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GET UP CLOSE & PERSONAL AT THE MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW

Posted in Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 31, 2017

  GET UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH SOME GUITAR GREATS To fully appreciate your time at the Melbourne Guitar Show, make sure you get a taste of absolutely everything. First and foremost … play a guitar! It might sound obvious but there are so many distractions that it’s easy not…

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WOLFE BROTHERS ANNOUNCE MEGA TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 31, 2017

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They’re one of Australia’s favourite country rock bands and now The Wolfe Brothers have announced the first dates of what will be a year-long jaunt called Let’s Hit The Road – Australian Tour. Easily one of the hardest working bands on the circuit today, if they’re not touring, they’re writing and recording – in fact, they haven’t really stopped since they smashed onto the Australian scene back in 2012.

The band has recently been in Nashville writing songs for their next album. In fact, they only just arrived back in the country on the weekend and are already looking forward to a busy 12-months ahead recording their fourth album. “We will be doing a lot more of our own shows around the country,” says Tom. “We will also continue touring with Lee Kernaghan on his 25th anniversary tour, which has been such a huge success! We’re excited that it will now be extending into next year!”

The Nashville songwriting trip was a creative powerhouse. “The songwriting on this trip feels like we have stepped up another level,” says guitarist Brodie Rainbird. “We have spent so much time in Nashville over the last couple of years that it is our second home, and we feel very settled and relaxed there now. The past experience of writing the last album there has given us the confidence to approach these songwriting sessions with much more focus on what we want to achieve, in terms of a direction for the next album.”

Rightfully considered as one of the hottest live country bands in Australia, The Wolfe Brothers are renowned for their tight performances and affable approach. With the release of the first leg of their Let’s Hit The Road – Australian Tour for 2017, the second leg – slated for 2018 – will be announced in coming weeks. The band is looking forward to sharing some of their biggest hits – and new material – with fans on the road.

Lead singer Nick Wolfe says no night will be the same. “We are trying to evolve as a band,” he says. “We do not want to stay the same all the time, we want to grow and get better at what we do. Our goal is to achieve this on the new tour by giving the audience all the hit songs with some nostalgic covers but also share some new music with them before we release these songs on next album. It is always very satisfying to get the reaction of the hard-core fans to our new songs. We genuinely like to get them involved in the lead up to releasing a new album, and there is no better way to do that than to get the fan’s opinion of some new songs.”

The Wolfe Brothers most recent album This Crazy Life hit #2 on the ARIA country charts and has spawned three #1 singles, making it 10 singles in a row from the last 3 albums to hit the #1 spot on the country charts. The current radio release, a duet with Lee Kernaghan on his single Damn Good Mates, has also spawned airplay around the country.

The Wolfe Brothers Let’s Hit The Road – Australian Tour will roll-out around Australia until June 2018. The band’s as-yet-untitled new album will be released mid-2018.

Friday 1st September 2017 | 8pm
The Cinema, BURNIE TAS
The Wolfe Brothers, Brett Collidge & Straalen
www.oztix.com.au | Foster’s Music (03) 6431 5409

Saturday 2nd September 2017 | 8pm
Hotel Tasmania, LAUNCESTON TAS
The Wolfe Brothers & Straalen
www.oztix.com.au | Hotel Tasmania

Friday 15th September 2017 | 8pm
Racehorse Hotel, BOOVAL QLD
The Wolfe Brothers, Baylou & Straalen
www.oztix.com.au | (07) 3282 1222

Saturday 16th September 2017
Doomben Racecourse, BRISBANE QLD
The Country Music Race Day
The Wolfe Brothers, Troy Cassar-Daley & more
www.brc.com.au

Sunday 17th September | 7pm
Lonestar Tavern, MERMAID WATERS QLD
The Wolfe Brothers, Baylou & Straalen
www.oztix.com.au  | (07) 5572 2000

Saturday 23rd September | 8pm
Queenstown Memorial Hall, QUEENSTOWN TAS
The Wolfe Brothers & Straalen
www.oztix.com.au  |  7XS Office

Sunday 24th September 2017 | 2pm
Longley International Hotel, HOBART TAS
The Wolfe Brothers & Straalen
www.oztix.com.au | (03) 6239 6378

Saturday 30th September 2017
Deni Ute Muster, DENILIQUIN NSW
www.tickets.deniutemuster.com.au

Saturday 4th November 2017
Melton Mowbray Rodeo, MELTON TAS
The Wolfe Brothers & rodeo

Friday 24th November 2017 | 8pm
Rooty Hill RSL Club, ROOTY HILL NSW
The Wolfe Brothers & Baylou
www.rootyhillrsl.com.au | (02) 9625 500

