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New Single, New Label, New Tour, New Album – Claire Anne Taylor Readies 2024

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The highly regarded folk, country, and blues singer-songwriter Claire Anne Taylor’s third solo album, Giving It Away, is soon to be released by Cheatin’ Hearts Records on February 16th.

With today’s release of Lay You Down in the Cold Hard Ground, Taylor—dubbed “the voice of Tasmania”—follows up on her recent track Keep On’ Truckin’ with another taste of the album. The video for the single captures the intense energy of Claire and the band performing this blues-infused, raw, and soulful song live.

The album features Claire Anne Taylor accompanied by some of Tasmania’s best musicians, and it was recorded at MONA’s Frying Pan Studios in Tasmania by Chris Townend (Ngaiire, Portishead, Tim Finn). Claire plays rhythm guitar and vocals, Beau Thomas plays drums, Jethro Pickett plays lead guitar, Randal Muir plays keys, and Hanna Czaban, Lilly Sideris, and Nkechi Anele provide harmony.

“This album is a deeply personal one for me, and comes from a huge time in my life; following my son’s diagnosis with Angelman Syndrome. I guess you could say I took all my grief and anger and put it into my music and this has been my therapy and an escape of sorts.”  Claire says of the album.

On signing Claire to the award-winning label Cheatin’ Hearts, label founder Luke Woods
says; “It is a completely visceral experience listening to Claire’s music – you feel it deeply.
This new album lands somewhere in that sweet spot between blues-country-soul and is a
massive statement from Tassie’s finest. We feel like it’s going to be an instant Australian
classic and we couldn’t be prouder to be releasing it on Cheatin’ Hearts.”

A 36-date national tour in support of the single and album has already begun this year for Claire Anne Taylor, who is a favourite on the National Folk Circuit and a recent winner of the National Live Music Awards’ “Best Live Voice.” The tour stops at numerous festivals around the country, including Gum Ball, Woodford Folk, Cygnet Folk, Nannup Music, and many more.

Don’t miss CLAIRE ANNE TAYLOR & band launching Giving It Away around the country:

JAN 27 – THEATRE ROYAL | HOBART (TAS)
FEB 15 – GRACE EMILY HOTEL | ADELAIDE (SA)
FEB 16 – THREE BROTHERS ARMS | MACCLESFIELD (SA)
FEB 17 – ALLENDALE EAST HALL | ALLENDALE EAST (SA)
FEB 18 – THE DART & MARLIN | WARRNAMBOOL (VIC)
FEB 22 – SHOTKICKERS | MELBOURNE (VIC)
FEB 23 – PALAIS-HEPBURN | HEPBURN SPRINGS (VIC)
FEB 24 – ARCHIES CREEK TAVERN | ARCHIES CREEK (VIC)
FEB 25 – SEDGWICK HALL | SEDGWICK (VIC)
FEB 28 – THE ELLINGTON | PERTH (WA)
FEB 29 – THE BUFFALO CLUB | FREMANTLE (WA)
MAR 1-4 – NANNUP MUSIC FESTIVAL | NANNUP (WA)
MAR 16 – SANDY POINT COMMUNITY CENTRE | SANDY POINT (VIC)

MAR 17 – THE OLD GAOL | BEECHWORTH (VIC)
MAR 22 – TOMERONG HALL | TOMERONG (NSW)
MAR 23 – FRANK’S WILD YEARS | THIRROUL (NSW)
MAR 24 – PETERSHAM BOWLS CLUB | SYDNEY (NSW)
MAR 30- APRIL 1 – NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL | CANBERRA (ACT)
APRIL 18 – UPPER LANSDOWNE HALL | UPPER LANSDOWNE (NSW)
APRIL 20 – LOWANNA COMMUNITY HALL | LOWANNA (NSW)
APRIL 26 – 28 – THE GUM BALL FESTIVAL | BELFORD (NSW)
MAY 3 – JETTY THEATRE | COFFS HARBOUR (NSW)
MAY 4 – BRUNSWICK PICTURE HOUSE | BRUNSWICK HEADS (NSW)

MAY 5 – DUST TEMPLE | CURRUMBIN (QLD)
MAY 10 – THE CITADEL | MURWILLUMBAH (NSW)
MAY 11 – IT’S STILL A SECRET | BRISBANE (QLD)
MAY 12 – THE MAJESTIC THEATRE | POMONA (QLD)

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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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