Oh My Dear Lord… May Your Kindness Remain

Since first hearing Honest Life late in 2016 it’s been less than secret, my adoration for Courtney Marie Andrews’ song-writing. I’ve written about it, I’ve waxed lyrical to my friends. There are some voices where you struggle to believe a word spoken, then there are voices like Courtney’s where you can’t help but breakaway from the monotonous, mundane presence you currently reside to pay attention. There is a certain tone, a grit in her voice that heaves sincerity. The carefully constructed word play, turn of phrase and wit gifted in magnetic melody is, in my opinion at least, some of the best I’ve heard. Ever. In recent times, Courtney is easily my favourite songwriter and I have been eagerly waiting May Your Kindness Remain since hearing that first single a couple months ago. The whole song held me, but that 3 minute 20 mark…. Oh my f**king dear lord did it send a righteous wave of goose-bumps all over. The rest of the record doesn’t disappoint. Stunning song-writing wrapped in equally stunning production. If you do nothing else this weekend, allow yourself 45 minutes to sit down and listen to May Your Kindness Remain. Nope, no need to thank me. You’re very welcome.

Stream MAY YOUR KINDNESS REMAIN on NPR right now!!!



The Americana Music Prize of Australia

Pretty excited about this one. This pelican got his name on a list amongst some of the best in the country, some of who I am stoked to be able to call mates. See the story below taken from Tone Deaf.

As initially announced by The Industry Observer in January, Australia’s inaugural Americana Music Prize has now announced its fifteen-finalists.

The joint initiative between esteemed country musician Shane Nicholson, the Forbes Street Studios and Lost Highway Australia, the prize will take the form in an annual grant, set to support up and coming artists in the genre.

Selected finalists have been judged by a panel of experts within the industry, including Rod Yates (Editor, Rolling Stone), Jane Gazzo (Triple M) and Michael Taylor (Lost Highway/Universal). The winner will receive a $10, 000 prize pack, giving them the boost they need to kick off their already burgeoning careers.

The competition attracted an extremely high caliber of entrants – the final fifteen are some of the country’s finest

The Americana Music Prize of Australia – Top Fifteen Finalists

Andy Golledge – “1170″

Badgerhands – “Paper Throne”

Ben Leece – “Smoke Signals”

Dave Garnham – “Worst House In The Best Street”

Jess Dale – “Leaving Woman Blues (I Know, I Know,)”

Jordie Lane – “Black Diamond”

Karl S. Williams – “The Darkest Cloud”

Kelly Brouhaha – “As Long As There’s A Smile”

Larissa Tandy – “Harder Heavier”

Leanne Tennant – “Sorry”

Sam Buckingham – “Jolene”

Sian Evans – “Cold Feet”

Suicide Swans – “Horses”

Thomas Keating – “Begin Again”

Van Walker – ‘Wildgrass”

IMA Nomination

Some great news this week. Trace has been nominated for an IMA (Independent Music Award) in the Best Alt Country Song category. It’s an international award which makes it particularly special, with some pretty esteemed judges taking part including Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan, Slayer and Amy Lee. Trace, which ironically I had originally written off, seemed to be the song everyone dug from  last year’s 7″ Hank Volume 1. Recorded with Trent Crawford in his little studio on the NSW Central Coast, it also features the vocals of the extremely talented Tori Forsyth who is killing it right now. See below some more detail about the awards and below a link to the fan component where you can have your say.

The Independent Music Awards is a global community of innovative Artists and engaged Fans. We believe artistry, individuality and the pursuit of excellence should be rewarded.

The IMAs honor the most exceptional music, video, concert photography and designs by established and emerging talent.

Iconic Artists, Music Fans, Programmers, Press, Music Supervisors & Talent Buyers from performance venues throughout the Americas, Europe and Pacific Rim choose the year’s best self-released & indie label projects.


The Music Industry Has The Grammy’s…Artists Have The IMAs

The annual ceremony held at the iconic Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts in New York City celebrates the year’s best artists and their fans with performances and awards in 96 Album, EP, Song, Video, Producer, Photography and Design categories.

In addition to award recognition, winning songs are promoted globally on branded streaming playlists, in targeted 12 week campaign to over 650 terrestrial & internet radio stations  –  and ongoing performance, promotion and distribution opportunities.



Twenty One

Just a sneaky one before Christmas. Twenty One is live today. Recorded again with Trent Crawford, who also plays electric guitar on the track, and also featuring Mr Bill Chambers on pedal steel, Twenty One was originally recorded in the first Hank Volume 1 sessions but I was never happy with it. So a few months ago it was rerecorded to be included as part of Stanley Records compilation, ‘Take Me To Town’ in 2018, but I just felt like releasing something before the year was done. Its available everywhere now. Merry Christmas and thank you for the support this year.