Saturday 25th November 2017
Country At The Camp, BRANXTON NSW
The Wolfe Brothers & Festival Line-up
www.countryatthecamp.com

For more information about The Wolfe Brothers concert dates on Lee Kernaghan’s Boys From The Bush 25th Anniversary Tour please visit www.thewolfebrothers.com

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ALEX LAHEY ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM & NATIONAL TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 31, 2017

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It seems that whatever Melbourne based singer-songwriter Alex Lahey sets her mind to, she can achieve. Alex announced herself to the world in 2016 with her debut EP ‘B-Grade University’. The EP saw the Melbourne singer songwriter catapulted into popularity with fans and critics alike. Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, Rolling Stone, Sterogum all got on board as she scored spots on festival bills from SXSW to Splendour. Now in 2017, she is ready to release her debut full length album, I Love You Like A Brother, and with it, the first single, Every Day’s The Weekend (see video below).

Lahey sees her life as ordinary: “I fall in love, I have a family, I go out with my friends, I like to have a drink.” However, most people can’t distil those universal experiences into wry, punchy indie-rock songs – three-minute odes to millennial angst and all the complicated feelings that come with it. Alex Lahey can. ‘Love You Like A Brother’ is proof.

The video for Every Day’s The Weekend, created by Alex’s long-time collaborator, Jam Nawaz, (Remi, Bec Sandridge) and renowned local artist Callum Preston, features cameos from celebrated Australian comedian Barry Morgan, as well as Alex’s mum.

To celebrate the release of I Love You Like A Brother, Alex and her band will hit the road in October for a run of shows across the country. After selling out her last in May and wowing fans across the country, this tour should be no different!


 ALEX LAHEY ‘I LOVE YOU LIKE A BROTHER’ TOUR

Tix: http://alexlahey.com.au
 

Wed Oct 4 – 48 Watt St Newcastle
Friday Oct 6 – OAF, Sydney
Sat Oct 7 – The Zoo, Brisbane
Wed Oct 11 – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Thurs Oct 12 – Workers Club, Geelong
Fri Oct 13 – Fat Controller, Adelaide
Saturday Oct 14 – Republic Bar, Hobart
Wed Oct 18 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Thurs Oct 19 – Rosemount, Perth
Friday Oct 20 – Mojos, Fremantle

‘I Love You Like A Brother’ is out on Oct 6 on Nicky Boy Records, distributed by Caroline Australia


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STARS AND GUITARS ON STAND AT MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW

Posted in Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 28, 2017

One of the great things about the Melbourne Guitar Show is that you never know who you might stumble across in the aisles or on the exhibitor’s stands. Apart from the numerous high profile guitarists performing on stage or in workshops, there are many other notable, unadvertised artists who come…

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OPAL OCEAN: MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 28, 2017

Frenchman Alex Champ and New Zealander Nadav Tabak lived parallel lives in New Zealand, busking in the same town and attending the same concerts but it wasn’t until they moved to Melbourne that they actually met. They began composing and crafting their original works in a Melbourne basement in 2013…

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MGS 2017 STAND PROFILE: TONE REVIVAL ENGINEERING

Posted in Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 27, 2017

TONE REVIVAL ENGINEERING STAND #4. GROUND LEVEL Some business ideas emerge after a long period of brainstorming, planning and maybe even go as far as the consideration of focus group data. Then there are products which just emerge out of pure practicality. I’m talking about common sense solutions to irritating…

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DAN SULTAN: THE ‘KILLER’ ALBUM INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - July 27, 2017

As expressed by the man himself in our video interview below, Dan Sultan has never felt beholden to any particular musical pigeon-hole. It’s this refusal to play anyone’s game bar his own which allows Dan to approach his craft with a freedom that results in music which comes only from…

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REVIEW: AMERICA & RUSSELL MORRIS. Hamer Hall

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 27, 2017

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AMERICA supported by RUSSELL MORRIS
Hamer Hall, July 26, 2017
Words by Greg Phillips. Photos by Jason Rosewarne

The Russell Morris story is a tale in two parts. You have the platinum-selling, once king of pop who had hit after classic hit in the 60s and 70s. You then have the modern day country-blues troubadour, relating fascinating stories of Australia’s character-filled past. Both were on display last night at Hamer Hall and Morris has been able to perfectly meld those eras together into one consummate show. Russell kicked off his support spot feeling blue … Black Dog Blues, It’s All Over Now Baby Blue and Walking The Blues Away before presenting Sharkmouth, the catalyst for the rebirth of his career. It was evident quite early in the set that Russell has lost none of his vocal power, a fact which became even more obvious during the performance of his earlier material. Mention must also be made of guitarist Pete Robinson, who is such an integral part of the Russell Morris band. Not only is his guitar tone superb, the expression and control of his instrument is second to none. Wings of an Eagle signalled the beginning of a string of classic Morris songs which included Rachel, The Real Thing and Sweet, Sweet Love, resulting in thunderous applause from the crowd as he left the stage.

