au

 

 

 

Video premiere: ‘The Drovers’ by Emma Dykes

Emma EP-26When 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’:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

www.emmadykes.com

Fanny Lumsden releases ‘These Days’ and announces new album

Fanny.jpgFanny Lumsden – an unstoppable, inspirational singer-songwriter who is in the middle of her latest Country Halls Tour – has released a new song, the bittersweet ‘These Days’, and announced that her third album, Fallow, will be released in March 2020.

‘These Days’ is about the stretch of time between Christmas and New Year, when not much happens but so much matters. The song is bittersweet because, as the song says, she waits all year for these days but, as she said on stage the other night, these days can contain sadness even while you’re experiencing them, because you know they’re about to be over. Given that many Australians spend that stretch of the year in the same state – going to the beach, hanging out, taking the opportunity to do not much of all but knowing it’s all so fleeting – there is much to relate to. And, as is so often the case with Lumsden’s songs, it’s also musically memorable.

 

Fallow is available to preorder on CD and vinyl as well as digital, and if you order from Lumsden she’ll send you an email to access lots of behind-the-scenes content, which will be added to as time goes on.

‘These Days’ is out through Red Dirt Records and Cooking Vinyl Records.

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

www.fannylumsden.net

Single release: ‘The Drovers’ by Emma Dykes

The Drovers - Single Art Final - White.jpgEmma Dykes is a singer-songwriter from Port Macquarie, New South Wales, who carefully crafts heartfelt, articulate songs about a range of different human experiences. Dykes is unafraid of emotion, detail or reality, and the specificity of her lyrics brings the listener closer.

Her latest single, ‘The Drovers’, comes from Dykes’s own experiences. She has worked on mine sites and learnt about rodeo first hand as the president of a local rodeo committee in Cape York – and has also worked as an emergency nurse in rural and remote towns. It’s the latter occupation that has seen her rely on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to transport seriously ill patients. She

Dykes once asked to take part in a fundraiser as the performing artist for the event, which was a 4500 km off-road 4WD adventure named ‘The Drovers Run’ was raising money for the rescue helicopter. She wrote the song ‘The Drovers’ in Arkaroola, South Australia, on the back of a restaurant menu while on that tour. With co-writer Matt O’Leary she asked each of the people on that tour to write down what the rescue chopper meant to them, and those responses inspired the song.

The track was produced by Matt Fell at Love Hz Studios and unites the hard yakka of the fundraising Drovers with the importance of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter itself. It also draws on the work of the drover as we usually know it, mustering cattle across expanses of countryside.

‘The rescue service is there when it is needed, free of charge, all thanks to these fundraising efforts,’ says Dykes. ‘It’s a worthy cause and one that we want to be ready and waiting, though we hope we’ll never need to use it.’

Listen to ‘The Drovers’:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

www.emmadykes.com