The Bloomvilles – long-awaited launch of honest music

COVID-19 restrictions have been the bane of every musician’s existence for the past two years, but at last, Sydney-Geelong duo The Bloomvilles will launch their self-titled album this weekend.

The album was recorded in isolation during 2020 between Geelong and Sydney, produced in Natte Yallock in rural Victoria by  Jack Jones and mixed by Reggie Bowman; both from Southern Sons.

The duo of Melinda Jackson and Joseph Calderazzo have been playing gigs together for many years in Sydney before they formed The Bloomvilles.

When they began to record their debut album, Melinda and Joseph were both living in Sydney, but halfway through recording, Joseph moved and then COVID-19 restrictions hit and the process became a little more challenging.

Even with the challenges of distance, Joseph said he loved that he was more relaxed making this album.

“I loved that I didn’t feel the same pressure that you feel in the studio and I could do my parts whenever I wanted, I tracked them however I wanted to and I could do as many takes as I needed,” he said.

“I got to try ideas at home and I found that to be really good.”

Melinda had the extra challenge of having her eight-year-old son running around while recording her vocals.

“I do a lot of work from home, but I never expected my vocal that I recorded at home to be the one that appeared on the album,” she laughed.

“My eight year old is running around and I’m recording vocals. I’ve done quite a bit of session work from home, so I didn’t mind working from home, but the good part of making the record under these circumstances was that it was all we had to focus on in the first wave of COVID, other than our families. We felt like we were doing something, at a time when you could really get yourself in a place where you’re feeling low, so that kept us going creatively and emotionally.”

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Taylor Moss serves up sassy Chaser

Sassy country star Taylor Moss has served up the Chaser to her two hit singles, You Ain’t Getting A Song and Ain’t No Girly Girl.

The Queensland singer-songwriter’s latest single, Chaser, raced up the charts on release, is nearing 100,000 streams worldwide and has been added to playlists in Australia and the US with plenty of women in country playlists jumping on board with support.

“I’ve got this very feminist girl power approach to my songs,” Taylor said.

“I’m stoked that women are understanding what I’m saying because I’m one of those people that if you tell me I can’t do it, I will.”

Taylor wrote Chaser in her first writing soiree with Golden Guitar winner Andrew Swift.

“I contacted Andrew Swift during the first lockdown to see if we could write via Zoom and I had written in my notes, ‘I need a chaser’,” she said.

“We have very different genres – him being alt-country and me in pop country, but we thought we’d give it a go and wrote the song within a couple of hours. The t-shirt I was wearing during that Zoom said ‘Now that I’m sober, you ain’t that fine’ and it all came from there.

“It all came together because I bought that t-shirt in New York, I wrote it with the right person and it was just one of those things that worked.”

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Casey Barnes releases ultimate love song

If you’re looking for a song to dedicate to the one you love, Casey Barnes has you sorted with his latest single, God Took His Time On You.

The Gold Coast singer-songwriter wrote the track about 12 months ago with Nashville songwriting partners Kaci Brown and Sam Gray.

It’s appropriate I spoke to Casey this week about the song, as he and wife, Michelle, celebrated their 15th anniversary.

“This is the ultimate tribute to your partner because it’s saying that whoever made you took their time because you are perfect,” Casey said.

“Sam said he’d been tinkering on his guitar with different melodies and Kaci was riding on the ride-on mower when the idea came to him, so went in and said, ‘I’ve got this amazing idea for a song and we need to get Casey on Zoom’.

“When they played me the initial idea, I loved it and the song wrote itself; we all knew it was a special track.”

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Ray of sunshine from Daniel Reeves’ World Learning

Melbourne singer-songwriter Daniel Reeves brings us World Learning – the song we all need right now.

Written five years ago when he was re-assessing his career and life plans, World Learning could have been written for everyone experiencing life during lockdowns and dealing with a worldwide pandemic.

Daniel wrote World Learning after being on the road for a long time as a professional musician and wanting to re-connect with his friends and family.

 “While friends were celebrating milestones, I was missing them all because I was on the road and I was tired because I couldn’t see very far in front of me at that time, so I came back to Melbourne because I wanted to ground myself and re-connect with them and myself,” he said.

“The way I look at it is you have to close one door to open another and I loved being back with my friends in a place I absolutely loved, which was the Thornbury area, which is renowned for music and art.”

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Amber Lawrence calls to Bring It Back

All music lovers are counting the moments until live concerts and festivals return, and Amber Lawrence has summed this up in her latest single, Bring It Back.

Written from the perspective of someone standing in the audience with their on a balmy summer night with a drink in their hands and their favourite artist is about to walk on stage.

“Music still hasn’t returned to that point where there are no restrictions and when I wrote the song, I was visualizing myself at Gympie,” Amber said.

“Big festivals have had to cancel and there is so much that goes with that for the artists, support services, food providers and the fans and others involved in the industry.

“For a lot of people, going to festivals and concerts is their hobby where they catch up with their mates and they only know them because they met them in the mosh pit somewhere.”

Although we are all missing the live music scene being what it used to be, Bring It Back isn’t a sad song; it’s a positive message as we look forward to getting back to doing what we love.

“The song has that party vibe that this will happen eventually, but there’s some real nostalgia in it, too, especially for the bigger artists – they haven’t worked for two years,” Amber said.

“I hope it’s got some nostalgia in it for a lot of people. This is a different style for me and is the first song off the album and shows I am moving forward in my sound and pushing the boundaries a little, but Bring It Back is not necessarily representative of the sound on the new album.”

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Cornell cruises into a musical 2021

Just when you thought COVID had ruined your chances to have fun in early 2021, Matt Cornel is sailing in with the perfect antidote – a harbour cruise and his famous Mojito Club.

Cornell is known for his top-notch musicianship, connection with his audiences, and his ridiculously fun harbour cruises with the next one locked in for March 20.

Featuring special guests, Baylou, the music will be pumping for four hours (as will the food, included in the ticket price) from 7pm, with the refreshments flowing and there’ll be as much COVID-safe fun to be had, as music lovers can handle.

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Ian Burns – Tamworth awards haul

Ian Burns has proven his talents and popularity in the Australian country music scene this month, taking home two awards at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Kicking off in style, Macarthur singer-songwriter won the Tamworth Songwriters Association Local Heroes Song of the Year for Think Again, co-written with Mary V I Harrison and David Carter. Ian then added to his Tamworth accolades, winning Best Male Vocal in the 2021 Australian People’s Choice Awards.

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The Bushwackers given highest Australasian country music honour

The Bushwackers have plenty to celebrate during their Golden Jubilee year after being inducted into the Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown.

The much-loved lively Australian bush band were recognised for their contribution to Australian country music at the Golden Guitars Awards in Tamworth on Saturday, January 23, with front men Dobe Newton and Roger Corbett overcome with emotion at the announcement.

Dobe Newton OAM and Roger Corbett of The Bushwackers were honoured at the 2021 Golden Guitar Awards, being elevated to the Australasian Roll of Renown. Photo: Tamworth Country Music Festival
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