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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 15, 2017

Contemporary folk artist Tia Gostelow tops off what has been a hugely successful year with the announcement of her own independent record label “Lovely Records”. Following on from recent signings with Anti Fragile records outside Australia and New Zealand and a world wide publishing deal with NativeTounge the announcement of Lovely Records will complete the team, providing a platform for Tia to locally release her debut album in 2018 and eventually sign some of her favourite upcoming acts.

“Releasing my first album on my own independent record label, Lovely Records is a dream! I’ve always known that when I started releasing music that I wanted to be as independent as possible for my first album release and have just been waiting to turn 18 to make it official! I’m really grateful for the support and guidance from my team and the incredible support from Arts Queensland and Australia Council for the Arts who have allowed me to fund the recording of my debut album and release it through Lovely Records. I’ m excited for the future of Lovely Records and I hope that it might one day become a label that supports and nurtures other young emerging regional artists in the future.” – Tia Gosteow

To celebrate the announcement Tia Gostelow will be running a competition over summer with the winner receiving an invite to join her at the launch party for Lovely Records in Mackay in March 2018. The prize will also include flights to Mackay from anywhere in Australia and one nights accommodation. Every entrant will also receive a download of Tia’s unreleased track “Giants”.

To enter just SHAZAM Tia’s latest single “Hunger” and follow the prompts.  

Catch Tia Performing in January with more dates to be announced:
20 Jan – Neighbourhood Sessions, Townsville, QLD
21 Jan – KCs Bar & Grill, Airlie Beach, QLD

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

Award Winning British Saxophonist and Broadcaster YolanDa Brown announces first national Australian tour as part of her 10 year anniversary celebrations.
YolanDa Brown is the UK’s leading female saxophonist with a flourishing career, known for seamlessly blending jazz, reggae, and soul. She has toured with Diana Krall, The Temptations, Billy Ocean, and collaborated with artists such as Reggae Legend Bob Marley’s son Julian and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

March 2018 sees YolanDa Brown return to Australia, this time for a National Tour. YolanDa commented:
“I fell in love with Australia, last time I was here and I just had to come back to see more of the beautiful country and this time I am there for the entire month of March. The audiences were so warm and the reception was mind blowing… who knows, I might just move to Australia after my tour.”

Her stunning sophomore album Love Politics War was released to critical acclaim in 2017 and went straight to No.1 in the UK Jazz Charts. The new album features special guests Bill Laurance (from multiple Grammy winners Snarky Puppy), Grammy Award Winner Jon Cleary, Floacist, from Grammy winning UK group Floetry, Dame Evelyn Glennie (3 x Grammy winning percussionist), Trumpeter Keyon Harrold, Soul man Raheem DeVaughn and Casey Benjamin from the Grammy Winning Robert Glasper band.

YolanDa commented: “I wanted to create an album that reflected the current state of the world with its political tensions and its numerous uprisings and protests – with the underlying message that love conquers all.”
Love Politics War follows the success of her debut album April Showers and May Flowers, which debuted at No.1 on the Jazz charts. Her latest 2016 / 17 tour saw her perform at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican for the London Jazz Festival, special guest on Billy Ocean’s Tour and made her Australian debut in Melbourne Australia.

YolanDa is currently writing a series of children’s books as well as having a burgeoning parallel career as a broadcaster for TV and radio. She recently interviewed Grammy Winner Gregory Porter for Channel 5 and presented a live broadcast for BBC 4 featuring Australian Trumpeter James Morrison and American Soul singer Dianne Reeves.

She has been selected as a celebrity ambassador for many charities including the Prince’s Trust and Children and the Arts and was recently appointed as Chair of Trustees of “Youth Music”. She has also been invited to meet the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace. YolanDa studied to PhD level and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of East London.


Thursday 8 March – Street Theatre, Canberra ACT

Sunday 11 March – Port Fairy Folk Festival

Monday 12 March – Port Fairy Folk Festival

Thursday 15 March – Lizottes, Newcastle NSW

Friday 16 March – The Basement, Sydney NSW

Saturday 17 March – Doo Bop, Brisbane QLD

Sunday 18 March – Doo Bop, Brisbane QLD

Monday 19 March – Doo Bop, Brisbane QLD

Thursday 22 March – Birds Basement, Melbourne VIC

Friday 23 March – Birds Basement, Melbourne VIC

Saturday 24 March – Birds Basement, Melbourne VIC

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 8, 2017

Sterling Ball, John Ferraro & Jim Cox will be releasing The Mutual Admiration Society on January, 19 2018 via Mascot Label Group.  The record features an array of incredible guests which include Steve Lukather (Toto), Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, Kansas), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Albert Lee, Jay Graydon and Steve Vai.

The seeds of the The Mutual Admiration Society were planted a long time ago, back in 1972 to be precise. A young Sterling Ball, was introduced to the sound of Albert Lee by his father, Ernie Ball. It was during his time in Country Rock band Head, Hands & Feet, who were opening for Jethro Tull at a local show, and Ball went to see them two nights in a row and then for a third successive night at Hollywood’s Whiskey A Go. He was hooked, they met the next day and developed a life-long friendship.

