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Narooma 3rd Lineup Announcement

The Great Southern Blues Festival has just made its third lineup announcement for the 2015 event. Following on from last year’s acclaimed performance from Three Wise Men (Kevin Borich, Mal Eastick and Phil Manning), comes The Three Nasty Boys – Darren Jack, Pete Cornelius and Shannon Bourne. The three Aussie guitar legends will team up for a one-off show at Narooma. Also announced for the bill this year are Hammond organ prodigies, brothers Clayton and Lachlan Doley, performing together with a crack band; Richard Clapton; and young swamp blues outfit the Swamp Stompers. The 2015 Great Southern Blues Festival takes place on October 2, 3, 4 in Narooma and all tickets […]

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Diamonds In The Rough

Liz Stringer loves Raised By Eagles, saying their songs “are the kind you fall in love with at the first listen and then endlessly trawl bars and venues across Melbourne to be near again. This is no crush. This is a great, enduring romance.” Stringer pops up on the new Raised By Eagles album, Diamonds In The Bloodstream, which follows the band’s 2013 self-titled debut. The new record has already earned the band comparisons to Tom Petty, Drive-By Truckers, Bruce Springsteen, Bobby Charles and Dan Sultan. Raised By Eagles – singer/guitarist Luke Sinclair, guitarist Nick O’Mara, bass player Luke Richardson and drummer Johnny Gibson – are now hitting the road […]

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RocKwiz returns to SBS on Saturday nights, 8.30pm, for a six episode run with each episode themed to a respective decade. Beginning May 30, the RocKwiz team will run through the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and 2000s with songs, questions and guest artists all specific to the decade in focus. Paul Kelly, Julia Stone, Connie Mitchell, Vance Joy, Col Joye, John Butler, Emma Donovan, Normie Rowe, Kate Ceberano are among the confirmed guests for this 13th series. Brian Nankervis and Julia Zemiro return as the show’s hosts, but bandleader James Black will be sitting this season out. Guitarist Ash Naylor and keyboard player Clio Renner will join the RocKwiz Orkestra’s founding members Peter […]


Farewell To The King

He once said, “When I eventually drop, I pray to God that it’ll happen in one of three ways: Firstly, on stage or leaving the stage, then secondly, in my sleep. And the third way? You’ll have to figure that out for yourself!” He was The King of the Blues. Rhythms salutes Riley B. King, the artist known as B.B. King, who died in his sleep, aged 89.     FIVE FACTS ABOUT THE KING When he was working at a Memphis radio station, he got the nickname “Beale Street Blues Boy”, which was later shortened to “Blues Boy” and “B.B”. He called his guitar Lucille. He reportedly had 15 […]

Americana Awards Nominations 2015

The 2015 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Nominees were announced yesterday with Lucinda Williams, Sturgill Simpson and Shakey Graves featuring prominently. The media conference held at a Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was hosted by the Milk Carton Kids and featured performances from Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, John Hiatt, Nikki Lane and Milk Carton Kids. The 2015 Americana Awards will take place at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on September 16. 2015 Americana Honors & Awards Nominees Album of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Producer) And The War Came – Shakey Graves; Produced by Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Chris Boosahda Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone […]

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Good Sports

“I thought we’d start out with a track from our new album,” Stephen Cummings deadpans as The Sports embark on their first full gig in 34 years. Of course, it’s a joke, and the band launches into ‘Live Work & Play’ from their second album, Don’t Throw Stones.     The Sports have long resisted offers to re-form. A couple of years ago, The Age wanted to induct the band into the Music Victoria Hall of Fame, with the proviso that they play at the awards. The story goes that an old manager approached Cummings, who said, “I’ll do it if Andrew does it,” believing that guitarist Andrew Pendlebury would […]

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Catherine Britt – Boneshaker

Lost Highway/Universal  country Wow! The title track to Catherine Britt’s new album erupts like a massive Pat Benatar anthem, with layers of production never previously encountered on any of Britt’s releases. It’s gigantic. Britt stepped away from her long-term production relationship with Nash Chambers to head to Ryan Hadlock’s Bear Creek studios in Seattle with a deliberate agenda to make a fresh start. Britt had signed to a new label (Lost Highway) and new management and decided to shake things up. “Everyone keeps saying how different the songs are but I still think they sound just like me,” says Britt. I guess if you dig deep there’s that voice and […]


Melody Gardot – Currency of Man

UMA roots With Currency Of Man, international best-selling American singer-songwriter Melody Gardot renews an association with Grammy Award-winning producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, Madeleine Peyroux) that netted over 1.5 million sales with 2009’s My One And Only Thrill. Doubtless her fourth long-playing release will do equally well. Whether that’ll be truly merited is another matter. While there’s no question smouldering blues, jazz and gospel-infused opening numbers ‘It Gonna Come’ and ‘Preacherman’ do indeed incite memories of the late great
 Nina Simone, to whom Gardot has been somewhat flatteringly compared, later strings-drenched songs such as the samey ‘Don’t Misunderstand’, ‘Don’t Talk’ and ‘If I Ever Recall Your Face’ are […]


The Pine Hill Project – Tomorrow You Are Going

Signature Sounds Americana As proudly announced on the
back cover of this gem, The
 Pine Hill Project is Richard 
Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky.
 Shindell worked with Kaplansky
 and Dar Williams in the outfit
 Cry Cry Cry, and here the pair reunites for a run through a selection of favourite covers with exquisite grace. Kaplansky has one of those voices (what Mark Knopfler calls “anointed voices” elsewhere in this issue), and with Shindell on guitars and vocals, the great Bill Payne of Little Feat on piano and Larry Campbell producing and contributing guitars and mandolins, the ingredients are top shelf. The arrangements feature robust rock band instrumentation, which puts a fresh spin […]


Jerome Browne – Sliding Delta

Borealis Records blues Canadian-based bluesman / folkie Michael Jerome Browne returns here with a little gem, Sliding Delta, a celebration of ‘20s and ‘30s blues from artists which have had an influence on this three-time JUNO Award nominee. Proficient on a range of instruments, it’s guitar and harmonica in abundance here, with the odd dalliance on banjo (he’s no slouchon the four-string, make no mistake), combining to bring a treasure-trove of old tunes reworked in minimal fashion so’s to revitalise without ruining. Johnny Shines’ ‘Living In The Whitehouse’ gets the banjo treatment; the title track, a Mississippi John Hurt number, slips and slides along; Charlie Patton’s ‘When Your Way
Gets Dark’ displays some […]