Warren Zevon is the songwriter’s songwriter. Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen have covered his songs. Linda Ronstadt had massive hits with “Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me” and “Carmelita”. Jackson Browne was his producer. He called David Letterman his greatest champion. His visible hits “Werewolves Of London” and “Lawyers, Guns & Money” and “Excitable Boy” barely scratched the surface of the lyric genius found on his albums.Read on for more info and show details…
Master Songwriter Charles Jenkins unveils new acoustic album ‘When I Was On The Moon’ & Australian tour dates!
Lauded Melbourne songwriter Charles Jenkins has released a surprise acoustic album, in a stripped-back style which highlights his exemplary lyricism.
The album ‘When I Was on the Moon’ features the ARIA-nominated songwriter at his most poignant, performing 10 new songs, solo, on a nylon string guitar.Read on for more info and show details…
Melbourne Artists Hudson Taylor & ConpleX Go From Nowhere to Number 1 on Triple J Unearthed!
Melbourne hip hop artist, Hudson Taylor and cowriter, Conor Ewing-Crellin, aka ConpleX, got a message this week from Triple J radio telling them their song, Right Way, was number one on this week’s Triple J Unearthed Hip Hop Top 100!
“This came out of nowhere,” Hudson says. “Last week, nothing – this week, there we are at number one, with some of our favourite artists in the top ten with us. Insane.”
Hudson is a 21 year old rapper/soul digger from Melbourne’s northern suburbs who started writing his own rap lyrics at the age of 14. Growing up in a strict Christian family, he was only allowed to listen to Gospel music, “I wasnt even allowed to watch The Simpsons, but one day a friend from my grade three class gave me a CD which was 50 cent ‘In Da Club’ and I’ve been hooked ever since. No cure, right?”
Hudson’s style varies from RnB, Trap and 90’s Boom Bap, but he follows the beat wherever his heart and soul take him, “ I try not to get too caught up in one particular style because i pride myself on my versatility.” Hudson said. He performs with his collective ‘DrankWater’ in collaboration with Conor Ewing-Crellin, who raps under the name ConpleX, who is also the co-writer and performer on Right Way.
ConpleX is a 22 year old singer/songwriter from inner North Melbourne who started rapping at the age of sixteen. His inspirations are Retchy P, E40, GoldLink, Big L and RedMan. Like Hudson, his style is old school and trap. He started DrankWater two years ago with his mate Syd-G with a view to “be able to collaborate with mates and create a new wave in the Aussie Hip Hop and so that we can record and perform, it’s just what we love to do,”
“Once I heard the hook Hudson made I came back with the lyrics for my verse in about 20 minutes. Sometimes you just feel it.” Ewing-Crellin said. Right Way also features UK rapper Rydah and was produced by LeinadBeats, which was then mixed and mastered by Adrian Swish.
“This track was recorded at a friend’s house at a total cost of zero dollars, which worked for us as we’re all broke! I mean, we all do shifts as rubbish removalists and Hudson is homeless at the moment and couch surfing between the houses of the other three ‘DrankWater’ members, but we got it done. I kinda feel like we went from the rubbish bin to the top of the heap this week, thanks to Triple J.”
Hudson’s E.P “Hit A Lick” is out on all platforms.
ConpleX – https://soundcloud.com/therealconplex
LAUNCH GIG DETAILS TBC – Watch This Space!
Sharon Shannon (Ireland) releases new single ‘The Machine’ ahead of Australian Tour Dates
The Machine is a song that Sharon first heard sung by Alyra Rose at Acoma Indian Reservation in New Mexico. The lyric and sentiment of the song had a big impact on Sharon. (Alyra and her father were also very involved with the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Three Forks Reservation in North Dakota.)
Sharon’s album was already titled Sacred Earth, so the inclusion of the song on the album was a natural fit. Sharon worked on the song with Alyra and engineer Craig Mulvagh and brought in Susan O Neill on vocals and trumpet, resulting in a trad Irish/ hip hop/ rap hybrid with an important message. Read on for more info and show details…
Mary Coughlan (Ireland) – Live and Kicking Australian Tour
Mary Coughlan is live and kicking and coming to Australia for dates in February and March 2019 and bringing her most recent album ‘Live And Kicking’ with her!
Mary is arguably one of Ireland’s greatest female jazz and blues singers, a true artist who has carved out a timeless and highly regarded career and a legion of devoted fans worldwide. Described as “Ireland’s Billie Holiday” Mary has overcome childhood trauma, alcoholism & drug addiction to become a musical force like no other. “Her life story gives weight to the truth that the best singers are the ones with the most painful lives.” — The GuardianRead on for more info and show details…
Eric Bibb & Band Australian Tour May 2019
A leading bluesman of his generation, two time Grammy-nominated Eric Bibb will take to the stage with his sensational band for an evening of uplifting and inspiring folk and blues. Having previously wowed Australian audiences many times over the years, it will be an honour to welcome this fiery singer with true soul, gospel and folk roots, back to Australia.Read on for more info and show details…
Gaby Moreno – Australian Tour March 2019
Gaby Moreno is coming to Australia for a string of dates to sing her heart out for you!
A superb vocalist and uniquely gifted songwriter originally hailing from Guatemala, Gaby is an Emmy nominee and Latin Grammy winner who has released 4 solo records internationally. Her latest album Ilusión received a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. She has toured with Tracy Chapman, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Ani DiFranco, Punch Brothers, Milk Carton Kids and Calexico, and has shared stages with Bono, Andrea Bocelli and Van Dyke Parks.Read on for more info and show details…
Mental As Everything & Scarred For Life
Damon Smith has spent approximately 50,000 hours checking stoves and spinning in circles. Josh Belperio has had his boyfriend watch him pee into a bottle.
Together, they are a little bit scarred. And a little bit ‘mental’. And they are baring all of their imperfections – in a cabaret double-bill full of original songs and onstage buffoonery. Read on for more info and show details…
Connie Lansberg residency at Chinacy Bar & Restaurant
On the back of her sold out launch of Insomnious Volume 1 Connie Lansberg will be doing a residency at Chinacy Bar & Restaurant at 352 Chapel Street, South Yarra every Friday and Saturday night. Connie will be appearing with her quintet CLQ.
If you haven’t heard her lush new CD Insomnious Volume 1, it’s available from Bandcamp at https://tinyurl.com/ybbzbhuh.
Contact me for an interview or a review copy.
All India Radio releases ‘Space’
Earthlings & Others,
All India Radio aka Australian musician Martin Kennedy releases a new album ‘Space’. Dripping with atmospheric analogue synths and floaty vocals, the album takes its musical cues from David Lynch, Pink Floyd, Jean-Michel Jarre, Brian Eno, Stereolab and AIR.
The album artwork by veteran British artist David A Hardy was originally commissioned for Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of The Moon’ but missed out to the famous prism art. David A Hardy says, “It would give me pleasure to see that image on a record after all these years.”Read on for more info and show details…