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Brad Cox Announces ‘Acres’ Regional Tour



Brad Cox is thrilled to announce his upcoming regional Australia tour, including first-ever shows in New Zealand and Darwin. Following the success of his latest album, ‘ACRES’, Brad Cox is set to enthrall fans with this grand tour across regional Australia and New Zealand.

Brad Cox is catapulting from the soaring success of last month’s sold-out ‘Acres’ metro tour, directly into the heart of regional Australia. Leaving an indelible mark on renowned stages across the nation, Brad and his band transformed iconic venues into arenas of unity and musical camaraderie. The band held sway over packed houses at illustrious venues such as The TivoliAnita’s Theatre, and Northcote Theatre, with the crowd singing along word for word, arm in arm, marking a resounding testament to Brad’s powerful connection with his fans.

The announcement of the ‘Acres Regional Tour’ also sees the return of Brad’s much-talked-about solo show, ‘Yarns and Yodels’. These acoustic and intimate shows will take place across regional Victoria and will see Brad performing fan favourites, new and old, and of course, having a yarn.

The ‘Acres’ Album Tour was such a success and everyone was sad to see the end of it. So we have decided to take it to the regions, and for the first time, New Zealand. Darwin friends, you have been screaming at me for years and we’ve finally got it done. All I can say is the Barra better be on the bite. Plus we have a couple of solo theatre shows to kick it off. What a mixed bag.”

Celebrated for his authenticity, genuine spirit, and down-to-earth persona, Brad Cox has made a substantial impact with his recent 17-track tour-de-force, ‘ACRES’. The album scaled the heights of success, securing #1 on the ARIA Country Charts and #7 on the ARIA Album Chart, illuminating a high watermark in Cox’s career. ‘ACRES’ stands as a resounding showcase of an artist who can veer thematically from an earthy brand of country pop, to heartfelt piano-led ballads, to anthemic party songs.

One of the standout tracks from the album, “Now She Ain’t,” is currently the most played track on Triple M Country, stamping its mark on the country music landscape. Moreover, the single “Last Time Last” has recently earned additions to HIT, NOVA, and ARN Regional Network, amplifying the mainstream buzz surrounding ‘Acres’.

Brad Cox’s music has reached audiences far and wide, amassing over 17.5 million streams in the last 12 months alone and is a clear testament to his vast appeal and popularity, setting the stage for an exceptional regional Australia tour.

Embedded within Brad’s success is his fan club, the Drinking Pioneers. This devoted community, united by their mutual love for Brad’s music, stands as a testament to the camaraderie that his work inspires. This tour is not just about relishing Brad and the boys’ dynamic performances, it’s also about becoming part of a wider community, a family that celebrates life, land, and the power of music.

Tour dates for the upcoming regional Australia and New Zealand tour are:

Thu 21 Sep – The Cube | Wodonga Y+Y **

Fri 22 Sep – WPACC | Wangaratta Y+Y **

Sat 23 Sep – Theatre Royal | Castlemaine Y+Y **

Sun 24 Sep – Lighthouse Theatre | Warrnambool Y+Y **

Fri 6 Oct – Savannah In The Round | Mareeba

Thu 19 Oct – Tuning Fork | Auckland #

Fri 20 Oct – San Fran | Wellington #

Sat 21 Oct – Loons | Christchurch #

Thu 26 Oct – Hoey Moey | Coffs Harbour **

Fri 27 Oct – Bowlo Sports And Leisure Yamba | Yamba **

Sat 28 Oct – Warwick Rodeo | Warwick

Sat 11 Nov – Darwin Entertainment Centre | Darwin #

Thu 16 Nov – The Westernport Hotel | San Remo #

Fri 17 Nov – Ballarat Civic Hall | Ballarat #

Sat 18 Nov – York On Lilydale | Mt Evelyn #

Sun 19 Nov – Ulumbarra Theatre | Bendigo #

Fri 24 Nov – Forth Pub | Forth **

Sat 25 Nov – Hobart Uni Bar | Hobart **

Thu 7 Dec – Garden Hotel | Dubbo #

Fri 8 Dec – Panthers | Penrith #

Sat 9 Dec – The Regal Inn | Maitland


** Caitlyn Shadbolt

# Austin Mackay

Y+Y Yarns and Yodels – Brad Cox Acoustic and Intimate

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“Passage Du Desir” – Johnny Blue Skies

