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Jason Daniels – Dashboard Visions & Rearview Reflections

"There’s nothing like stepping off a Lear Jet and onto a Silver Eagle to impress a young, musically curious mind," says Jason Daniels, describing what it was like to visit with his Uncle George Richey and Aunt Tammy Wynette while she was on tour. Following the family tradition with his debut album “Dashboard Visions & Rearview Reflections,” Daniels offers up nine solo-penned songs plus one co-write, on a self-produced...
 
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Jackson Browne Tribute Highlights New Titles

An outstanding tribute to singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, the one-two punch of Queen guitarist Brian May and singer Kerry Ellis, and the solo debut from blues singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Wein make for some fine listening. Various artists: Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, more. Title: Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne (Music Road Records). You might like if you enjoy: Jackson Browne, Bruce...
 
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Ben & Ellen Harper - Childhood Home

Ben Harper's musical career definitely qualifies as one of the most varied in the music business. He's enjoyed success with rock, blues, and folk, among other styles. For his latest project, he teams up with the one person who likely knows him better than anyone else- his mother, Ellen. However, that being said...
 
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Ivy St – Courting

Picture a house on a suburban street in the inner-city. Out the back of the house is an old, asbestos riddled garage. Can you see it? In that garage are three young dudes pumping out some immense sounds. That street, friends, is called Ivy St. Whilst the house might be imaginary, the garage punk is mostly real. The three Hobartians from Ivy St are back with their second album Courting, this time by the way of Melbourne. After forming and fronting up an EP in 2008, the boys dropped...
 
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Hannah Aldridge - Razor Wire

What is the definition of Americana Music? In all my years of being in this business, I can't tell you a specific clear cut answer to that question. There are a lot of different styles that comprise the genre, but some of the best examples of "Americana" are sounds that you might have heard on Country Radio in a bygone...
 
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Legendary Artists Celebrated Via Captivating Collections

This week marks the release of new discs from iconic country singer Johnny Cash and prog-rock powerhouse Asia, as well as a reworking of many of Bob Dylan's best 1980s songs courtesy of a number of modern day artists. Artist: Johnny Cash Title: Out Among The Stars (Legacy Recordings/Sony Music) You might like if you enjoy: Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings. Tell me more: A collection of lost tracks recorded by the late Johnny Cash in the early 1980...
 
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Kelly Pettit - Every Sunrise

Kelly Pettit is one artist appearing to be making all the right moves. Kelly's past success from his 4th album FUEL launched him a large fan base by winning a $200,000 contest, song of the month awards, radio play and more. Guest appearances from old band member Cory Churko (Shania Twain, Kelly Clarkson musician) added a familiar sound their 3 piece had back in the day. This time, Kelly wanted to challenge himself more and thought Nashville might just be that key...
 
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Amaya Laucirica – Sway

It’s no secret that Australia is the epicentre of talented female vocalists, with the multitude of local talent that has come out of here recently – Gossling, Owl Eyes and Little May to name a few. In spite of this, I can’t help but feel like I’ve actually found some secret with Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Amaya Laucirica. Born in rural South Australia, Laucirica relocated to Sydney at 18 before settling down in Melbourne, where she put together a band and recorded her...
 
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Dan Miraldi – Devil At Our Heels

When you’re from a city like Cleveland, your pulse naturally quickens at the squeal of electric guitar. It’s no surprise, then, that Dan Miraldi, who calls “The Rock and Roll Capital of the World” home, is a rocker down to his DNA. Even when he’s recorded his latest record in Nashville, which by the way is “The Country Music Capital of the World,” he stays true to where he was born. “Devil At Our Heels” is Miraldi’s sixth recording project, and all six tracks on this EP are solo...
 
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David Park - Until I’m Done

Who doesn’t like Southern Rock? I’d all hands go up in the air. I mean, while Singer-Songwriter, which by the way kind of emerged in the late 60’s and 70’s with the arrival of artists like Lynard Skynard, Blackfoot, Days of the New, ZZ Top and even the Allman Brothers. They represented a close and personal artistic snapshot from the artist in question. The music tended to be at times nitty gritty, gripping, loud and powerful. Many feel this style of music has lost its way evolving into overly...
 
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Feral Media – Summer EP

Full disclosure here: I’m a winter person. I like fireplaces. I like dark ale. I like not having to put up with the awful sound of thongs against concrete. So bear this fact in mind while I take you through the third installment of Feral Media’s amazing Seasons series of EP’s, the latest being – yep, you guessed it – the Summer EP featuring Bon Chat Bon Rat, The Townhouses, friendships and Tim Fitz. Opening the four track exploration of the sights, sounds and emotions...
 
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Contrast – Self-Titled EP

New kids on the post-punk dream-pop rock block, Contrast, have just thrown down a heavy hitting debut EP on the back of their latest single Pipe Dreams. Whilst taking on plenty of influences, they’re KO’ing the shoegazey handbook and bringing the scene a shitload of new energy and depth. Forming as recently as 2012 makes the achievements of this release all the more impressive. With their lineage in Melbourne, the four lads began touring the local circuit...
 
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Ronnie Dunn - Peace Love And Country Music

.I started in the business in the spring of 1991. Around that time, I remember a new voice that hit the airwaves - Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn. There was something about that sound that just made you know you were in for something special. Since then, time has proven me right. "Neon Moon"..."She's Not The Cheatin' Kind"...."My Maria"...."Believe"....and even "Play Something Country." In the hands of a lesser...
 
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Erica Sunshine Lee - The South Will Rise Again

Erica Sunshine Lee is a country / blues based artists located in the Southeast who just released her latest CD entitled “The South Will Rise Again” (2014). Her sound is an entertaining hybrid of contemporary classic country with rock n’ soul and a bit of modern day blues-pop. With her 2nd album's single "You Won't Get to Me" gaining spins across the south, midwest and west coast, Sunshine toured through Europe, Central America, and the US, landing in Las Vegas, where...
 
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The Death Set – Soar Away

The Death Set are a punk rock band that formed in Sydney in 2005. After the success of their debut EP, they moved to The States and have pushed out a steady stream of releases, tours and sold-out shows ever since. However, I hadn’t heard of them until today. Maybe because in 2005 I was underage, listening to a mix of T-Rex, The Beach Boys and JoJo, and had by head buried in my free-with-purchase Dolly diary. They had their first shows at 77′s Bang Gang...
 
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