Sterling and John Ferraro went to school together from junior high on, and when they were in high school, they started playing music together. After graduation, Sterling joined a very small Ernie Ball Company (and later became CEO of Ernie Ball Music Man), while John went on to College at Long Beach State where he met Jim Cox.

Fast forward to 1983 when they formed Biff Baby’s All Stars – a loose and fun collective that toured the world for 30 years. Sterling wanted to start a band to play the Southern California club scene. He was always the bass player but loved playing guitar. This band was going to be his chance to play guitar, and once he called John to introduce the idea, he was in.  Jim wasn’t far behind.  He then asked his brother Sherwood who was an LA session singer and voice over artist. He also roped in his friend Freebo to play bass. He told Albert about it and Albert said, “I want to play in it.”  So, it was back to playing bass for Sterling.

A 45 min jam of “Radar Love” at Sterling’s 30th Birthday party was enough to convince Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple, Kansas, Flying Colors) whilst a music and BBQ bonding session with John Petrucci (Dream Theater) added him to the long list of stellar collaborators. Sterling and Steve Lukather became close through mutual friend and master producer, guitarist, and writer, Jay Graydon.  Other players would come visit would end up sitting in at gigs, Steve Vai joined them during a show for the Casey Lee Ball Foundation – a non-profit organization to raise money for pediatric kidney research.

John Petrucci (Dream Theater) was thinking of joining the Ernie Ball Music Man roster. John came to San Luis Obispo and they met at Sterling’s house for one of his barbecue parties. They talked guitars, and stayed up late listening to everyone from Buddy Emmons to Ted Greene.

One-day Sterling called John and said, “Let’s make a record together, just you and I.”  It was a good intention, but The Mutual Admiration Society ended up being the end result.  The album was recorded at Gordon Rustvold’s Broken Prop Studio in Fountain Valley California; produced by Ball, Ferraro, Cox, Engineered by Bill Evans, tracked by Gordon Rustvold, mixed by Rich Mouser and mastered by Robert Vosgien.

Steve Morse heard a song and pretty much asked if he could participate. You don’t say “no” to Steve Morse if he wants to play on a record. The result? The Dobie Gray classic “The In Crowd.” Morse offers; “Sterling and I have known each other for over 30 years. I’ve always enjoyed playing with Jimmy, John, and him. This was a project that I really wanted to jump into after I heard it. After listening to the great groove on In Crowd, I asked if I could add some guitar to that. Luckily, they agreed!  I approached it as if we were playing a show together; when John brings down the band with a certain type of snare hit, I tried to imagine us at a little club somewhere having a blast. This is a fun record, and we all got to hear the whole thing together, laughing and smiling the whole time.”

Then, Lukather heard Steve played and wanted to play on a track. He recorded the Delta Blues “Baby, Please Don’t Go” at 12-time Grammy Nominated producer, Jay Graydon’s Garden Rake studio.

Steve Vai heard the tracks and asked if we would consider cutting an old favorite track of his from his youth, “Sugar Shack”. “I can count on one crippled hand the amount of times I actually asked someone if I can play on their record and this was one of them. When Sterling gave me the green light and asked what song I would like his excellent combo to work up, the song that came to mind was the old 1963 hit by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, ‘Sugar Shack’. For some reason, that song was huge for me when I was 4 years old, and it stuck! My goal with the melody was to try and retain the innocence and charm of the original.”

Albert saw a picture from the sessions on Facebook from the road and sent a message, “I hope there is room for me!” and so Buck Owens’ “Crying Time” and Hank Williams’ “Hey Good Looking” came together.

John Petrucci was concerned with what he would play. “When I heard a few of the early recordings Sterling had done for this album and how much fun my brothers-in-shred were having playing on it, I just knew I had to be a part things; and therefore, was so thrilled when he said, ‘Of course! ” Petrucci said.

Continuing he adds; “Truth is, I really wasn’t sure what tune to do and the fact that Sterling was paying homage to music that he grew up with and had such special meaning to him, it was a bit intimidating trying to pick a song to play on. That’s why I was so happy when Sterling (knowing I was a huge Disnerd) suggested playing a Disney song together. I thought it was the perfect idea! In keeping with the spirit of the album’s classic song selections, we decided that a medley of tunes from a couple of 1940’s animated Disney movies and some old-school Disneyland / Disney World theme park songs would make for the ultimate guitar-powered walk down ‘Main Street USA.”

Other classics such as Sonny Boy Williamsons’ “Checkin’ Up On My Baby”, Roy Heads’ “Treat Her Right” (which features in the Commitments), Chuck Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee” [aka Memphis] and The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” all get the Mutual Admiration Society’s formidable treatment.

What was supposed to be a record by a drummer and bassist/guitarist turned into the Mutual Admiration Society.  An unintended celebration of up to forty years of friends making music together.

