Category Archives: Interviews

A Few Beers and a Chat with Dune Rats

If there’s one thing Dune Rats love, it’s having a damn good time and what better place than on tour with your best mates, plenty of beers and copious debauchery. We were lucky enough to chat with the sufficiently cooked three piece ahead of their massive gig at the Enmore with their best buds, DZ Deathrays and Violent Soho. The boys let us in on some nuggets of narcotic…
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Mary Edwards and Murder on Music Row

One of the hardest-working, rising stars in the Nashville television, film and even literary world, is Mary Edwards. As of this writing, the Nashville-based entertainment impresario has no fewer than a half-dozen TV, film, and book projects in the works, with more new projects being added at a rapid clip. The project Mary is most proud of: “Murder On Music Row,” a fledgling TV…
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Introducing NewTown

NewTown is one of the hottest Bluegrass acts going these days, and their new album, Harlan Road, finds the band sounding better than ever. With three new members, the group’s lineup now includes founders Kati Penn (vocals and fiddle) and her husband, Jr. Williams (vocals and banjo), with Hayes Griffin on guitar and vocals, Travis Anderson on bass and vocals, and Mitchell Cannon on mandolin.
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Sydney’s Bin Juice Have Some Serious Explaining To Do

Alternative Sydney 5-piece, Bin Juice are consistent purveyors of dirty, hard hitting grooves. They sat down with Happy over some beers to get to the bottom of that irresistible sound and to help us decipher some of the finer details of what makes them tick. Strap in for something a little weird. Hey fellas, thanks for taking some time out, what have you guys been…
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Introducing Southern Halo

Seldom does a performer or group actually have the ability to fulfill the promise of the hype surrounding them. Country vocal trio Southern Halo is one of those rare acts, though, that not only has the goods, but delivers them, and has the Nashville music industry paying serious attention. Comprised of teenage sisters Natalia (just turned 19), Christina (17), and Hannah Morris (16), Southern …
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The ‘Long Road’ Leads To New Album for “Six-String Siren” Diana Rein

Get ready to meet your fate when “The Six-String Siren,” guitarist Diana Rein, releases her highly-anticipated sophomore album Long Road (Street Date: Wednesday, May 18). Written, recorded and produced by Diana Rein, the disc features twelve original tracks on which Rein sings, plays lead, bass, and rhythm guitar. Long Road was mixed and mastered by Peter Duff at Grey Brick…
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The Sinking Teeth Go Deep on the Roots of their Punk Sound and More

I met up with bassist Jules and guitarist/singer Nick at a café in Brunswick on Easter morning to chat about the band, the new single and forthcoming album. I’d love to claim credit for thematically picking the café that’s connected to aptly named The Studios In The City where The Sinking Teeth recorded their first EP and soon to be released album… but this was all just happy coincidence.
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A Chat With Lepers and Crooks Gets Real Flirtatious, Real Fast

There aren’t many male performers out there that could don high heels, lippy and a velvet-red coat before shamelessly adopting the persona of a shaken prostitute running through a bewildering night-lit suburbia. Thankfully, Sam Baker from alt-rock 5-piece Lepers and Crooks isn’t just any performer. Lepers and Crooks are heading out on yet another huge tour, this time supporting their single…
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Ocean Alley Talk Album Details, Touring the World and Fork Branding

The life of a touring band is a strange one. One day, you’re riding the ten-foot wave of ecstasy that is a great gig, the next you’re fending off drunken band mates and getting up to some strange antics at after parties. Having just finished up their new LP, Nic, Baden and tour manager Wolf from Ocean Alley sat down with us to give a rare insight into the most bizarre and exciting aspects…
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Anni Piper – Does Australia’s First Lady of Blues Have More Guitars than Friends?

