I have been a long time fan of Katie’s – on and off the record. She has one of those voices that you know it is her and it could be no one else. She puts 100 percent into every song and every line that she writes. There is a lot of heart and soul in what Katie produces.
Making Believe has that wonderful 60’s guitar vibe and her voice just meanders through the song like you are floating down a river on a sunny day.
Home has an easy rhythm and it builds to bring it home (pardon the pun.)
Wedding Ring is one of the finest songs that I have heard this year. I have already said that in several posts and when I reviewed it in The Single Life. It is just stunning, hauntingly beautiful and has great depth.
You only come to see me in the dark – what a catchy (gently) tune. Nice guitar work, too. I love this one. Sad but somehow beautiful.
Boots was a surprise hit you in the face first single. There is a lot of 60’s feeling about this album. Maybe she is just a very young looking person in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s like the rest of us. It is very different to the usual Katie Brianna song but I like it. It is one of those songs that grows on you, the more that you play it.
To the bottom of the drink – Not a happy song, but what Katie does best…..those dark songs.
Win/lose – This has that 60’s feel too. Dusty Springfield would have done a great job of this. It is a beauty. I couldn’t help swaying to it. It is one of those songs where you wave your arms from side to side. Love it.
Running disaster – a Beatlesque catchy riff to start with in a more up tempo song. Toes are tapping, Air guitar is out. Not a happy story but a happy tune. Love it.
Birds – A rare cover from Katie, she doesn’t do many. This one is from Neil Young. The song fits Katie’s style, in fact, she often reminds me of a female Neil Young…..if you can imagine that.
With a fine line up of musos and involvement from long time pals, Adam Young, Michael Carpenter and Mickey Blue Eyes (Michael Roberts), this long awaited EEP (more than 4 tracks less than 10) from Katie Brianna is pretty special. It also has one of my favourite guys on it, James Gillard, who can do no wrong! A beautifully produced album from Adam Young and it will be on high rotation. I love every song. Onya, kid.
You only come to see me in the dark
To the bottom of the drink
All songs by Katie Brianna Garfoot, except for Birds by Neil Young.
Produced by Adam Young
Recorded by Tim Whitten and Simon Berekelman, mixed by Tim Whitten,
Extra recordings by Michael Carpenter and Michael Roberts
There is not much information available on this album, but it has just been released. If you like your country, rocking, then this is the album for you. The very fine single, Last Back Road, has done very well on the charts. It has been heading towards the Shower song prize at the Kazzies this year, though it does have some competition!
Expo ’88 features Kazzie award winner, Glenn Bidmead and it is a bit more of the softer country rock, a bit like old Keith Urban style. It is a good road song.
AC/DC meets Brian Cadd in the next song. It will get you on your feet and it will get you stomping – Whole Lotta Honey.
Everything I want is more Travis Trittish, with some drums. He can sure belt out a tune.
Songs about love is about songs about love…..honestly. Listening to them and singing them for a purpose. It is bittersweet.
Big Deal is Country Blues and it is another one for the dance floor and the air guitar.
Doesn’t get any better – a cool riff to start with. It is a rocking country song….in the style of Drew and Troy.
The Whiskey – and there it is. Now this song is as country as it comes. Sitting on a barstool, a leaving, hurting song. My favourite, for obvious reasons. Quotes a famous Marty/Travis song too.
Getaway Sticks – I must admit that the title of this song drew my attention first. My curiosity wondered what Getaway Sticks meant. I must admit that even after a few plays, I am still trying to work out what Getaway Sticks means….legs? A good rocking song, though. Maybe it is because I don’t have legs and because I am a ‘country chick’. I might have to get Dax to explain that to me!
Let’s Get Dirty – I get the hint that this isn’t about riding a horse through mud, but maybe a four wheel drive, or something else entirely. A few double entendres in this song! I’ll leave it to you.
Dax has his hand in a few pies and they are just about all about music. Interestingly, especially in these times, he is based in China, though he is from Australia. This is an intriguing album. There are some really exceptionally good tracks on it and I will be interested to hear what this journeyman comes up with next.