Mascot Label Group is proud to announce a new and exciting alliance with guitar legend Steve Vai’s Favored Nations Records label.  This strategic partnership is a reflection of the synergy created by the respect that Vai’s Favored Nations has garnered as one of the record industry’s leading boutique guitar oriented recording label, and the strength offered by Mascot Label Group as one of the bigger and still growing independent purveyors of recorded music in the world.
Steve Vai will continue to spearhead his label’s artists and repertoire department, but Favored Nations Entertainment will now benefit from the advantages of Mascot’s well-established business structure, which will provide strong marketing, publicity, and distribution on a worldwide basis.

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Posted in Blog, Christmas Ideas    //    Post Date - December 7, 2017

Music and fitness? Apparently it’s now a thing courtesy of Pete Murray and Benny Owen. The pair have recently announced their unprecedented joint venture Music and Movement Escapes, a four night exclusive wellness retreat, with a unique focus on fitness, wellbeing and the joys of music. The first retreat (which includes a beach front gig on Valentine’s Day) will take place from Monday February 12 to Friday February 16, 2018, and will be held at the enviable 5 star Byron Bay resort, Elements of Byron Resort and Spa.

The first ever retreat of its kind, Music and Movement Escapes is a truly unique opportunity for visitors to relax and have some fun, while also working out and learning about health and wellbeing. Plus – it’s an exciting chance for music lovers to learn a little something from one of Australia’s most loved artists, Pete Murray. The package is all inclusive: 5 star accommodation at Elements of Byron Bay, return airport transfers, exquisite gourmet meals with all breakfasts and two sunset dinners provided, private beachfront gig with Pete Murray, two training sessions with Pete (and a host of sessions with Benny). There will also be a surfing lesson, beachfront training and yoga sessions, an introductory workshop on healthy lifestyles and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to upgrade to a VIP experience, which includes a unique inside look into Pete Murray’s recording studio with an exclusive listen to original album sessions and an open Q&A to discuss the creation of songs from his repertoire.

Pete and Benny are two good friends who have long been linked by their mutual love of music and fitness. They wanted to create an experience based on fun, as Benny explains, “Pete and I have been training in the gym, and we’ve known each other for years – we first met on the road at festivals. I had the thought: ‘Imagine if you could create a retreat scenario where you had someone like Pete rock up, train with his fans, have an exclusive gig, get some healthy lifestyle tips and hang out in a five star resort?’ Everyone wants to be fitter and healthier these days, so why not do it in a fun way?” Pete agrees, saying, “This is meant to be fun. It’s about understanding how to be healthy, gaining some fitness, enjoying yourself and enjoying some music all at the same time.”

Pete Murray has had a mammoth 2017, touring his top 3 ARIA-charting album Camacho nationally for the greater part of the year – and he’s showing no signs of slowing. Music and Movement Escapes is a way for Pete to combine his passion for music and fitness, while also creating a generous opportunity for his fans to gain insight into his lifestyle. Pete enthuses, “This is very unique experience that no one has been offered before. People can come and train with me, train as hard or as easy as you want, really be apart of what I’m doing. This is something that people don’t get at a show, most of the time people don’t even get to meet you – whereas here is the chance to hang out and spend time with me as well as see an intimate show.”

Benny Owen has been on a real journey of his own in terms of his health and fitness. He’s a veteran of the music world, which saw him on the road with the likes of Wheatus and Ash Grunwald, but it’s the last five years that have been pivotal for Benny. Over the rock n roll lifestyle, he chose exercise, health and fitness to shape his body and mind – and as a result, shed a whooping 45kg, and is now a personal trainer and author of Switch to Slim. Benny is extremely passionate about Music and Movement Escapes, saying, “Music and Movement is about sharing fitness and music with like-minded people in beautiful places. Happy, healthy fun with some of the world’s brightest stars in an incredibly exclusive location…I wanted to create something that was different, something that people would remember forever.”

The first ever Music and Movement Escapes retreat will take place from Monday February 12 to Friday February 16, 2018 at Elements of Byron Bay. Tickets are available from

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - December 4, 2017

Simon Gardner is one of Brisbane’s premier rock guitarists and pre-eminent guitar teachers. Simon is now a freelance teacher at the Independent Music Academy, Windsor, JMC Academy and also presents private tuition.
As an artist, Simon has released 5 solo albums and has produced numerous albums for other artists. As a performer, he has supported artists such as Joe Satriani and is first call guitarist with the Queensland Pops Orchestra. Simon is also a guitar examiner for the AMEB and Rockschool as well as regularly performing live with a variety of bands and artists ranging from acoustic jazz to his own progressive instrumental band The Big Sky. This year has seen Simon perform on more regular basis with The Big Sky including supports for Phil Emmanuel, Tim Gaze, Kevin Borich and the 2017 Melbourne Guitar Show.
In August this year, Simon Gardner and his band The Big Sky performed at the 2017 Melbourne Guitar Show. Here they are performing a rockin’ version of the Coldplay song ‘Clocks’

More information on Simon at his website:

Footage and audio courtesy of

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 30, 2017

Drumtek and Drumscene Magazine are proud to announce the exclusive and first BLICHER HEMMER GADD Australian Tour!
THE world’s greatest drumming legend Steve Gadd, known for his collaboration with Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Chick Corea and James Taylor, among others, is soon to embark on an 8-show Australian tour in February 2018, featuring; Saxophonist, Michael Blicher and Hammond Organ wizard, Dan Hemmer.