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Leanne Tennant At Sunset Studio

In November Leanne Tennant will be travelling from her home in North QLD to showcase at this year’s Australian Music Week in Sydney, fortunately for us she’ll be stopping off in Newcastle to perform a very special one off intimate show at the amazing Sunset Studio. Lucky enough to be supporting is this pelican.
Tucked away behind the Pepper Town Cafe just over the bridge from Tighes Hill TAFE, Sunset  Studio is Newcastle’s best venue you’ve never heard of, offering the most intimate live musical experience in town. It’s also BYO which helps the back pocket. Seats are extremely limited so get in early and grab your tickets. Leanne Tennant is on the rise and this just may well be your last opportunity to experience her in a venue this small.
Leanne Tennant is the recent winner and multiple nominee of a Qld Music Award for her track Gentle Annie.  Her live performances are receiving praise from the Courier Mail, themusic.com.au and audiences throughout Australia.  She is this years recipient of an exclusive mentorship with Kram from Spiderbait and was last year nominated for Australian Artist of the year (Au Review), the Grant McLennan Fellowship, included in the Triple Z Hot 100, and the Billy Thorpe Scholarship.  She took out winner for best “Blues & Roots” artist 2015 at Qld Music Awards with her track Bearing the Crown and her new album RED WINE, LATE NIGHTS is receiving huge praise from The Sydney Morning Herald, The Courier Mail with the leading single Gentle Annie scoring official rotation on Double J and again huge praise from Rolling Stone.  She has received support from radio across the country along with being added to rotation on American music video channel ZUUS Media and aired on BBC Radio, RAGE and MTV.  She was recently premiered on Rolling Stone in their ‘top 5 x songs for the week’, and a PBS fm Featured album.
“Hearing her, without having seen her live, you can imagine she’s standing there like Big Mama Thornton, with a guitar pointed at you and a no-nonsense attitude.” – THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“Right from the haunting acapella intro, Leanne Tennant’s commandingly haunting vocals latch on. “Gentle AnnIe” — the first track lifted from her forthcoming second album, Red Wine, Late Nights — teasingly edges towards complete collapse or euphoric explosion (dependent on your own perspective), as Tennant slowly succumbs to the soulful darkness of her late-night world.” – ROLLING STONE
“Songs inspired by a Hollywood movie about a nymphomaniac that was named after a 1927 Blind Lemon Jefferson blues number. What’s not to get excited about?” – RHYTHMS MAGAZINE
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Any Excuse To Talk About The Replacements Really…

Leading up to Dashville Skyline a couple of the artists were asked to talk about some their favourite music in preparation for the big weekend. Naturally I wanted to talk about The Replacements.


‘Achin’ To Be’ by The Replacements

“Originally introduced via Paul Westerberg’s contributions to the Singles soundtrack in the early ’90s, “The ‘Mats” have always been at the forefront of my fascination and the yardstick to which I will forever measure every other rock and roll outfit. Everything typically wrong about The Replacements makes them resoundingly right. Amongst the wreckage of snotty shtick and alcohol-fuelled career suicide is a legacy of tumescently perfect songwriting, unashamedly influenced by Alex Chilton and Big Star. For mine, choosing a favourite ‘Mats song is what I would liken to choosing a favourite child, however in this instance ‘Achin’ To Be’ seems a perfect pick. Released on the Don’t Tell A Soul record of 1989, I believe it to be imperative to the wealth of incredible alternative country and power pop of the decade that followed. A melody so sticky your Teflon pan is rendered useless and words to be taught beside Keats in every high school English syllabus. ‘I saw one of your pictures, there was nothing that I could see. If no one’s on your canvas, then I’m achin to be.’ Just brilliant.”

Check out what the others had to say here.

Dashville Skyline HOT TIPS: The Songs Skyline Artists Want You To Hear

The International Americana Music Show

Stoked to have Drinking Youth included in this week’s episode of The International Americana Music Show. Curated by Scottish expat Michael Park, TIAMS is a weekly radio show available for broadcast on public radio stations across America. The show features Americana music made exclusively by non-American artists and includes occasional interviews with the artists talking about their work and influences. It is currently broadcast on 33 American stations. I got particularly excited to hear Michael’s smooth, chocolatey Scottish accent introduce the song. Check the episode out here.