I read an article where they wrote that Rae’s songs are written out of situations of sadness and provide hope and a way out of that sadness. I guess that it is a pretty accurate description. If you were to classify Rae Leigh’s music, it would be leaning towards country pop, though the interestingly titled I Don’t Wanna be Sober (the addiction being love, here), is probably more country power ballad. Dancing on the Moon is probably the most ‘country sounding’ song on the EEP, with some nice twangy guitars and it is a light love song.
Her voice is quite high, which is associated more with other forms of music, but there is definitely a country thread through her music, even if she is probably more of a pop artist. The keys inspired song, All of Me, is most likely the song that shows off that high voice best. A beautiful song.
You’re Perfect is definitely more poppy. Good music is good music. Worth a listen for the vocal gymnastics and some interesting lyrics. It will bring the young ones to the fore.
Most of the songs are happy sounding and quite lively, despite the content being a bit sad. That is a skill in itself.
This album is going to be released on April Fools’ Day, but these two Aussie Country Music legends are far from fools. Usually, Lindsay is looking after everyone else or doing his instrumental albums. Allan has had a hand in most of the 94 types of Country Music, even to the point of being involved in a rap number last year!
Why Lynchburg? As Allan explains, that is where Whiskey comes from! To my knowledge, there has never been a Caswell album that does not contain Whiskey, Beer, Bourbon, wine or tequila, and sometimes there is even a coffee. He is rather partial to a drop of liquid.
Cleverly, I think that this album has at least one song for each of the Golden Guitar Awards’ categories, and certainly it covers the Kazzies too, which I think, at this point, Allan has won the most of over the years.
This is a wonderful collaboration. It has some not too shabby co-stars as well, including two of my fave gals, Jen Mize and Allison Forbes (in a long awaited and surprise duo with Allan). Also surprising is Lindsay singing! Woo Hoo. When I saw the title of that song, my mind turned to Luke Austen, thinking that he may have made a guest appearance, not thinking that Lindsay would sing. What a job he does of it too.
Look at the list of musos on this album, including our little mate, Pixie, Brendan Radford (one of many talented Brendans in this country), Michel, Hughie and Glenn. Pretty much the cream of the crop, there.
The single, Just Get Better, is the first track on the album and it is the first single. Like a fine wine, Caswell gets better with each year. Lindsay is doing the same, involved in more musicians’ lives and music and he is currently on a roll with releasing singles off his own instrumental album.
The Reason that I’m gone has some familiar lines from some famous songs, intertwined with some clever words from Caswell and some sweet fiddle playing. Allan tends to take an ordinary situation and makes it sound original.
Love you when I can does what I Do did on Allan’s last album. It has some lines in it which are classics. I guess it is a muso’s lot to be on the road a lot (usually) and you have to grab the moments. Top song.
Obviously, being a Lindsay produced album and with him being a major instrumentalist, the songs probably have more ‘incidental music’ which bridges the verses, almost like a chorus. It is unique having an instrumentalist and a singer doing a duo album. It works.
Heartbreak Express is a bit more uptempo for Allan, and it definitely has a train beat. (all my mates put a train song in for me! Ha!). You can hear Mizey in there. It almost sounds like Allan doing an Elvis! It will have your hands clapping and your feet tapping. I bet that they had fun in the studio doing this one.
Sometimes if I drink is a bottler….excuse the pun. This is a song that I am sure that a lot of people can relate too. It is pretty much all the stages of drinking. There is more than one type of drinking situation. It is classic Caswell. It is a song that most would wish that they had written.
Next Broken Heart – As I mentioned earlier, this is a long awaited duet between two of my favourite people. When I first heard it, I had no idea it was Allison. Then I looked at the credits that Allan and Lindsay sent me and I thought, OMG. It is not the type of song that Allison usually sings, well, not the style. She sounds totally different. This song is Kazzie bound (as if there was any doubt). Another string to my Tamworth Sister’s bow. How amazing. Well done you two!
Youngie, as I mentioned earlier, is Lindsay actually taking to the mic! He does a great job, singing about Brian Young, a legendary touring country muso who did a lot for young (excuse the pun) musos. A lot of people have paid tribute to Brian and they should, a definite Aussie Country Music treasure. Good job, Lindsay.
We Can’t Say Goodbye – This has a fifties feel. It is essentially a love song/breakup song. Allan at his mellowest.
That’s why people dance – Tempo lifted from the last song, it is a honky tonk bar song, or more accurately, Texas swing. It will get people up on the floor for sure.
