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Genni Kane - Dust & Bones     Folk, Country, Indie 15/11/2019
ARIA award winning Genni Kane has been performing her original songs for over 40 years. Her latest release, Songs From the Kitchen Table, is a celebration of an ordinary life.
Dust & Bones is a love song to the small, historic village of Millthorpe in Central West NSW, but it could be any small village anywhere...or wherever you call home. This is the place I want to be buried. On the hill overlooking the village, beside the bluestone church. This beautiful place has stolen my heart.

Benny Allen featuring Renee Jonas - When I'm With You Tonight     Country, Easy Listening, Folk 19/09/2019
With a piano strapped to the back of his ute, Benny Allen isn't your typical country singer. The name of his debut album, Never Knew I Was Country, is fitting.
Multi-instrumentalist Benny Allen has joined forces with fellow singer-songwriter Renee Jonas on When I’m With You Tonight.

The duet will have listeners getting in touch with their romantic side and When I’m With You Tonight could become a wedding song favourite.

Allen said he knew he was onto something special because the song poured out in about 15 minutes.

Melanie Gray - Drive Slow     Country, Pop, Easy Listening 13/09/2019
With a heart filled with adventure, a soul inspired by the Australian landscape and a voice that soars, Melanie Gray is putting a modern spin on Australiana music.
Put together with some of Australia's leading music experts, Drive Slow will have you chomping at the bit to escape to the great outdoors for a romantic adventure!

"...I know a little place where we can go..."

Being heavily influenced by the NT, Drive Slow has a summery, laidback feel that will bring warmth to listeners no matter the season.

Jack McDougall - Let Me Out     Country, Indie, Pop, Rock 06/09/2019
Jack McDougall has established himself in the music industry as a singer-songwriter with an alt-country feel and has been co-writing with various artists, ahead of his debut single release.
Let Me Out covers the issues of mental and physical health and unable to communicate with people about how you’re feeling. You’re screaming for help, but no one can hear you because you won’t let it out. Let Me Out encourages people to see support and surround themselves with people they love and trust and respect each other.

Emma Dykes - The Riddle of Life     Country, Alternative Country, Easy Listening 22/08/2019
Emma Dykes sings just as she lives her life – wanting to give to others and celebrate the stories and experiences in song.
The Riddle of Life is about Emma Dykes's friend, Ric, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour which she continues to battle. Ric, a fellow nurse, along with her family, moved into the house across the road from Emma when she was 13. Unfortunately, Ric has few options left and her husband and three children are dealing with the consequences.

Kelly Winning - The Real Deal     Country, Rock, Alternative Country, Folk 09/08/2019
Kelly Winning is a Sydney-based singer, songwriter and adventurer at heart with a passion for people and this beautiful land. Kelly has a unique Aussie country/folk/gospel style.
The Real Deal has become a springboard for open discussion and expression with people coming together to share stories and heal together through the creative arts. It is a response to the increasing rate of suicide across Australia and the need for us to talk about what’s really going on.

The song is a heartbeat for connection and community.

Kylie Gale - Push Back     Country 09/08/2019
From Coonamble to Caves Beach, singer-songwriter Kylie Gale is chasing down her musical goals, releasing Push Back - the realisation of a dream since she began singing as a teenager.
From adversity comes strength and new songs, as is the case with the debut single from singer-songwriter Kylie Gale. After a particularly tough day at work teaching, she turned it into a positive, writing Push Back.

The song is about feeling that even though you’re a good person you get used and sometimes you have to push back.

Aaron Jurd - Changed     Country, Easy Listening 02/08/2019
Aaron Jurd is a top 5 iTunes charting country artist who has performed at the Golden Guitars and official opening of the Tamworth festival, and written with award-winning artists.
Changed has Lake Macquarie singer-songwriter Aaron Jurd reflecting on some of the worst times of his life, from a new and much happier perspective. The single shows a change in mindset and the silver lining that is a reminder that even though you have rough days, they give you a different outlook and appreciation of life.

Lizzie Steadman - This Could Be     Country, Acoustic, Alternative Country, Easy Listening 26/07/2019
Lizzie Steadman grew up in a small town, near Tamworth NSW and performs her originals in a traditional country style after her dad introduced her to the genre.
This Could Be is a song about new love and falling in love really quickly, but knowing that this could be the happy ending you’ve been waiting for. After everything that happens, you have to have faith that there are still good people left out there in the world. Lizzie co-wrote this song with her partner, Daniel.

Kim Wright - Forever & Eternity     Country, Easy Listening 22/07/2019
Kim Wright gives listeners pure, traditional country music through his originals, written in the style of artists including George Strait and Alan Jackson.
Forever & Eternity is a traditional country song about the wife leaving.

‘I hear the car door slam, my baby’s leaving me’ is the first line of this country heartbreak song with commercial appeal for country radio. Liam Kennedy-Clark and Luke Marriott feature on backing vocals with just the right amount of instrumentation behind it.

