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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 21, 2017


With the imminent release of Brutal Dawn, companion album to 2016’s Civil Dusk, Bernard Fanning and The Black Fins are again pulling out the road cases to showcase new songs live in some of Australia’s most cherished and revered rock venues.

This October, touring will take in all Australian states in venues handpicked to showcase the on-stage musical chemistry between Bernard and The Black Fins; Salliana Campbell on fiddle and backing vocals, Matt Engelbrecht on bass, Andrew Morris on guitar and Declan Kelly on drums.

In addition, every state will feature a different powerhouse local female artist to open the show. Making waves in not only their local scene, but internationally, Oh Pep! will help kick off the tour in Adelaide on Friday 6 October and also join the Melbourne shows, followed by Teischa in Perth, Tia Gostelow and Sahara Beck in Brisbane, Sahara Beck for an encore in Sydney and winding up with Maddy Jane in Hobart.

This tour is a culmination of a busy two years for Bernard Fanning – writing Civil Dusk and its follow up Brutal Dawn – and recording with producer Nick DiDia and the Black Fins in La Cueva studio in Byron Bay.

Brutal Dawn is out May 26, 2017 via Dew Process / Universal Music Australia

Brutal Dawn Australian Tour 
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With special guests Oh Pep!

With special guests Teischa

With special guests Teischa

With special guest Tia Gostelow

With special guest Sahara Beck

With special guest Oh Pep!

With special guest Oh Pep!

With special guest Sahara Beck

With special guest Sahara Beck

With special guest Maddy Jane

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 19, 2017

11 + 12 June 2011 - Schoppingen (Germany)

Australian Musician Sonny Landreth album announce and video exclusive!
Australian Musician is thrilled to announce a new live album from the King of Slydeco Sonny Landreth, his first live recording in 12 years. It’s called Recorded Live In Lafayette and includes two unique sets, one acoustic and one electric and will be released on June 30.

We’re also pleased to offer the Australian premiere of the first video from the album, ‘Blues Attack’

After a dozen acclaimed albums, virtuoso slide guitarist and bandleader Sonny Landreth found himself at an artistic crossroads. He finally wanted to create the full-length acoustic collection his fans had long requested, but he was also itching to capture the sound of his stalwart electric trio augmented by a couple of his favorite collaborators. And the time was certainly right for an elastic, career-spanning double-live album.

So Landreth and his longtime friends decided to do it all. ‘Recorded Live in Lafayette’ is a 16-song opus that covers more musical ground than any single album ever could, as the singer and songwriter’s work stretches and twists across 93 minutes of full-band acoustic and electric bottleneck lightning.

The double CD and vinyl release on Provogue, which includes the most extensive acoustic set ever recorded by Landreth, opens with acoustic arrangements of the artist’s tunes dating back to the 1981 title cut of his debut album, ‘Blues Attack.’ “It gives you a chance to explore those songs in a different way,” Landreth says, describing the textures created by the intersection of Dave Ranson’s ukulele bass, Brian Brignac’s cajón, Steve Conn’s accordion and Sam Broussard’s acoustic guitar. “The familiarity is there,” he adds, “but I also wanted to turn those guys loose as much as possible.”

The double album arrives on the heels of the Grammy nominee’s back-to-back Blues Music Awards for Best Guitarist and Best Blues Album for ‘Bound by the Blues.’ Live favorites “Hell at Home” and “U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile” also get the unplugged treatment, alongside a rare rendition of “Creole Angel” and an evergreen 6:47 amble through “Key to the Highway.” “If I’ve ever had a theme song, that would be it,” Landreth explains. “All of my heroes have done it, and it’s still to me one of the greatest blues tunes ever written. It’s kind of like coming home.”

Disc 1 – Acoustic
1.       Blues Attack
2.       Hell At Home
3.       Key To The Highway
4.       Creole Angel
5.       A World Away
6.       The High Side
7.       Bound By The Blues
8.       The U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile

Disc 2 – Electric
1.         Back To Bayou Teche
2.         True Blue
3.         The Milky Way Home
4.         Brave New Girl
5.         Überesso
6.         Soul Salvation
7.         Walkin’ Blues
8.         The One And Only Truth

Release Date: June 30, 2017 on Provogue / Mascot Label Group
Available formats: 2CD, 2LP and Digital