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Russell Morris by Jason Rosewarne

Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (not forgetting Dan Peek in the band’s formative years) have captured imaginations and shared their brand of Californian sunshine with music fans all over the world for the last 47 years. Achieving album sales in the millions, their records featured numerous hit singles which became the soundtrack to so many people’s lives. From the moment the band hit the stage, the nostalgia juice was flowing. Opening with Tin Man from 1974’s Holiday album, the audience was immediately transported back in time, with the huge backdrop screen displaying memories of the generation.

Skipping a decade, “You Can Do Magic ” followed, showcasing the band’s tightness and energy. Lead guitarist Andy Barr emerged from the shadows of the back row to take up main vocal duties on Don’t Cross The River and for the remainder of the night proved to be a vital cog in the band’s wheel, as to was bassist Rich Campbell. Seated at the keyboard, Beckley launched into the beautiful ballad Daisy Jane, revealing that time has not been as kind to his vocal chords as Bunnell’s, yet there was still plenty of collective harmony power to recreate that unmistakable America sound. The band dug deep into the catalogue, presenting much-appreciated obscurities as well as timeless classics such as Ventura Highway. Is there a song which defines the 70s west coast era more than that one? You could argue a number of Eagles’ songs but the amount of film soundtracks featuring that Dewey Bunnell masterpiece seals the deal in my opinion.

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The song Driving, off 2015’s Lost and Found, an album of archived material proved to be a rockin’ exchange between the accomplished musicians on stage, leading Beckley to comment that they’d come “Dangerously close to a jam”. A lush version of Eleanor Rigby paid tribute to the seven albums in a row George Martin produced for them. This gig wasn’t just a celebration of one of the greatest song catalogues in popular music, it was the acknowledgement of a period in time when life was a little less complicated. Romantic visions of a Hollywood which doesn’t exist anymore accompanied their song which took the town’s name. A gorgeous version of California Dreamin’ further fuelled the sentiment.  Beckley and Bunnell have more or less been doing a similar set for most of their career but the packaging of songs into brackets as they did on this tour, partnered with the relevant projections added gravitas to the concept.

At the pointy end of proceedings, the chart toppers came thick and fast. Lonely People, a song of hope was as poignant as ever. The guitar-heavy treatment of Sandman gave the song a fresh coat of paint which the crowd relished and Sister Golden Hair put the result beyond doubt. Russell Morris and a couple of the band’s friends were summoned to the stage for the all-singing finale, the band’s signature tune Horse With No Name. America is not the kind of band that offers the usual ‘toilet break’ songs, the new tunes which are slipped into a set bookended by their hits. What you get is to be transported back to a time when the song was king, harmonies were perfect and all was right with the world.

Remaining tour dates:

FRIDAY, 28 JULY 2017 – SYDNEY, NSW
DARLING HARBOUR THEATRE at ICC SYDNEY
Book at ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

SATURDAY, 29 JULY 2017 – CALOUNDRA, Qld
THE EVENTS CENTRE
Book at 07 5491 4240 or www.theeventscentre.com.au

SUNDAY, 30 JULY 2017 – GOLD COAST, Qld
BROADBEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL
* FREE SHOW *

WEDNESDAY, 2 AUGUST 2017 – WOLLONGONG, NSW
WIN ENTERTAINENT CENTRE
Book at Ticketmaster 136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au

THURSDAY, 3 AUGUST 2017 – CANBERRA, ACT
ROYAL THEATRE
Book at Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

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Pete Robinson (Russell Morris band)

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MARCEL YAMMOUNI TALKS TEN GREAT GUITAR TRACKS

Posted in Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 26, 2017

Melbourne-based guitarist, producer Marcel Yammouni has been the go-to guitar guy for many of Australia’s finest artists such as Vanessa Amorosi, Pete Murray, and Em Rusciano to name a few. At this year’s Melbourne Guitar Show Marcel will be teaming up with Andy Sylvio for an improv session you won’t…

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MGS 2017 STAND PROFILE: EASTGATE MUSIC & EGM DISTRIBUTION

Posted in Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - July 25, 2017

EASTGATE MUSIC & EGM DISTRIBUTION GROUND LEVEL. STAND 22-24 Where do all of the really cool musicians hang out at the Melbourne Guitar Show? The Eastgate Music and EGM Distribution stand is a great place to start looking. It’s here where you’ll find all of the funky new gear, the…

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