Totally Biased Fan Review: Team Work – The Fat Nomads

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I had heard some of these tracks on Leonie McClure’s show on 2RRR, and I had been a long time Paul Greene fan (I have reviewed his music before). I have only just met Col in person, but I felt like I knew him through Leonie’s show.

The added cherry on the top with the wonderful, Chelsea Basham is intriguing to say the least. This album is an interesting mixture of styles. Paul has a laid back, easy going style – sort of folky and alt. country. Col has a background in poetry – and Chelsea is a little country rocker.

The songs from Paul are expected, they are stories and they are good stories, embodied in melodies that ease you into the evening or day.  I love his style. Great to know that Col can work with Paul so easily.

I like all of the tracks for different reasons, but Danny hits a nerve, it is so gentle and sad. I like the upbeat Buddygirl, it reminds me of some Beatles’ songs.

Chelsea adds to the team a bit of sensual soul and blues with You Won’t Get Me.

The rollicking Itchy feet gets your feet tapping and brings out the gypsy in all of us.

Leonie often plays My Best Friend, which is a bottler of a song.

I really like Soulmate, It is almost like an LRB song, You can totally drift away with it.

The unlikely combination of these folks is probably what makes it work so well.

It would be nice to hear more from these guys, those it will be hard now with Chelsea in America and it is also difficult to top a great work like this.

Well done Paul, Col and Chelsea and the rest of the team.

 

Tracks

Reflections (Paul Greene)

Music by Paul Greene Lyrics by Col Defries

My Best Friend (Paul Greene)

Music by Paul Greene Lyrics by Col Defries

Special Place (Paul Greene)

Music by Paul Greene Lyrics by Col De Fries

It’s the thought that counts (Col De Fries)

Music by Paul Greene Lyrics by Col DeFries

Island Time (Paul Greene)

Music by Paul Greene Lyrics by Col De Fries

Daddy’s little girl (Paul Greene)

Music by Paul Greene Lyrics by Col De Fries

Danny (Paul Greene)

Music by Paul Greene Lyrics by Col DeFries

Buddygirl (Paul Greene)

Music by Paul Greene Lyrics by Col DeFries

You Won’t Get Me (Chelsea Basham)

Music by Paul Greene Lyrics by Col DeFries

Itchy Feet (Col DeFries)

Music by Paul Greene Lyrics by Col DeFries Back up Vocals by Chelsea Basham, Lily Greene, Matilda Greene and Ohala Ross.

Soulmate (Paul Greene)

Music by Paul Greene Lyrics by Col DeFries

 

Totally Biased Fan Review – All things new – Johnny Shilo

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Johnny and I first met at Allan Caswell’s writing workshop in Melbourne, along with Marion Shilo. I have since run into them many times.

Johnny had a very successful Tamworth this year, making lots of new contacts and fans. These 10 songs on Johnny’s debut album released last year, are a mix of 50’s rock n roll, country rock and some rockabilly. There’s a touch of Col Joye and Johnny Chester about Johnny’s singing and his songs.

If you talked to Johnny, or just met him, you would never know that he sang in this style. The voice doesn’t match the persona! You can tell the influences. It is not surprising then, that the first track is I miss the man in black – there are strong connections to Johnny Cash.

There is an easy way about Johnny’s songs and his voice. I like the twists in the lyrics, like What’s New Tomorrow and Rock n Roll Cowgirl. There are words fighting with each other, but in a good way.

There are some classic country love songs here, like Never Make You Cry. There is a foot in slipper, chuck a dressing gown feel about these songs. They are nice and easy, like Johnny’s delivery.

I really wanted to get up and do the twist to Rock n Roll Cowgirl….maybe that describes me!  Good one, Marion!

This album is on Bud Records, recorded in Melbourne,

There are some beaut tracks here that you will be tapping your toes to and humming along to.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Tracks:

I Miss the Man in Black (Steven M Shedd)

Lady Love Me (Paul O’Gorman)

What’s New Tomorrow (Lise Gabble/Jakob S Glaesner)

I’d like to strangle my boss (Don Woods)

My Friend Georgie (Johnny Shilo)

What happened to love (Brandon Camp/Mike Thompson)

I don’t smoke anymore (Marion-Juanita Shilo)

Never Make you cry (Marion-Juanita Shilo)

Living the Simple Life (Marion Juanita Shilo)

Rock n Roll Cowgirl (Marion Juanita Shilo)

Totally Biased Fan Review – Laneway Bars – Col Gentles

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I was prepared to like this album, I was not prepared to love it. I have heard Col talk before in interviews, and I have heard a few tracks, but wow, what a lovely surprise. I didn’t expect to be overwhelmed.

