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Acoustic duo, Original Sin, cook up a country flavoured, stomping-blues original set of 'bluegrass deliciousness,' mixed with a soulful revival of traditional gospel and blues, dredged up from the likes of Blind Willie Johnson and Memphis Minnie.
The pair have been said to 'transport you back to the Mississippi Delta,' with their unencumbered, wholesome performance, founded on a driving beat, vibrant melodies, sweet harmonies and spirited guitar lines.
Home-grown from the Central Coast of New South Wales, Original Sin comprises the unprocessed, honeyed vocals, of Ariel, urged on and encouraged by the tireless guitar picking and sweet harmonies of Jordan, the combination possessing a lilting honesty.
After years of pursuing solo projects, Original Sin’s eclectic talents can be heard throughout - Jordan occupies his boundless skill with a wide range of instruments and span of genres – including currently drumming with psychedelic rock outfit Bad Valley. Ariel tinkers with vastly varied musical projects and has featured in collaborations with hip hop and Folk/Rock artists.
Original Sin was born in September 2012 – a misunderstanding at the Gospel Garden Sanctuary saw the duo take to the stage for the first time – with only twenty minutes to prepare, Jordan and Ariel surprised both audiences and themselves and wordlessly understood that this was something to pursue.
Since then they have seen great success at the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival and countless gigs on the Central Coast.
With an invitation to perform at the Airlie Beach Music Festival in November, Original Sin will be making their presence known all the way along the North East Coast of Australia from late September.
With a young voice that seems to have travelled these parts many times before and fingers that reminis a place and time far from us, comes a sound that sways the long grass with light restrain, yet so much power, 'Original Sin is a finger-pickin’, feet stompin', hollerin' revel. '
Baylou are sister duo Victoria and Barb Baillie. Victoria Baillie was a Golden Guitar winner for Best New Talent at the 2010 Country Music Awards and has already achieved a string of successful tunes and video clips. Barb Baillie has had a successful solo career and now shares the limelight with her sister. Working together as “Baylou” they produce a powerful sound and make an exciting addition to the Australian Country Music scene.
In 2012, Baylou’s debut single ‘Target On My Heart’ went all the way to #1 on the CMC Top 30 Countdown, as well as peaking at #3 on the National Country Airplay chart. And their most recent single ‘Novocaine’ also made the Top #5 on CMC as well as being a Top #10 Country Radio single.
Baylou’s debut album Go To Hell & I Love You scored a #6 ARIA Country Chart and #2 ARIA Australian Country Artists chart result when released in March 2013. The album was also recently nominated for BEST COUNTRY ALBUM at the 2013 AIR Awards.
Go To Hell & I Love You’s latest single ‘These Lips’, was written by Barb Baillie, Victoria Baillie and hit songwriter Ira Dean, and sees Barb take lead vocals for the first time on a Baylou single.
“We are super happy with the way this song turned out on the album. We wrote it with the famous Ira Dean (from Trick Pony). Not only is he very talented he is also creative and quick witted. The track is very rootsy and swampy which is exactly how we wanted it to be portrayed. We have a lot of fun when we deliver this song live…. it’s so catchy and by the end the audience is singing along with us,” says Baylou.
Baylou won the 2012 Commercial Radio Australia New Artist To Nashville Award - an award determined by prominent Australian Country industry professionals. This meant they were given the opportunity to perform at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards last October and then represent Australian Country Music at the 2013 CMA Global Artist Party in Nashville.
And it’s that event in Nashville, along with other festival highlights, including action from Craig Campbell’s Celebrity Cornhole event during the CMA Music Festival, that feature in the track’s new music video. Campbell (currently in the Billboard Top 20 US Country Singles Chart with ‘Outta My Head’) invited the girls to perform at the event after seeing them play at the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival. The video also features some other special cameos. Take a look at their new video clip 'These Lips'
The Wolfe Brothers are without doubt Australian Country Music’s hottest new act! The group comprising of brothers Nick and Tom Wolfe and their childhood friends, Casey Kostiuk and Brodie Rainbird burst into the national spotlight after they appeared and finished second on Channel Seven’s prime time television series Australia’s Got Talent.
They then joined the ABC Music stable and scored a #18 debut on the ARIA Mainstream Albums Sales Chart for their debut album It’s On – the highest debut for a country album on ARIA charts for over ten years!
In fact, It’s On has remained entrenched in the ARIA Country Sales Chart since its release in January. It has been one of the highest selling albums of the year across all country releases.
The Wolfe Brothers have since gone on to score their first #1 Country Single with ‘The Girl, The Bottle, The Memory,’ topping the CMC Top 30 Countdown as well as many Country Radio station countdowns across Australia.
‘Lovin’ In The Summertime’ is a bulls-eye Wolfe Brothers Country-Rock Hit and is the Summer Party Anthem for 2014!
It is mixed and co-produced by Nashville hit-maker Luke Wooten, who produced the latest CMA Award-nominated album Home from US superstar Dierks Bentley and albums for US star Kellie Pickler.
Listen to their new single here : [MP3]http://itscountry.com.au/music/The Wolfe Brothers - 01 - Lovin In The Summertime.mp3[/MP3]
“Excellent musos, excellent songs, excellent showmanship, it’s just real Aussie Country Rock… You deserve to be on this stage,” said recording artist and Australia’s Got Talent judge Brian McFadden.
