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.
Peta Caswell is fast earning a name for herself as one of Sydney’s brightest and most promising alt-country vocalists and writers. The first taste of her original work appeared on the celebrated Take Me To Town Australian alternative country compilation, with many singling her track out as one of the highlights of the release.
Now, Peta has formed her own band, The Lost Cause, and is putting it on record and on the road.
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.
Katie Brianna was plucked from obscurity by Paul Kelly at age 15 before recording 2 critically acclaimed alt-country albums and scoring herself a couple of Golden Guitar nominations along the way.
So why are we telling you this? We have no idea because it’s time to forget everything you’ve heard or thought you know about Katie Brianna up until now, as her new album is destined to be a game changer.
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.
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.
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.
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.