Great musos, awesome songs and beautifully produced by Roger Corbett, the master.

Col has released a stunning album here, very Australian but with some international influences. The songs are short and sharp, some ballads, some gently rocking, some bordering on a bush song. There are some tall tales and true here, as well as some awesome guitar work and some very natural, easy going vocals.

Something reminds me here of Bob Seger, I don’t know why, but I just seem to hear it in the music and vocals.

I really like Ran Away from me, I said Nothin and Hey Waitress. There is something really solid about the songs, something that seems to stick and the songs are very familiar and easy to relate to.

I had heard Ode to Merle Haggard. Anything about Merle tends to stick in my head.

It is such a shame that this album is from 2016. I wish that I had known it back then…it would have been in contention for the Kazzies. I had to review it though, and I am glad that I have. Part of the problem with Indie albums is that sometimes, sadly, they slip through the hands of time. I wish I had heard the full collection earlier. I hope Col releases some more songs soon.

Walkin’ In The Rain is a favourite too. (Something that I love to do, by the way, so not a big stretch for me.)

Houses I See from the train is a pearler. I love train songs and I know the places that he is talking about here. I am a public transport girl and a former Sydney sider so it isn’t a stretch. Awesome song.

I’ve been there with Slim has a real Slim song feel. I guess that there are a lot of Slim and Joy songs out here, but this is a beauty.

There is no mistaking this album for an Aussie Country album. The last track, I don’t wanna play the blues could have been written by Allan Caswell, it has that Sir Allan feel.

This is a fantastic album. It is so easy to listen to and to play over and over.  Great stuff.

 

Track Listing

I Said Nothin’

40 Storeys High

The last of the knucklemen

Hey Waitress

Rollercoaster Life

Movin’ Along

Ran Away from Me

Ode to Merle Haggard

Walkin’ In the Rain

Houses I See From the Train

I’ve Been There with Slim

I don’t wanna play the blues

 

All original songs:

Lyrics Col Gentles , arrangements, Roger Corbett

Track 4 written by Col Gentles/Kate Linke/Roger Corbett

Track 2 written by Jack Stanley/Col Gentles

Produced and mastered by Roger Corbett

Col Gentles – Vocals, guitars

Roger Corbett – Guitars, Harmonica, Vocals

Andy Gattus – Drums

Clare O’Meara – Keyboards

Ben Corbett – Guitars

Aimee Hannan – Vocals

Rusty Crook – Guitars

 

 

Totally Biased Fan Reviews: Small Town Tales – Watling and Bates

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A touch of Celtic, a large dose of mountain music, a heavy jug of bluegrass and a smidgeon of bush ballad. That is Watling and Bates.

If you love lots of fiddles, banjos and some mean picking, and storytelling, then these guys are for you.

I am of course drawn to Such is Life, which is about my grandmother’s second cousin, Ned Kelly. Anything about trains (The Train was Leaving) and history, particularly Australian History is my kind of thing.

This duo, heavily backed by Thor Phillips (an artist in his own right) and a bunch of other fine musos combine to take you back in time a tad….well more than a tad, to when music was just three chords and the truth and a little Aussie Moonshine.

There’s a bit of slide guitar, which is always good for me and a bit of a modern Ma and Pa Kettle feel. It definitely takes you on a history lesson and it takes you up in the mountains, down in the mines and drifting down a river somewhere.

There’s more than a little hillbilly in this ye olde country music feast with a twist.  I felt transported back in time and mellowed out to some fine pickin’ and felt like I was on a raft or going up into the hills on a horse and cart.

It is the first album that I have heard in a long time that has such a varied time length in its songs, from Poppy’s Tune at 1.27 to Wondering about my time 2.20 to old times, 3.04 to Such is Life – 4.17.

I guess it depends on what you have to say and how long you need to say it in.

Some of the songs sound like bush ballads, like Florence met Frank. It does have a Celtic feel too, but it has that old time, down home tale ambience, which is enhanced by the fiddle and a steady strumming of a guitar complete with horse and clomping.

It is old time town hall stuff. It has its own complications and simplicities and it takes you through a waltz in time (particularly in songs like Barry and Adrienne).

These are Australian stories with a Celtic and mountain music twist.

I haven’t really heard anything like this for a while, probably in my childhood.

There is something beautifully nostalgic and familiar about these songs.  I really like Wondering About My Time, probably my favourite track on the album.