Cuervo puts Lindsay back in his comfort zone. This is an instrumental and no doubt Jen Mize was handing out the Cuervo in the studio! The song puts you in a relaxed mood like the Cuervo does.
Drinking to forget you – A drinking, hurting, heartbreak song. How country can you get?
Black Jack Blues Again is one of my favourites on the album. I am usually mainly a words person but the melody here is very cool too. Some very top notch playing on this song.
Guilty as charged – is the last track on the album. It almost takes you into the old west, mixed with a murder ballad (all of that hanging around with The Willows and The Wildes).
The songs are a great combination of instrumental expertise and slick lyrics, which is what you would expect from Lindsay and Allan. They are a wonderful team and I hope that we hear more of them together.
How Country Do You Want It? Well, really, you can’t get more country than this. It has all of the ingredients of a country album and covers most of the good 94 types of country music. Allan invented one of those types “temporary country”. It certainly doesn’t reside on this album. Well done Sir Allan and Lord Lindsay, you have done Aussie Country Music proud again.
Lead vocals, backing vocals and acoustic guitar
Electric, acoustic, nylon string and baritone guitars, mandolin, lap steel, dobro, banjo, bass, drums, percussion and lead vocals on Youngie
I think that it is safe to say that this is Troy’s grittiest album. While he has always been honest and down to earth in his music and in his life, this is as honest and as down to earth as you can get. Looking at the cover of the album, he looks a bit sad and he looks like he is reflecting. He is wearing a Rock and Roll tshirt, which could be a nod to some of the co-contributors on this album, Ian Moss, Don Walker, Kevin Bennett, Shane Howard, Paul Kelly and co. It is probably Troy’s most diverse album as far as styles go. He is as country as mud pies and climbing trees, but there are songs which are beefed up, bluesed up and rocked out as well. Matt Fell is at the helm, which is always a good thing, but for one of Australia’s favourite sons, Troy paints his own picture here. This is his 11th studio album and even though they are all personal, this is probably his most revealing.
Like all of us, he had a tough 2020. As a muso, he couldn’t go out and play and provide for his family. He was dealing with the loss of his father from the year before who died of suicide. He was having some other problems even closer to home, so it was an extra tough time.
Troy had some demons to face and get rid of and get back in the saddle. Some of these songs are about family members, friends but ultimately, they are about Troy’s world and a lot of the stuff that we all go through.
There are some political messages and some obvious references to his indigenous background and a call for us to all get along. An invitation from Peter Garrett also influenced some of this.
The title track is one of my favourites, and it could be an anthem for the past year. There are some general thoughts in this song and some reflections on a black man in America who was killed brutally by a policeman.
I don’t have the credits to this album, as I still haven’t received my hard copy, so I am only going by my own ears and a few notes that I have found.
Despite the fact that there are some difficult subjects tackled on this album, there are also some love songs and a lot of songs that hold out hope. Troy hasn’t sugar coated anything on this album, it is all there for the world to see and it was no doubt very therapeutic.
I remember when I read his book, there were things that I didn’t expect. He often comes off as the Vince Gill of Australian Country Music, and that is true in many ways, but there is just as much of Johnny Cash and Charley Pride there too. Of course, Merle Haggard has a lot to answer for too, and there is more than a bit of Haggard in these songs.
Broken Hearts can fly, My Heart Still burns for you, the stunning single, Back on Country, are awesome songs. Every song is different in its style and its message. It is an album to listen to with a box of tissues, but not because it is soppy, because it is so real and so easy to relate to and understand.
There are a few language warnings here, though the words are used appropriately and not in places where you could say ‘golly gosh’. They add to the honesty to the album.
Most albums only take one spin to understand and to take in. This takes a few more because there are a few layers to it and a lot to absorb. I first listened to it raw, not knowing the stories behind them. I heard about a video where Troy describes each song and I may look at that sometime, but I don’t like to copy, I like to be original in my interpretation.
Troy is one of my heroes. I have met him a few times and I have had some special fan moments with him. He’s the real deal. There has never been a more heroic effort from him on an album than there is on this one. It is not something that a lot of folks could do, this is warts and all, This is very brave.
How you fall probably sums up a strong emotion on this album -, can you show me how to get up, it doesn’t matter how you fall down. Troy has stood up and he is off and running again.
