Beth Hart – Fire on the Floor

Beth Hart’s New Release

Fire On The Floor

Beth Hart continues to produce quality work at a creditable output rate.  She also continues to distance herself from the somewhat restrictive descriptor of ‘blues siren’.

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Amarillo – Eyes Still Fixed

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“I was dying for a little while my darling, if you could walk a mile in these broken shoes”

Amarillo was formed in 2014, as a vehicle for the songwriting team of Jac Tonks and Nick O’Mara.  O’Mara is a founding member and songwriter in alt country favourites Raised By Eagles and a renowned local guitarist who has worked with Chris Altmann, Mick Thomas and Dan Parsons.  Tonks is a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist.

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Lauren Adams – Somewhere Else


Lauren Adams is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, whose music is an impressive blend of alt. country, folk and rock.

Somewhere Else is her new album, just released this week, and demonstrates her pure voice and keen ability to craft meaningful, structured songs that leave an indelible mark.  Here’s one of the many absorbing tracks on the album – ‘Bayview Drive’ Continue reading

Jodi Martin’s Saltwater

There is a lot to like in Jodi Martin‘s Saltwater.

It was produced by classy roots performer Shane Nicholson who has proven many times to be a talented ally in the studio (Kasey ChambersCatherine Britt, Josh Rennie-Hynes and Oh Pep, to name a few).

All thirteen songs here are telling originals, with three co-written with folk journeyman Arlo Guthrie (son of Woody) and one with noted musician/producer Jeff Lang.

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Kaia Kater’s Nine Pin Is Striking

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Kaia Kater
Album – Nine Pin

It is stripped back and measured, but Kaia Kater has a lot to say.

Her new (and second) album Nine Pin (via Kingswood Records) delves into issues faced by African-Americans today and reflects on her own heritage duality.   Born of African-Caribbean descent in Québec, she has deep ties both to Canadian folk and Appalachian music through her time spent in West Virginia.

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Chris Cavill Has Got A Lot

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Chris Cavill & The Prospectors

New EP – All That You Got

Tour Dates

In 2015 singer/songwriter Chris Cavill made a successful return to the Australian music scene releasing his most ambitious record to date, Know Your Destiny.  Reinvigorated after a lengthy break, Cavill re-emerged with his new band The Prospectors and toured the album to great feedback.  That release was a gripping one that took a hold over me and would NOT let go – read my review.

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A Grand Statement From Robert Ellis

robert ellis stBetween Melbourne, San Francisco and Nashville, I have seen Robert Ellis perform a half-dozen times, all since 2013.

Just about every time, it has been him and an acoustic or electric guitar solo, or occasionally a side-kick or two.

He has a distinctive and powerful voice, including an impressive range.  His songs are full of images and feelings that are tangible and profound – a consummate singer-songwriter-guitarist.

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