AL'S COUNTRY MUSIC DRUM ROLL
This page is dedicated with love and respect to our dear friend Al Slade.
Al was a shining light in the country music family and was a passionate supporter of all artists, live shows and festivals.
The music will play on and Al's wonderful photos will never fade. Country All Over will forever be in debt for Al's contributions to our Facebook page and web site, but mostly for his friendship and support.
Rest In Peace. Al Slade 1943 - 2018
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This artist has been singing on stage since about 1987 and has been in various groups and genres but in 2014 settled into country and recorded her first full album in that genre, now it is time to talk about her third and latest release.
KYLIE ADAMS-COLLIER's album "LITTLE STONE" is a well produced twelve track album which was recorded at KROSS KUT RECORDS with LINDSAY (WADDO) WADDINGTON in the producers chair.
All the songs are written by KYLIE and offer a varied range of subject matter included are a war story, a tribute to one of our country music legends and a few about this great country of ours. When it comes to picking stand-out tracks and my favourites I would like to mention two or three.
First off songs about this great country I am singling out "FERRY OVER THE CLARENCE", "THE QUITE OF THE BUSH WELCOMES ME" both have strong story-lines and are able to paint a picture in your mind whilst listening to them. The tribute to one of our country music legends is "ON A SANDSTONE RIDGE" paying homage to SMOKY DAWSON of a time when he had his ranch on the outskirts of Sydney. Then the fun/singalong tracks include "BACKYARD TRUCKING FIRE" great story and one KYLIE has to get right, "MOONSHINE" a great singalong and "HOOK, LINE AND SINKER" (No not a fishing song.... but then it could be) but think about what can occur on the last day of February in a leap year. My personal favourite is "MONTEVIDEO MARU 1942" about a war story concerning a tragedy that not a lot of people are aware of but is a very personal part of KYLIE's background and she has told the story with great feeling and respect.
Must stop otherwise I will end up writing about all the tracks and leave nothing for you to find out yourselves. A worthy offering as a follow up to "SWEET DREAMS 'TIL MORNING" that I reviewed before (see previous Drum Rolls. An album that needs to bought, listened to and enjoyed.
More information on KYLIE ADAMS-COLLIER at www.kylieadams-collier.com
This artist with his compositions of and from The Outback released his first CD in 2004 and then his second in 2007, then nothing for ten years but 2017 brought a great new disc of songs that we know him best for. Welcome back
In the meantime he has been busy up there in Katherine getting his "OUTBACK EXPERIENCE SHOW" up and running (well worth a visit if you are in the area), he has also been busy songwriting all the top songs on this new offering which deserved to enter the charts at number 1 on the Australian iTunes Country Music and number 8 on the All Genres charts.
A ten track disc of all original music by TOM and some great co-writers GARTH PORTER and LUKE O'SHEA among them. I can visulise most of the stories behind these songs being real because they are all so well penned and if you have spent time in The Territory or The Kimberley you would know first hand about places like "WHERE THE PINDAN MEETS THE OCEAN" and "ROPER RIVER". Also if you have worked in these environments you would know about a "HORSE TAILER" and "CAMPDRAFTING", both job/sports brought alive with TOM's songs about them.
The stand out track would have to be the Golden Guitar winning duet "NEVER NEVER LAND" written and performed with LUKE O'SHEA, it just brings The Top End alive and the video that goes with it is not too shabby also. Another great fun track written in the same vein as "THE WINDMILL SONG" which was on TOM's first album "SMACK BANG" is "BILLY DON'T LIKE NO HIP HOP", OH the picture this song conjures up is mind blowing.
Welcome back TOM you have been missed by many folk and congratulations on a fantastic third album.
More information on TOM CURTAIN at www.katherineoutbackexperience.com.au/music/
This young artist has been performing for many years delighting audiences with her powerful voice and great songs (both originals and covers). She was the youngest person to graduate from the Country Music College in Tamworth aged 10 years old (not saying in which year as you don't give a ladies age away).
KIARA RODRIGUES new album is titled "PLAYING WITH FIRE" is certainly well named as it is a furnace of ten tracks with seven written by KIARA. one written by her Dad JUDE and two covers of tunes that are always requested at KIARA's shows (ROY ORBINSON's "CRYING" and the standard "I AM AUSTRALIAN"). Great production work in Hervey Bay by ROBERT McKAY at PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL MUSIC STUDIOS.
The disc opens with four powerful ballads about love and heartbreak (you know country songs but no dog or truck) which are well phrased and delightfully sung. these are followed by a great country blues number called "PRETTY BABY BLUES" which is one of my favourites. The last two KIARA originals are "MR. VANITY" wonder what or who that is about, yes about one of those boys forever looking in the mirror and "MURRAY STOLE MY DARLING" a well written fun song inspired from being at Wentworth Wharf during the Mildura Country Music Festival, very clever use of words and phraseology Kiara.