It has been a hard few years. There are a lot of lessons on this album, and there is a lot of hope between the lines. It is a very different TCD album in many ways, but it is also a very incredible one.
I hear my river is an amazing way to end this album. It ties it all together and it is the ultimate story telling song, especially from a proud Aboriginal man.
There are lot of great Australian Country Music artists, and I have the great pleasure in calling a lot of them my friends or at least, heroes. Which reminds me of a Randy Travis classic, Heroes and Friends, which I reckon that our Dean would do great justice with.
Dean writes and sings about heroes and friends. He writes about the people that he knows and the country that he loves. There is no veneer with Deano, what you see, is what you get, an honest to goodness, fair dinkum Aussie bloke. He works the land that he sings about.
It took me a long while to appreciate bush ballads. I have always been a counry folk/country ballad/ alt. country/country blues gal. I love this country and its people, but bush ballads were more of my Dad’s thing. Dean made me appreciate the style first, and others have since made me sit up and listen and truly take in the genre.
Dean sings these songs from the heart, he plays them with dirt still on his hands. He doesn’t write or co-write all of them, he often throws in a curve ball, a traditional song and sometimes an American Classic. He loves a duet or two and he sings about us and all that we are, as well as all that he is.
The album starts off with the Golden Guitar winning Six Decks to Darwin. It is an up tempo song to begin with. Dean is no stranger to the GGs or the PGs for that matter. (Purple guitars, The Kazzies). I don’t think that he writes these songs for that purpose, he is more of an artist who wants to tell the stories of our country and whatever happens is the cherry on the top.
Secrets from the Saddle is one of my favourite songs on the album. It is a poem, really. I like Dean’s horse stories, he tends to do them best. It is obvious from this and past albums that he has a pretty close relationship with horses and a strong connection with them and their history.
My Fire – I think when I imagine a bush ballad, or just being in the bush, I often think of a fire and a billy boiling and sitting around that fire with mates – old and new, singing songs and telling yarns. This basically paints that picture. It is co-written with Troy, and you can tell.
Clifton Hills – You can’t get much more Australian than this song. It is an “oasis in a desert land” – you can see the dust kicking up, the cattle running, Birdsville Track near by.
From the outback in the last song, we go to Out on the Pier – fishing, tides, and lazy days are a far cry from hard work in the outback of Australia. A Sunday arvo chilling out song. Penned by that fella who lived down Cronulla way and now in Nashville -Stuie French – it is no surprise!
Another Jack Mount Whip – This is a song for my Dad to relate to. He knows all about this stuff. It is something different to write about, and a contentious product with some people. If you are a stockman, you need one, they have multiple purposes.
Old Hotel is a song with Troy. It is a fun, simple song which most of us Aussies can relate to. We all know these kinds of people in the country. Some nice harp in this one.
His last cattle drive – This is a standout song for me. I always like songs about old soldiers. This one is ironic, because it is about a soldier who survived a war but not a flood. Quite often this happened to Aussies, and still does, for various reasons and in various circumstances, where they survive so much in war and then something happens when they get home and they are gone.
A Fortunate Son – a proud Australian song, but not just because of the circumstances of the man himself, but the way that Dean often incorporates birds and animals of Australia into the songs. A song about the lucky country that we live in, but also about those who occupy it.
The Brinkworth Mob – The true story of a famous family.
Let’s Pretend – a lovely duet with Sharon White. It is a nice old fashioned ballad. Some nice fiddles and harmonies.
The Ballad of Black Caviar is the song of one of Australia’s favourite race horses. The horse was retired early and undefeated.
That’s his beer there on the bar – I thought at first that this was an Allan Caswell song, but Luke Austen had a hand in this instead and he has a similar style, probably from all of those years with Brian Young. It is a real bushy, storytelling song. A simple song which is catchy and the crowds will be singing the bridge.
The song the Hobble Chains sang – Deano has made me consult dictionaries and Google a few times on this album…..and I am a farm girl. A song about something that rarely exists now. I will let you google it too.
Long Black Train is one of my favourite country songs, by American, Josh Turner ( a young fella who is keeping traditional country music alive over there). I also love train songs, as most know, but of course, this is more than a train song. Great job, Deano.