“The premier drummer of his generation – he’s that extraordinary” – Paul Simon

“Steve has become the master of creative grooves” – Chick Corea

Australian fans will experience this extraordinary band perform music from their brilliant new album ’OMARA’, including classic tracks from their debut album ‘BLICHER HEMMER GADD’ and much more!

BLICHER HEMMER GADD (BHG) formed in 2014 and toured all over Europe and Scandinavia. BHG’s second album ‘OMARA’ was recorded live in Germany, England and Denmark during their 2016 tour and this album is a collection of the finest and most hard-swingin´ moments.
Steve Gadd on the BLICHER HEMMER GADD project:
“It was our debut tour and I had a ball playing with these guys, it was a lot of fun and I think that this could become a really unique trio. The crowds were so receptive and they really loved Michael’s music and us as a band. They made us all feel very appreciated – that was really something! The music that Michael wrote for this band is just very unique and it fits perfectly to his and Dan’s way of playing. I grew up listening to organ bands – I love that kind of music. I know Michael has been listening to a lot of great New Orleans drummers, and I think he has come up with his own unique thing and the crowds loved it. “

BLICHER HEMMER GADD ‘OMARA’ Australian Tour will be a once in a lifetime experience for all music lovers.


Tour Dates and Venues
Tickets on sale December 1






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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 28, 2017

On a day when our own record industry awards were being presented, on the other side of the world the 2018 Grammy Award nominations were being revealed. While NZ pop queen Lorde was performing and presenting in Sydney, in the USA she was nominated for Album of the Year for her record Melodrama. Fresh from his show at Rod Laver Arena last night Cat Stevens would have been thrilled to learn that he too got a nod for Best Folk Album for The Laughing Apple. Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Bruno Mars and Childish Gambino were the major recipients of nominations, fighting it out in the Album of the Year and Record of the Year categories. The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on January 28, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Here’s a list of nominees in the categories our readers might be interested in. (Download pdf of full nomination list here):

Album of the year:
• “Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
• “4:44” — Jay-Z
• “Damn.” — Kendrick Lamar
• “Melodrama” — Lorde
• “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Record of the year:
• “Redbone” — Childish Gambino
• “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
• “The Story of O.J.” — Jay-Z
• “Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar
• ”24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Song of the year
• “Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
• “4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)
• “Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)
• “1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
• “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

New artist
• Alessia Cara
• Khalid
• Lil Uzi Vert
• Julia Michaels

Pop solo performance
• “Love So Soft” — Kelly Clarkson
• “Praying” — Kesha
• “Million Reasons” — Lady Gaga
• “What About Us” — P!nk
• “Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran

Pop duo/group performance
• “Something Just Like This” — The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
• “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
• “Thunder” — Imagine Dragons
• “Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man
• “Stay” — Zedd & Alessia Cara

Traditional pop vocal album
• “Nobody But Me (Deluxe Version)” — Michael Bublé
• “Triplicate” — Bob Dylan
• “In Full Swing” — Seth MacFarlane
• “Wonderland” — Sarah McLachlan
• “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” — (Various Artists)

Pop vocal album
• “Kaleidoscope EP” — Coldplay
• “Lust for Life” — Lana Del Rey
• “Evolve” — Imagine Dragons
• “Rainbow” — Kesha
• “Joanne” — Lady Gaga
• “÷ (Divide)” — Ed Sheeran

Dance recording
• “Bambro Koyo Ganda” — Bonobo featuring Innov Gnawa
• “Cola” — Camelphat & Elderbrook
• “Andromeda” — Gorillaz featuring Dram
• “Tonite” — LCD Soundsystem
• “Line of Sight” — Odesza featuring Wynne & Mansionair

Dance/electronic album
• “Migration” — Bonobo
• “3-D the Catalogue” — Kraftwerk
• “Mura Masa” — Mura Masa
• “A Moment Apart” — Odesza
• “What Now” — Sylvan Esso

Contemporary instrumental album
• “What If” — the Jerry Douglas Band
• “Spirit” — Alex Han
• “Mount Royal” — Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
• “Prototype” — Jeff Lorber Fusion
• “Bad Hombre” — Antonio Sanchez

Rock performance
• “You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen
• “The Promise” — Chris Cornell
• “Run” — Foo Fighters
• “No Good” — Kaleo
• “Go to War” — Nothing More

Metal performance
• “Invisible Enemy” — August Burns Red
• “Black Hoodie” — Body Count
• “Forever” — Code Orange
• “Sultan’s Curse” — Mastodon
• “Clockworks” — Meshuggah

Rock song
• “Atlas, Rise!” — James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica)
• “Blood in the Cut” — JT Daly & Kristine Flaherty, songwriters (K.Flay)
• “Go to War” — Ben Anderson, Jonny Hawkins, Will Hoffman, Daniel Oliver, David Pramik & Mark Vollelunga, songwriters (Nothing More)
• “Run” — Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters)
• “The Stage” — Zachary Baker, Brian Haner, Matthew Sanders, Jonathan Seward & Brooks Wackerman, songwriters (Avenged Sevenfold)