The stand out song in my opinion is the one written by JUDE (her Dad) the cleverly penned "FATHERS DAY" about a one parent family which will resonate with so many people.
A great selection of worthy songs to follow up on her previous releases. KIARA's voice is now showing a lot more maturity as well as her songwriting A beautifully presented album by a very confident young lady. More information on KIARA RODRIGUES at www.kiararodriguesmusic.com
After watching and listening to this artist for many years with her piggie-tails (plaits), blistering 5string banjo and wonderful yodels (I am sure that these will still be a large part of her live shows [maybe not the piggie-tails]). It is very pleasing to see and hear what a beautiful young lady she has grown up to be.
TAYLOR PFEIFFER with her five track EP "TAKE HER" produced by the gifted SIMON JOHNSON at HILLBILLY HUT STUDIO is a very different sound and pathway from her earlier offerings, (no more JED CLAMPETT, SKIPPY or MULESKINNER) but a very sophisticated collection of self-penned ballads with some subtle banjo playing on some tracks.
My pick of five great tracks would be the co-write and duet with MATT SCULLION "MAKE TODAY COUNT" and "MURDER IN THE DARK", this last track I could very well see being picked up for inclusion in a film soundtrack if pitched in the right places.
An artist well ahead of her years in musicality and song writing. Was not sure if I would enjoy this new direction but was blown away with the final result. Well done TAYLOR and good luck in this new direction.
More information on TAYLOR PFEIFFER at www.taylorpfeiffer.com
First cab off the rank is by a talented storyteller/song writer/ singer, with his six track offering titled "FROM THE HEART", PAUL CROWDER has certainly penned and recorded these tracks from his heart. In every song you hear and feel the love Paul has for his wife, family
The stand out tracks from my point of view are "BRICKS AND MORTAR" with his take on the
difference between a house and a home. I cannot say too much about my second choice without giving the story of the song away, but "LITTLE STEPS" is a beautifully crafted song.
Paul with his unique voice and his ability to write songs of this calibre, the closing track "YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO DREAM" is certainly true keep dreaming PAUL and success will arrive.
A great first offering superbly produced and mixed by SIMON JOHNSON with a top line-up of musicians. This is a CD which any country music fan will want in their collection.
The next disc off the pile is a six tracker with the title of "TROUBLED MAN" by PAUL "RICHO" RICHARDSON which contains four original songs, a co-write with the late ‘KARL BRODIE’ and the sixth track being a radio edit of the title track "TROUBLED MAN".
I am sure that "RICHO's music would be put into the "Alt Country" genre (wish I could get a definition of what is "Alt Country" and what is "Country"). In spite of that it is a great EP, and the stand out tracks to my ears are "BRING ME HOME" and the co-write with KARL "LOVE IS A VANDAL". I personally prefer the original version of "TROUBLED MAN" over the radio mix.
Being such a clever songwriter, I could sit and listen to RICHO's music nearly all the time as with every play I pick up a different message. Keep doing what you do so well Paul.
For the second EP, another six tracker with half of them co-written by this young man (and I mean young - only 10 years of age). RORY PHILLIPS has a great future ahead of him. His EP titled "CARS AND GUITARS" shows his ability to wield the guitar that means so much to him.
I enjoyed listening to the whole album but particularly took great interest in two of the Originals - the title track "CARS AND GUITARS", co-written with hid producer ROGER CORBETT and "TRAIN WRECK BLUES" co-written with BILL CHAMBERS and JAMES VAN COOPER. Both of these tracks showcase the talent this young man has. He also does a killer version of JOE WALSH's (one of his idols) "ROCKY MOUNTAIN WAY" as the closing track on the EP.
In places you can hear an immaturity in his voice but I feel sure this will disappear as he gets more years and experience under his belt. I think he feels more at home in the rock and blues genres but I hope he keeps some of his country roots alive. A great talent with a big future ahead of him with the right advice and guidance.
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The next offering is by a gutsy young lady, who in most cases does not have to be asked twice to whiz to the front of the stage to sing a song. She now has a four track EP which contains three co-writes and a track written by LANA DOUBLET. The disc is titled "SO MUCH MORE" and recorded by RENEE McALPIN. When she is co-writing with songwriters of the calibre of Gold Guitar winner ‘LUKE O'SHEA’ and ‘LANA and PHIL DOUBLET’ (who reside across The Ditch but are classed as
honorary Aussies), it is impossible to pick any outstanding track as they are all worthy of a single release and I am sure mean so much to RENEE and her Mum CORAL.
With the ability to write such heartfelt songs I know I want "SO MUCH MORE" and think a lot of other folks will be saying the same.