Appalachian Mountain Girl – This Alan Jackson song is one of those that make me think that Deano is so suited to Bluegrass. I have heard him sing a few and he has appeared on Kristy Cox’s gigs in Tamworth, but I reckon that he needs to sing more of these, he does a beaut job.
Thank you for being my friend – No, even though Dean is a Golden Boy, it is not the Golden Girls theme song! It is a lovely campfire song. It is sad but a beautiful song.
Another winner from Deano. He is as Australian as you will get, and he’ll always be the real deal to me.
01 – Six Decks to Darwin 02 – Secrets from the saddle 03 – My Fire 04 – Clifton Hills 05 – Out on the Pier 06 – Another Jack Mount Whip 07 – Old Hotel (Duet with Troy Cassar – Daley) 08 – His Last Cattle Drive 09 – A Fortunate Son 10 – The Brinkworth Mob 11 – Let’s Pretend (Duet with Sharon White) 12 – The Ballad of Black Caviar 13 – That’s his Beer there on the Bar 14 – The Song the Hobble Chains Sang 15 – Long Black Train 16 – Appalachian Mountain Girl 17 – Thank you for being my Friend
It is no secret to anybody who follows my posts, that I adore Michael Carpenter and everything that he does….and he does a lot. People often ask me when do I stop, I think that Michael beats me by a country mile (pun intended). He has his hand in so many projects, so many bands and he is active on both sides of a guitar. They are all so different too.
I think that limiting this album to the tag of Honky Tonk, it doesn’t really say all that it is. The Banks brothers are amazing on their own, teaming up with Michael just makes them even better. This is an awesome album. The songs are all terrific, and yes, while it does lend itself to that Honky Tonk sound in part, there are elements of some of the other 93 types of country music too.
This is essentially, a fun album. It has all the elements of what country is about, drinking songs, love, loss, roads, miles, honky tonking and heartache, but it is upbeat. The first song gets you in the mood. Honky Tonker has some great twang. Blue Side of Love brings the tone down a bit and it is one of my faves on the album, but the world knows how I love a sad song.
Gravel at the crossroads is bordering on rockabilly. I think it is a bit of a distant cousin to True Love Travels on a Gravel Road….maybe a grandson to it….
There is a fair bit of pickin’ on These Arms. It has that Mountain music feel. Some fine playin’ there boys.
Lay my bones to rest is down in a swamp music. I can see a blue and black film with some mist and rowing down a river. It gets a bit bluesy and soulful too. A rippa of a song.
Brothers is just some fine pickin’. Yee Haa! Hot footin’ and dosey doe. Did your fingers fall off after that one, boys!
Me and You and the Other Guy is a real Kaz song. You can’t get more country than this. I am still not sure who ends up with whom, will have to give it one more listen….but it doesn’t matter, I am sure it worked out. Nice job, Lozz.
There’s no one like you is Michael Carpenter all over. It is Tamworth bound.
The Lonely Rider has us heading for the hills and burning daylight. We just have to track down Clint Eastwood.
I’ll bet she isn’t writing songs about me – is a bit of a twist, it is usually what the girl wonders about the guy. Cool song, terrific beat.
100 miles to go is a good way to end an album. It almost has a Beatles backbeat. It will get them on the dance floor for one last dig. Dwight would sing it too.
This is a beaut album. It has all the right ingredients and just the right amount of each.
Zane Banks – Lead Guitar, Banjo and Vocals Jy-Perry Banks – Pedal Steel, Dobro Michael Carpenter – Drums, Basses, Rhythm Guitars, Keys, Vocals
Lozz Benson – Vocals on “Me and You and The Other Guy” Luke Moller – fiddle on “Honky Tonker”
Produced, engineered and mixed by Michael Carpenter at Love Hz Studios
Mastered by Rick O’Neil at Turtlerock
All songs by Michael Carpenter except “Blue Side Of Love”, “Lay My Bones to Rest” and “The Lonely Rider” by Zane Banks, “Brothers” by Michael Carpenter and The Banks Brothers and “I’ll Bet She Isn’t Writing Songs About Me” by Michael Carpenter and Dani Young
Michael Carpenter published by Origin Music Publishing
Artwork by MC Photos by Lyn Taylor Logo by Peta Caswell at Talk ink
Loretta will be 89 next month (April). It is hard to believe as you listen to her punching out these songs with all the vim an vinegar that she did when she was much younger. There are some familiar tracks here done with a new twist or with some friends. There are also some songs that you may not know.
