Melbourne Victoria Australia | Singer-Songwriter
From very early on in his career, Paul Kelly has been recognised as one of the most significant
singer/ songwriters in the country.
As well as issuing an enduring body of work with his own bands, Kelly has recorded film scores (Lantana and the Cannes 2006 highlight, Jindabyne) and written songs with and for many other artists. Songs From The South, a selection of his popular songs first assembled in 1997 and expanded to a double album in 2008, continues to have wide appeal, with many of his songs now lodged deep in the Australian psyche.
He continues to cross musical boundaries. Recent albums include the bluegrass inspired Foggy Highway, the wide ranging double set, Ways & Means and Stolen Apples. The JJJ tribute album Before Too Long, released earlier this year, featuring John Butler, Missy Higgins, Megan Washington, Paul Dempsey, Ozi Batla and many others is evidence of his continuing influence on generations of musicians.
His first work of prose, a self described ’mongrel memoir’, How To Make Gravy, was released via Penguin in October 2010 accompanied by a CD box set of live recordings.
Narellan New South Wales Australia | Country
Catherine spent 6 years in Nashville and has toured, performed and recorded with some of music’s most respected names - Kasey Chambers, Paul Kelly, Sir Elton John, Shane Nicholson, Jerry Salley, Tim Rogers, Dave Faulkner, John Waters & Kenny Chesney - and has worked with some of Australia’s and Americas finest producers.
Her recording career commenced in 2000 when at the age of 14 she released the EP ’In The Pines’. This release gained critical acclaim and was followed in 2001 by her debut album release ’Dusty Smiles And Heartbreak Cures’. This was followed in 2006 her second album ’Too Far Gone’ and her third album ’Little Wildflower’ which was released in 2008 and contained the stunning ’What I Did Last Night’ that earned her the 2009 CMAA Female Artist of the Year Award and a nomination as CMC Artist of the Year. She was and still is the youngest Australian to ever perform at the Grand Ole Opry.
In 2009 Britt declared, “To make an album that I believe truly represents me as an artist, songwriter and individual means the world to me”. Drawing on contemporary influences such as Ryan Adams, Bernard Fanning, Mumford & Sons, Paul Kelly, Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, Britt utilised all her musical resources to pen a biographic yet opportunistic album.
That album, Catherine’s forth studio album, the self titled, career defining album, has produced three #1 singles - the APRA Nominated ’Can’t Change A Thing’, ’Sweet Emmylou’ and ’I Want You Back’. In 2010 ’Catherine Britt’ brought her more CMAA and ARIA nominations for Country Album of the Year, her 4th consecutive, and Most Popular Australian Artist while also being awarded the 2010 CMA Global Artist of the Year. In 2011 Catherine received her 1st APRA nomination for ’Can’t Change A Thing’ and was again nominated for CMC Artist of the Year.
August 2011 saw Catherine invited to perform at the 2011 Dueting it for the Kids benefit concert at Sydney’s State Theatre along side Marina Prior, Jessica Mauboy, Danielle Spencer, Debra Byrne, Ross Wilson, Tim Freedman, Wendy Matthews & Glenn Shorrock where she performed with Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus) and the acclaimed actor John Waters.
In October Catherine appeared at the 2011 Americana Festival in Nashville where she was officially invited to perform and also performed on the Music City Roots live broadcast and back home was asked to be a Australian Music Prize (AMP) Ambassador.
In January 2012 Catherine won her 2nd CMAA Award for Single of the Year with Sweet Emmylou. And in March Catherine co-headlined the annual CMC Rocks The Hunter festival. Sweet Emmylou also grabbed second place in the 2011 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, sitting in between Kimbra, who took home first prize for ’Cameo Lover’ and Goyte who came in third for ’Somebody That I Use To Know.’ It was also placed 2nd in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in early 2012.
In June Catherine performed with Megan Washington at the Women of Vanda & Young showcase at the 2012 Song Summit music conference and In July 2012 Catherine will join Billy Bragg, Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie at the 2012 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival after being invited to attend & perform.
Her 5th studio album was recorded in Austin Texas (produced by Catherine and Bill Chambers) and features Eliza Gilkyson, Bobby Kallus, Glenn Schuetz, Phil Hurley, John Silva, Carrie Rodriguez, Gurf Morlix, Chip Dolan, Ray Bonneville, Lloyd Maines, Tim Rogers, John Blundell, Jimmy LaFave and Guy Clark. The album will be released in August 2012.
Britt has accomplished the most essential job a singer \ songwriter can hope to do: make music that is at once fresh and invigorating enough to speak to a new generation of fans, and yet naturally and firmly rooted in country\folk tradition and the essential truths it has always brought to light.
Catherine also host’s CMC’s ’Alt Country’ show which will bring’s her to a National audience on a weekly basis. This runs along side of her weekly radio show ’Alternative Country’ on Newcastle’s 2NURFM.
