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Americana Awards To Screen Live In Australia

The Americana Music Association has just revealed the full line-up for its 13th Annual Honors & Awards Show, which will be televised live in Australia for the first time through the Country Music Channel (CMC). To be held at Nashville’s iconic Rymen Auditorium on September 17, 2014, the Awards will include appearances by Jason Isbell, Cassandra Wilson, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Marty Stuart, Patty Griffin, Rosanne Cash and Rodney Crowell in addition to previously announced performers Loretta Lynn, Jackson Browne, Flaco Jiminez and Taj Mahal. The event will be hosted by Jim Lauderdale and feature a house band led by Buddy Miller that includes Don Was, Joachim Cooder, Tim […]

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Exclusive New Jackson Browne Track

Rhythms has been presented of an exclusive stream of the first single from the forthcoming new Jackson Browne album. The single is called ‘The Birds Of St Marks’ and the album will be titled Standing In The Breach. Browne’s first new studio album in six years, it is due for release on October 6. As Jeff Jenkins reported in Rhythms recently (click here), Browne will be touring the US and the UK later this year. No plans have yet been announced for an Australian tour.  

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On The Return Of Bob Dylan

When Bob Comes To Town By Martin Jones I am aware that Bob Dylan is deeply ingrained in the very fabric out of which Rhythms was stitched. However, I do not share the oft-expressed editorial opinion that he can do no wrong. Nor was I ever anything but suspicious of the whole Dylan mythology. As soon as Zimmerman became Dylan, he took on a persona designed to sell music. And that’s fine. If only Dylan fans would allow it. What infuriates me is those ‘fans’ complaining about Bob Dylan no longer being Bob Dylan… or at least the particular version of Bob Dylan that appealed to them the most. The […]

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Mullum Music Fest Lineup

The Mullum Music Fest has just made its lineup announcement for the upcoming 2014 event. With headlining performances from The Church and New Orleans roots outfit Hurray For The Riff Raff, and with Harry James Angus of the Cat Empire secured as this year’s Festival Patron, it’s looking like another amazingly diverse weekend of music. To take place in the small NSW town of Mullumbimby, just north of Byron Bay, over November 20-23, Mullum Fest utilises the town’s existing halls, pubs and clubs, maintaining a small village feel. After our success at the recent Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival, Rhythms is also planning to host a special Brisket BBQ night, so […]

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Great Australian Songs – ‘Scar’

Each month, Rhythms pays tribute to a classic Australian song. As Missy Higgins gets set to release her new album, Oz, featuring covers of her favourite Australian songs, we salute her debut single, ‘Scar’, which hit number one 10 years ago this month.     “‘Scar’ is a song about realising you’ve trusted the wrong people,” Missy Higgins explains. “I’ve been really lucky, I’ve been surrounded by people with my best intentions at heart. But it’s inevitable in the music industry – you are going to come across people who’ll try to push you in the wrong direction, or try to make you a more easily digestible artist, someone they […]


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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 […]

Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

The Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival August 2, 2014 By Martin Jones The first annual Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival was a greater success than anyone could have hoped for. Aided by perfect North Coast winter weather, the event sold out all its tickets, attracting some 1500 patrons, many of them families, for a sunny day of delicious food and quality music. Ringed by giant eucalypts, the Bangalow Showgrounds oval was as picturesque a setting as you could have hoped for, and just genuinely rural enough for an event focusing on bluegrass music and barbecued meat. The Rhythms BBQ Team set up the night before on our warmest winter day so […]

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John Fullbright – Songs

Blue Dirt/Thirty Tigers  Americana/country John Fullbright was the most impressive young performer I saw at this year’s Old Settler’s Festival in Austin, Texas – not just for his superb set which highlighted some of the songs from this new album, but also for what he promises for the future. At 26 years of age, the piano-playing, guitar-wielding Oklahoma singer-songwriter is ready to capitalise on his acclaimed first studio album, the Grammy nominated From The Ground Up, that had him hailed as being in the forefront of a raft of young Americana artists. Clearly, Fullbright is aware of the weight of expectation on his shoulders. When I spoke to him at […]

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Joe Henry – Invisible Hour

Worksongs  general “As much as anything, perhaps these are all songs about marriage,” writes 53-year-old Joe Henry in the liner notes to his new album. “Marriage as a verb, not a noun, not a thing to be possessed but a habit of one’s being, the machinery and the mystery both sparking at the same mercurial fumes. Married describing what it means to truly live (not necessarily unfailingly), and abide within the moving frame of commitment: commitment to love, to forgiveness, to eternal doubt, to the courage of awareness.” If you didn’t already know, this would confirm that Henry’s work is thoughtful, carefully crafted and considered – as one might expect […]

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Tim Hulsman – Dead Man’s Garden

Only Blues Music folk-rock It’s rare to encounter a young musician with something substantial to say. Though the tools of Tim Hulsman’s trade are utterly conventional (acoustic folk/blues vocal music), you quickly appreciate that Hulsman has a unique depth of experience informing his writing. There’s soul behind his music. This impression is reinforced by the candid biography accompanying this, Hulsman’s third solo album. It recalls how Hulsman was raised by strict Jehova’s Witness only to be lured by a higher calling – music. This resulted in total excommunication by his family and friends. Life since has not been without turmoil, Hulsman and his new bride were struck by the Boxing […]

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