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 14, 2017


With a new solo album release, All The Way, Justin Hayward will now embark on his first solo tour of Australia – with two special shows in Sydney and Melbourne in October.  Over the past five years Justin has enjoyed a thriving solo career.
He has been touring the UK, Europe and the USA with The Moody Blues, and as a solo artist – accompanied by Mike Dawes, one of a new generation of young exceptional and gifted guitar players who will also be coming to Australia.  Mike has been hailed as one of the world’s finest and most creative modern finger style guitarists.   His solo music has gained over 15 million hits on video sharing sites.
Having chalked up nearly fifty years at the peak of the music and entertainment industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over.  Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for The Moody Blues, his is an enduring talent that has helped to define the times in which he worked.  Over the last forty-five years the band has sold 55 million albums and received numerous awards.  Commercial success has gone hand in hand with critical acclaim, The Moody Blues are renowned the world over as innovators and trail blazers who have influenced any number of fellow artists.  Justin is honoured with The Moody Blues on the Rock Walk Hall of Fame on Sunset Boulevard.
Born and brought up in Swindon in the UK, Justin’s interest in music started early when he was five years old and his grandfather bequeathed him his large collection of 78 rpm recordings.  “It opened a world of imagination to me,” says Justin.  Having taught himself to play the ukulele, he soon progressed to guitar and by his early teens he was playing in local groups.  Upon leaving school at 17 he answered an advertisement in Melody Maker newspaper and successfully auditioned for UK Rock and Roll hero Marty Wilde.  “I got the job playing guitar for Marty – it was a dream come true for me”.  Justin credits Marty with encouraging him to become a songwriter; he made several recordings with Marty’s Wilde Three and also appeared with them at the London Palladium.  They remain close friends to this day: “Marty is still my hero”.
Having started the ball rolling as a songwriter in his own right with a couple of solo singles, he joined The Moody Blues in the summer of 1966.  Hitting his stride immediately with the single Fly Me High, he followed it up with the classic hit songs Nights in White Satin and Tuesday Afternoon from the seminal album Days of Future Past. This album went on to become a favourite of the NASA astronauts and was taken aboard the Atlantis shuttle space craft by Chief astronaut “Hoot” Gibson on many missions.
This purple patch showed no sign of abating as Justin created other classic, era and genre-defining hits Question, The Voice, I Know You’re Out There Somewhere and Your Wildest Dreams.  These laid the foundation for the incredible success story of The Moody Blues – as well as his solo work – which continues to this day.
When The Moody Blues took a break from touring in 1975, Justin worked on the Blue Jays album, followed by the hit single Blue Guitar (recorded with the members of 10cc). Although the Moodies continued to record and tour at the highest level, Justin also found time to create several solo albums: Songwriter, Night Flight, Moving Mountains and The View From the Hill.
Proving that he could write massive hits outside of The Moody Blues, Justin hit the Top Ten globally in 1978 with Forever Autumn – created for Jeff Wayne’sWar of the Worlds album.  Becoming, even for a writer of his stature, a signature song, this was the spur to him taking to the stage – for five years, from 2005 – 2010, and starring in the spectacular live stadium production.
In 2005, he was presented with The Golden Note award from ASCAP, the top honour for a British writer, and he has appeared in Nashville regularly with other songwriters in showcase events. In 2013, The Performing Rights Society in the UK awarded him his second Ivor Novello statue for Outstanding Achievement.
Whilst releasing solo albums and DVDs and working on many different projects, including new solo recordings, Justin continues to tour with The Moody Blues all across the world.  Justin records in Italy and France of which he says, “Spending time making music in a beautiful place with your friends is every songwriter’s dream”.  “I have spent most of my life, so far, on the road”, says Justin.  “Playing live and creating a small piece of magic in a room is like a drug to me, one that I never want to give up”.  His is a talent that has helped soundtrack more than a generation and created a legacy that remains undimmed.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 4, 2017


Drum Wizard MIKE PORTNOY (ex-Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs, Flying Colors) brings the SHATTERED FORTRESS to Australia and New Zealand this November! The SHATTERED FORTRESS is MIKE PORTNOY and an all-star Prog lineup (Eric Gillette, Richard Henshall & Charlie Griffiths on Guitar, Connor Green on Bass & Diego Tejeida on Keyboards) performing Mike Portnoy’s 12 Step Suite live in its entirety! This Exclusive Once in a Livetime Event will only happen in a select few countries in the world!