The next generation has a hand in this as Loretta’s daughter, Patsy (named after you know who) and John Carter Cash (son of Johnny and June) have produced it.
Like many from my generation, I did not really have a full appreciation of Loretta and her music until the movie with Sissy Spacek came out and we grew to understand the words from the songs and the stories behind them. My Dad had Loretta albums and I used to ham them up, but things are different now.
Reba and Carrie help out on the wonderful title track, and Margo Price helps out on the classic One’s on the way. One of my favourite singers, Tanya Tucker, helps out on the last track, You Ain’t Woman Enough, a classic of Loretta’s.
Interestingly, Loretta recites Coalminer’s Daughter (which is my personal favourite Loretta song). It was different hearing it recited. It made it feel more like a poem than a much loved song.
Where no one stands alone is one of my favourites on this album, and one which I should know, but I don’t. I am guessing that it is an old time song, it has that earthy, original quality.
There are some classics here, not all Loretta’s, there are some traditional songs and there are those that we have all sung at singalongs.
A trad album without a Hank song is probably not worthy of calling it a trad album. I saw the light is a good fit for Loretta and her style. Keep on the Sunny Side by A.P. Carter and Old Kentucky Home keep that vibe going.
My love is a beautiful song by Loretta, and not one that I have heard before. Loretta’s voice is quite stunning on this one.
Loretta said it like it was long before it was fashionable. Sometimes, she had an agenda, other times it just fell out of her. That hasn’t changed.
One minute you are cheering, the next minute you are singing along like you would in church, other times you are tapping your toes and shifting your shoulders. Loretta knows how to appeal to a broad audience. Each of the women who work with her on this album are from a different generation and they have all stood their ground, musically and in life.
She’s not far off 90 now, but as the line goes in Still Woman Enough: it’s not your age, it’s your state of mind. Loretta has definitely still got ‘it’.
A grand album of classic songs and soon to be classics.
Another variety of songs this week. First up is High Country Snows from Kevin Sullivan and Bill Chambers. No surprise with this song, you would expect a good story from these two and you get it. You almost feel like you are riding a horse through the familiar country from Australian Films and mini series. It is a rollicking yarn in a traditional ballad style. They are a good team, these two.
Shane Nicholson takes us on a nostalgic journey with Harvest on Vinyl. Of course, the song refers to Neil Young’s legendary Harvest, but it is more than a song about a record. It is a stirring up of memories, a lot that we can relate to. Another gem from Shaneo, hopefully there is an album coming soon so that we have Shane on vinyl too.
I’ve never been backwards in coming forwards about my admiration for Gretta Ziller. I love every song that she releases and I love her EPs and her album too. The much awaited album is coming in the near future, but in the meantime, Gretta is releasing a few singles first. Fan the Fire is her latest, and it is quite a powerful song, All Gretta’s songs have meaning, but I think that this one is the most anthemic sounding of her songs. It is almost like a stand up and fight song. It crosses a few kinds of music. I often think that Gretta’s unique sound comes from such a mixed background – opera, bagpipes, country, folk, – calling her alternative is apt. She has one of the best voices in the business and her songwriting talents are always strong and en pointe.
Brad Cox, to me, is one of the best young singers in this country. He has such a big beautiful voice and a big heart. His songs definitely project that soft and sensitive side. His latest, Beau in the Back, (Acoustic), is a rippa. Box of tissues needed.
Talking about a box of tissues, my dear pal, brother and one of the country music clan that I connect to the most, Michael Waugh, has released Dirty River. It focusses this time on his Melbourne home (thus the Yarra) and not his Maffra home. I have been to most of the places that Michael talks about, and sadly, even in another place, I have done some of those young, silly things that he mentions in the song that I guess most of us have done. Michael writes the story of our lives, not just his and we love him for it. An artist, a gifted writer and a painter of images that we all hold dear.
The reason that this blog post exists, Katie Jayne, has a number one on her hands. The Country pop song Drunk Dial will have your toes tapping.
Hayley Jensen is Just Gonna Party. We need some fun songs right now. Here is one for you. Hayley likes to mix it up with some slow stuff and some country pop. This is the latter. Time to have some fun, kids.