Thursday 17 Oct - Hallam Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Friday 18 Oct - Gateway Hotel, Geelong VIC
Saturday 19 Oct - Birchip BNS Ball, VIC
Friday 1 Nov - Caloundra RSL Club, QLD
Sunday 3 Nov - City Golf Club, Toowoomba QLD
Sunday 10 Nov - Longley International Hotel, Hobart TAS
Friday 15 Nov - Revesby Workers Club NSW w/ Lee Kernaghan
Saturday 16 Nov - Blacktown Workers Club w/ Lee Kernaghan
Friday 22 Nov - Mingara, Tumbi Umbi - Central Coast NSW w/ Lee Kernaghan
Saturday 23 Nov - The Cube, Campbelltown NSW w/ Lee Kernaghan
Sunday 24 Nov - Derwent Ent. Centre, Hobart TAS
Friday6 Dec - U/18 Albert Hall, Launceston TAS
Saturday 7 Dec - U/18 Hobart Uni Bar, Hobart TAS
Saturday 4 Jan - Shearwater Resort, Shearwater TAS
Saturday 11 Jan - Cattlemen’s Get Together Omeo VIC
Friday 17 Jan - Lizottes, Kincumber NSW
Saturday 18 Jan - Lizottes, Newcastle NSW
Thursday 23 Jan - Blazes Wests Leagues, Tamworth NSW
“Borrowed Tunes” is the fourth solo album from Sydney artist Corrina Steel released on her independent label Snakedrive Records. The result is a collection of 13 songs including Kris Kristofferson, Tammy Wynette, Linda Ronstadt, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson and Peter Allen. And of course, a couple of Steel’s favourite trad country gospel tunes thrown in for good measure. It’s a stripped back, seductive, intimate, at times rock-edged, as well as country so classic, it sounds like a jukebox in the corner of a Memphis diner in 1950.
“Our only rule was that there are no rules. Nothing was too corny, nothing was too cool. We just didn’t care as long as we could give it a sound that was unique and authentic. I spent a fair amount of time going through my vinyl and songs just kept popping up. Mike Anderson was not at all fazed by being the lone ranger creating the musical backdrop for Steel’s vocals. In fact he loved it. “I really enjoyed the process of stripping these songs back, going through the layers to find the essence, then condensing that into as few instruments as possible. I like the space created when you record this way. It gives the music a late night atmosphere that we really love.”
“Borrowed Tunes” was recorded in a few weekends at a semi-rural retreat in NSW. “I’ve got half of an originals album in the can but wanted to do this little in-between album because I had so much fun just being a singer on all these beautifully written songs. Usually I write and produce the albums I’ve made. But this time it felt great to just be a singer. Like how all my old school heroes used to do it. Of course having such a great guitar player who just gets it every time, made it all so easy. And an engineer I can 100 per cent trust, really meant I was free to just belt it out. ”
‘I reckon those songs you hear on the radio in the back seat of the car in the first ten years of your life have a huge effect on your musical tastes forever,” says Steel.
Corrina Steel - Borrowed Tunes
- Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be - The Black Keys
- Smoke Along The Track - Recorded by various country artists written by Alan Rose and Don Helm
- Damaged - Primal Scream
- Different Drum - Linda Ronstadt written by Mike Nesmith
- Lovin’ Him was Easier ( than anything I’ll ever do again ) - Kris Kristofferson
- There He Goes- Patsy Cline Written by Eddie Miller, Durwood Haddock and W.S. Stevenson
- I Dont Wanna Play House- Tammy Wynette written by Billy Sherrill and Glen Sutton
- I Wanna Be your Dog- The Stooges
- Life’s Railway To Heaven- Traditional
- Time Of The Preacher- Willie Nelson
- Vigilante Man- Ry Cooder- written by Woody Guthrie
- Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell
- Tenterfield Saddler - Peter Allen
"Borrowed Tunes" is released on 17th October. Smoke along The Track is a one of the beautiful tunes from that album, listen to hit here : [MP3]http://itscountry.com.au/music/02 Smoke Along The Track Corinna Steel.mp3[/MP3]
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Originally designed to be a musical magnet to draw tourists flocking to Grafton’s nationally-acclaimed Jacaranda Festival, the first annual Clarence Valley Country Muster has become a massive drawcard in its own right.
The stage is set. The muster will open on a property a few kilometres north-west of Grafton on October 28 and swing through until November 3.
Organiser Wendy Gordon owns the property in the tiny and historic settlement of Calliope – a village that once hosted the surrounding district’s first race meeting in 1872.
The horses have long gone, and the contemporary cattle have been ushered off the property as it prepares for an event never before seen in these parts.
For Wendy Gordon, it’s an unexpected blockbuster.
“I’ve organised country music festivals before, but I honestly wasn’t prepared for the response to a muster in my own back yard,” Wendy says. “I first But events like this don’t happen by accident. Wendy Gordon has worked her Akubra off promoting the muster to the rest of Australia. It has been a shotgun blast heard everywhere.
Nearby villages like Ulmarra, Brushgrove, Yamba, Maclean and the City of Grafton itself will prosper from the hospitality business the muster generates.
On stage will be headliners
Ted Egan, Terry Gordon, the Kross Kutt Showband, Marge Graham and more than 20 other performers singing under the stars.
There’ll be a giant marquee, a first-class stage, extensive lighting, portable toilets, camping sites for motor homes and separate areas set aside for the media, VIP guests and site workers.