Award-winning Blues bassist-vocalist Anni Piper, recently released her long-awaited new album, More Guitars Than Friends. The ten-song disc is the first on Piper’s own Sugar Daddy Records imprint, and is a lively potpourri of sounds. “All the original songs on the album were written since I moved to the US about a year ago”, states the Australian expatriate now residing in Cocoa, Florida. More…
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To Hellendale And Back with The New Blues Revolution

Southern California-based group New Blues Revolution is a blues-inspired journey through the form of Robert Johnson meets Quentin Tarantino via Pink Floyd. NBR’s latest CD, To Hellendale And Back, is the result of yet another stop on the road to create the music they want us all to hear. Each song/story tries to inspire a hypnotic state via strong grooves and a variety of emotion, from…
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Interview with Roy Roberts

When Greensboro, North Carolina soul-bluesman Roy Roberts was just a kid he tried piano lessons for a while but just couldn’t suffer the indignity of it all: ‘I’d be sitting playing and it felt sort of ‘……a girls thing’ to me, If you know what I mean. I’d be able to hear my buddies outside in the yard playing and hollering, having a great time. So I gave that up,’ he explains.
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Jonathan Jackson Talks New EP, Grand Ole Opry and Enation

Jonathan Jackson chatted with Digital Journal about his forthcoming EP with his band Enation, as well as his upcoming show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Jackson and his band, Enation, have returned to the studio with Grammy-nominated producer Greg Archilla to record their new EP Blame-shifter, which will be released on May 13, on their own…
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Brauninger – Seamlessly Blending The Blues and Jazz In Song

For Brauninger, music comes naturally. Even as a child writing and composing her original songs, this “Bronzie Girl”, as some know her as, captures a wonderful country Blues and Jazz style. The Nashville, TN-based Brauninger (last name: McDaniel) and her band currently perform in popular Nashville area nightclubs such as BB Kings and the Hard Rock Cafe, among others, with plans to eventually
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Graham Nash Talks About Love, Music and the Demise of Crosby, Stills and Nash

Graham Nash is a simple man of many intricacies. At the core of his career withCrosby, Stills, Nash (and sometimes Young) he had mastered the art of taking the conscious on a wild journey through his words and harmonies, soaring seamlessly through a range of moods, sentiments, and styles. With his first solo record in 14 years This Path Tonight due to join many playlists on …
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We Pick the Brains of the Legendary Violent Femmes About Their Incredible Comeback

Following a recent stint around Australia with a new record up their sleeves, the legendary Violent Femmes are feeling once again at the top of their game. We got to chat with them about playing Stephen Colbert, improvised set lists and which Aussie bands are doing it for them right now. We want to talk about the album, but first and foremost; Stephen…
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Kenny ‘Big Daddy’ Williams and Bluespower Are Making Their Mark In The OC

Orange County in Southern California has been an extremely fertile place for blues artists, as notable names including harpist James Harman and guitarist Walter Trout, among many others, come from the large suburban-like enclave situated just south of Los Angeles and north of San Diego. One of the newer names making waves in “The OC” (as it’s called) is Bluespower, fronted by dynamic…
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Do You Want to Know the Secrets of Beard Meditation?

We chat with Nathaniel Beardman of The Beards about politics, philosophy and economics. Kidding, this is a 15 minute convo about face rugs. Hey Nathaniel, how’re you doing mate? Just chilling at home between shows? We like to fly back to Adelaide between each leg of the tour to concentrate on our beards. We spend a lot of time in the same room together. We generally…
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Country Legend Alan Jackson’s Nephew Takes a Stand with a Waylon Jenning’s Classic

Brian Wright, known as Big City Brian Wright, just released the third single from his debut album “Honkytonkitis” that drops on March 31st. Originally written by Steve Young (who wrote Seven Bridges Road), “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean” was first cut by Waylon Jennings and came at a time when the music industry was being dominated by The Nashville Sound through Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins.
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Do You Know if Kabaddi is a Cub or Sport? We Put Cub Sport to the Ultimate Test

Following the release of their debut long player This Is Our Vice, Cub Sport have been out on tour with Saskwatch. The band take some time to play a very silly game we like to call ‘Cub or Sport?’ Hey guys, first off I just want to say congrats on your debut album This Is Our Vice, it’s great to celebrate it’s release with you! It’s a beauty of an album. To celebrate, we’re going to play…
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