“This is a voice that is up there with the very best of
them, including the US greats. It aches of life and love, history and memory”
– Mike Brady AM.
Rory Ellis unleashes his Inner Outlaw on Friday, October 18 with
the release of his ninth studio album.
Inner Outlaw is a collection of 12 tracks of pure Americana, with a touch of Waylonesque attitude that will make your heart sing and your mind wander. It’s dry, minimalist, sometimes appears to fall apart at the seams, but will leave you haunted with a resonance rarely found in modern production.
Singer-songwriter Kim Wright is Livin’ The Dream with his debut EP hitting the top of the charts on release.
Released on July 22, Wright’s EP Livin’ The Dream, charted at No. 2 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and No. 28 on the iTunes All Genres Album Charts and is the realisation of a 20-year goal that began when he started writing songs in his early teens.
Livin’ The Dream, is a motto Wright lives by and is more often than not what
will come out of his mouth when you ask how he’s going.
“Every day above ground’s a good one
and I believe you should live each day to its fullest,” he said.
collection of songs represents that theme in my world.”
Beautiful Destruction is
music to the ears of The Viper Creek Band’s fans after waiting
nearly three years for the new album.
Released today, March 1, Beautiful Destruction debuted
at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Albums Charts and No. 13 on the All Genre Albums
Chart and sees the Newcastle outfit stretch their musical wings with
songs that encompass their ever-growing influences, but still identifiable
as The Viper Creek Band’s work.
“I’m just so excited to get it out because I can’t wait
for people to hear it,” front man Damien Baguley said.
“It’s feels like forever since the last album (Just
Press Play). The songs show off our different influences, but I still think
it’s got The Viper Creek Band stamp on it and people are still
going to dig it.”
The two singles from the album, Green Light and Australian
Girls, have both charted in the top 5 on the iTunes Country Songs Chart and
enjoyed extensive airplay with Green Light racking up 500,000
streams on Spotify.
Green Light has
an infectious lyric with the premise being a guy asking a girl to take their
relationship to the next level, while Australian Girls is an
upbeat tribute to strong Australian women and the roles they play in life. With
International Women’s Day just around the corner on March 8, Australian Girls
is the perfect country music accompaniment.
Other highlights include Tired from the
pens of Damien, Brennin Hunt and Skip Black, who also wrote Green Light.
Tired has a John Mayer feel to it, while the Shane McAnally-penned Blue
Jean Jacket is about lost love and reminiscing about a former flame.
Beautiful Destruction contains
some slower ballads and songs reminiscent of not only John Mayer, but also The
Eagles and touches of pop music.
Damien co-wrote four songs of the ten songs with Nashville
writers as well as Australian artists including Travis Collins and Matt
“I just hope listeners don’t want to skip any songs,” he
“I think every song has its place and that they want to
listen to the whole thing because, as an album, there are a lot of different
The singer-songwriter and lead singer is now looking
forward to releasing Beautiful Destruction out into the world
and hitting the road.
“We have revamped the live show around the album,” Damien
The Viper Creek Band will
launch the album with a weekend packed with gigs starting in Muswellbrook RSL
on Friday night, March 1, the Sydney launch at Rooty Hill RSL on Saturday,
March 2 before playing for their hometown audience at
Edgeworth Bowling Club on Sunday, March 3.
THE best songs often come from hard times, and so is the
case with chart-topping country artist, Danny Phegan’s new single, Little Man. Released today, November 9, Little
Man came out of the stresses associated with the 2006 drought in southern NSW –
the worst rainfall recorded for his home town of Walla Walla.
“I wrote this song in the years after that drought while putting in 8 kilometres of new water line. My son Bill was only a couple of years old and always wanted to be with me wherever I went, but he’d be asleep by the first gate,” Danny said.
“I was under a lot of pressure
and I remember looking at him and thinking how I wished I could sleep so
soundly. Most nights I’d fall asleep starring at the ceiling running sums
through my head to get through another month. But I also knew someday he’d get
his turn at life’s worries and I don’t want him to be in a hurry to get there.”
TAMWORTH has witnessed the beginnings of many beautiful songs, and Benny Allen’s debut single, Day One Of Missing You, is no exception and this morning it has debuted at No. 19 on the iTunes Country Songs Chart.
Written with legendary singer-songwriter Allan Caswell in the Country Music Capital, the song came to Benny after an early morning trek to watch the sun rise over Tamworth at Oxley Lookout.
“It was one of those songs that started from nothing,” he said.
“I had just written the song The Lord Above on the drive up to Tamworth because my girlfriend’s dad was in a coma and we didn’t know if he was going to make it. When I sat down with Allan, I had nothing left in me, so he asked me what I’d done that morning and I’d got up and watched the sun rise over Tamworth at Oxley Lookout.
“We hadn’t had a fight or anything, but my girlfriend was going through a lot and I was 1400km away and I guess that was the emotional genesis of the song; feeling that isolation and separation from someone you love.”
FROM the rolling hills of Picton to the mine trucks of Paraburdoo, singer-songwriter Jemma Beech has experienced it all this year, and her experiences have resulted in her stellar debut album, That’s Just Me.
Released on Friday, September 7, That’s Just Me is a culmination of songs from Jemma’s life up to now with plenty of cheekiness and girl power thrown into the mix.
The 25-year-old country artist moved to driving mine trucks in the Pilbara in March this year and her songwriting has flourished.
Working seven days on, and seven days off has meant Jemma can concentrate on music on her days off and dedicate a block of time to her craft and gigs.
“I’ve enjoyed the new experiences that the move has brought,” she said.
“They love having a performer up here because I’ve been able to sing at the Anzac Day ceremony, supported the Johnny Cash tribute show and on a Wednesday night on my weeks off, I go out to Cheela Plains Stations Stay and play around the campfire for the guests and they love it.” Continue reading →
TRAVIS Collins will take a message of healing to the stage this weekend as he begins touring his new album, The Brave and the Broken.
This album is not his first rodeo, but the day prior to release he told The Country Journo’s Rebecca Belt that he was more nervous and excited than when he released his debut offering all those years ago.
“It’s such a huge effort this record and such a true reflection of where I’m at with my music and my life,” Travis said.
“I’m super proud of this record; there’s not a song on it that doesn’t reflect me.” Continue reading →