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Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies Debut New Clip

In Melbourne’s inner-north, honky tonk ain’t a dirty word. Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies know this, their tonkin’ country sounds becoming a staple around the traps in the Victorian capital, garnering a following via their straight-shooting songwriting, lush and warm instrumentation, and all ’round twang ‘n’ burn. The group – fronted by Jemma Rowlands, along with Downhills Home alumni Sean McMahon (guitars) and Josh Duiker (drums), plus Ben Mastwyk (banjo), Cal Walker (bass), Ben Franz (pedal steel), Jason Bunn (fiddle) and backing vocalist Amarina Waters – are releasing the clip to ‘April’s Fool’, the first single from their forthcoming album, due for release later this year. Featuring guest appearances from […]

Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Is Back

After its successful sell-out debut last year, the Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass festival will return this August. Take a trip back in time to when meat was cooked with burning wood, good things took time, and guitar music made you get up and dance. Last year the Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass event took place on the Bangalow showgrounds (just outside of Byron Bay) on a gloriously sunny day. The BBQ was delicious, the local bluegrass music was exquisite, and the crowds turned up in droves, helping the event raise over $20,000 for local arts initiatives and schools. This year the format will be slightly different, with an Old-Time Variety Show in […]

Clip O The Week – Frazey Ford’s ‘Done’

Frazey Ford lets fly on her latest single ‘Done’. Lifted from her second solo album, Indian Ocean, ‘Done’ is a breakup song with attitude. And Ford has made a film clip to match. The video for ‘Done’ sees a jumpsuited Ford out on the Vancouver streets with her friends in a collaborative production with Brian Lye, Jen Weih, Greg Compton, Alan Dobbs, Greg Gillespie.  Chisno Saavedra and Mila Franovic. Indian Ocean features Al Green’s own Hi Rhythm Section (Teenie, LeRoy and Charles Hodges) with horns and backing vocals augmenting the album’s rich soulful sounds. Ford is currently touring Indian Ocean, full dates at www.frazeyford.com

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Welcome To Dashville Skyline

Dashville Skyline is a new Americana based music festival. To be held on the same Hunter Valley site as The Gum Ball festival, the new event will take place on October 3 and 4. It has already secured Canadian headliners Bahamas along with Australian favourites Wagons. “We’ve already sold out of our early-bird ticket allocation without an artist announcement, which is fantastic,” said festival organiser Matt Johnston. “I think that people connect with the genre and are excited about the concept of this festival.” Johnston told Rhythms he’s keen not just to explore the more obvious country roots of Americana, but detour into its more adventurous and psychedelic outskirts as […]


The Vinyl Resurgence, How It Happened – An Infographic

We all know about the surge in popularity over recent years of vinyl. A lot of us grew up with the medium, but as cassettes, CDs and then MP3s made the recording of, listening to and spreading around of music easier and more convenient, the humble vinyl album fell by the wayside. Until now. The ol’ black wax has been making a comeback, but how has it happened? Some friends of ours over in the UK have put together the below infographic, which goes some way to explaining the resurgence of this most hallowed of music listening experiences. Thanks to the folks at Liberty Games.           […]

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Blue Heat – One Day Too Long

Blue Heat One Day Too Long Independent blues   An undeniable groove is what Victorian ensemble Blue Heat bring to proceedings, a slick and smooth groove, a well-honed groove, all tipped-forward fedoras and seamless dancefloor moves. Wreathed in brass, accompanied by a Gibraltic rhythm section with stabs of razor-sharp guitar is where we find them on latest release, One Day Too Long, a lesson in foot-tappin’, loose-lipped blues and R&B, ten tracks (most of them originals) that show these cats have it running through their veins, dripping from brows, scooped up by the schooner-load and swallowed whole. Marco Goldsmith’s voice perfectly captures the mood, whether reigning it in or letting […]


Igor Prado Band

Delta Groove/Only Blues Music blues American West Coast blues first evolved in the early post-war years from jump blues influences brought by musicians relocating from New Orleans, Kansas City, Houston, and various other centres around the South West. It was originally characterised by cut-back, piano-and-horn-dominated swing bands that often featured jazzy guitar solos and either blues crooners or shouters. But as more blues artists migrated to California from cities further afield like Memphis and Chicago,the genre has since expanded to embrace many different blues styles. This Sao Paulo, Brazil-based blues band led by left-handed, upside-down guitar player Igor Prado are widely acclaimed as South America’s leading practitioners of traditional West […]


Brad Butcher – Jamestown

Independent  country/roots Brad Butcher, who
was raised in central Queensland where he enjoyed listening to his mother play Bach on piano, has returned with his second album, Jamestown. Jamestown was quickly
recorded in New York
over the course of
seven days with the first takes usually being the ones used, thus giving it a vintage, ‘70s singer-songwriter feel. Helming the album at his Shorefire Recording Studios and also playing bass was American Marc Swerksy who has worked with the likes of Joe Cocker. Brought in to play on the album were English drummer Stave Holley, who has also played with Cocker, pedal steel player Rich Hinman from Rosanne Cash’s band, pianist Richard Causon, who has […]


Blake Mills – Heigh Ho

Verve/Caroline indie rock/roots Some albums don’t register on first listen; take Blake Mills’ sophomore album, which initially seemed destined to follow his 2010 debut Break Mirrors into the abyss. But on second listening, the musical penny drops and Heigh Ho reveals itself to be a highly original, left of centre amalgam of country, blues and pop. Mills is better known as a session guitarist (Conor Oberst, Avett Brothers), arranger and producer, and it’s the latter skills that stamp the album with discordant originality. Most noticeable is the vibrancy and spaciousness of the arrangements and the dynamics of his soundscapes where the conventional structure of verse, chorus and bridge is almost […]


Alabama Shakes – Sound & Colour

Rough Trade/Remote Control soul/rock We were fortunate enough to be reminded just how powerful Alabama Shakes are during their recent Australian tour. And though few in the audiences would have heard the material from this second album, it featured prominently in their sets – the dirty funk/soul of first single, ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’ was a clear standout, like something out of a Daptone wet dream. It’s a standout on the album too, a classy performance with sparkling production by Blake Mills. Mills is a sonic adventurer by nature, and his spirit is all over Sound & Color – throw the headphones on and there’s a surprise around every corner. Third track […]