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Posted 19 Dec 2012 @ 1:25pm

Following a successful debut last year, The Clarkfield Music Festival returns for its second year of fine country music.

 

Last year's bill saw the likes of Nick Barker, Kim Salmon and Dead River Deeps perform; this year The Toot Toot Toots, Charles Jenkins and the Zhivagos and the charismatic Tim Rogers will be performing.
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Posted 2 May 2012 @ 2:24pm

 

Young’s first album in nine years is a collection of folk rock tunes – traditional songs reworked in a Yard Birds fashion, judging by the single. In this bizarre version of Oh Suzanna, you can just make out the line, "I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee," but it bears no resemblance to the twanging hillbilly bluegrass of the original. I’m not sure it’s improved...

Posted 24 Apr 2012 @ 10:39am

 

Every now and then a drummer steps out from beyond the cloak of their drumkit and reveals themselves as both songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Johnny Gibson, drummer for a host of Melbourne staples; including The Currency, Streams Of Whiskey and Swedish Magazines has done just that, presenting to the world his first solo album, Endless Search For Gold.
Opener Back Roads is...

Posted 4 Apr 2012 @ 9:51am

 

Melbourne’s Quarry Mountain Dead Rats is a bluegrass collective that drawls and fiddles at a cracking pace. Their banjo and mandolin getting a decent workout on Bloodhound Killed My Squeeze Box, a song about a troublesome dog with a long face who slobbers all over the newspaper and knocks over drinks. Not a massive fan of songs about dogs, to be honest, except where the dogs are...

Posted 28 Mar 2012 @ 2:02pm

In Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, Tina C makes her debut appearance at the Malthouse Theatre tackling the heavy issue of Australian land rights through country music and unavoidable audience participation. From the start of her lecture/story-telling/concert/comedy show she refuses to shy away from the topic - "Sorry, no apologies!" 

 

 

 
The performance seems...

Posted 13 Mar 2012 @ 3:35pm

 

For the first five years of their existence, the Gavin Rossdale-led British rock act Bush had to be referred to in Canada as Bushx.  This wasn’t simply an act of grunge tomfoolery meant to poke fun at the inhabitants of the Great White North. Instead, the name Bush was a matter of intellectual property, as Domenic Troiano led a Toronto-based jazzed-up rock outfit in the ‘70s called...

Posted 7 Mar 2012 @ 10:39am

 

Lifted from his thirteenth album, Chains of Love is a soft, string-driven country ballad that will remind you, if you’ve forgotten, exactly what’s wrong with Ryan Adams – most of his music is limp adult contemporary pop. This tune, along with its unfortunate title, is bland and soulless.


Posted 5 Mar 2012 @ 2:35pm

 

Ben Sollee grew up in the state of Kentucky. Technically considered part of the American south, Kentucky is a state without a significant profile outside of the United States. To some, it’s known as the original hometown of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who spent his formative years in Louisville, Kentucky; for those with an interest in country and folk music, Kentucky...

Posted 22 Feb 2012 @ 11:23am

 

Rockhampton duo Busby Marou toured with Dolly Parton and Pete Murray last year, then toddled off to record this bland but inoffensive country pop single. The opening guitar melody is crisp and sweet, but the minute the strained, overly earnest vocal kicked in (Tracy Chapman-esque, but without the tragedy), they lost me. Way too sweet.

 

Posted 25 Jan 2012 @ 12:49pm

 

Delaney Davidson lives the proverbial peripatetic lifestyle. Born in New Zealand, Davidson travels the world playing his guitar, imbibing the local culture and transposing his idiosyncratic observations into country garage tunes. If Davidson was American, he’d be prone to jingoistic hubris; as a New Zealander, Davidson’s narratives are dripping with pathos, irony and the odd splash of...

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