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Andrew Swift Shares ‘Cheap Liquor’

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Following his win at the Golden Guitar Awards for Male Artist of the Year in January, Andrew Swift continued to ride the wave of success with the release of his third studio album, Lightning Strikes and Neon Nights

The album which debuted #1 ARIA Australian Country Album, #2 ARIA Australian album (behind Peach PRC), #4 ARIA Physical Album and ARIA Top 10 Country. Produced by Matt Fell, the album features the hits ‘Young Lovers’, ‘The Good Old Days’  ‘You and Me And a Bottle Of Whiskey’ and the latest track to drop, ‘Cheap Liquor‘.

The title, Lightning Strikes & Neon Nights, is a great way to summarise this collection of songs. The ‘Lightning Strikes’ are the stories about finding moments of love and romance while the ‘Neon Nights’ are more influenced by a good night out.”

Collaborating with new and familiar faces such as Phil Barton, Travis Collins, Tenille Townes, Gretta Ziller, Taylor Moss, Alys Ffion and his girlfriend Simone Sordello; the album has a more overall contemporary feel to it than past Swift releases.

This was a fun one to write, Gretta Ziller and I have toured a whole lot together over the years but hadn’t written a song together since 2019. Getting by on Cheap Liquor is a concept that you don’t need to have the best things in life in order to have fun and that’s exactly what this song is about. We wanted that swampier sounding country vibe to compliment the working class narrative. I was definitely reflecting on my years of labouring experiences while we wrote this one.

This album follows Andrew’s highly successful album, ‘The Art Of Letting Go’, which debuted #1 on the ARIA Australian Country Album Charts and was the 5th highest selling Australian Country album of 2021.  

For Touring and More Info: https://www.andrewswift.com.au

TOUR DATES:

Thu 8th June – Royal Hotel, Dungog NSW

Sat 10th June – Flow Bar, Old Bar NSW

Sun 11th June – Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle NSW

Fri 7th July – The Victoria Hotel, Bathurst NSW

Sat 8th July – Moonshiners Honky Tonk Bar, Tamworth NSW

Sat 22 July – Coastal Country Music Fest- Sunshine Coast QLD

5th-12th August – Tunes In The Tropics, Fiji

Fri 18th August – NQs Rockin’ Country Festival, Mackay QLD

Fri 8th September – Lyrics Underground, Perth WA

Sat 9th September – Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury WA

Sun 10th September – Six Degrees, Albany WA

Thu 28th September – Arcobar, Moorabbin VIC

Fri 29th September  – Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin NSW

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Spotlight On Finnian Johnson

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Finnian Johnson, a name that’s been making waves in the country music landscape, brings a refreshing blend of authenticity, passion, and undeniable talent to the forefront. With his soulful voice, heartfelt lyrics, and captivating stage presence, Finnian has been captivating audiences and earning recognition far and wide.

Join us as we delve into Finnian’s journey, from his humble beginnings when he found his talent for music to his current status as a rising star in the country music realm. We’ll explore the influences that have shaped his unique sound, the stories behind his most beloved songs, and the moments that have defined his career thus far.

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Spotlight On….Kim McCartin & Her New Single “Head Above Water”

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Dive into the soul-stirring melodies of alt-country sensation Kim McCartin. With lyrics that resonate like a heartfelt conversation and a voice that weaves tales of love, loss, and redemption, Kim’s music is a journey through the heartland of emotions. Experience the raw authenticity of her storytelling, where every note is a brushstroke painting the canvas of life on her latest single “Head Above Water“, out now on all streaming services.

Drawing from roots deeply embedded in the rich Australian soil, Kim’s music effortlessly weaves together the authenticity of country storytelling with the edgy allure of alternative sounds.

On her previous album, Two White Horses, Kim gained debut critical acclaim that left critics and fans longing for more, with songs written by Kim and co-written by the album’s producer, Kevin Bennett. The maturity of her writing at the time won her many fans and friends in the broader Australian music family. Further writing as part of a prestigious song club, Kim was able to collaborate with some of her great friends and notable names in the music industry.

Penning lyrics like pages from a well-worn novel, Kim has just finished recording at her studio on the Sunshine Coast, with a view to releasing a new album in 2024.

With her new single Head Above Water, Kim invites listeners into a world where raw emotions and untamed melodies collide, resonating with a soul-stirring honesty that is both refreshing and unforgettable.

Embrace the rich tapestry of alt-country of a genuine troubadour, whose music speaks directly to the core of the human experience. Don’t pass up the chance to lose yourself in Kim McCartin’s captivating sounds.

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Tami Neilson Records New Single At Willie’s Luck Ranch

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One of Tami’s favourite songs from Willie Nelson’s vast library, “Sister’s Coming Home,” would be the perfect way to commemorate her homecoming to the legendary Luck Reunion Festival that takes place on his ranch. Featuring the talented Nicky Diamonds, a native Texan and member of The Black Opry, and produced by the legendary Pedernales Studio’s own GRAMMY winner Steve Chadie, Tami gushed about how meaningful it was to record this song for a number of reasons:

“Growing up performing in a family band, I’ve always loved this song from a sibling perspective. This track documents the first time me and my two brothers have recorded music together in 25 years. It wasn’t planned- Jay performs and tours with me regularly and our little brother Todd creates my visuals and has produced many of my music videos and album covers throughout my career. Todd was there to film and document this project- which was supposed to be just Jay and I recording a little acoustic love letter to Willie for his 90th birthday present. We walked into the studio and Chadie had scavenged around the studio for some percussion and rustled up a kick, snare and a floor tom- (no cymbals a la Willie!) I asked Todd if he would mind hopping on the makeshift kit and The Neilson Family was reunited once again!”

In 2023, following their unexpected live performance of “Beyond the Stars” at Luck Reunion in 2022, Tami and Willie took home the trophy for “BEST COUNTRY SONG 2023” from the Country Music Awards in New Zealand. Neilson has informed Willie that she will be bringing the plaque to give him for his collection. “You know, just in case he wants to display it alongside his fourteen Grammys!” she exclaims while laughing.

“Sister’s Coming Home” is the first release for Neilson since her award-winning album “Kingmaker” stunned fans and press alike in 2022.

“Neilson is at the forefront of the women who are taking back country music. This is the Album of the Year”

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