Rock album
• “Emperor of Sand” — Mastodon
• “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct” — Metallica
• “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” — Nothing More
• “Villains” — Queens of the Stone Age
• “A Deeper Understanding” — the War on Drugs

Alternative music album
• “Everything Now” — Arcade Fire
• “Humanz” — Gorillaz
• “American Dream” — LCD Soundsystem
• “Pure Comedy” — Father John Misty
• “Sleep Well Beast” — The National

R&B performance
• “Get You” — Daniel Caesar featuring Kali Uchis
• “Distraction” — Kehlani
• “High” — Ledisi
• “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars
• “The Weekend” — SZA

Traditional R&B performance
• “Laugh and Move On” — the Baylor Project
• “Redbone” — Childish Gambino
• “What I’m Feelin'” — Anthony Hamilton featuring the Hamiltones
• “All the Way” — Ledisi
• “Still” — Mali Music

R&B song
• “First Began” — PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton)
• “Location” — Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid)
• “Redbone” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
• “Supermodel” — Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (SZA)
• “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Urban contemporary album
• “Free 6lack” — 6lack
• “Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
• “American Teen” — Khalid
• “Ctrl” — SZA
• “Starboy” — the Weeknd

R&B album
• “Freudian” — Daniel Caesar
• “Let Love Rule” — Ledisi
• “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
• “Gumbo” — PJ Morton
• “Feel the Real’ — Musiq Soulchild

Rap performance
• “Bounce Back” — Big Sean
• “Bodak Yellow” — Cardi B
• “4:44” — Jay-Z
• “Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar
• “Bad and Boujee” — Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Rap/sung performance
• “Prblms” — 6lack
• “Crew” — Goldlink featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
• “Family Feud” — Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé
• “Loyalty.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna
• “Love Galore” — SZA featuring Travis Scott

Rap song
• “Bodak Yellow” — Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)
• “Chase Me” — Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse featuring Run the Jewels & Big Boi)
• “Humble.” — K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
• “Sassy” — E. Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody)
• “The Story of O.J.” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)

Rap album
• “4:44” — Jay-Z
• “Damn.” — Kendrick Lamar
• “Culture” — Migos
• “Laila’s Wisdom” — Rapsody
• “Flower Boy” — Tyler, the Creator

Country solo performance
• “Body Like a Back Road” — Sam Hunt
• “Losing You” — Alison Krauss
• “Tin Man” — Miranda Lambert
• “I Could Use a Love Song” — Maren Morris
• “Either Way” — Chris Stapleton

Country duo/group performance
• “It Ain’t My Fault” — Brothers Osborne
• “My Old Man” — Zac Brown Band
• “You Look Good” — Lady Antebellum
• “Better Man” — Little Big Town
• “Drinkin’ Problem” — Midland

Country song
• “Better Man” — Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town)
• “Body Like a Back Road” — Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt)
• “Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)
• “Drinkin’ Problem” — Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland)
• “Tin Man” — Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Country album
• “Cosmic Hallelujah” — Kenny Chesney
• “Heart Break” — Lady Antebellum
• “The Breaker” — Little Big Town
• “Life Changes” — Thomas Rhett
• “From a Room: Volume 1” — Chris Stapleton

New Age album
• “Reflection” — Brian Eno
• “SongVersation: Medicine” — India.Arie
• “Dancing on Water” — Peter Kater
• “Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai, Volume 5” — Kitaro
• “Spiral Revelation” — Steve Roach

Improvised jazz solo
• “Can’t Remember Why” — Sara Caswell, soloist
• “Dance of Shiva” — Billy Childs, soloist
• “Whisper Not” — Fred Hersch, soloist
• “Miles Beyond” — John McLaughlin, soloist
• “Ilimba” — Chris Potter, soloist

Jazz vocal album
• “The Journey” — The Baylor Project
• “A Social Call” — Jazzmeia Horn
• “Bad Ass and Blind” — Raul Midón
• “Porter Plays Porter” — Randy Porter Trio With Nancy King
• “Dreams and Daggers” — Cécile McLorin Salvant

Jazz instrumental album
• “Uptown, Downtown” — Bill Charlap Trio
• “Rebirth” — Billy Childs
• “Project Freedom” — Joey DeFrancesco & the People
• “Open Book” — Fred Hersch
• “The Dreamer Is the Dream” — Chris Potter

Large jazz ensemble album
• “MONK’estra Vol. 2” — John Beasley
• “Jigsaw” — Alan Ferber Big Band
• “Bringin’ It” — Christian McBride Big Band
• “Homecoming” — Vince Mendoza & WDR Big Band Cologne
• “Whispers on the Wind” — Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge

Latin jazz album
• “Hybrido — From Rio to Wayne Shorter” — Antonio Adolfo
• “Oddara” — Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
• “Outra Coisa — The Music of Moacir Santos” — Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves
• “Típico” — Miguel Zenón
• “Jazz Tango” — Pablo Ziegler Trio

