Totally Biased Fan Reviews: Trucker Caps and Heart Attacks – Mat Black

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This album was produced by two of my fave people, Lachlan Bryan and Damian Cafarella. It shows, but mainly, the surprising and fabulous bluesy, country flavour of Mat’s singing and playing is just as important, or more so.

I have to be honest. After moving to Victoria, pretty much exactly two years ago, I have had my faith in this Alt. Country Music industry confirmed a thousand fold. One of the main reasons that I moved here was because I loved the artists down here so much and I was determined to help them in my small way.

I am continually being wowed by musicians down here, not only in a musical fashion but in a personal one. They are totally embracing and overwhelming. I wouldn’t have got through a lot in the last few years without them.

I have seen Mat perform about 4 times now, and sadly missed his big launch of this album yesterday because I had already booked for an outstanding gig elsewhere in Melbourne which was on at the same time!

However, my support for Mat is firm and forthright. I really like  the diversity of his songs, his strong, vibrant vocals and the bluesy, sometimes 50’s and 60’s touch to his songs and of course, the aforementioned slick production from my two fave Wildes.

Ironically, at the gig yesterday, I sat next to Lachlan’s parents, who, like me, would have liked to have been at two places at the same time.

This album is so merlot and late Saturday nights or Irish Coffee and Sunday Arvos.

Being a train gal, and a Tamworth gal, I had to love Railman’s son, which I have heard Mat sing before.  How can you have a country album without a train song?

I have also heard Mat sing Three Holes, which will be a crowd favourite. They will love singing along to this one.

Lost is a favourite as well. Love the bluesy sound.  I am a big legged woman, so this Rockabilly song is okay with me….though I am not sure that Mat is referring to my stumpy legs, probably more the long legged type! I do like the raunchy guitars and Elvis touches.

Same old Song is just awesome.

This album is a delight. Full of bluesy, soulful tracks and a really lovely surprise.

Mat is a beaut bloke, one of many that I have met down here in Victoria and a great talent. I hope that the rest of Australia gets to appreciate his wonderful songs.

Last year was the year of the Ben. From all that I have witnessed this year, so far, it is the year of the Mat, Matt, Matthew.

Awesome stuff.

 

 

Tracks:

These City Lights

Diamond Mine

Three Holes

(Too Old to Be) The Wandering Kind

Pockets full of dust

Railman’s Son

I can’t get you off my Mind

Lost

Big Leg woman

same Old Song

 

Totally Biased Fan Review: Andy Penkow – Sad Love Songs

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When I heard Drowning in the Whiskey, I was sold on this guy. Such a great song. So many country songs about Whiskey, and it is one drink that I don’t indulge in, ( though I do like the occasional Bourbon and Coke, which is much the same).  I really like the mellow tones of Andy Penkow.. He has a distinctive sound and a very easy going sound that makes you chill out and kick back.

California is a bit funky and groovy. A shower song contender for sure.

Keeping us Apart  is in much the same mode as the first track, with weeping guitars and a very country sentiment.

Andy goes from one upbeat song to a more slower kind of song. One Headlight On has a Keith Urban beat (as is inferred) but it also has a switch in pace.

Sunlight is one of my favourite tracks on the album. It has such a sweet refrain but it will appeal to those who don’t follow country music.

Songbird is not the Fleetwood Mac track, but a bit of a companion piece to the last track.

A House we used to call home could not get more country…lovely.

The title track is awesome. I really love this song. One of my favourite songs this year.

Not This Old House that you old rockers may be thinking of (myself included) but a song that I can relate to and a bit like Cornell and Carr’s beautiful current song….same sentiment.

Goodbye is such a powerful song.

This album will appeal to music fans from lots of genres. It is a hard album not to love. I hope that we hear more from Andy.

I wish that I had known about this artist and this album sooner. How wonderful is this singer/songwriter and they are definitely “Kaz” songs. Man, great voice, wonderful songwriting and my kind of country music.
Rod is one of my favourite musos and producers and he never puts a foot wrong. It is hard to find information on Andy, other than the fact that he lives on the South Coast of NSW. The good thing is that he comes into contention for the Kazzies, because the album was released after the last Kazzies in December ’18. What is better news for you folks out there, is that this is a brilliant album, full of fabulous love songs…..and yes, a lot of them are sad and also powerful.

 

 

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Andy Penkow Sad Love Songs
Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

Sad Love Songs. Is the debut album by Andy Penkow. Written by Andy Penkow.

Pete Drummond -Drums
Luke Moller -Fiddle & Mandolin
Michel Rose -Steel Guitar
Stefan Nowak -Hammond Organ & Piano
Rod Motbey -Bass, Guitars, Banjo, Keys & Backing Vocals

Recorded & Mixed by Rod Motbey at ‘Tracking Dog Studios’ Shellharbour, Australia.

Mastered by Steve Corrao at ‘Sage Audio’ Nashville, TN.