MIKE PORTNOY is a man that really doesn’t need any introduction. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine, and is the second youngest person to be inducted into the Modern Drummer’s Hall of Fame! Primarily known as the co-founder of Dream Theater, he has also been involved in several other projects such as Liquid Tension Experiment, Avenged Sevenfold, Transatlantic, Adrenaline Mob plus many, many more!

The 12 Step Suite was written by Mike Portnoy and documents his battle with alcoholism. It is an ensemble of five songs recorded by Dream Theaterfrom 2002 to 2009, with titles that reflect his struggles: “The Glass Prison”, “This Dying Soul”, “The Root Of All Evil”, “Repentance” and “The Shattered Fortress”. It was originally written with the intention of eventually playing it live as one piece, and now the time has come. The show will also feature a selection of other DREAM THEATER classics!

The SHATTERED FORTRESS Tour will be a once in a livetime experience, from one of the greatest drummers on the planet directly to his legion of fans. Come along and witness a night of amazing progressive metal and be a part of history!

Mike Portnoy comments: “FINALLY!!!! Woohoo! I’ve been waiting almost 8 years to make my return Down Under. Honestly, I’m completely surprised to the response of these exclusive Shattered Fortress shows. Soooo……due to overwhelming demand, Australia and New Zealand you will get to witness this amazing evening of music! A tribute to my time with Dream Theater… performed with some of the best musicians in today’s Prog scene. FINALLY playing my 12 Step-Suite in its entirety as well as other classic DT songs… As I already stated many times: THIS IS IT!! This WILL NOT BE HAPPENING AGAIN! So be sure to catch this ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENT while you can!!”

Thursday 16th November – Auckland – The Studio
Saturday 18th November – Brisbane – The Tivoli
Monday 20th November – Perth – Astor Theatre
Wednesday 22nd November – Adelaide – The Gov
Friday 24th November – Sydney – Metro Theatre
Saturday 25th November – Melbourne – The Croxton

Pre-Sale Tuesday 9th May 9am (local)
On-Sale Thursday 11th May 9am (local)

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 27, 2017
Michelle Nicolle

Michelle Nicolle

Chosen by members of the Australian Jazz Academy, the nominees for the 15 annual Australian Jazz Bell Awards were announced today. Named after the late Australian jazz pioneer, Graeme Bell, ‘The Bells’, are highly regarded within the jazz musician community. The winner in each of the 7 award categories receives $5,000 as well as the much-coveted statuette. The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony at Bird’s Basement on Monday May 15th.

2017 Nominees for Australian Jazz Bell Awards:
Nominees for Jazz Bell Awards 2017 media releaseBest Australian Jazz Vocal Album
Kristin Bernardi  – Michelle Nicolle Quartet  – Stu Hunter
Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album
Andrea Keller & Tim Wilson Duo – Jeremy Rose and the Earshift Orchestra – Stu Hunter
Best Produced Album
Jeremy Rose and The Earshift Orchestra – Stu Hunter – The Vampires
Best Australian Jazz Song Of The Year
Andrea Keller & Tim Wilson Duo – Eugene Ball 4tet – Stu Hunter
Best Australian Jazz Ensemble
Michelle Nicolle Quartet – Stu Hunter – The Vampires

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 27, 2017
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Lloyd at Bluesfest 2017. Photo by Jason Rosewarne

Fresh from his acclaimed performances at Bluesfest, Australian Blues master, acoustic guitarist extraordinaire and Cole Clark Guitars endorsee Lloyd Spiegel is delighted to announce the release of his ninth album ‘This Time Tomorrow’, and is headed on an extensive tour to celebrate.

‘This Time Tomorrow’ was written as Lloyd travelled through Europe, Central and North America and delivers driving rhythms that return Spiegel to his gut bucket blues roots. Shady and colourful characters spread out over continents and decades, through places forgotten and familiar. ‘This Time Tomorrow’ is a return in fine form from an artist at the top of his game, and lead track ‘Devil On My Shoulder’ sets the mood of the album right from the get go.

Says Spiegel of the new songs,
“I’ve never written at home. I find it hard to be creative in my lounge room looking at bills and checking footy scores – and find that the inspiration to write comes from those few quiet hours in a hotel room on tour, the airport transit lounge or the long bus ride. This is where I can reflect and put those experiences into lyric. I’ve travelled most of my life so really, they’re like letters home.”