Latin pop album
• “Lo Único Constante” — Alex Cuba
• “Mis Planes Son Amarte” — Juanes
• “Amar y Vivir en Vivo Desde la Ciudad de México, 2017” — La Santa Cecilia
• “Musas (Un Homenaje al Folclore Latinoamericano en Manos de los Macorinos)” — Natalia Lafourcade
• “El Dorado” — Shakira

Latin rock, urban or alternative album
• “Ayo” — Bomba Estéreo
• “Pa’ Fuera” — C4 Trío & Desorden Público
• “Salvavidas de Hielo” — Jorge Drexler
• “El Paradise” — Los Amigos Invisibles
• “Residente” — Residente


American roots performance
• “Killer Diller Blues” — Alabama Shakes
• “Let My Mother Live” — Blind Boys of Alabama
• “Arkansas Farmboy” — Glen Campbell
• “Steer Your Way” — Leonard Cohen
• “I Never Cared for You” — Alison Krauss

American roots song
• “Cumberland Gap” — David Rawlings
• “I Wish You Well” — the Mavericks
• “If We Were Vampires” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
• “It Ain’t Over Yet” — Rodney Crowell featuring Rosanne Cash & John Paul White
• “My Only True Friend” — Gregg Allman

Americana album
• “Southern Blood” — Gregg Allman
• “Shine on Rainy Day” — Brent Cobb
• “Beast Epic” — Iron & Wine
• “The Nashville Sound” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
• “Brand New Day” — the Mavericks

Bluegrass album
• “Fiddler’s Dream” — Michael Cleveland
• “Laws of Gravity” — the Infamous Stringdusters
• “Original” — Bobby Osborne
• “Universal Favorite” — Noam Pikelny
• “All the Rage – In Concert Volume One [Live]” — Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Traditional blues album
• “Migration Blues” — Eric Bibb
• “Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio” — Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
• “Roll and Tumble” — R.L. Boyce
• “Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train” — Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi
• “Blue & Lonesome” — the Rolling Stones

Contemporary blues album
• “Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm” — Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
• “Recorded Live in Lafayette” — Sonny Landreth
• “TajMo” — Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’
• “Got Soul” — Robert Randolph & the Family Band
• “Live From the Fox Oakland” — Tedeschi Trucks Band

Folk album
• “Mental Illness” — Aimee Mann
• “Semper Femina” — Laura Marling
• “The Queen of Hearts” — Offa Rex
• “You Don’t Own Me Anymore” — the Secret Sisters
• “The Laughing Apple” — Yusuf / Cat Stevens

Reggae album
• “Chronology” — Chronixx
• “Lost in Paradise” — Common Kings
• “Wash House Ting” — J Boog
• “Stony Hill” — Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
• “Avrakedabra” — Morgan Heritage

World music album
• “Memoria de los Sentidos” — Vicente Amigo
• “Para Mi” — Buika
• “Rosa Dos Ventos” — Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro
• “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration” — Ladysmith Black Mambazo
• “Elwan” — Tinariwen

Children’s album
• “Brighter Side” — Gustafer Yellowgold
• “Feel What U Feel” — Lisa Loeb
• “Lemonade” — Justin Roberts
• “Rise Shine #Woke” — Alphabet Rockers
• “Songs of Peace & Love for Kids & Parents Around the World” — Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Spoken word album (includes poetry, audiobooks & storytelling)
• “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” — Neil deGrasse Tyson
• “Born to Run” — Bruce Springsteen
• “Confessions of a Serial Songwriter” — Shelly Peiken
• “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (Bernie Sanders) — Bernie Sanders and Mark Ruffalo
• “The Princess Diarist” — Carrie Fisher

Comedy album
• “The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas” — Dave Chappelle
• “Cinco” — Jim Gaffigan
• “Jerry Before Seinfeld” — Jerry Seinfeld
• “A Speck of Dust” — Sarah Silverman
• “What Now?” — Kevin Hart

Musical theater album
• “Come From Away” — Ian Eisendrath, August Eriksmoen, David Hein, David Lai & Irene Sankoff, producers; David Hein & Irene Sankoff, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
• “Dear Evan Hansen” — Ben Platt, principal soloist; Alex Lacamoire, Stacey Mindich, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, producers; Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
• “Hello, Dolly!” — Bette Midler, principal soloist; Steven Epstein, producer (Jerry Herman, composer & lyricist) (New Broadway Cast Recording)

Compilation soundtrack for visual media
• “Baby Driver” (Various Artists)
• “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2” (Various Artists)
• “Hidden Figures: The Album” (Various Artists)
• “La La Land” (Various Artists)
• “Moana: The Songs” (Various Artists)

Score soundtrack for visual media
• “Arrival” — Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer
• “Dunkirk” — Hans Zimmer, composer
• “Game of Thrones: Season 7” — Ramin Djawadi, composer
• “Hidden Figures” — Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams & Hans Zimmer, composers
• “La La Land” — Justin Hurwitz, composer

Song written for visual media
• “City of Stars” — Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone)
• “How Far I’ll Go” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho)
• “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” — Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Zayn & Taylor Swift)
• “Never Give Up” — Sia Furler & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Sia)
• “Stand Up for Something” — Common & Diane Warren, songwriters (Andra Day featuring Common)

