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Ayleen O’Hanlon and Rich Davies – photo Jim Jacob

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Listening through the Lens

Dwight Yoakam’s Bluegrass Revisions


Dwight Yoakam – Americana Honors & Awards Show 2016


Dwight Yoakam’s New Album ‘Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…’  Out Now

 Tour Dates

For the making of Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…, Dwight Yoakam has assembled a band of bluegrass luminaries to reinterpret favorites from his catalogue featuring eleven Yoakam compositions and a new cover of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’.

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My Americana Music Festival and Conference 2016


The Accidentals

Nashville Tennessee 27 September 2016

It has been another incredible few days.

The Americana Music Conference Festival and Conference (aka AmericanaFest) this year has been crammed with so many highlights that will resonate with me for years to come. Continue reading

Whitney Rose’s Boots


Whitney Rose – photo Jim Jacob




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Louisville to Asheville to Black Mountain


10 September 2016 Asheville North Carolina

It was a drivin’ day, no two ways about it.

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Bruce Springsteen Australian Tour 2017

Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band

Return to Australia 2017

Frontier touring has just announced the highly anticipated return of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to Australia and New Zealand.

Last on our shores in 2014 for a sold-out run of shows, the summer of 2017 will see Bruce and his legendary band undertake one of their biggest tours here to date, visiting Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Hanging Rock, Hunter Valley, Brisbane, Auckland and – for the first time – Christchurch.

Wed 25 Jan • PERTH • Perth Arena

Mon 30 Jan • ADELAIDE • Entertainment Centre 

Thu 02 Feb • MELBOURNE • AAMI Park

Tue 07 Feb • SYDNEY • Qudos Bank Arena

Sat 11 Feb • MT MACEDON • Hanging Rock

Tue 14 Feb • BRISBANE • Entertainment Centre

Sat 18 Feb • HUNTER VALLEY • Hope Estate

Tue 21 Feb • CHRISTCHURCH • AMI Stadium

Sat 25 Feb • AUCKLAND • Mt Smart Stadium

All shows – All Ages

Rock band Jet will be reforming to hit the road, appearing as special guests in Melbourne, Hanging Rock, Hunter Valley, Christchurch and Auckland.  Diesel will appear as special guest in Hanging Rock and Hunter Valley, while performing in Christchurch and Auckland alongside The Boss Springsteen and Jet will be local Kiwi favourite Marlon Williams & the Yarra Benders. 

Pre-sale runs from Tuesday 20 September 2016.


MerleFest Meets AmericanaFest



One of my favourite publicists is HearthPR – they have some terrific artists and work very hard to spread the good word.

Hearth is partnering with MerleFest, the IBMAQuicksilver Productions and Free Dirt Records for a special Hot Chicken Lunch Party showcase at the Americana Music Festival 2016. That is Thursday September 22 at InDo Nashville from 12-2pm.

Two key emerging artists from 2016: Dori Freeman and Kaia Kater will be there, both of whom released stunning albums – read my reviews of Dori and Kaia.  As well, banjo master Alison Brown of Compass Records will perform, along with Ken Tizzard.  It sounds like a great event – oh, and there’s chicken!


Thursday, Sept 22

MerleFest & Friends

Hot Chicken Lunch Party


InDo Nashville

632 Fogg St.

Featuring Ken Tizzard, Kaia Kater, Dori Freeman, Alison Brown