Black Coffee is the new pick-me-up album from alt-country singer-songwriter Lachlan Bryan. Recorded last year with The Wildes, the album is rich with elements of old-school country, rockabilly, folk balladry and gospel-tinged rockin’ soul. It has been doing pretty well, including snaring the ‘Best Alternative Country Album of the Year’ award at the CMA awards. Lachlan wrote the majority of the album while on a solo tour of the US in support of his solo album, Shadow of the Gun.
Andy Bull has been performing in Sydney for over a decade and gained enough attention early on that he supported Norah Jones on her 2007 tour. That opportunity came before he even released a single. His debut, ‘Small Town Girl’, would not be released until August 2008. He has since released two albums, including this year’s Sea of Approval. And approval it has received. The Corner – September 27.
Melbourne-based songwoman Ree Nay has a few dates lined up next month as the warmness of her EP Seen You Before continues to be felt. Recorded with James Kempster, the EP was released late 2013. With country as its heart and folk as its soul, the EP tells stories of life growing up in Darwin. Ree Nay is inspired by artists including Joni Mitchell, Regina Spektor and Dolly Parton. Whole Lotta Love – August 9.
The rock is strong with Aimee Francis. The Melbourne-born Sydney gal has being playing live since she was fifteen and has toured the world and played shows with the likes of Pat Benatar and Steel Panther. She had her ‘yep, this is what I want to do’ moment in 2001 when she won tickets to a Billy Idol concert. It was his guitarist Steve Stevens, however, that captivated her, and it has all been for the music since.
Sometimes your music just has to find the right ears. And so it was that, at the age of 17, Warrnambool’s Jackson McLaren found a fan in Josh Pyke, who would produce McLaren’s self-titled debut. A move to Melbourne and a breakthrough hit with ‘A Whole Day Nearer’ would follow. Now McLaren, along with his band the Triple Threat, welcomes their debut full-length album, Songs to Greet the Dawn.
“We make music that makes us feel good and that we enjoy playing. It may have been influenced by an eclectic myriad of artists we have listened to across our current existence here on this planet. We hope you can find something in our music and lyrics that make you feel something or take you to a better place.” That is what the Sunshine Coast’s Drawcard would like you to know, and it’s hard not to like them on that alone.
REMINDER: Don’t forget that Coolio kicks off his Aussie tour with a date at The Karova, Ballarat on July 31. The artist, composer and actor (oh yeah, and chef) still holds the record for having one of the best-selling singles of all time with 1995’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’. The tour comes around a year after he was forced to cancel an Australian visit due to visa issues.
Do you know Allday? If not, you probably should. Hailing from Blackwood (that would be the home of the Hilltop Hoods for those playing at home), Allday (Tom Gaynor) is part of Australia’s new era of hip hop. He began rapping at the age of ten, recorded his first track as a teenager and would build his case winning battle after battle in his hometown. He soon caught the attention of triple j, before a move to Melbourne paid dividends.
With his debut EP set to drop in August, Danny Harley, the man behind indie-electro project The Kite String Tangle, is heading out on the road. And with a date at Splendour in the Grass, he is sure to be nicely warmed up. Danny launched The Kite String Tangle in 2012 and has been quick to find a loving audience. Vessel is the title of his forthcoming debut.
The Queenscliff Music Festival has announced another round of acts for its bonza 2014 outing. To recap first, we already have The Bombay Royale, The Church. D.D Dumbo, Hiatus Kaiyote, The Jezabels, Kasey Chambers, Stonefield, The Waifs and Xavier Rudd; now, you can add soulful rocker Dan Sultan, WA’s blues and roots outfit Blue Shady, a trio of songbirds in Dyson Stringer Cloher, genre-benders The Delta Riggs, Gold Coast-based Tijuana Cartel, Adelaide rapper Tkay Maidza, Afro soulsters The Shaolin Afronauts and troubadour Steve Smyth to the mix.