Ladies and Gentlemen, please allow us to introduce Johnny Blue Skies, the new incarnation of iconic Nashville renegade Sturgill Simpson, and his new album “Passage Du Desir”



Ladies and Gentlemen, please allow us to introduce Johnny Blue Skies, the new incarnation of iconic Nashville renegade Sturgill Simpson, and his new album “Passage Du Desir”. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and Clement House Recording Studio in Nashville, the album signifies the start of a new chapter for the artist, who had previously committed to releasing just five studio albums under the moniker Sturgill Simpson. 

From the very first listen, this new album, the first by Simpson in three years, is once again an intriguing exploration of metamodern melancholy, reminiscent of an early Roy Orbison.

Johnny Blue Skies takes us through grief, previous setbacks, and unreachable ambitions from the moment the pen meets paper on this album. Listeners are left feeling raw, perhaps even vulnerable by the artists intense honesty. As sorrow flows like the Canal Saint-Martin, he presses for admission on “Right Kind of Dream,” using his sublime vocal talents like never before, making this among his most captivating recordings to date thanks to his understanding and abilities of how to use his vocals to convey modern sensitivities.

“You can turn the page or you can light the book on fire and dance around the flames. You can try to live above hell or you can just go raise some. Here’s to clean livin’ and dirty thinking.”

Using a layered effect, Johnny Blue Skies evokes a cosmic remoteness with his softer, exposed voice. As if trying to escape the immense pain, he sounds to be physically detaching himself from it. “One for the Road” transitions from symphonic country-rock to guitars sobbing during the course of its nearly nine-minute breakup song. Think Jim Steinman, but instead of his symphonic power ballads with an operatic rock singer from Texas, his muse would be Johnny Blue Skies, complete with strings and a retro country feel, straight out of Studio B at RCA circa 1978.

His more powerful moments, like the chorus of “Jupiter’s Faerie,” bring out his voice’s imperfections and add depth to the album in the same movement, before “If the Sun Never Rises Again” is chilled rock meets blue-eyed soul allowing us time to rest and reflect before moving on deeper into “Passage Du Desir”.

The album is peppered with rich and lively background music that complements Johnny Blue Skies singing, with his cosmic metamodern theme continuing to feature through songs like   “Mint Tea”, which is inviting and euphoric country music for listeners old and new, while the albums opening track, “Swamp of Sadness,” sets the tone, with haunting accordion melodies and Simpson’s vulnerable vocals. 

Even though it’s not officially an album by Sturgill Simpson, “Passage Du Desir” showcases Simpson’s talent while performing as Johnny Blue Skies. Seemingly heralding a new beginning and a return to metamodern country sounds, his music has taken an alternate trajectory recently, and we as listeners are richer and rewarded by it.

“Passage Du Desir” takes its cue from Johnny Blue Skies and invites listeners to explore the depths of despair, to the point where the album is so good, the sorrow and despair can’t help but be replaced by the unique joy and elation that music can bring. This record will take you on an emotional journey through the complex web of desire and need, regardless of whether you are a complete novice or a lifelong fan. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Johnny Blue Skies has arrived and the world of country music may never be the same again.

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Minor Gold Release Soulful “Over You”

Minor Gold’s “Over You,” is a country ballad in the manner of the 1970s that is dripping with the melancholy of reminiscing about a love that was once.



The musical chemistry between Dan Parsons (AUS) and Tracy McNeil (CAN), two award-winning and ARIA-nominated songwriters, gives rise to Minor Gold, a formidable Americana/folk duet. Their latest single, “Over You,” is a country ballad in the manner of the 1970s that is dripping with the melancholy of reminiscing about a love that was once.

Minor Gold have been moving about like clockwork since August 2023, when they released their critically praised self-titled debut album. In little over a year, Minor Gold have done it all: supported The Teskey Brothers in the US and Canada, showcased at Folk Alliance International and AmericanaFEST, and are now on their second U.S. national tour, which includes a stop at the Mile of Music Festival in Appleton, WI. Oh, and they have also toured Australia twice!

