Category: Country / Folk

Australian country music starlet Bridget O’Shannessy has chosen the path of hard work and true-blue fortitude in her new single Long Dirt Road; a song about committing to a life of music, no matter the trials that she faces.

Bridget O’Shannessy has taken the Long Dirt Road to rediscover herself and create a new, refreshing sound in this latest single.

“I’m so proud of Long Dirt Road, I’m looking at it as a rebirth of my sound and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. Everyone’s been working really hard and it’s finally going to be out in the world,” said Bridget.

Following her path into music, Bridget has been experiencing life to its fullest from fashion shows to stadiums to beautifully crafted music videos, she’s taking everything life throws her way and crafting unexpected tunes.

“I wrote Long Dirt Road about the journey of someone’s life. The road I chose is music and I’ve been lucky enough to experience some really unique twists and turns because of it; fashion shows, stadiums, music videos. Things that not everyone can say they’ve done.”

With her band by her side, they created the latest ballad Long Dirt Road which all began from a single strumming pattern.

“In rehearsals with my band, occasionally we’ll get side-tracked by something someone’s playing and go off on a jam session tangent. I started playing the strumming pattern you hear in the hook and next thing you know we were all playing the whole song.”


The stellar career of singer songwriter Bob Evans receives the Best Of treatment compliments of new album, Full Circle, released today.   Full Circle also features brand new track ‘Drowning’ and is accompanied by a video filmed in studio by Arlo Cook during the recording of the track.

To mark the release, Bob Evans will hit the road for a national capital cities tour kicking off at Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane on October 19, and moving through to Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, before finishing up at Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on November 3.

Discussing Full Circle, Kevin Mitchell explains“I didn’t want to approach this like a traditional Greatest Hits or Best Of. I like the idea of it being presented more like an introduction to my work if you had never heard of me. This would be the record for that person. So I didn’t want to just bundle the singles together or present the songs in the order they were released. Some singles didn’t make the cut, in favour of album tracks that have grown legs of their own and found some kind of special place of significance without ever necessarily being on the radio or anything … It was quite hard actually, trying to narrow 5 albums down to 14 tracks. But I’m happy with how it looks. I’m proud of what I’ve managed to create.”

Mitchell was already under the Australian music spotlight as singer/guitarist for indie-rock-darlings Jebediah when in 1998 he found a t-shirt in a Perth op-shop with the number 15 on the back, and the name ‘Bob Evans’ printed on the front. Coincidentally at this time he was embarking on his first solo shows in Perth and a random name on someone’s discarded basketball shirt took hold.  He may have grown out of the t-shirt, but the name fit and has stayed for an impressive solo career.

“This Bob Evans guy has been hitching a ride in my life for 20 years,” Mitchell laughs. “It’s an unusual relationship to have with something that isn’t real.”

Mitchell recently co-founded Music with Mates, forming a new Australian non-for-profit organisation to help young migrants create new friendships by grouping them with locals to attend music concerts for free.   The project aims to foster friendships and to help young migrants better integrate themselves into their local community.   Tickets will be donated by musicians, agents and promoters.  Artists who have already pledged their support for the project include Bob Evans, Josh Pyke, Busby Marou, Clare Bowditch and Paul Dempsey.

“Music is such a great way for young people from all walks of life to connect,” Mitchell says, “our aim is to create an inclusive, compassionate environment for new arrivals to Australia.”

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CD 1 (CD, Vinyl & Digital)

  1. Don’t You Think It’s Time?
  2. Someone So Much
  3. Nowhere Without You
  4. Don’t Wanna Grow Up Anymore
  5. Happy Tears
  6. Wintersong
  7. Pasha Bulker
  8. Friend
  9. Hand Me Downs 
  10. Matterfact
  11. Don’t Walk Alone
  12. Sadness & Whiskey
  13. Turn
  14. Wonderful You
  15. Drowning **new track


CD 2 (CD & Digital)

  1. Ever Fallen In Love (Buzzcocks) (Double J Live Recording)
  2. In Spite Of Ourselves (John Prine & Iris Dement) (Recorded with Kirsty Lee Akers)
  3. Not Fair (Lily Allen) (Live for JJJ Like A Version)
  4. Come To This (Sleepy Jackson)
  5. Disparate Youth (Santigold) (Live for JJJ Like A Version)
  6. Wide Open Road (The Triffids)
  7. Beautiful To Me (Little Birdy) (Live for JJJ Like A Version)
  8. See Through Dress (Red Jezebel)
  9. Liar (Eskimo Joe)
  10. Two Of Us (the Beatles) (Recorded live with Josh Pyke)




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Hannah Cameron’s voice is that of pure awe. The disarming young alt-folk artist has been carefully crafting delicate refrains to match it for the last few years, growing ever grander with each release. Her latest single ‘What’s It For’ is a striking culmination of this, which has already seen Cameron rally an influx of devoted fans, multiple spins on triple j, inclusions in Spotify’s Deep Dark Indie and Electric Grit playlists, and a recent addition to rotation on Sydney’s FBi Radio. Now, the distinguished singer songwriter is excited to reveal a new live recording of ‘What’s It For’ and announce an east coast album tour just around the corner.

Recently lifted from Hannah’s forthcoming album I Lay Where You Lie coming Friday 8 June‘What’s It For’ observes the rapidly shifting changes we face amidst the digital age and relishes in the simplicity of times bygone. Shot at the refreshingly obstinate Railway Hotel which hasn’t changed a crumb in the past 45 odd years, this flawless live performance strips ‘What’s It For’ back to its humble scaffolds and finds real strength there. Directed, filmed and edited by Andy Johnson with sound tracked and mixed byJono Steer, the video gives a glimpse into the raw and honest storytelling of Hannah Cameron live. 