Instrumental composition
• “Alkaline” — Pascal Le Boeuf, composer (Le Boeuf Brothers & JACK Quartet)
• “Choros #3” — Vince Mendoza, composer (Vince Mendoza & WDR Big Band Cologne)
• “Home Free (For Peter Joe)” — Nate Smith, composer (Nate Smith)
• “Three Revolutions” — Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill & Chucho Valdés)
• “Warped Cowboy” — Chuck Owen, composer (Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge)


Boxed or special limited edition package
• “Bobo Yeye: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta” — Tim Breen, art director (Various Artists)
• “Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (1984- 2014)” — Tom Hingston, art director (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)
• “May 1977: Get Shown the Light” – Masaki Koike, art director (Grateful Dead)
• “The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition” — Lawrence Azerrad, Timothy Daly & David Pescovitz, art directors (Various Artists)
• “Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares” — Tim Breen, Benjamin Marra & Ken Shipley, art directors (Various Artists)

Album notes
• “Arthur Q. Smith: The Trouble With the Truth” — Wayne Bledsoe & Bradley Reeves, album notes writers (Various Artists)
• “Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition” — Ted Olson, album notes writer (Various Artists)
• “The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin” — Bryan S. Wright, album notes writer (Richard Dowling)
• “Edouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, Inventor of Sound Recording: A Bicentennial Tribute” — David Giovannoni, album notes writer (Various Artists)
• “Live at the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings” — Lynell George, album notes writer (Otis Redding)
• “Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams” — Michael Corcoran, album notes writer (Washington Phillips)

Producer of the year, non-classical
• Calvin Harris
• Greg Kurstin
• Blake Mills
• No I.D.
• The Stereotypes

Remixed recording
• “Can’t Let You Go (Louie Vega Roots Mix)” — Louie Vega, remixer (Loleatta Holloway)
• “Funk O’ De Funk (SMLE Remix)” — SMLE, remixers (Bobby Rush)
• “Undercover (Adventure Club Remix)” — Leighton James & Christian Srigley, remixers (Kehlani)
• “A Violent Noise (Four Tet Remix)” — Four Tet, remixer (The xx)
• “You Move (Latroit Remix)” — Dennis White, remixer (Depeche Mode)

Music video
• ” Up All Night” — (Beck) Canada, video director; Laura Serra Estorch & Oscar Romagosa, video producers
• “Makeba” — (Jain) Lionel Hirle & Gregory Ohrel, video directors; Yodelice, video producer
• “The Story of O.J.” — (Jay-Z) Shawn Carter & Mark Romanek, video directors; Daniel Midgley, video producer
• “Humble.” — (Kendrick Lamar) The Little Homies & Dave Meyers, video directors; Jason Baum, Dave Free, Jamie Rabineau, Nathan K. Scherrer & Anthony Tiffith, video producers
• “1-800-273-8255” — (Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid) Andy Hines, video director; Andrew Lerios, video producer

Music film
• “One More Time With Feeling” (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds) Andrew Dominik, video director; Dulcie Kellett & James Wilson, video producers
• “Long Strange Trip” (The Grateful Dead) Amir Bar-Lev, video director; Alex Blavatnik, Ken Dornstein, Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff & Justin Kreutzmann, video producers
• “The Defiant Ones” (Various Artists) Allen Hughes, video director; Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams, video producers
• “Soundbreaking” (Various Artists) Maro Chermayeff & Jeff Dupre, video directors; Joshua Bennett, Julia Marchesi, Sam Pollard, Sally Rosenthal, Amy Schewel & Warren Zanes, video producers

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 28, 2017

Harry has a sing

Gang Of Youths, AB Original, Amy Shark and Paul Kelly were the toast of the town last night at the ARIA Awards, claiming most of the major awards between them. Lorde provided one of many performance highlights on the night, singing two tracks, Liability and Green Light from her Grammy Award nominated album Melodrama. Daryl Braithwaite was his usual humble self in accepting his Hall of Fame recognition, before Vera Blue and Guy Sebastian joined him on stage to sing his monster hit The Horses. One of the most deserving winners on the night was Renee McCarthy of Woodcroft College, Morphett Vale SA, who won the inaugural Music Teacher of the Year award. Paul Kelly was joined by habitual award winner AB Original, Dan Sultan and Short Black Opera for a stirring Dumb Things. UK pop star Harry Styles, sans boy band played a tune called Kiwi, and in a fitting tribute to the recently passed George and Malcolm Young, Jimmy Barnes led a rockin’ band featuring Diesel and Davey Lane in a spirited version of AC/DC’s High Voltage to wrap up the night.


Album Of The Year
Gang Of Youths – Go Farther In Lightness

Best Male Artist
Paul Kelly

Best Female Artist

Best Dance Release
Pnau – ‘Chameleon’

Best Group
Gang Of Youths

Breakthrough Artist
Amy Shark

Best Pop Release
Amy Shark – Night Thinker

Best Urban Album
A.B. Original – Reclaim Australia

Best Independent Release
A.B. Original – Reclaim Australia

Best Rock Album
Gang Of Youths – Go Farther In Lightness

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Paul Kelly – Life Is Fine

Best Country Album
Kasey Chambers -Dragonfly

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
Northlane – Mesmer

Best Blues & Roots Album
All Our Exes Live In Texas -When We Fall

Best Children’s Album
Jimmy Barnes – Och Aye the G’Nu!