The duo has been working on their sophomore album for the past five days in Los Angeles with producer Dan Horne (Mapache, Circles Around the Sun, Cass McCombs), but this new single isn’t original material—it’s a cover of a song by Tracy McNeil’s father, the late singer-songwriter Wayne McNeil.

“Over You always felt like an undiscovered classic…Dad was such a great songwriter but just never had the chance to bring his songs to the world. It’s an honour to now have our own version and I know he would be smiling somewhere.” Tracy McNeil

Without overly complex instrumentation, Dan Parsons’s production faithfully captures the honesty and simplicity of the original song, which is filled with lonely grief and yearning. Featuring pedal steel and drums from ex-pat Australian singer-songwriter Chris Altmann and third part harmony from Tracy’s brother Logan McNeil, a musician and visual artist, the session took place at Catherine Studios in Hamilton, Ontario, and was a true family affair.

The incredible talent of Parsons as lead vocalist is a tribute to the transformative power of music; his rendition captures the essence and golden tone of Wayne’s voice while yet being uniquely Parsons.

The official music video aims to reflect the nostalgia of remembering a great love, and the heartache that still lingers when you just can’t move on. Filmed tag-team style by Parsons and McNeil, who worked to capture each other in raw, simple performances, they made meaningful use of various familiar old haunts in Tracy’s hometown of Port Colborne Ontario.

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“The Light, The Beautiful Liar” – Riley Catherall

An album of moonlit tapestry spun from strands of love, loss, and meditation, “The Light, The Beautiful Liar,” is Riley Catherall’s sophomore offering. Catherall takes listeners on a journey through the dark recesses of his soul with every song, where the echoes of love lost echo through the night.



An album of moonlit tapestry spun from strands of love, loss, and meditation, “The Light, The Beautiful Liar,” is Riley Catherall’s sophomore offering. Catherall takes listeners on a journey through the dark recesses of his soul with every song, where the echoes of love lost echo through the night.

Catherall’s songwriting is a delicate interplay between openness and lyrical expression. Under a starry sky, his songs sound like secret confessions. In the song “Bark At The Moon,” he sings, “The night dies with the dawn here, a new day breaks on the pavement, and I haven’t changed enough. I’m a broke down believer.” All the pain of yearning is captured in these lines—the frantic hope that the night will somehow provide answers.

Light and sorrow are themes that Catherall returns to throughout the record. A love that flourishes under the moonlight but withers away in the light of day is shown vividly in “Coming Down, Coming Over”, whilst the songs reference to the albums title in its lyrics encapsulates the ambivalent charm of deceit, illustrating how love may assume the form of truth until the break of morning exposes its flimsy facade. The vulnerability of love, how it often crumbles in the light of day, is captured in his singing, with a voice that stays, leaving a trail of yearning.

Catherall creates an evocative sonic environment in tandem with producer Damian Cafarella, reflecting the ideas explored throughout the record. An intimate yet vast audio canvas is created by the production’s combination of acoustic warmth and electronic edges. Imagine two friends being on a moonlit hill, surveying a wide emotional landscape whilst sharing a cigarette, a bottle of red wine and a blanket around your shoulders. That’s how it feels.

An example of this equilibrium between producer and artist is “South Of Somewhere”. The sweeping melody on the electric guitar makes one think of interstate highways and hidden partnerships. Every note rings true because of Cafarella’s touch and fused with Catherall’s sublime vocals. The song’s tempo, which ranges from calm to fast, leads us through the maze of the night.

You should listen to “The Light, The Beautiful Liar” while you’re alone. It’s the perfect background music for moonlit strolls, hidden whispers, driving in the rain and times when you are trying to understand the inexplicable pain of love. As Catherall’s whispered vocals lull us into slumber, we are transported to a world where stars and memories dance together and the soul battles its own demons.

As the last chords die out, a paradox remains: the allure of deceit, the light that shows and conceals. Maybe that’s when we connect with the night’s secrets, our own beautiful liars, and the lovers we’ve lost, and if you let “The Light, The Beautiful Liar” be your guide, you won’t be alone.

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