4 PANEL CD DigipackIt’s been a while since Spiegel’s last studio album – 2010’s Tangled Brew – but he’s been far from idle in that time. He’s toured the world relentlessly, launched his own signature model guitars and has cemented his position as a bona fide festival headliner in Australia, with his recent performance at Bluesfest in Byron Bay the cherry on top.

In Australia, Spiegel is approaching icon status among guitar lovers and his 2015 double live album ‘Double Live Set’ won a swag of Australian blues ‘chain awards’, peaking at number 7 in the APRA independent charts.

With European and North American tours under his belt, along with recent showcases at Folk Alliance in Kansas City, the ECMAs in Canada and AMW in Sydney,  Spiegel has many years on the road ahead of him.

‘This Time Tomorrow’ is available in stores July 3 through Only Blues Music – with preorder available from May 3.

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


When British singer, songwriter, guitarist Jane Weaver releases Modern Kosmology on May 19, it will be her 6th solo studio album. Despite largely flying under the radar in Australia, Modern Kosmology may well see the talented psych folk artist emerge from the cracks and reach the wider audience her music so richly deserves.

For those that have followed her detailed career, Jane Weaver is progressive rock in its purest molecular form. Fossilised in ferric, the crystal in the concrete. Magnetic, melodic, folkloric, unapologetic and rhythmic in her discipline. Modern Kosmology is the result of a scientist of popular song gone rogue. Here we find a model student of second-hand Kraut-rock, female punk, hard-subbed new-wave, synthesiser skip-finds and unpronounceable worldly feminine pop who’s finally reached her eureka moment. From science to séance, Modern Kosmology sees Jane Weaver’s melodic-protagonist channeling new depths of creative cosmic energy within. After the huge critical acclaim of 2012’s Fallen By Watchbird, followed by 2015’s exploratory Silver Globe LP winning her unanimous “record of the year accolades” and hefty measures of radio play-listing Jane Weaver’s conceptual trajectory has sent her neo-kosmische penchants to the point of no-return. Flown too far from the nest into a wider vista where brave melodic feminine songwriting meets robust synthesis, brutalist composition and Letterist informed song-structure… this album, for many, might be the post-grad psychedelic pop album they never thought would happen.

Australian Musician is delighted to premiere this behind the scenes video of the making of Modern Kosmology, which is released on Fire Records on May 19.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 18, 2017
Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula

Report: Greg Phillips Photos: Jason Rosewarne

After four glorious days of musical excellence, punters may not have had much left in the tank but Bluesfest day 5 delivered again anyway. It was such a pleasure to enter the venue yesterday to be met with the sweet, soulful tones of UK singer-songwriter Laura Mvula. What a delightful performer with an incredible voice. Like most of the artists this weekend, Laura seemed genuinely sad to be leaving the festival. Meanwhile over on the north side of the venue The Wilson Pickers and audience were getting their jig on. Local singer songwriter Glenn Cardier was a sentimental favourite with many who recall his quality songcraft from the 70s. Glenn’s 2014 Bluesfest appearance was the inspiration for further recording and shows and it was great to see him back this year. It was also fantastic to see a procession of Australia’s finest blues guitarists on the Delta stage one after the other. Ray Beadle & the Silver Dollars motored through their set, followed by Lloyd Spiegel with his nimble fingerstylin’ and amiable stage patter. In his first Bluesfest appearance, I’m sure organisers saw enough to know he needs to be a regular from now on. Jeff Lang took to the Delta next and not surprisingly blew everyone away with his lightning guitar licks. On such a lazy Monday afternoon, Tony Joe White’s swamp rock worked a treat. Dynamic local hip hop artist Remi brought something a little different to Bluesfest this year and the crowd lapped up his vibrant beats and rhythms. The Miles Electric Band added a regal element to the day, paying tribute to ‘The Chief’, Miles Davis with a band featuring many musicians who played with Miles back in the day. Rolling Stones bass player Darryl Jones played some sublime bass notes to Funkadelic’s Blackbird McKnight’s intricate fretwork, while Davis’ nephew, Vince Wilburn Jr was stunning on drums. Stay tuned for an Australian Musician interview with Darryl Jones soon.

