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Jason Isbell Cleans Up At Americana Awards

The 13th Annual Americana Honors & Awards was held at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium yesterday, with Jason Isbell taking out Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Artist Of The Year. This year’s all-star Awards show featured performances from Robert Plant, Jackson Browne, Loretta Lynn, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Flaco Jiminez, Cassandra Wilson, Marty Stuart and more. On the night Plant joined partner Patty Griffin to perform ‘Ohio’; Taj Mahal performed ‘Statesboro Blues’; Loretta Lynn performed ‘Coalminer’s Daughter’; and Browne performed ‘The Long Way Around’ and ‘Fountain Of Sorrow’. Highlights from up and coming performers included: Hurray For The Riff Raff with ‘Body Electric’; Robert Ellis with ‘Only Lies’; […]


In The Flesh – New Daniel Lanois

Daniel Lanois has announced a new album, Flesh And Machine, to be released on October 28. The press release claims the album is “nothing short of total artistic rebirth”. “Flesh And Machine marks the first time Lanois has truly deployed every sonic weapon in his arsenal and attempted to break virgin ground in support of his own music.” Lanois says, “Taking the recording studio to the stage, that’s the idea.” He is taking the album on the road, with drummer Brian Blade and bass player Jim Wilson. Here’s the first taste of the album – Daniel Lanois performing ‘Opera’.       # Daniel Lanois #


Devon Sproule Australian Debut

Erstwhile Virginian and current reside of Austin, Texas, Devon Sproule, will this month undertake her first Australian tour. Sproule, who’s most recent recorded venture, Colors, is collaboration with Canadian singer-songwriter, Mike O’Neill, will be bringing a solo version of her unique musical melding of roots, folk, country, and jazz. “I’m playing solo on this tour, so yeah, definitely a folky/rootsy thing,” Sproule recently said of her pending Australian sojourn. Having recorded eight albums since 1999, it was her 2003 release, Upstate Songs, that first delivered the singer-songwriter widespread acclaim. A favourite on the American festival and music series circuit, Sproule’s homespun tales about love and life at the foot of […]


Video Of The Week – Mark Moldre

Mark Moldre is still buzzing about Bob when Rhythms catches up with him. He saw Dylan at Sydney’s State Theatre. “Man, it was really something,” he smiles. Moldre is also excited about the new video from his album, An Ear To The Earth. The black and white clip for ‘Bone Orchard’ was “visually inspired by the whimsical style of Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch”.     Moldre says ‘Bone Orchard’ should be viewed as a continuation of, or “sister video”, for his previous clip for ‘Where Will I Be?’     October 30 – Quattro, Erina, NSW November 15 – Unbridled Festival, Canberra November 16 – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra […]

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Bluesfest 2015 First Announcement

It seems to come earlier every year! But Bluesfest has come out swinging with the first announcement for its 2015 event, with The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes and Zac Brown Band at the top of the list. Since they last played Bluesfest nine years ago, The Black Keys have exploded from hip garage blues band to chart topping, Grammy winning phenomenon. With one foot firmly planted in roots music, the other striding into the modern mainstream, they’re an ideal headliner for Bluesfest. Rhythms readers will also be particularly excited about the Bluesfest debuts for The Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Pokey LaFarge The full first announcement for Bluesfest 2015: The Black Keys […]

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Devon Sproule & Jimmy Dowling, Mullumbimby

Devon Sproule & Jimmy Dowling Live at the Courthouse, Mullumbimby, NSW Sunday September 14, 2014 By Martin Jones Photos by Verity Bee The erudite clan who follow Mary Cannon’s Sunday afternoon series at the Courthouse Hotel in Mullumbimby were treated to an unforgettable afternoon of music yesterday as Canadian-born, US-based singer-songwriter Devon Sproule paid a visit supported by world class local outfit the Jimmy Dowling Combo. It turned out to be an brilliant matching of artists, Sproule inspired by Dowling’s enigmatic story telling and his band’s musical chops, and Dowling’s band inspired to jump up on stage with Sproule to lend a hand. Mutual admiration was evident and this was affecting for we […]


BB King, House Of Blues Anaheim

Review: BB King at the House of Blues Anaheim; August 28 2014 By Jason Monaghan I made a relatively last minute decision to go and see BB King last week. For one reason or another I’d missed him every time he had visited Australia, and I was fairly certain this would be my last chance to see BB. But I had heard that at 88 years old (89 later this month), his abilities had deteriorated to the point where some of audiences were becoming hostile towards him.  There were some truly scathing reviews online… even on the webpage where they were selling the tickets to the show. So it was […]

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Win The New Mike McClellan Album

Mike McClellan Dancing In The Rain Digital Wagon By Trevor Leeden It’s precisely 40 years since Mike McClellan struck gold with the lilting ‘Song And Danceman’, the gently countrified tune cementing itself in the list of all-time Australian classic songs. It’s fitting then, that the veteran troubadour should choose to close his latest album with a new interpretation of his most famous song, its dusty, reflective narrative providing the blueprint for a musical life well lived. Four decades has done nothing to erode McClellan’s musical strengths, and on the evidence here he remains one of our finest acoustic singer-songwriters. There are songs that deal with coping with heartache (‘Dance In […]

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Bob Dylan, The Tivoli Brisbane

Bob Dylan The Tivoli, Brisbane August 27 2014 By Paul McBride Two days spent listening to gushing reviews from the mouths of fans who had attended the Convention Centre show on Monday confirmed several things. One: Bob Dylan has still ‘got it’. Two: anyone expecting the ‘hits’ is going to be disappointed. Three: you’d better get there early if you want to get within a kilometre of the exalted one for a performance described as a “once in a lifetime show.” It was this last point that became particularly apparent as the line of people outside the Tivoli had already snaked so far around the block that it had almost arrived […]

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Bob Dylan, Brisbane Convention Centre

Bob Dylan Brisbane Convention Centre, Australia August 25, 2014 By Martin Jones Everything about Bob Dylan’s lives shows these days are designed to minimalise the hype and adoration he’s so publicly deplored. The set and lighting are minimalistic, the latter dim and sepia-toned. His band members are all dressed in neutral suits. (Dylan’s own garb this evening was pseudo-Hasidic with knee length black coat and curls creeping from under a flat-brimmed hat.) He starts the show precisely on time, delivers two sets and an encore only pausing for the scheduled interval (too bad if your instrument goes out of tune!) He stands beside his bandmembers at the conclusion of the encore, the […]