Pascoe Vale South Victoria Australia | Country
Mixing old-school bluegrass with modern roots music, Mustered Courage made a name for themselves in Australia’s folk scene in 2011, thanks to a self-titled debut album that won the band a string of warm reviews, plenty of radio support and a trophy at the 2012 Music Oz Awards. After playing every major Australian folk festival in 2012, these down-home pickers from Down Under are in the middle of their biggest year to date — a year that will see the release of their second album, Powerlines and their first foray into US territory…
Co-founders Nick Keeling and Julian Abrahams moved to Melbourne in 2009, where they performed with a hip-hop band before deciding to funnel their love of rhythmic, rapid-fire music into a very different sound. Nick’s uncle had been a member of the Geezinslaw Brothers, a rootsy group that opened for Elvis and performed on The Johnny Carson Show during the 1960s. Updating that sound for a modern audience, Nick and Julian formed Mustered Courage, rounding out the band’s ranks with mandolin player Paddy Montgomery and former Woohoo Revue member Josh Bridges. A blend of three-part harmonies, fiery instrumentals and speedy flat-picking helped showcase the band’s bluegrass chops, while a diverse set of influences — everything from jazz to rock & roll — set them apart from the rest of the pack.
Produced by Aria Award-winning producer Jimi Maroudas (The Living End, Eskimo Joe, Kimbra), Powerlines finds the band fine-tuning a diverse sound that one publication recently described as “the link between Bill Monroe and Mumford & Sons.” To support its release, the boys are doing what they’ve always done — hitting the road, where they’ve been firing double barrels of virtuosic bluegrass and vocally-driven folk for years.
Melody Pool is a songwriter and musician hailing from the Hunter Valley in NSW.
Born into a musical family, Melody was harmonizing on stage with her Dad by the age of 8. A year later, she ventured onto the stage in her own right and it was plain to see there would be no stopping her seeking a career in music.
Songwriting has become a notable extension of Melody’s talent. One of her own songs “Maybe” features on her 2008 debut EP, titled “Heart To Heart Talk”, which was launched at the Tamworth Festival in 2009. In July 2011, Melody released her second EP titled “Awake, You’re All Around Me” which is an assortment of 6 original folk/country songs woven into a beautifully crafted EP.
In September of 2012, Melody traveled to Nashville, USA, to record her first album with renowned producer Brad Jones and 4-time BMI winner Jace Everett, who discovered Melody’s talent when he toured in Australia in 2011 and was supported by Kirsty Akers of whom Melody was playing guitar and singing harmonies for at the time.
The highly anticipated debut album “The Hurting Scene”, (to be released on February 26th, 2013) is a stellar collection of 12 original songs of such depth and grandeur, they transcend far beyond her tender 21 years, and her ability to weave her heartfelt lyrics together with her whimsical voice reinforces the fact that her name is something she has in spades.
Melbourne Victoria Australia | Country
The Bushwackers are proof that music in Australia is much more than the hook-laden pop tunes of the Bee Gees and the quasi-new wave of Men at Work. A product of early-'70s jam sessions at La Trobe University's campus folk club, The Bushwackers continue to deliver an aggressive, highly spirited blend of rock and Australia's folk music. Originally a trio featuring Jan Wositsky (vocals, harmonica, banjo, bass and various forms of traditional bush percussion), Dave Isom (guitar, vocals and mandolin) and Bert Kahanoff (largerphone), The Bushwackers attracted large crowds with their early performances in Melbourne. The group widened their following during a 1973 tour of New Zealand. In Australia, they continued to attract enthusiastic crowds to their performances at the Dan O'Connell Hotel in Fitzroy, where they appeared every Friday night from 1977 to 1980. They released their first single, "When the Rain Tumbles Down in July," in 1973. The group's debut album, A Shearer's Dream, was released in 1974 and reached the top slot on the British folk charts and led to the band's first British tour. While in the United Kingdom, The Bushwackers were befriended by such top-ranked folk acts as the Chieftains, the Dubliners, Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span. The Bushwackers continued their success in the late '70s and early '80s. In addition to ten albums, the group's music was heard on numerous movie and television soundtracks. In 1984, they announced they were disbanding due to "the costs of keeping the band on the road and the desire to spend more time with families." The group continued to get together for annual reunion tours from 1984 until 1990. Late in 1993, Roger Corbett (bass, mandolin, harmonica and vocals), who joined the group in 1980, and Dobe Newton (largerphone, whistle, bodhran, bones, spoons and vocals), a member since 1973, re-formed the group. Although they initially called the reorganized band "the Range Rovers", they went back to their original name upon signing a publishing contract with Warner Chappell and a recording contract with ABC/EMI. The current lineup features Mark Oates (fiddle), Pete Drummond (drums), Tim Gaze (guitar) and Pamela Drysdale (accordion, guitar and vocals).
