REVIEWS

Album – Catherine Traicos

[Published in the Spectrum section of The Sydney Morning Herald, Nov 11] FOLK/ROOTS Catherine Traicos LUMINAIRE (Independent) 4/5 Singer-songwriter Catherine Traicos’s sixth record, Luminaire, was reportedly the most difficult for the Melbourne-based artist to pull together. Three years in the making and almost not seeing the light of day, Traicos has said she didn’t know if she’d …

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LIVE – Out On The Weekend Festival, 2017

[Published in Rolling Stone (Aust.), November 2017] OUT ON THE WEEKEND – Seaworks, Williamstown (Melbourne) – October 14, 2017 Leather-soled boots crush Melbourne Bitter cans against cracked concrete, the flattened discs frisbeed into yellow-topped bins. Cigarettes are rolled and zippo lighters flicked – metallic chink – plumes of smoke wreathing around black-banded cowboy hats. Pearl button-snaps, sideburns half …

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LIVE – Byron Bay Bluesfest, 2017

[Published in Rolling Stone (Aust.), April 2017] Bluesfest 2017 – A Celebration Of Eclecticism, by Samuel J. Fell Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay – April 13-17 (for all pics by Carl Neuman, head to the Rolling Stone website here for slideshow…) While the others get their bags from the back of the truck, pull on boots …

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ALBUM – The Rolling Stones

[Published in Rhythms magazine, January/February 2017] The Rolling Stones Blues & Lonesome Polydor A few years ago I read with great interest Keith Richards’ biography. The most fascinating parts, to me anyway, were his descriptions of the origins of The Rolling Stones, and the blues music that so fuelled their desire to play – it’s this music then …

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ALBUM – Wayne Hancock

[Published in The Sydney Morning Herald / The Age, December 09/2016] Wayne Hancock Slingin’ Rhythm Bloodshot Records With his eleventh studio album, Wayne ‘The Train’ Hancock has proven, once again, that he is indeed the master of juke joint swing. The Austin, Texas-based Hancock, who’s been active since the late ‘70s (although not releasing his debut …

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ALBUM – Archie Roach

[Published in Rolling Stone, November 2016] Archie Roach Let Love Rule Liberation Music   Archie Roach’s tenth record is a gem. At its core is the theme of love, but overall it’s an eleven song-long message of hope, “what I wish for” as Roach himself says. Covering a range of styles, Let Love Rule centres around his …

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LIVE – Mullum Music Festival, 2016

[Published in Rolling Stone, November 2016] THE MAGIC OF MULLUM, by Samuel J. Fell Mullumbimby Music Festival Mullumbimby, NSW November 18-20, 2016 You can hear it long before you can see it. A New Orleans-style second line street parade, starting down by the Council chambers, slowly making its way up Burringbar street. It’s all brass, trombones and trumpets, …

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ALBUM – Jordie Lane

[Published in Rolling Stone, October 2016] Jordie Lane & The Sleepers Glassellland Blood Thinner Records / MGM It’s been a while between drinks for Jordie Lane, but as his new studio effort attests, he’s not lost anything in the interim. GLASSELLLAND is Lane in vintage form, his strong and warm voice framing a set of songs …

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LIVE – Out On The Weekend, 2016

[Published in Rolling Stone, OCTOBER 2017] AMERICANA FESTIVAL LETS LINEUP SHINE BRIGHT, WRITES SAMUEL J. FELL Out On The Weekend Seaworks, Williamstown (Melbourne) Saturday October 15, 2016 There’s a gale warning for Port Phillip Bay, although one doesn’t need a warning. Winds batter windowpanes and shake down trees, limbs flailing and cracking, the power of it all …

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ALBUM – Matt Malone

[Published in The Sydney Morning Herald, July 08/2016] Matt Malone S.I.X Heart Of The Rat Records  A “unique fusion of the traditional and avant-garde” is how Matt Malone’s debut album is described, and for once it’s not merely publicity hot air. Stripped and bare in the outlaw country tradition but with the menace and slow stabbing guitar …

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