We shot the video at The Railway Hotel in Fitzroy North. It’s this wonderful establishment, which has somehow managed to shirk the gentrification that has swept through every other Melbourne pub on this side of town. I wrote What’s It For about the way that we, often unwittingly, allow external forces to influence our behaviour and our relationships and it just kind of struck me that this was a place that had remained true to itself for decades despite all the movement and transformation going on around it. So between that and the fish tank it felt like the perfect backdrop.” – Hannah Cameron

A taste of what’s to come, the video celebrates the announcement of an East Coast album tour taking to Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, and regional Victoria, kicking it all off with a pair of shows at Bello Winter Music Festival. Having opened for the likes of Broads, LULUC, Leah Senior, Coda Chroma and more, Hannah Cameron live is an absolute treat, and this is your chance to see her at her finest yet. Do not sleep on it.

I Lay Where You Lie Album Tour Dates
Friday 13 + Sunday 15 July
Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen

Thursday 9 August
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Tickets via

Friday 10 August
Junk Bar, Brisbane
Tickets via

Saturday 18 August
The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine
Tickets on the door

Saturday 25 August
Golden Age Cinema and Bar, Sydney
Free Entry

‘What’s It For’ is out now via iTunes / Bandcamp Spotify

I Lay Where You Lie is out globally Friday 8 June and available to for pre-sale nowvia Bandcamp

Heathcote born, Bendigo based, folk artist Mariah McCarthy is one of regional Victoria’s most prized possessions. Since living and performing in the big smoke with her old bandDeer Prudence for a time, Mariah has returned to her neck of the woods a solo artist and is focussing all her energy on launching her own career with gusto. The budding young talent is excited to today to release her debut EP Counting Sheep.

To celebrate the release of her debut EP,  Mariah performed her song ‘1821’ for Shoelace Sessions in the quiet pool room at the Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick.
Mixed & Mastered by Julian Abrahams & Produced by Shoelace Creative.

Having made notable festival appearances at Wintermoon Festival (QLD), St Albans Folk Festival (NSW), Yackandandah Folk Festival (VIC) and Majors Creek Festival(NSW) in her time spent in country folk duo Deer Prudence, Mariah is an honest and tender performer, whose captivating live presence captures every ear in the room.

Catch the exquisite storytelling of Mariah McCarthy when she launches her debut EPCounting Sheep throughout Victoria during May, June and July.

Saturday 26 May – The Wesley Anne
Supports: Georgie Currie (The Northern Folk) + Jarrod Shaw
Tickets: $10 on the door

Saturday 2 June – Old Church on the Hill
Supports: Sarah Wilkinson + Paul Dyason (Northern Folk)
Tickets: $10 on the door

Sunday 27 May – Taproom, Castlemaine (Free)
Saturday 16 June – Martian’s Cafe, Dean’s Marsh – $10 on the door
Sunday 17 June – The Door Gallery Cafe, Geelong (Free)
Saturday 23 June – The Delatite Hotel (Free Entry)
Saturday 30 June – The Kilmore Celtic Festival, Kilmore
Sunday 1 July – The Gypsy Bar, Echuca (Free Entry)
Friday 13 July – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave (Free Entry)


Breaking out on her own bare feet comes magical folk artist Mariah McCarthy. After a four-year stint living and performing around Melbourne with her band Deer PrudenceMariah has returned to her regional roots and has been busy brewing something truly special. The now Bendigo-basedsinger songwriter is excited to launch her solo career with her first official release ‘Counting Sheep’ – a stunning debut single which she’ll be taking to the stage in a pair of intimate live shows this March.

With a beckoning voice of home and soothing rhythms akin to travelling among regularly-visited far off places, Mariah marries feelings of here and there; comfort and ache; dream and reality in‘Counting Sheep’. Featuring instrumentation from Ben LangdonDavid Williams, and David Carr, the self-written track was recorded, mixed and mastered by Carr himself in the beautiful surrounds of his Dandenong Ranges’ Rangemaster Studios. An ode to awakening remote desire and accessing the lucid brightness within our dream selves, McCarthy’s debut is a warm, honest, and mature account from the budding talent.

As the title suggests, Counting Sheep tells a story of wakefulness and the dark thoughts that occur when sleep seems so far away. It explores the notion that everything that we desire is always out of reach and longing only seems to make time slow down. – Mariah McCarthy

Having previously toured in the country folk duo Deer Prudence who has made stage appearances at major Australian Festivals such as Wintermoon Festival (QLD), St Albans Folk Festival (NSW), Yackandandah Folk Festival (VIC) and Majors Creek Festival (NSW), Mariah is a seasoned performer eager to bring her own tender storytelling to new and returning fans widespread.

Catch the raw, organic sounds of Mariah McCarthy live when she brings her captivating set to Melbourne’s Some Velvet Morning and Bendigo’s Basement Bar in her ‘Counting Sheep’single launch shows this March.

Mariah McCarthy ‘Counting Sheep’ Single Launch Dates

Friday 2 March
Basement Bar
9pm – 11.00pm
Support: TBA
Free Entry

Saturday 3 March
Some Velvet Morning
8.30 – 10.30pm
Support: TBA
Free Entry

Other upcoming shows
Eaglehawk, Bendigo

Sunday 4 March
Summer Event – Eaglehawk Pool
3.00 – 6.00pm

‘Counting Sheep’ is out Friday 23 February via
 iTunes // Apple Music // Spotify

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.

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 is now available for pre-order only at, JB HI FI, Sanity.

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

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