Category: Country / Folk

Missy Higgins

On the eve of her one-off Australian OZ tour that begins tomorrow in Cairns, Missy Higgins OZ album and book are released today.  This follows outstanding album reviews for her eclectic collection of Australian cover versions.

Missy’s collection of Aussie cover songs can be enjoyed on the OZ album, read about in the quirky book of related essays, or experienced together as a deluxe cloth-bound CD/Book edition.

Missy said, “It’s bloody exciting to finally have this album and book out there. It’s a totally new venture for me creatively which always makes it pretty nerve wracking waiting to see if people like it, but so far the response has been amazing. We’ve just put together a really exciting new live show too so I can’t wait to get that out on the road.”

From tomorrow, Missy’s national OZ tour will begin as she performs her only shows for at least the next year. The tour will see Missy perform across Australia until October 30 when the tour wraps in Melbourne.

Tickets remain for some shows but are expected to sell out once the tour begins, and are available from all usual outlets.

MISSY HIGGINS – OZ TOUR
Presented by Max, The Music and Spotify
Tickets on sale now

Sat 20 Sept – Cairns, Civic Theatre – SOLD OUT
Sat 21 Sept – Cairns, Civic Theatre – Tickets – 2ND & FINAL SHOW
Tue 23 Sept – Townsville, Entertainment Centre (Auditorium) – Tickets
Wed 24 Sept – Mackay, Entertainment Centre (Plenary Halls A&B) – Tickets
Fri 26 Sept – Caloundra, The Events Centre Theatre – Tickets
Sat 27 Sept – Brisbane, Entertainment Centre (Great Hall) – Tickets
Sun 28 Sept – Toowoomba, Empire Theatre – Tickets
Tue 30 Sept – Gold Coast, The Arts Centre (Arts Theatre) – Tickets
Wed 1 Oct – Lismore, City Hall (Churchill Auditorium) – Tickets
Fri 3 Oct – Newcastle, Civic Theatre – Tickets
Sat 4 Oct – Sydney, Enmore Theatre – SOLD OUT
Sun 5 Oct – Sydney, Enmore Theatre – Tickets – 2ND & FINAL
Mon 6 Oct – Chatswood, The Concourse – Tickets
Tue 7 Oct – Penrith, Joan Sutherland PAC – SOLD OUT
Thu 9 Oct – Wollongong, Anita’s Theatre – SOLD OUT
Sat 11 Oct – Canberra Theatre – Tickets – LAST SEATS
Sun 12 Oct – Wodonga, The Cube – Tickets
Tue 14 Oct – Geraldton, Queens Park Theatre * – SOLD OUT
Wed 15 Oct – Geraldton, Queens Park Theatre * – SOLD OUT
Thu 16 Oct – Perth, Crown Theatre * – Tickets
Sat 18 Oct – Bunbury, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre * – Tickets
Sun 19 Oct – Mandurah, Performing Arts Centre * – Tickets
Wed 22 Oct – Darwin, Convention Centre * – Tickets
Sat 25 Oct – Adelaide, Entertainment Centre (Theatre) – Tickets
Wed 29 Oct – Melbourne, Regent Theatre – SOLD OUT
Thu 30 Oct – Melbourne, Regent Theatre – Tickets

Keith Urban - Fuse

Keith Urban’s much-anticipated seventh studio album FUSE, set for release on September 13th, is his first in nearly three years. It will contain thirteen brand new tracks including his newest single “Little Bit Of Everything”, as well as duets with Miranda Lambert (“We Were Us”) and Eric Church (“Raise ‘Em Up”). A deluxe edition will contain sixteen songs.

The songs on FUSE were written, gathered and recorded over the past year and half.  Says Urban, “these songs just connected with me, whether for their energy or for what they were saying or just for the fact that they made me feel good.  All of them have merit and even though we recorded a lot of songs, slowly this particular group started to come together.”

Urban, who will return for the next season of American Idol, is currently in the middle of the first leg of his US “Light The Fuse Tour 2013”, which will continue through the end of the year.

To preview songs from FUSE go to fuse.keithurban.net

FUSE is now available for pre-order only at www.keithurban.net, JB HI FI, Sanity.

