Second Hand - Released 16th September, 2019 * Golden Guitar Finalist 'Vocal Collaboration of the Year' 2020 Queen of Boomtown - Released 1st September, 2017
* #21 ARIA Country Albums Chart * 'Long Listed' for the Australian Music Prize 2018 * Golden Guitar Finalist 'Alt. Country Album of the Year' 2018 * Age Music Victoria Awards Finalist 'Best Country Album' 2018 * Nominated for a Country Music Channel 'New Artist of the Year' award * Slaughterhouse Blues 'Honourable Mention' International Songwriting Competition * Slaughterhouse Blues 'Honourable Mention' Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition * Single "Let It Go" played on Triple M's 'Homegrown' program
First impressions aren’t always right. If you’ve been foolish enough to nail down the sound of acclaimed songwriter Gretta Ziller, then prepare to have the rug pulled out from under you. Queen of Boomtown, her stunning debut record, defies categorisation and demands repeated listens.
Ziller’s sound may bear the hallmarks of classic Americana music but its essence is far more diverse. The Melbourne songstress’ roots span jazz, blues, rock, pop and classical, and that eclectic musical upbringing is reflected in the varied tracks on this new collection.
“I didn’t want to make an album that sounded like anything in the Americana scene right now,” says Ziller. “I wanted my album to reflect the soundtrack of my childhood, yet sonically and lyrically sound like who I am now. I really wanted to push the boundaries of what country music, or Americana, alt-country – whatever you want to call it – can sound like. I didn’t want to fit neat and tidy into the country music box.”
Ziller brought together an impressive array of musicians to perform on Queen of Boomtown, the recordings featuring members of Saskwatch, The Cat Empire, and the bands of Angus & Julia Stone, Passenger and Dan Sultan. Accomplished songwriter Jen Mize provides backing vocals while Henry Wagons appears as a guest on ‘Round and Round’.
Recorded at Woodstock Studios, Balaclava, the album was produced by New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Paul Ruske. “Working with Paul was the most amazing experience,” Ziller recalls. “Not only is he such a beautiful person and talented musician, but he understood me and what I wanted with this record.”
Ziller and Ruske’s combined desire to break the country mould paid off. There’s certainly some classic country influence in the gorgeous production of ‘Jude’ and ‘Go On’, but that vanishes quickly on the rock stomper ‘Let it Go’ or the sparse, aching piano ballad ‘This is Gonna Hurt’ and the sultry ‘Whisky Shivers’. Written over an almost six-year period, this collection covers vast emotional territory.
No matter the mood, Ziller demonstrates an assured sense of melody, building on the promise of ear-catching 2014 EP Hell’s Half Acre. ‘Round and Round’ feels like an instant classic, echoing of the great duets from Cash and Carter to Cave and Harvey.
For Ziller, the songs are often inspired by emotions rather than common trials and autobiographical tribulations. “I approach my songwriting a little bit like a bower bird,” the songwriter explains. “I am a collector of ideas and thoughts. The Notes app in my phone is full of one liners and song ideas. I don’t write specifically about every day stuff in my life, I tend to take an idea or emotion about something that is relevant or emotionally attractive to me and roll with it.”
Queen of Boomtown is threaded with a gentle fatalism, each song conveying an acceptance of the way things are and an openness to shifting circumstance. “I draw on the emotion of needing change a lot when I write, I’m a person that likes and craves change,” Ziller explains. “‘Let It Go’ is about being who you are in the moment and not holding onto worries, ‘Slaughterhouse Blues’ is all about wanting something different, ‘Alright With Me’ is about accepting that someone loves you for how wonderfully imperfect you are, and ‘This Is Gonna Hurt’ is about the pain and regret of a breakup.”
While the album title might appear to be big-noting, one listen to title track ‘Queen of Boomtown’ and its self-deprecating context becomes apparent. Ziller’s radiant tune paints a picture of isolation, standing tall in a metaphorically abandoned town. “Picking this song as the title was tough for me because at first glance it may come across as me thinking I’m the ‘top of the pile’,” Ziller explains. “But, in fact, the song is the opposite. I guess that’s what I wanted my album to sound like … people may think it’s going to be like my EP – maybe more country – but it’s not. First impressions aren’t always right.”
