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  • Busby Marou’s Postcards!

    By Brian Wise. While the new album from Queensland duo Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou is titled Postcards from the Shell House, it might just have easily been titled Postcards from Gisborne. But that is hardly as exotic and it probably does not quite hold as firm a place in ...
  • Roy Trakin’s Best of 2016

    TRAKIN CARE OF BUSINESS 2016 REVIEW: SOMETIMES YOU JUST MIGHT GET WHAT YOU NEED In a year pockmarked by loss and political upheaval, my own tragedies – the end of my 35-year marriage and the passing of my kid sister – didn’t seem to amount to the proverbial hill of beans, but ...
  • Vale Wayne Duncan (1944-4 December 2016)

    By Ian McFarlane. Musician Wayne Duncan has died, aged 72. For one generation of Australian music fanatic, Wayne ‘Dunks’ Duncan will always be remembered as the bass player for the highly regarded Daddy Cool. In the B&W film clip for the group’s dance classic ‘Eagle Rock’, he was ...
  • SHARON JONES – IN MEMORIAM

    KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES GIRL! A REMARKABLE STORY BECAME EVEN MORE INSPIRATIONAL. BY BRIAN WISE This article first appeared in January 2104.  Sharon Jones was no stranger to the fickleness of show business – and life. After years working as a singer with limited success in small New York clubs,  Sharon ...
  • Hank Williams – The Complete Mother’s Best Collection

    Hank Williams – The Complete Mother’s Best Collection…Plus! (Time Life/WEA) By Andrew Hamlin. Mother’s Best Flour isn’t sold by that name anymore.  Cousin Louie Buck, the announcer for each one of these rediscovered radio shows, died in 1971, eight days after his 61st birthday, and that seems ...
  • Glen Hansard’s Swell Time

    By Brian Wise. The last time Glen Hansard was in Australia his shows almost rivalled Bruce Springsteen for their duration and audience involvement. Both times I saw him – at Meeniyan Hall and the Recital Centre – Hansard led the audience out into the streets like a rock ‘n’ roll Pied Piper. ...
  • Farm Aid 2016

    Farm Aid 31 Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, Virginia – Saturday September 7, 2016 Not only is Farm Aid has a legendary event on the concert calendar in America each year it is also a chance for a star-studded line-up to get together with fans and actually make a difference to the world, specifically farming ...
  • MOURNING LIGHT. THE NEW NICK CAVE

    “Even in the context of unmitigated tragedy, Nick Cave’s album reminds us that a song is a sign of life….” NICK CAVE – SKELETON KEY (Bad Seed Ltd) By Andrew Tanner My friend Shane used to say the key to getting Nick Cave was his sense of humour. ‘He’s ...
  • The Man Who Toured With The Beatles

    Ron Howard’s new film about The Beatles, Eight Days A Week, The Touring Years, (opening across Australia this week) begins with the voice of Larry Kane, who says, ‘This is the greatest phenomenon in the century thus far.” A news reporter when The Beatles arrived in America in 1964, Kane ...
  • Woody Guthrie Center

    The Woody Guthrie Center, Tulsa Oklahoma By Rob Dickens The Woody Guthrie Centre in Downtown Tulsa Oklahoma preserves Guthrie’s body of work and the continuation of his legacy.  It opened in 2013, and is housed in a purpose-built facility of over 1,000 sq. meters in a former paper warehouse.   The Centre ...
  • Bob Dylan Sings From The Autumn Of His Life

    By Michael Goldberg. Part Two of his Sinatra sessions is heavy with meaning, and a whole lot of fun too! A fallen angel is an angel who has sinned and been cast out of heaven. “Everybody knows that torch singers are ‘fallen angels,’…” – Torch Singing: Performing Resistance and Desire from ...
  • New Orleans Jazz Fest 2016 – Second Weekend!

    New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – April 28 – May 1, 2016 Rain? What rain? By Brian Wise. If the most lasting image of Jazz Fest’s second weekend was Neil Young performing ‘Cortez The Killer’ on the main Acura stage then the rain itself must take second place; especially when you had to ...
  • Neil Young’s Jazz Fest Triumph – Weekend 2

    Neil Young + Promise of The Real – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Sunday May 1, 2016 If there is to be a lasting image of Jazz Fest’s second weekend it will be of Neil Young playing a 25-minute version of ‘Cortez The Killer’ in the rain. ‘Dancing across the water’ indeed! ...
  • Russell Morris – Definitely The Real Thing!

    Russell Morris has been on the music scene since the ’60s but he doesn’t just play the old hits. His recent albums have topped the charts and given him a whole new career. By Brian Wise. At the recent Bluesfest in Byron Bay, Russell Morris played only new songs ...
  • New Orleans Jazz Fest 2016 – First Weekend

    A triumph for the old and new guard in Van Morrison and Rhiannon Giddens. By Brian Wise. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival First weekend: April 22 – April 24, 2016 Hurricane Katrina seems almost a lifetime away now – and in many ways it is. Visitors to New Orleans now would hardly see any ...
  • Ryan Bingham’s Aim is True

    Ryan Bingham is about to embark on his third Australian tour. By Brian Wise. If you have heard any of Ryan Bingham’s albums or heard his work on the Crazy Heart soundtrack and in the film you might wonder why he is not better known. It’s not that ...
  • Bluesfest 2016 Review

    Some Things Old, New & Blues. By Brian Wise. While the addition of Kendrick Lamar to this year’s Bluesfest line-up caused a few raised eyebrows here, it was hardly a surprise for those of us who have attended blues, jazz or even folk festivals overseas. For a decade now, ...
  • St Paul & The Broken Bones – Bluesfest Monday!

    They just might be the sensation of Bluesfest 2016.  By Brian Wise. One of the hottest new bands in the world is from Birmingham, Alabama and, in fact, does not sound new at all!  St Paul and the Broken Bones have been thrilling audiences for the past few years with their ...
  • Jackson Browne – Bluesfest Sunday

    A new interview with Jackson Browne who appears today on the Crossroads Stage at Bluesfest.  By Brian Wise. Addicted To Noise: Well,  Jackson Browne, welcome back to Australia. Thank you. It’s great to be back here. Let’s talk about your latest band and the repertoire we can expect, ...
  • Kamasi Washington’s Rising Star – Bluesfest Saturday

    While the rain poured outside, Kamasi Washington and his ensemble poured out 90 minutes of red hot jazz in the Mojo Tent. By Brian Wise There’s a sporting expression that goes, ‘Let’s keep a lid on it.’ You will hear it used a lot in Australia when a team ...