Best Video
Bliss N Eso – ‘Moments (feat. Gavin James)’

Best Australian Live Act

Song Of The Year
Peking Duk- ‘Stranger (feat. Elliphant)’

Best International Artist
Harry Styles

Music Teacher of the Year
Renee McCarthy (Woodcroft College, Morphett Vale SA)


Producer Of The Year
Gang Of Youths and Adrian Breakspear – Gang Of Youths’ Go Farther In Lightness

Engineer Of The Year
Steven Schram – Paul Kelly’s Life Is Fine

Best Cover Art
Peter Salmon-Lomas – Paul Kelly’s Life Is Fine


Best Classical Album
Slava Grigoryan – Bach: Cello Suites Volume I

Best Jazz Album
James Morrison, BBC Concert Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, Harry Morrison & William Morrison -The Great American Songbook

Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album
Nigel Westlake & Sydney Symphony Orchestra, with Joseph Tawadros, Slava Grigoryan & Lior -Ali’s Wedding

Best World Music Album
Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp – Songs of the Latin Skies

Best Comedy Release
John Clarke – Clarke’s Classics

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 28, 2017

Cat Stevens, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. November 28, 2017
Review by Mark Moray & Ros Jason. Photos by Mark Moray, Wicked Rock Photography

In an era when music is divided between reality TV such as “The Voice’ and self produced ‘YouTube’ sessions, there was once a time when all you had was a voice and a guitar which really meant something. If you were a teenager in the late 60’s and 70’s then Cat Stevens was that something. The Rod Laver Arena stage was set with a backdrop of a London train station, where Cat Stevens, or Yusuf as he is now known, accompanied by his fabulous ensemble, began to take his audience on a musical journey from his early years with songs including ‘Where do the Children Play’, ‘Miles from Nowhere’ and ‘Moonshadow’. The second set revealed a recreation of his attic, where he grooved to the sounds of the Beatles and The Everly Brothers, his early musical influences. Highlights included ‘Sad Lisa’, ‘Matthew & Son’, ‘Tea for the Tillerman’, ‘On The Road To Find Out’ and ‘Father and Son’, with the final encore  ‘Morning has Broken’. The show was interspersed with Yusuf’s stories and warm anecdotes, giving a feeling of personal connection, further enhanced by stunning photographic and illustrated backdrops complimenting each piece. Yusuf thrilled his rapt audience with one iconic song after the other, including one or two from his latest album. There was a taste of the blues, a dash of reggae and a splash of bouzouki in the mix, all deepening the richness of the experience. This was certainly a concert with songs of the past that have profound relevance in the present and that should resonate well into the future. After all, we are living in a ‘Wild World’ and we need that ‘Peace Train’ more than ever.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 24, 2017

Raised By Eagles

The Age Music Victoria Awards have been run and won for another year and continue to spotlight the amazing talent which the southern state keeps generating and as Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan pointed out, “exporting to the world.” The event and in particular the genre awards, showcased the incredible diversity of music being created in Victoria.

Held at 170 Russell last Wednesday, the night was kept snappy and chatty by the amiable hosts Chris Gill (RRR) and Lyndelle Wilkinson (PBS). The winners and biggest grinners were AB Original, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, and The Teskey Brothers, who were all multiple award receivers. Legendary producer/engineer Tony Cohen was honoured with a Hall of Fame induction and photographer Zo Damage was recognised with an outstanding achievement award for her 365 Day Live Music Photography project.

Once the talk was done, out came the musicians to play with some wonderful performances by Archie Roach, Josh Teskey, Mojo Juju, Michelle Nicole, Gretta Ray, Birdz, Jim Lawrie, Ella Thompson, Cable Ties (direct from their Corner Hotel award), Gold Class and Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda.

Here’s a list of the Age Music Victoria Award winners for 2018 and a series of fabulous photos from Mark Moray of Wicked Rock Photography

Fiona Boyes – Professin’ The Blues

Raised By Eagles – I Must Be Somewhere

The Teskey Brothers – Half Mile Harvest

Brenton Foster – The Nature of Light

A.B. Original – Reclaim Australia

Client Liaison

Divide and Dissolve – Basic

A.B. Original

Lamine Sonko and The African Intelligence – Afro Empire

The Mae Trio – Take Care, Take Cover

Winter Sound School / Bridget Chappell

Meredith Music Festival

Theatre Royal (Castlemaine)

Workers Club (Geelong)

The Tote

The Corner Hotel

Cosmic Psychos

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

The Teskey Brothers

Paul Kelly

Jen Cloher

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Rattlesnake

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

A.B. Original – Reclaim Australia

Tony Cohen – Aria-Award Winning Producer & Engineer

Zo Damage – 365 Day Live Music Photography Project

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