FUSE TRACK LISTING:
1. Somewhere In My Car
2. Even The Stars Fall 4 U
3. Cop Car
4. Shame
5. Good Thing
6. We Were Us (featuring Miranda Lambert)
7. Love’s Poster Child
8. She’s My 11
9. Come Back To Me
10. Red Camaro
11. Little Bit of Everything
12. Raise ‘Em Up (featuring Eric Church)
13. Heart Like Mine

FUSE DELUXE EDITION ALSO CONTAINS:
14. Black Leather Jacket
15.  Gonna B Good
16.  Lucky Charm

Carus Thompson

Year: 2011

Label: MGM

Track Listing:
1. Red Sky

2. You Can’t Find Me

3. Fifteen

4. Imperfect Circle

5. You Made Me

6. Caravan

7. Inland Sea

8. Bright Star

9. Beauty Is Your Way

10. I Believe In Love

11. Headstrong

12. Whistleblower

13. Luke’s Song

Subculture Media ‘Caravan – Carus Thompson’ Review:

While Carus Thompson has been winning over fans as he supports famous acts such as Dave Damien Rice, Jack Johnson and Dave Matthews he has pretty much remained unheard of in his home country of Australia… a shame when you consider just how talented a musician he really is. The good news though, is you get that feeling though that his new album Caravan might be about to change all that.

This is one remarkable brilliant country album that showcases Carus Thompson’s own unique style. “Red Sky” shows just how beautiful a love song can be without being too soppy while the catchy “You Can’t Find Me” will soon win over any listener.

Fans of Australian legend Paul Kelly will easily be won over by “Fifteen” and “You Made Me” which are only separated by the best track on the album, “Imperfect Circle” which shows that Thompson is one of the finest country guitarists going around. The chords on “Imperfect Circle” will make most guitarists extremely jealous.

Carus Thompson showcases his amazing voice on “Caravan” and then does what so many artists have tried to do over the years and capture Australia’s beauty in song with “Inland Sea”… good on him for also taking a swipe at city-slickers in the track as well. Thompson then pays tribute to Australian sporting hero, Peter Norman. While many wouldn’t know of Norman, he was the Australian track star who after winning silver at the 1968 Olympics took part in the famous Black Power Salute. Thompson’s tribute to him hear is truly heartfelt and deserving.

Once again Thompson produces a beautiful love song with “Beauty is Your Way” and then he captures an amazing bluegrass sound on “I Believe In You”. A trip to the beach this summer is wasted if you don’t have “Headstrong” playing on your stereo (it’s obvious on this track that Thompson has been spending some time with Jack Johnson) while “Whistleblower” sees him slow Caravan down completely. Residents of Ocean’s Grove will also love the heartfelt “Luke’s Song”.

Caravan really is an amazing album that sits somewhere between country and folk, but is good enough that it has the potential to win over fans of both genres. His great song-writing ability and brilliant delivery really does make you glad that you discovered his album. Carus Thompson announces himself to Australia and the world with Caravan, an album that is uniquely beautiful.

Other Subculture Media ‘Caravan – Carus Thompson’ Reviews: This review of ‘Caravan – Carus Thompson’ by David Griffiths first appeared in Buzz Magazine.

Carus Thompson is one of those Aussie artists who has been making a name for himself overseas while people back home have been unaware of what he is achieving. And with just one listen to his new album Caravan it is easy to see why Thompson has one over fans as he supports the likes of Dave Matthews, Damien Rice and Jack Johnson.

Caravan is a truly beautiful album and Thompson’s great style should attract more fans to his unique country style. “Red Sky” is a great country love song that shows that love songs don’t have to be all soppy while “You Can’t Find Me” has some great lyrics and is extremely catchy.

Both “Fifteen” and “You Made Me” are very Paul Kelly-esque, the former being one of the best tracks on the album. It is only pipped for the ‘Best Song On Album’ gong by “Imperfect Circle” that shows that Thompson is also one hell of a guitarist… it’s chords sound amazing.

The title track off Caravan sees the album slow down and Thompson’s great voice is on show for all to hear while “Inland Sea” truly captures Australia’s beauty and rubs it to those who won’t the cities. Thompson returns to his Paul Kelly style of songwriting with “Bright Star” which is a tribute to an Australian Olympian, Peter Norman who took part in the famous Black Power Salute protest at the 1968 Mexico Olympics which saw him shunned by the Australian Olympic Committee until his death.

“Beauty Is Your Way” is another beautiful love song while “I Believe In Love” is bluegrass at its best. “Headstrong” announces itself like a light breeze and is the perfect summer beach song while Caravan again slows down for “Whistleblower”. The album then closes with “Luke’s Song”, another great track that sends a shout out to Ocean Grove.

It’s not hard to see why Carus Thompson has been winning over fans overseas. With just one listen to Caravan and you’ll be adding yourself to that list of fans.
Rating: 4/5