Shannon Noll has become a legend, a meme, an everyday hero and a county boy who stands by his word and convictions. He is also a proven Australian music icon.
His social media numbers alone prove what an influencer he has become in Australia!
His rise to fame as the first runner-up of the first Australian Idol series in 2003 changed his life from farm hand in Condobolin forever. Certified triple-platinum sales, number #1 hits, five top 10 albums, has 17 platinum and three gold accreditations, and boasts a reputation as the only Australian male artist in national chart history to have ever achieved ten consecutive top ten singles.
Three-time Golden Guitar nominee, Jayne Denham is one of Australia's most admired and sought-after country performers. Her impressive and relentlessly energetic live shows have earned her countless opportunities; from performing for VIP crowds at Keith Urban's Sydney shows and playing all of the major Australian country music festivals including CMC Rocks, Deni Ute Muster, Gympie Music Muster, and the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Her single Better Make It A Double is currently on high-rotation on Kix Country. Hung Up On You, Her duet with Troy Kemp had over 1 million plays on Spotify and Golden Guitar nominated
Music seems to be a part of Kasey Chambers DNA, with 12 award winning albums under her belt since the release of The Captain in 1999, Kasey’s brilliant song writing, and world-class performance have earned her a rightful position on the global country artist stage. Often described as a genre-defying singer and songwriter, she wears the honesty of country music on her sleeve and has become one of the most popular and acclaimed artists of her generation in Australia while winning a devoted cult following in the rest of the world. In 2018 Kasey’s exceptional career was honoured by being the youngest female ever to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Kasey and her band will play all of her much-loved songs from ‘The Captain’ and ‘Barricades & Brickwalls’ all the way through her career to now, in a very special festival performance not to be missed.ent of an Order of Australia Medal and was named the 2008 Australian of the Year.
Darlinghurst have performed all over the country; from the Gympie Music Muster to the Deni Ute Muster; from Gold Coast’s Groundwater Country Music Festival to Broome’s Rhythm & Ride Festival; and also supported a wide variety of established artists including The Wolfe Brothers, Shannon Noll and Thirsty Merc. Whatever and wherever they perform, Darlinghurst are quickly establishing themselves as a must see act in Australian country music, having previously had three top five singles on TMN Country chart, including #1 for seven weeks. Their new, and fourth single “Gotta Go Radio” has slammed into the charts at #3 on the third week in, as well as a debut of #80 and counting on the Nashville based Front Row Country Music chart.
Shane Nicholson inhabits a rare space in the music industry: songwriter, recording artist, producer/engineer, multiinstrumentalist, guitar pedal builder, whiskey-enthusiast, motorcycle-lover, and musical mentor. Shane has received three ARIA awards – most recently for his solo album Hell Breaks Loose in 2015 and for his hit collaborations with Kasey Chambers - Rattlin’ Bones and Wreck and Ruin. He has also won 10 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards, including 2018 Male Artist of the Year, and an APRA award. "Nicholson's is a uniquely compelling voice in Australian songwriting – it lives and breathes in the songsmith's singular melodies, crooked humour, and short, pithy lines gently delivered." Rolling Stone Magazine "One of the country's finest songwriters" Rhythms Magazine “I have real admiration for Shane Nicholson's musical sensibilities; I felt honoured to have a hand in the making of One Big Mess." Rodney Crowell “Shane Nicholson doesn't fool me with his tough guy exterior and his refusal to smile in photographs, the guy is a marshmallow, a poet, a genius. This album is a game changer, his best yet, it'll get into bits of you that you didn't know you had. Also, this album makes me weep. Bastard.” Beccy Cole “He paints pictures, he sets the scenes, and he takes me to special places in my imagination.” Russell Morris Shane will release the follow up to his highly acclaimed Love And Blood on Lost Highway / Universal Music Australia in 2021.
Raised on the muddy banks of Echuca’s Murray River, songwriter Gareth Leach
draws inspiration from the introspective and reflective lyrical concepts of
his outlaw heroes, tinged with guitar-riff driven hooks that have remained
in his blood since he was a young kid growing up with a background in punk-rock.
In other words Gareth writes, performs and delivers country music with attitude.