The last offering for this episode of Drum Roll is a four tracker which I believe to be a preview of a full album, which has been delayed. If this is the case, MELODY MOKO hurry up and finish the full album as you have more than whetted my appetite. There are three originals and a PAUL KELLY written song on this EP.
The three written by MELODY are all well written songs and worthy of inclusion on any album and in any country music lover’s collection - "GOING DOWN SWINGING", "TAKE ME" and "BURY ME SANE" with the last being the best in my view, but all are keepers. The PAUL KELLY written track "DON'T EXPLAIN", what can you say about a PAUL KELLY song except top shelf. Get that full album finished MELODY and you will have a winner.
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Another CD to hit the desk that is worthy of a write up, this one by a great Singer/Songwriter who is celebrating half a century residing in this great country. ALLAN CASWELL who is well known for writing that great TV series signature tune "ON THE INSIDE" he has a new disc to spin titled "50 YEARS IN OZ"
A great album produced by ROGER CORBETT in THE VALLEY STUDIO, which covers songs of the road, rodeo songs and more most of which have been written with some great co-writers. This offering starts with Allan's recollection of arriving in Sydney and his life in Songwriting/ Performing. A great co-write with LACHLAN BRYAN.
Covering the songs of the road are two co-writes with Nashville writers and friends...
"BACK WHEN WE HAD NOTHING" with MAX.T. BARNES and "MERCY OF THE ROAD" with FRED KOLLER. Australian road songs include "A TRUCKIE UP IN QUEENSLAND" written with bush poet MANFRED VIJARS and "NOTHING LEFT FOR THEM" co-written with his wife MARIAN CASWELL. Also is a song Allan wrote for SLIM DUSTY in the 1980's RED ROO ROADHOUSE which on this album has become an Allan's cover of a SLIM song. Rodeo songs are "HERO JUST THE SAME" written with BILLY BRIDGE and "LEFTY O'REILLY written with MANFRED VIJARS.
The three stand out tracks for me are "GOLDEN DAYS" written and recorded with THE WEEPING WILLOWS, "SWEET BY AND BY" written with NIA ROBERTSON which is their take on Australia's worst mining disaster and last but not least "HIS OLD PIANO" which came out of a songwriting workshop during when Allan and SEVEN co-writers (very unusual) came up with this great album closer.
All round a great traditional country CD by an Australian icon.
This time it is the turn of a lady from up here on the Far
North Coast of NSW. Yes I am talking about "THE ITALIAN COWGIRL".
CLELIA ADAMS with her newish CD "RIVER VALLEY DREAMING" produced by STUIE FRENCH at his SWINGING DOORS studio and contains a mix of covers, co-writes and six written by CLELIA herself.
Loving both the songs she wrote with poet RAY ESSERY "RIVER VALLEY EXPRESS" and "THE ITALIAN COWGIRL". The first telling the story that all us Northcoasters would love to see happen in our rail corridor and the second CLELIA's musical story.
Of the solo writes "RAINBIRD YODEL" puts into words something all of us could see from outside our living room windows, a nature lesson very cleverly worded. "MY BABY'S LOVE" was written when CLELIA was hospitalised and as what happens in those places you spend long hours trying to find a radio station to listen to....imagine her surprise when she found such a station and the voice she heard was her daughter singing (who also records). One track which is a joy to listen to is "GOLDEN BUTTERFLIES".
Just a few words on three of the covers CLELIA has recorded for this album, I love her version of HANK WILLIAMS "BABY WE'RE REALLY IN LOVE". "PEEL STREET BUSKERS LAMENT" I think is a clever and lighthearted way of describing Peel Street during the January Festival, but the best one for me is CLELIA'S take on "PLAY THE SONG" written by the late RORY FEEK.
The last track being "LA PALOMA" sung in CLELIA'S native Italian......BUT WAIT (as the ads say) there is more an eighteen track extra Cd titled "THE ARCHIVES" containing a selection from FIVE previous albums dating back to 1985 (sorry about mentioning the year CLELIA lol) but shows how long this great artist has been recording and the progression her music has taken. Both discs worthy to be in any collection and also great listening.
Welcome back REBECCA LEE NYE
Rebecca's Web Site: www.rebeccaleenye.com.au and follow Rebecca on FaceBook
This drum roll is looking at 4 EP's that have fallen into my hands by fair means or foul. They are all by young or young at heart artists that are all out there working at their craft and to my ears, and are making and writing fine music that is a pleasure to listen to.
All these artists have Facebook pages for more information.
This artist has a new album out five years after "DUSTY DIRT TRACK", and again has written eleven great tracks, including one co-write with BILL CHAMBERS. I can hear a lot of maturity in her song writing since 2010 and this new offering should make a lot of people sit up and take notice. My pen wants to write that she has an unique voice like KASEY CHAMBERS but my ears tell me that she has an unique voice like JO CASELEY.
