Americana Honors and Awards 2016


‘Will The Circle’ Finale

It proved again to be the musical highlight of the year.

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Sweet Jean’s ‘Main Street’

New Video and Tour Dates

Melbourne Duo Sweet Jean

img_2195Sweet Jean’s new album Monday to Friday is very imposing read my full review.

The duo (Alice Keath and Sime Nugent) has released a video for their new single ‘Main Street’, ahead of an East Coast tour in support of their stellar new release.

‘Main Street’ draws loosely on 1980 New Wave and William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience.  It is about changing and fallible beliefs, memories, and aspirations as we grow up.

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The Weeping Willows Come A-Callin’ – Be Prepared

Laura Coates and Andy Wrigglesworth from Australian duo The Weeping Willows are two of the nicest people you could meet.

But that does not mean they do not have a dark side.

And it does not imply that they are not musically fearless.

The couple’s excellent new album Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’ has ten tracks of shadowy tales of ruin and risk.

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The Weeping Willows – New Album and National Tour


The Weeping Willows – photo Jim Jacob

The Weeping Willows New Album

Before Darkness Comes A- Callin’

National Tour


Melbourne alt. country duo The Weeping Willows are poised to deliver an enticing new album, due March 4 2016, entitled Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’.  Coinciding with the new record, The Willows will head off on an extensive national tour from March to May (see dates below).

The Weeping Willows are Andy Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates and Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’ will be the pair’s second release, with ten tracks reportedly filled with dark cautionary tales.  It is a follow-up to Till The North Wind Blows (2012), but this time they have traveled to L.A. to record and hook up with Grammy Award winning engineer Ryan Freeland (Justin Townes Earle, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Henry, The Milk Carton Kids, Aimee Mann) at Stampede Origin Studios.



Adding to the mix are some of alt. country-Americana’s seasoned players: Kevin Breit (Rosanne Cash) on banjo, David Piltch (Billy Bragg) on upright bass, Tommy Detamore (Ray Price) on pedal steel, Luke Moller (Kasey Chambers) on fiddle and mandolin, and guest vocals from excellent Melbourne duo Sweet Jean.

The lead single will be “River of Gold”, which according to the duo is ‘a song of desire that is at once destructive and irresistible, of surrendering to fate, driven inexorably onward by urgent backwoods banjo’.  Have a listen:



The Weeping Willows have been tireless travelers in recent years, gracing the stages of the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Cygnet Folk FestivalNewport Folk Festival, JamGrass and Mountain Grass.  The pair also has performed at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville in 2013 and 2014, and in 2015 supported Iris DeMent and Shane Nicholson.

I have seen the pair perform quite a few times over the past two years, always enjoyable, with their sweet harmonies, Andy’s masterful guitar work and interesting material.  I have heard a few of the new songs live and, given the background to the new album, am eager to get my hands on a copy.




Friday 4th March: Basement Discs, Melbourne VIC

Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th March: Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival NSW

Thursday 10th March: Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston with Ange Boxall TAS

Friday 11th March: Spring Vale Wines, Cranbrook with Ange Boxall TAS

Saturday 12th March: Republic Bar & Café, Hobart with Ange Boxall TAS

Sunday 13th March: The Pizza and Wine Club, Kyneton with Ange Boxall VIC

Monday 14th March: House Concert, Ferntree Gully with Shane Nicholson VIC

Friday 18th March: Babushka Bar, Ballarat with Mitch Power VIC

Saturday 19th March – Sunday 20th March: The Basin Music Festival, The Basin VIC

Friday 25th March: Billyroy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo VIC

Sunday 27th March: T’Gallant Winery, Main Ridge VIC

Friday 1st April: Harmonie German Club’s ‘Friday Night Live’, Canberra ACT

Saturday 2nd April: Django Bar, Marrickville NSW

Monday 4th April: Jane’s, Wollongong NSW

Sunday 17th April: Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh with Bill Chambers VIC

Sunday 24th April: T’Gallant Winery, Main Ridge VIC

Friday 29th April – Sunday 1st May: Mount Beauty Music Festival, Mount Beauty VIC

Friday 6th May: The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale with Andy & Marta SA

Sunday 8th May: The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton with Andy & Marta SA

Friday 20th May: Bendigo Folk Club, Bendigo VIC

Friday 17th June: Berwick & District Folk Club, Berwick VIC

Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’ – Out March 4 2016


Dylan, Cash and The Nashville Cats

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Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit

Double CD Release

Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and The Nashville Cats

Bob Dylan’s decision to record in Nashville in 1966 provided a major catalyst for bringing many others to what must have seemed like a very unlikely destination in the politically polarized sixties.  In spite of its reputation as a conservative town, removed from the main trends in popular music, Nashville was home to musicians who had a huge influence on other music scenes of the era.

Dylan’s embrace of Nashville and its musicians, The Nashville Cats, inspired many other artists, among them Neil Young, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen to follow him to Music City.  Around the same time, Johnny Cash was recruiting folk and rock musicians including Dylan and Young to appear on the TV series The Johnny Cash Show.

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Mustered Courage – 2015 US Tour

Crack, award-winning Australian bluegrass and roots outfit Mustered Courage are embarking on another extensive tour of the USA, returning for a lengthy run of dates in 2015.

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Lachlan Bryan Free CD – USA Tour 2015

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To my USA readers.

Talented Australian alt. country and Americana troubadour Lachlan Bryan is heading back to the USA for an extensive tour April/May 2015 and might well be coming your way.

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