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Melody Angel

Fresh from our video interview with Melody Angel, the Chicago singer, songwriter and activist rocked the socks off the Juke Joint stage. Angel told us she was having the time of her life and it showed in her on-stage energy. For many, St Paul and The Broken Bones were ‘Best in Show’ band for 2017. Following up on their 2016 Bluesfest shows, the expanded band delivered some wild and passionate performances. Also to be found in the wild and passionate category is Beth Hart, whose incredible lung capacity seems unlimited. The Record Company’s final Bluesfest performance occurred this time on the  more intimate Delta stage. Recognising that the remaining day 5 crowd were the hardcore, true believers, lead singer Chris Vos promised to lay it all down for them, which they did.

Crossroads tent headliner for the final night was the much adored Neil Finn. On a balmy Bluesfest night, with so much global tension happening elsewhere, it was comforting to be part of Finn’s glorious Private Universe. Featuring a set list from all points of his career, Neil is not only a master songwriter but is also an incredibly engaging performer.

Well Bluesfest, you served us well. You delivered bonafide music icons, legends in the making and proved that it’s the music that matters, not the hype nor the accumulation of social media likes. It’s the real-time experience of seeing something thrilling happening before your eyes on stage, being engaged and in the moment … and my god … there were moments!   See you same time next year.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 17, 2017

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Report: Greg Phillips Photos: Jason Rosewarne

On the penultimate day of Bluesfest 2017, things got off to a roaring start with local blues guitar musician and friend to Australian Musician magazine, Lloyd Spiegel. It’s hard to believe that it was Lloyd’s first Bluesfest appearance but judging by the crowd reaction it won’t be his last. Check out his Double Live album too! Blues and soul music is in good hands if young American Max Jury has anything to do with it. The authentic soul passion and conviction injected into his music defies his age.

Kim from The Suffers

Kam from The Suffers

Appearing for the third time, we just had to revisit The Suffers, our new favourite band. Frontwoman Kam Franklin has a commanding stage presence and her fellow band members are so obviously having fun up there every night. The Record Company graduated to the Crossroads stage and delivered another gritty set. Bluesfest faves Jethro Tull were up next and while Ian Anderson’s voice doesn’t soar as it used to, his flute playing and energy levels were top shelf. Buddy Guy was back too and it doesn’t get any bluesier than when this man is dishing’ it out. It was guitar legend overload on day 4 with the great Carlos Santana and band playing to the festival’s biggest crowd. Soul Sacrifice set the tone for a massive set of latin gold.



Zac Brown was back to the festival again this year after impressing many in 2015 with the band’s hardcore alt country rock. A blistering version of Metallica’s Enter Sandman had the Crossroads tent pumping. On a more mellow note Michael Kiwanuka was playing his hypnotic brand of blues under the Mojo bigtop. A particularly moving version of Prince, ’Sometimes It Snows In April’ left the crowd gasping. Madness equals fun, it’s as simple as that. Beginning their set with two of their biggest hits, One Step Beyond and Embarrassment, the crowd had no choice but to dance. Over on the Jambalaya stage Hammond organ legend Booker T presented his Stax Review to a packed tent. It doesn’t get any better. One day to go!

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 16, 2017

Bluesfest is thrilled to announce that Patti Smith has kindly donated $10,000 AUD to local charity Rise Above The Flood a local organisation working on a ground roots level to help those impacted by the recent flooding. Volunteers from the charity were invited by Bluesfest to collect money at the festival and patrons have also been giving generously as they enter the festival. All the proceeds from ‘Rise above the Flood’ will be donated to these local community groups:
–   Murwillumbah Council – Mayor Appeal Fund for Flooding
–   Helping Hands Lismore – A community run organisation with flood assistance packages
–   Northern Rivers Community Gateway – Direct Flood Assistance.
–   Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre – Direct Flood Assistance.

Rise Above The Flood are all volunteers who are working with community groups to make sure that monies raised will go directly to the community and not to administration of a national body.

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM comments on the generous donation:

As you are entering the gates you will see volunteers collecting for those impacted by the recent flooding in our region. Being here at the festival it’s easy to think everything is fine. The truth is, it isn’t. There has been perhaps one billion dollars in damages to homes and property with many people unable to pay expensive insurance premiums. Saddest of all is that people have lost their lives. It’s not hard to give a little, it will mean a lot. 

Patti Smith has graciously donated $10,000 to Rise Above The Flood. Her performances at Bluesfest are among the greatest ever and we can now see what a wonderful human being she is as well. People including our staff have lost their possession, property and friends so we find her generosity extremely touching.

You can find Rise Above The Flood here on facebook: and you can contact their organiser Ilona Harker via 0402 637 739 or

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