Old Times (complete with Rooster) makes you pick up your skirt and do a square dance. That reminded me of the Reg Lindsay show of my youth and the dance that they did at the end of every show.

Sat in the Car and Remembered is a good song to end the album with. I have been to a lot of the places that they mention, but it is more than that. Again, it is the nostalgia thing. It is nice to take a trip down memory lane. Something about the tune reminded me of the Seekers, and some of their celtic/folk stuff.

A real joy. Thank you Watling and Bates.

 

Musos:

Geoff Bates – vocals, guitar, harmonica

Kym Watling – fiddle, banjo, bass, recorder, backing vocals, percussion, vocals, Rooster

Thor Phillips additional guitar, dobro, fiddle, backing vocals, flatpicked guitar, stomp box, electric guitar, slide

John Willsteed – bass

Gareth Bjaaland – banjo

Christopher Ridgeway – Mandolin

Slim Pickens – mandolin

John James Maloney – bells

Marcus Schintler – drums

Bill Mark – piano

Johnny Rumble – Double Bass

Produced by Thor Phillips and Watling and Bates

 

 

 

 

Totally Biased Fan Review: Tomorrow’s Too Late – Kell (EEP)

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If you put Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, our ownChrissie Amphlett and Rose Carleo and Pink into a blender, you would probably come up with something close to Kell.

The lass from Lithgow is a powerhouse. I caught a few songs at the Fanzone in Tamworth and she literally took flight. Perhaps not the look of your average Tamworth performer – though the times, they are a changin’ and it is an open playing field for great music and performers, no matter what package they come in. Gone are the stereotypes in country music in Australia. If it is good, then it is good, if they are good, then they are good. With a lot of competition, it is a great idea to opt for a different angle.  Do it your own way, be yourself.  Having given you comparisons, you have to also take into account that this is a fresh approach.

I first heard Kell on two or three community radio show interviews, releasing a single. It was there, then, it is there, now.

While this has been called an album, I call it an EEP. To be honest, it is mainly to help out with the Kazzies at the end of the year so that folks can have more of a chance of winning a category! For those who don’t know, my system is: EP – 4 songs EEP 5-9 songs, LP – 10 onwards.

Now, back to the music – I am sure that Kell rocks Lithgow, I know a bit about the area, having lived on a farm at the Wang when I was little and having studied in Bathurst, so I know that it must have been a big Wow for them.

While Kell’s style is hard to define, I would probably chiefly put her in the country rock/country blues category. I don’t really like to lock people in to a certain box, I think that songs like Tonight and Happier Now are probably more of the mellow sound, some of the others will rock your boots off.

All of the songs have the elements that country songs traditionally deal with. Heartbreak, home, standing tall after a fall, and they all have a strong woman singing about strong women.

While Kell could easily crossover into other genres of music, and be well received, I think that her roots are in country music, just delivered in a way that you may not have thought of before.  The folks at Tamworth took easily to her, which is not always the case when they cop change, but they laughed at her humour and they cheered her music on.

As Allison Forbes does, and there are a few others, they challenge the medium and they rise up, victorious. If you are good enough, as both Kell and Allison are, then something a bit different will always be a great thing.

I love Change my mind – the opening riff is especially cool. The rockier songs don’t have the same rhythm or melody, they vary, so it is not just noise, it is well thought out. The mix is good and covers a lot of ground.

The lyrics grabbed me.  I am always a words person first, and the lyrics are very strong and the stories are clear.

This EEP is great for a change of pace and listen to the words, they are really important.

Country music with an edge.

 

Track listing:

1. Change My Mind (3:16)
2. Breathe (3:47)
3. Silvia (3:27)
4. Coming Home (3:14)
5. Happier Now (4:00)
6. Tonight (4:17)
7. Broken Dreams (3:54)

