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Troubadour Harvey Russell Releases New Single, New Album In 2024

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With a new solo album coming in early 2024, Harvey Russell today reveals the third single from it, ‘Look Me In The Eye’, an honest and incisive appraisal of the world we’re living in.

As Russell embarked on the creative process for the forthcoming second album, his band The Widowmakers, a crack unit both in the studio and on stage, returned to add their mercurial touches to the first single ‘Honey Come Back to Me‘, which had its radio premiere on The Outpost on 2SER and online with Sunburnt Country Music.

Like a hip-shaking honky tonk classic, the chorus also revealed Wilco-like chord changes and a streak of melancholy, acting as a beautiful counterpoint to the lively verses.

Russell followed it up with ‘Last Dance’, the song’s backbone drum beat, stripped-back arrangement, gently distorted electric guitar and evocative fiddle playing brings to mind John Mellencamp circa The Lonesome Jubilee. In this case it’s emanating from the Australian heartland, underlined with a solo that could’ve come from a Paul Kelly song residing at the twangier end of Australian country rock.

Now Harvey reveals ‘Look Me In the Eye’, which premiered on Stuart Coupe‘s nationally syndicated Dirt Music radio show .


It’s a song with a lush warm and classic sound, beautifully balanced between familiar country and edgier alt-country sounds courtesy of producer Michael Carpenter (who also provides backing vocals). Aaron Langman’s playing is another standout feature of the song. His contrasting cosmic (and muscular) electric guitar and iconic country-sounding pedal steel gives the song a timeless quality. 

“Think I’ll go up to the cabin and leave you to be, and play some old Hank Williams and drink some whiskey”

From matters of the heart tackled on the previous singles, Russell now turns his mind to the divisive nature of modern societal discourse and the dangers of being blinded to life’s realities.

We/society are at risk of losing our way,” explains Russell, “I wanted to question whether we’re up to the challenges and the demons we face.”


Harvey Russell released his debut album Liquid Damage, an album of classic country songs for the modern world in 2019, recalling everyone from George Jones to Jeff Tweedy. It heralded the arrival of a new solo artist on the local scene, though Harvey had already had years of experience under his belt, both as the frontman for the rock and alt-country group Harvey Swagger Band in the late 00s, and then as one half of the more acoustic-based country-folk duo Peasant Moon.

Russell’s well-received solo album and its singles ‘Please Don’t Pretend’, ‘Walking Downtown (Again)’ and ‘Gave You Flowers’ showed an artist with an innate ability to channel the classic tropes of country music throughout the 20th century, and combine them with contemporary metropolitan alt-country. After a decade developing and honing his songwriting, he’s dialled into the heart of country music with an authentic and finely-tuned ear for the song-craft of the genre, in all its forms.

In recent years, Harvey’s music has received attention both in Australia and overseas. He has achieved international recognition with performances at Canadian Music Week (2016) and touring throughout the US in 2017. Peasant Moon’s debut EP was a finalist in the Australian Roots Music Awards (EP of the Year, 2016) and the song ‘Over Again’ was a finalist at the 2018 Tamworth Country Music Festival’s Songwriters Awards.

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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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