Nashville TN | Country
Jim Lauderdale is a Grammy® Award winning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Bluegrass, Country and Americana music communities today. He is considered one of Nashville's "A" list of songwriters with songs recorded by artists such as Patty Loveless, Shelby Lynne, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks and George Strait, who has had numerous hits with Jim’s songs. Jim’s music has been featured recently on the ABC hit show “Nashville” and he had several tracks on the soundtrack of the successful film “Pure Country.” Jim is also in high demand as a player, touring with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello.
Jim, who frequently collaborates with legends like Ralph Stanley and Elvis Costello, is also a critically acclaimed solo artist with dozens of studio releases, including his latest Carolina Moonrise, written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and Buddy and Jim the critically acclaimed new duets album recorded with long time friend Buddy Miller of which Mojo states: “Miller and Lauderdale's duets has both the easy familiarity of old friends and the musicianship of old pros.”
In addition to making music together, Buddy and Jim also co-host “The Buddy & Jim Show,” recently described as “…highly entertaining…” by NPR’s Fresh Air. Each week Buddy and Jim invite artists to Buddy’s home studio in Nashville, where they tape performances and in depth interviews with a wide variety of artists and friends. Jim also hosts the popular Music City Roots each week from the Loveless Barn in Nashville and since winning "Artist of the Year" and "Song of the Year" at the first "Honors and Awards Show" held by the Americana Music Association in 2002, he has subsequently hosted the show each year.
Jim is the subject of a new documentary, directed by Australian filmmaker Jeremy Dylan called “The King Of Broken Hearts.” The feature length documentary tells Jim’s unconventional and prolific story from his North Carolina roots, being immersed in the country music scenes in both New York City and Los Angeles, to breaking through in Nashville as a songwriter.
Jim's musical influences, including the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and George Jones, can be heard in his songs with his unique sense of melody and lyrical expertise. He won his first Grammy Award in 2002 with Dr. Ralph Stanley for Lost in the Lonesome Pines (Dualtone) and then for The Bluegrass Diaries (Yep Roc) in 2007. In addition to previously mentioned releases, as a performer Jim is credited with production, writing and collaborating on over two dozen albums including Wait ’Til Spring (SkyCrunch/Dualtone 2003) with Donna the Buffalo and Headed for the Hills (Dualtone 2004) his first total project with Robert Hunter, Planet of Love (Reprise 1991,) Pretty Close to the Truth (Atlantic 1994,) Every Second Counts (Atlantic 1995,) Persimmons (Upstart 1998,) Whisper (BNA 1998,) Onward Through It All (RCA 1999,) The Other Sessions (Dualtone 2001,) The Hummingbirds (Dualtone 2002,) Bluegrass (Yep Roc 2006,) Country Super Hits, Volume 1 (Yep Roc 2006,) Honey Songs (Yep Roc 2008), Could We Get Any Closer? (SkyCrunch 2009,) Patchwork River (Thirty Tigers 2010) and Reason and Rhyme (Sugar Hill Records 2011.)
Jim's musical influences include the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and George Jones. These influences and his unique sense of melody and lyric help forge a sound that is truly his own. As a performer his credits include production, writing and collaborating on albums such as, "Wait 'Til Spring" with Donna the Buffalo, "Headed for the Hills” with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, "I Feel Like Singing Today" and the Grammy winning “Lost in the Lonesome Pines” with Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys.
His second solo bluegrass album, “Bluegrass Diaries” (Yep Roc 2007) won a Grammy in the “Bluegrass Album of the Year” category. His next album, “Honey Songs” was released in February 2008, and features an incredible lineup of musicians including James Burton, Garry Tallent, Al Perkins, Glen D. Hardin, Ron Tutt, Emmy Lou Harris, Patty Loveless, and many more.
Jim’s solo albums include “The Hummingbirds” (Dualtone 2002), “The Other Sessions” (Dualtone 2001), “Onward Through it All” (RCA 1999), “Whisper” (BNA 1998), “Persimmons” (Upstart 1996), “Every Second Counts” (Atlantic 1995), “Pretty Close to the Truth” (Atlantic 1994), and “Planet of Love” (Reprise 1991), as well as two releases in 2006, “Country Super Hits, Volume 1” and “Bluegrass” (Yep Roc), Grammy winner "The Bluegrass Diaries" (Yep Roc 2007), "Honey Songs" (Yep Roc 2008) "Could We Get Any Closer?" (Sky Crunch 2009) and "Patchwork River" (Thirty Tigers 2010).
"It's been a particularly great period for me," says Lauderdale. "Thanks to the records - I'm performing more and more, which I love. And I love that I can play the Opry one weekend, a jam-band festival the next and then a bluegrass festival the following week. That's really inspiring to me and I think there's a real thread there. The roots are the same for all of them and that's the music I'm interested in."