The Single Life 15 February 2020


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Some of the recent singles are hot, hot, hot…..Dani Young released the Michael Carpenter produced version of the old REO Speedwagon song Keep on Loving You yesterday, apt on Valentine’s Day.  I have never heard a woman sing it before. It takes a powerful voice like Dani’s to pull it off.  Ironically, NeillyRich have released Stop Loving You, which is similarly titled but quite different! The dynamic couple have taken a few different turns in their music recently, this is my favourite of their recent songs. A very playable and catchy song. Showcases their beautiful voices to the hilt. All I’m Gunna Get by Emma Dykes is a rippa of a track, one of my favourites of the new singles. What a voice! While the English major in me shudders at the grammar, I love the song.  I have played this a number of times already.  I want to hear more of Emma, reckon that I will. A Very Kazesque kind of singer and song! I love the new song from the one who inspired this column last year, Katie Jayne with SOS – not the ABBA song! It has a lot of twang, a little bluegrassy and I reckon the best song that she has released yet. It will be a crowd pleaser, go on, sing a long, you know that you want to! One of my favourite people in Australian Country Music – has been for a long time,  Jasmine Rae,  has released Green Light.  It is another catchy tune which will have you singing along but it will also have you thinking. It is a very modern partner for the old “Right or Left at Oak Street”.  Jasmine constantly re-invents herself. You never know what she is going to come up with. This is very cool.

I am a self-confessed Chalkie White tragic. I have been a huge fan since I saw him years ago at Tamworth Servies at The Writers in The Round.  I love anything that he does, but this is another absolute killer track. Wish She Was You.  I can smell a Kazzie award….

Kell has a new EEP out now which I will review soon….it is bloody brilliant but at the moment the current single is Happier Now, which is awesome. Kell’s voice is a cross between Chrissie Amphlett  and Bonnie Raitt. This is her best stuff yet. The single is a winner. I caught some songs from her at the Fanzone at Tamworth and she is just sensational LIVE. A powerhouse.

A double sided single Down the Rabbit Hole /Old Crow Feather by my young mate, Gareth Leach (He’s not shit), is just brilliant, brilliant, brilliant – as my mate Beth Brown would say. Down the Rabbit Hole is up the Mountain Music at its very best. Play those fiddles and banjos. Try and catch Gareth, LIVE if you can, he is a lot of fun. Old Crow Feather – pass the moonshine and lets go from the mountain to the swamp and dive right in. Hell Yeah! Awesome stuff, Gareth. Can’t wait til the album comes out.

A beautiful rendition of Angel by Hayley Jensen with the genius of Beccy Cole to the mix and you have Winner, Winner, Chicken dinner. Two of those most amazing voices with one of the most beautiful songs ever written, how can you go wrong?

I reviewed Pete O’Brien‘s new album the other day, and it is a corker, as is the current single, Son of Mine. Pete doing what Pete does best. A sweet, sincere, lovely song telling it like it is.

I also reviewed Allison Forbes‘ masterpiece album earlier this week, but her current single is Broken Radios. Like Pete, she always tells it like it is. This song is E, so beware of a couple of clangers, but it is not pointed so much at Community Radio stations who play as much Aussie Country as they can and with varied playlists, more so the commercial radio stations. Give it a listen and make up your own minds….and let’s change that and play awesome stuff like Forbesy’s music.

I have probably missed a few, but these are a few of the best of what is out there at the moment. There will be a few more in the next few weeks, including my country music son, Benny Allen on Monday, and lots of singles from albums that I have already reviewed, like multi Kazzie award winning Hayley Marsten’s  title track from her album, Spectacular Heartbreak.

Go get ’em!

Totally Biased Fan Review: You be the Lightning – Tracy McNeil and the Goodlife

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I went with friends to The Union Hotel a little while back to an afternoon of women in music, knowing about half of them and happy to hear a few different ones. This woman, Tracy McNeil, started to play and it was a “well, yes, a just know moment”. I really only had to listen to a couple of lines to a song to figure out that I liked this woman and her music. Originally from Canada, she has called Australia home for a while now.

As is the nature of most albums of this calibre and style, a mixture of hard times, good times, ups and downs and life’s merry-go-rounds led to it.

It is labelled Alt. Country, but it explores a few different styles and it could easily cross a railway track or two and go through some tunnels and over rivers to journey through some other paths. Good music is good music in the end, and if you don’t put too many labels on it, it will appeal to a variety of audiences.

Apart from the songwriting, Tracy has a big voice, which can soften, and then boom, depending on the message and the required delivery of the song. There are themes which run through the songs but the styles are quite different from song to song. You have to sit up, slouch or stand up to different  songs. There is not a sameness about any of the tracks.

It is hard to pick favourites, though Midnight Hurricane goes close to being my number 1. It is an album which goes through a lot of moods and emotions. Rain Fall Down is another great track, actually, it is just hard to find fault with the songs or their delivery.

I Want to Know has an infectious rhythm to it and easy to hum a long to.

Stars reminds me of something Kiwi Sharon O’Neill may have come up with….(similar name too!).

An interesting throb from the guitar, and a slightly spooky beginning to a seemingly haunting almost stalking like song make up Without Speaking which is probably one of the shortest songs that I have heard for a while.