This group/duo have now been together for ten years and this disc is their sixth album release. It is incredible that the main songwriter (GARY KOHLER) still has the ideas and inspiration to write enough new songs on new subjects for this disc after all the previous songs that have already been released.
Their new CD which is titled "DUST" which has been skillfully engineered by GARY's co-conspirator ROB McKAY. The disc contains 13 tracks all written by GARY and covers many different subjects but they all gel into a great story disc to spin.
This time I am reviewing two CD's (one an EP and one full album) both of which are supporting worthwhile charities.
I will start with the EP which is supporting PARAMEDIC SUICIDE (www.paramedicsuicide.com) and this also the title of this offering. This recording was done by a paramedic and really hits home with me, as I have a relative who is also a paramedic who has been attacked whilst working and seen some very devastating sights.
The other two tracks "STRETCHER BEARER" - a tribute to all medics, and the only cover on the album, which was written by TROY ARATA "SATISFIED MIND" - one of Brendan's favourite songs.
When a singer/songwriter submits a bunch of songs to the TSA (Tamworth Songwriters Association) and walks away with 6 semi-final places which then became 4 finalists spots before the album is released, then that album has to be something special.
One of our storyteller/bush balladeers took a swag of songs by some great Australian songwriters to Madison TN (yes America) and came back with a new album to rank with some of the best, including SLIM DUSTY (and I never thought I would compare anyone to "THE KING") but this album gets very close,
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This time I have picked a singer/songwriter who is better known as one of The Four Australian Highwaymen. That person being:-
After listening to his "UNSUNG HEROES" album, I have come to realise what a great writer he is of Aussie stories. I could write about all 12 songs that he has written or co-written on this album but will leave some for you to discover for yourselves. One thing that I like about this album is the liner notes do not give you the lyrics but a note about how, why and where each song was written. The original 12 tracks were written over a 25 year span but sound as if they could have been written in the last 2 or 3 years. The tracks that stand out to me are:-
"USED TO BE" the story of how a changing landscape affects us all and the effects of living in a altered valley.
"FAR AWAY" love the way this song traces three generations of family life with family members away in armed conflict, the way different female vocals have been used to tell the story of the different generations.
"LAST TRIP" a droving song about the famous Murranji stock trail in The northern Territory.
The track that I could put on repeat and never tire of is "ROSLYN'S PRAYER" not really a song but a narration about living on the land and enduring drought conditions. An exceptionally worded story by a master wordsmith and beautifully spoken on this track by Makaylie Foodey.
An album that I treasure in my collection and advise those that love true Australian stories to add it to your own collection.
But she then found Miranda Lambert and Pistol Annies. The outcome is "ROAD TO REDEMPTION" and the artist is....
This album contains 15 well co-written songs. With the co-writers being Cletis Carr, Linda Mizzi of Hobo Grace, Jason Aquilina from Wildseed, Eliot Reynolds of Sideshow Alley and Shannon Guiholt.
The tunes range from Chantell's pretty voice (her words) on LOVE SPELL to her dirty bluesy voice on THE DARKEST ROAD, then onto her rocking melodies (with great distorted guitar) on CRAWL to the nearly bush ballad GRANDFATHER'S HAT and everything in between. Being so diverse I think it would be classed as 'Alt Country' (I am still trying to figure what the difference between Country and Alt Country is).
If what songwriters say about having to live the moment before writing about it is true then Chantell has been down some dark roads in her life (like THE GARDEN was it true or composed from news stories.....a very powerful song) but is now rising to redemption and better things.
I think this album has 14 very strong tracks and 1 strong track making it very hard to pick favourites, but for me the stand out tracks are GRANDFATHER'S HAT, LOVE SPELL, FLY and PILLAGED (the last 2 lifted by the beautiful soaring voice of BRIANNA HOLM supplying backing vocals).
To find more information visit her website CLICK HERE
"A Thousand Words" is Jayson's love song/tribute to his wife, one of the best romantic songs I have heard.
"Jacky Kneebone" is a story about one of our indigenous cousins and how they were treated, this is so well written that you feel you are there.
"Shamrock Hotel" another well written song about the loss of a landmark.
His latest 5 track EP "Upon This Stone" again follows on with great droving and fly-in fly-out mining stories like:-
"The Life of a Drover" which is self explanatory.
"Upon This Stone" about finding a place to settle down after a wandering life.
He also has a DVD titled "A Ride To Remember" which takes Jayson, his family, his friends and 5 retired drovers on a 1,000 mile stock route journey from Camooweal to Auvergne Station. A great film with memories from the old drovers, all them in their 70's and 80's.
A lot more information at Jayson's website : Click Here