That should be Attitude with a big arse capital A.
But don’t think for a moment that Gareth hasn’t absorbed the nuances, emotion
and craft of the very finest in country music.
As record producer/engineer with diverse tastes and influences, Gareth has also
collaborated with musicians from the rock, country, folk, punk and pop industries
to further refine and realise the ideas of the songwriter.
Gareth’s debut single “Freeway Lines”, from his self-produced debut EP Settle Like Stones (2016), peaked at No.10 on Australian Country Radio. Then 2017 was a year of touring and new music, with 2018 marking his return with debut full length album, Death & Taxes, released in September of that year. “Turn Back Jimmy Creek”, the first single from the debuted at No. 4 on iTunes, was added to the A-List Americana Playlist and Aussie Country Playlists, CMC programming and charted on across the country, most notably topping Australian Country Radio charts at No. 1 and remaining in the top 10 for over 2 months. The title track and third singles were also added to the Apple Music Americana A-List Playlist and CMC programming, with the album debuting at No.3 on the iTunes Country Charts, and saw to Gareth and his band being invited headline the day-stage at 2019’s Deni Ute Muster.
So far the unpredictable year that is 2020 has seen Gareth perform on the main-stage at the Tamworth Country Music Festival for Americana in the Park and the Mornington Country Music Festival.
It has also been a year that has featured the release of his first 7" AA side vinyl singles "Down The Rabbit Hole / Old Crow Feather" both songs gaining strong airplay nationwide on ABC Country, and Top 10 charting on the AMRAP Regional and iTunes Charts.
His duet "My Crime" with Michaela Jenke followed in May. To further consolidate Gareth’s position in contemporary country music he released the iTunes music, iTunes music video and AMRAP Metro chart topping #1 single; “Honey”.
Now, the hard-hitting Australian outlaw country singer/songwriter has returned to tackle tough subject matter with his self-produced and engineered sophomore album, Trigger, released on September 4, debuting at #2 on the iTunes Country and #4 Overall charts and #2 on the Official Australian ARIA Country Charts.
Introspective lyrics and a powerful vocal performance are met with traditional folk and country instrumentation across this exceptional album, featuring guest performances from Ewen Baker (Shane Howard Trio) and Aussie bluegrass legend and Golden Guitar slinger, Hamish Davidson.
Gareth Leach is at the forefront of contemporary country music in Australia. He’s a performer and songwriter who understands and respects the tradition, whist giving it a contemporary edge. Listen to him.
Twin talents ensure Bo’Ness success
Although only 16 years old, Bo’Ness members Callum and Jackson McPartlane
have achieved more than what most artists twice their age only dream of,
opening for artists of the calibre of John Farnham, Reece Mastin, Adam Brand,
and Amber Lawrence and playing One Electric Day.
There is little better than sibling harmonies, and Bo’Ness, has them in spades, supported by strong musical, songwriting and storytelling talent.
The Mornington Peninsula singer-songwriters get their inspiration from everyday life, their many experiences, and their take on the world around them, with themes that are far deeper and mature than you may expect from their young ages.
Bo’Ness derives its name from their grandmother’s hometown in Scotland.
Their raw talent has been honed by growing up around music, with both their parents involved in the music business and Adam Brand being their godfather, giving them a firm grounding in all things country music.
They are also graduates of the 2019 CMAA Academy of Country Music where they studied with artists including former Toyota Star Maker Mickey Pye who was their group leader, and other award-winning artists David Carter, Fanny Lumsden, Simon Johnson, Lyn Bowtell, Roger Corbett, and Amber Lawrence.
Bo’Ness is not only here to make music and entertain, but also to spread their strong ethics and messages of an anti-bullying, action against domestic violence, and to simply ‘Be Kind’.
Callum and Jackson are ambassadors for Kind Is Cool, which is an anti-bullying movement that marks Be Kind Day each year, and the twins are also affiliated with 1800Respect, which is a sexual assault and domestic and family violence counselling service.
Bo’Ness’ debut single, We Don’t Need This Town, was written from their experiences escaping domestic violence with their mum and brother.
The single is released on April 20, with a b-side track to be released on April 30, and a big year ahead for these Mornington Peninsula teenagers.