Postcards is a gentle meandering song which  seems to be travelling on a long, sad journey with some pretty nifty guitars and it proves to be one of the best tracks on the album.

Golden Age showcases Tracy’s voice in a Carole King style. A truly beautiful song with lots of images that most of us could relate to.

Highway Girl reminds me of a Stevie Nicks approach with an added rockier element.

Not like a brother starts off with a Fleetwood Mac kind of beat too, but it covers a different subject lyrically.

In Not like a brother it contains words like thunder and lightning which kind of carry through on the album with rain, storms, hurricane, etc. However, despite the stormy weather, the songs on the album seem to point to a rainbow rather thinking that there is no way out of the down times, It all seems to be heading towards positives.

All of the fine songs on this album have their own life, but they also work as a collective, given that a similar theme runs through them. Having said that, they don’t sound the same, they all have their different delivery.

Well worth the wait.

 

Tracks:

Highway Girl
Not Like A Brother
Catch You
Match To A Rock
Rain Fall Down

Midnight Hurricane
I Want To Know
Stars
Without Speaking
Postcards
Golden Age

Totally Biased Fan Review: What a Way to Die – Brandon Dodd

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From the moment the record begins and you hear the simplicity of a repetitive chord that only changes slightly for effect, it sticks in your head. Then boom! Here comes this huge voice, haunting refrain and the lyrics that would depict this young, baby faced man as an old, weathered blues artist who has lived a long and full life. Such is the enigma of this powerful young talent, Brandon Dodd. From Absolute to Absolutely. Hell Yeah.

Known mainly for his work with Kasey and Bill Chambers on the Campfire album and for touring with Kasey as well as being a part of Grizzlee Train, Brandon steps out on his own at 24, co-producing with Damian Cafarella of Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes fame and producer of a lot of Melbourne artists’ albums.

Kasey sings Like a Diamond with him and on her facebook post mentioned that she took the cover photo. Many of those who know outstanding country music in Australia, producers, bands, solo artists are singing (literally) his praises.

I was fortunate enough to catch Brandon supporting Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes in Tamworth and Kasey got up and sang the song with Brandon. I was sitting next to an American visitor who had not heard any Australian music until that gig and he said to me – Aussie stuff is better than Nashville, and this kid is —-holy crap—-damn fine. Yup.

Aberdeen is Dylanesque, but there are lots of influences here. For someone so young to have such a grasp on amazing stories and melodies and musicianship is just incredible.

Some of the stories are simple, but it is in the treatment that he gives them that makes them more complex.

Whiskey Room Shuffle is funky, with a contagious groove. I challenge you to try and not tap your feet or to shake some part of you.

Dalai Lama has some pretty cool guitar licks. One is very Cajun and it is very much a foot stomper.  Lover reminds me in part of a John Lennon style song. (there’s not much higher praise than I can give than that).

In essence, Brandon experiments a bit here with different styles, mainly heading down the Alt. Country/Blues/Folk style and I do like the skiddlybops!

Brandon is definitely one to watch, if he is this good now, one wonders how he is going to be with a few experiences and years under his belt. I heard a few more mature aged musos say in Tamworth – “I think that we should be scared.”

Apart from singing and playing original material, Brandon has such a range and he could probably sing and play anything. Having people like Lachlan, Damo, The Chambers and others talk so highly of him and supporting him at these early stages is not only proof of his talent but it is also a great springboard for his future.

Apart from the amazing first track, Absolute and the duet with Kasey, I love Dying to Find Out, a pearler of a track.

This album is phenomenal. Definitely worthy of many skiddlybops, holy craps and artists running scared.

He’ll be a busy boy in the coming months….try to catch him somewhere. You won’t regret it.

 

Tracklist

01. Absolute
02. Light of the Moon
03. Like A Diamond
04. Aberdeen
05. Whiskey Room Shuffle
06. Lover
07. Dalai Lama
08. One
09. Water Turns To Rain
10. Dying To Find Out
11. Forgive Me
Information

Artist: Brandon Dodd
Title: What A Way To Die
Year Of Release: 2020
Genre: Blues Rock, Folk
Quality: mp3 320 kbps
Time: 00:43:24
Size: 102 mb

 

Totally Biased Fan Review: Lifeblood – Glenn Bidmead

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One day, when I was doing my usual ring in on a Saturday morning at 6am phone in about what is happening in Victorian Music, my pal, Leonie McClure on 2RRR was in absentia. A lady called Lorraine answered and that was the beginning. The next thing that I know, Leonie is trying to tell me about this bloke called Glenn who she was sure that I would like. The next thing that I know, I have this cd presented to me…it was Christmas, work, Tamworth and these two folks turn up to our 7 hour marathon on my birthday (which I was trying to cypher messages that kept beeping) and there you have it. I had heard some songs on Leonie’s programme and I joined the dots. This fella is right up my alley. I felt a little embarrassed when I first met Glenn and Lorraine, as I hadn’t had a chance to listen to the album. Now that I have and I have heard him LIVE, I figured how much Leonie knows my taste. It is certainly what I listen to.