Other tracks by Kim Wright:  Educated X-Rated
Benny Allen - Never Knew I Was Country     Country, Alternative Country 28/06/2019
The name of his album, Never Knew I Was Country, is fitting - with a piano strapped to the back of his ute, Benny Allen isn't your typical country singer.
Finding your tribe is often life-changing, and so it was the case for singer-songwriter Benny Allen, resulting in his latest single, Never Knew I Was Country. Allen wrote the autobiographical track after returning from his first Tamworth Country Music Festival and graduating from The Academy in 2018.

He'd found his people even though he never knew he was country.

Voodoo Town - Glory Dayz     Country, Pop, Rock 13/06/2019
Fronted by Tamworth’s Brent Larkham, Voodoo Town, comprises Uwe Lorenz and Fabian Konig, who collaborated on an AC/DC Bon Scott tribute album in Germany and have worked together since.
Glory Dayz is a retrospective glance into former lives and how things once were. A man runs into a former girlfriend and they begin a game of ‘remember when’ and they reminisce about how things once were. The song is written from an older person’s point of view looking at the crazy things they did as kids.

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The Pigs - Olive, Call Me     Country, Alternative Country, Acoustic, Comedy 31/05/2019
Having played music together in the hillbilly mountains of Australia for years, in 2004 The Pigs decided to travel from the the outback to form the band in Sydney.
From chicken bones and freak cyclones to evil clones and seductive mermaid queens, The Pigs cover 19 ways to die in their latest single, Olive, Call Me.

The tongue-in-cheek, wicked love song tells of a man who is bleeding unrequited love, and will do anything for the love of Olive, who is already taken, performed in perfect Pigs style.

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Fred Smith - Scots of the Riverina     Folk, Country, Alternative Country, Cover Version 10/05/2019
Fred Smith is Australia's singing diplomat and is much loved for his gentle wit, gift for story and melody, and sublime collaborations with Liz Frencham and The Spooky Men's Chorale.
This is John Schumann’s setting of Henry Lawson’s poem. A struggle between father and son, a difficult marriage, the thin consolations of the Scottish Presbyterian Church, the impact of a distant war on a rural community, then some grim redemption - all in two minutes of verse. Lawson was surely the master.

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Benny Allen - We Will Remember     Country, Alternative Country, Folk, Acoustic 15/04/2019
With a piano strapped to the back of his ute, Benny Allen isn't your typical country singer. The name of his debut album, Never Knew I Was Country, is fitting.
Written after a conversation with his children about ANZAC Day, We Will Remember is a reflection on the sacrifices made by those who serve on behalf of Australia and New Zealand.

Benny Allen captures the poignant story of some of our country’s biggest wars, in We Will Remember, which was a 2019 finalist in the Tamworth Songwriter’s Association Awards.

Aaron Jurd - Hard To Breathe     Country, Pop 12/04/2019
Aaron Jurd is a top 5 iTunes charting country artist who has performed at the Golden Guitars and official opening of the Tamworth festival, and written with award-winning artists.
Hard To Breathe is an upbeat track that reminisces about all those feelings that come with new love and takes listeners back to that first kiss that takes your breath away. With its roots in country and branches edging slightly towards pop, this song makes you feel like dancing and will have you singing along, long after the final note.

Kim Wright - This Old Bar     Country, Rockabilly 05/04/2019
Kim Wright gives listeners pure, traditional country music through his originals, written in the style of artists including George Strait and Alan Jackson.
Known for wanting to expand the traditional American country sound in Australian country music, Kim Wright's latest single, This Old Bar is a humorous departure from the family man image of his debut single, Man of the House.
The co-write with Liam Kennedy-Clark has a man lying to his wife and his boss about where he’s been spending his time.

The Viper Creek Band - Wrecked Everything     Country, Pop, Rock 14/03/2019
When they formed in 2011, The Viper Creek Band believed that Australian country music was ready for an exciting new sound. The band continues to deliver dynamic performances.
Wrecked Everything Is all about a guy who has met a girl and fallen crazy in love and can't function the way he used to because he cannot think about anything but her. She has wrecked everything for him, but in the best possible way.

Other tracks by The Viper Creek Band:  Blue Jean Jacket
Chalkie White - Star In Your Car     Country, Easy Listening, Rock 14/02/2019
Chalkie White was one of Australian music’s best-kept secrets until 2018, when he had an ARIA #1 Australian Country Album. His 20 years touring Australia has produced an experienced singer-songwriter.
Star In Your Car, penned by Vernon Rust, takes you to that moment where you’re either stuck in traffic or driving down that winding country road, capturing the sense of freedom you get when your favourite song comes on.

There in that moment, your cares fade away and it’s all about the track, becoming a star in your car.

Aaron Jurd - Set Me On Fire     Country 31/01/2019
Strong vocal abilities set Lake Macquarie's Aaron Jurd apart from other artists and his self-penned debut release reached No. 5 on the iTunes chart.
WHEN you hit rock bottom, the only way is up, which is the message singer-songwriter Aaron Jurd is spreading with his new single, Set Me On Fire.

The single came from the artist's lowest point of his life to date when his home life wasn’t happy, he’d been burned by people he trusted and he wasn't achieving his musical goals.