Having spent several years in successful indie rock acts such as the Daisygrinders and Big Heavy Stuff, Adam Young has had his songs covered by the likes of You Am I and The Lemonheads. This would be enough to make any musician retire happily.
But it is his solo work with which Adam will truly leave his mark.
Newcastle’s Ben Leece is the real deal. Raised on Kamilaroi country, he grew up on a small farm in Quirindi, on the Liverpool Plains south of Tamworth. He first picked up his father’s Maton guitar as an early teenager and began writing songs before he even knew how to play. Things have continued that way ever since.
Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes play alternative country in the truest sense. If you take the likes of the Drive-By Truckers, Old 97’s and Lucero, then mix in some Steve Earle, Exile-era Stones and punk and indie stalwarts like The Clash, The Replacements, Husker Du and The Saints, you’ll get the idea.
For over two decades, one band has ruled the saloons, juke joints, taverns and honky tonks of Sydney. That band is Spurs For Jesus and their name has become synonymous with alt-country and cowpunk in this here town.
Straight outta somewhere stinky and into your local bar, Deadwood 76 is a happy collision between Merle Haggard’s cattle truck and the Ramones tour bus. Their anthropological mission is to revive lost country classics that champion life’s bottom dwellers, the art of getting blotto and good old-fashioned spouse murder.
The Saloon Daddies are a Sydney-based acoustic alt-folk and country duo with definite punk rock roots that sees Jeff Pope aka Crank Williams (Deadwood 76, Spurs For Jesus) team up with Dave Favours.