Glenn has the most beautiful voice. It is easy to listen to and the songs are all originals and heartfelt and thoughtful.

I guess that the songs are reminiscent of Rick Price combined with Keith Urban combined with a soft country feel. These songs are delivered with a gentle country vibe.

The songs are easy to listen to. They  tell a story and they glide easily in the stereo.  I like Ferris Wheel, Railway tracks, Red Dirt Road and Riding the Rails the best, but all 11 tracks are cool. You don’t have to be a big name to be good. This guy is great, give him a spin.
1. Lifeblood – Glenn Bidmead
2. Between Lonely And You – Glenn Bidmead
3. Red Dirt Road – Glenn Bidmead
4. Where Her Lonely Started – Glenn Bidmead
5. One For The Road – Glenn Bidmead
6. Last Chance Cafe – Glenn Bidmead
7. Riding The Rails – Glenn Bidmead
8. So Close – Glenn Bidmead
9. Ferris Wheel – Glenn Bidmead
10. The Thing You Wanted Most – Glenn Bidmead
11. Railway Tracks – Glenn Bidmead

 

Vocals, Guitars, Bass and Keys Glenn Bidmead

Backing Vocals, Lorraine Baker

Drums, Paul Bidmead

Piano and Drums on Last Chanc Café – Daniel Marolla

Hammond on One for the road – Kevin Somerville

Produced by Glenn Bidmead

 

Totally Biased Fan Review: Bonedigger – Allison Forbes (E)

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This is probably one of the most biased reviews that I have ever done. The pink haired, Tamworth sister with like minded values and excellent taste in music and musicians is more family to me than most. If I had to pick a sister in the world, this chick and Sal would be my gals.

Shane Nicholson understands Allison.  He knows what makes her heart tick and her voice transcends. I have been overjoyed with her singles and her Eps, but to have an album with her stuff is just the best thing that could ever reach our ears.

First and foremost is her voice. It is loud and proud. It does not have a filter and it does not need one. It says what it needs to say and it says stuff you world, I’m here and this is how it goes.

I read once that our heroes are those who say what you want to say, be what you want to be, but you are not exactly brave enough to do so, so you let them say it for you. Allison does that for me.

She teams up with my “little sister” and “brother in law” here, in Laura Coates and Andy Wrigglesworth, also known as The Weeping Willows, and that says it all for me. Cold Moon is an absolute highlight for me. To be honest, it is probably my song of the year, so far.

I love Ghosts, Sweet Old Release (which is probably my favourite track) and of course the track that us Allison Forbes’ fans have been longing for most, A Pirate’s Life, Yo Oh Oh Oh, We know it so well from live gigs and have been hoping against hope. Gift delivered.

Medication, what a song.

I get Broken Radios, but non-commercial radio had your back. Community Radio are with you, my love.

Allison Forbes is one of our finest singer/songwriters. She has one of the best producers behind her in the business. She has had one of the worst years of her life but she has produced one of the best albums. Life is a funny thing, it serves you lemons and you just need to know what to do with them. – make lemonade or wallow in the pulp.

Allison has made us tubs of lemonade. This is an album full of amazing songs with depth, controversy and fight. Her voice is one of the most powerful in music in Australia, of any genre. Let her roar, let her tell you the story. Her story, our story.

 

 

 

Tracklist:
01. Hell Freezes over
02. Bonedigger
03. Broken Radios
04. Ghost Town
05. Walls of Jericho
06. Ghosts
07. Medication
08. Cold Moon (feat. The Weeping Willows)
09. Witches & Devils (feat. Tori Forsyth)
10. Sweet Old Release
11. Pirates Life for Me

All songs written by the fabulous Allison Forbes

All instruments played by Shane Nicholson and Allison Forbes except for Shane Reilly, The Weeping Willows, Clare O’Meara and the terrific Tori Forsyth

Additional stuff by Jeff McCormack and Damien Cafarella.