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. According to his official page, Black Coffee is inspired by “run-down hotels, roadside diners, desert landscapes and cheap, supermarket six-packs”. Is that country enough for you? The Barwon Club, Geelong – July 19; Music Man Megastore, Bendigo – July 24; and The Bridge, Castlemaine – July 26. With Dan Waters and The Weeping Willows.