Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

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We all know the amazing vocals of Dellacoma Rio, former frontman of Australian Hard Rock Band, Sunset Riot and now you can once again enjoy his signature vocals with his new band, Dellacoma. Dellacoma is set to release their debut full length album, South of Everything next year. 2015 definitely promises to be a busy year as Rio explains, “2015 will see the release of our debut full length album titled “South of Everything” This is exciting for me because I’ve never released a full length record before! We will be releasing a couple of videos and of course, more touring!

I know you are ready for some straight up rock n roll and Dellacoma is ready to deliver. They are premiering their new song, My Kinda Woman which is off their upcoming album. Rio comments on the song, “I like to think of ‘My Kinda Woman’ as a masculine love song. It’s straight up and in your face, full of passion and emotion as well as desire. The inspiration is my beautiful wife, we’ve been together 3 and a half years but I still am blown away by her. She’s quite an incredible woman.”  Hold on tight and take a listen to My Kinda Woman:

 

I love the swirling guitars and powerful vocals that deliver a sultry vibe. I can’t wait to hear more from them and hopefully get to see them soon. We asked Rio about any upcoming shows and he mentions, “At the moment I am doing a few solo band shows as well as some solo acoustic here in Australia. We will be taking to the road hopefully by spring of 2015 to coincide with the release of ‘South of Everything

So make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Dellacoma is:

  • Rick Reynolds: Bass
  • Art Struck: Guitar
  • Matt Cook: Drums
  • Dellacoma Rio: Vocals
Photo Credit: Adrian Cook

Photo Credit: Adrian Cook

Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t – Johnny Depp

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence – Robert Fripp

Music is an outburst of the soul – Frederick Delius

Music is a second language to my heart – Mara Arps

Those are some of my favorite quotes about music and how it truly can be a soul touching experience. I must tell you about a man whose vocals have touched me like none other. The man is Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu who goes by the name Gurrumul. First, he has a fascinating story which was featured in Rolling Stone that tells how this blind Aborignial man from Australia has captured the hearts of many with his powerfully emotive voice. He truly can open your heart and touch your soul as he sings.

Gurrumul has recently released his self titled album last month through Skinnyfish Music. The album takes you on a journey through your emotions, capturing the essence of an ethereal presence and is powerful that it can move you to tears. It is hard to explain how or what you experience when you listen. It is almost primal or providing such a nurturing safe haven when you listen. For myself, it was like a window to my soul had been opened and I felt the comfort and warmth of my (deceeased) father’s presence. It was not a sadness as much as an awareness of every thread of emotion I was feeling. It was quite overwhelming and empowering at the same time. To have someone’s voice carry such a power is absolutely amazing. Even more so, is the fact that Gurrumul sings in his native tongue Yolngue and it doesn’t matter if the words are even understood. It is mesmerizing and touching.

Check out one of Gurrumul‘s songs here, Wiyathul here:

Gurrumul‘s songs are 40,000 years in the making as he draws on the stories of the Aboriginal culture, which is older than any other known. I strongly encourage you take a listen, pick up the album that just might change your life. Whatever struggles you are going through, challenges in life, dealing with a busy hectic overloaded schedule, do yourself and your soul a favor. Listen to Gurrumul and take in the beauty of his music, you will find yourself floating in the history of his song yet truly feeling  “in the moment”.

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We will see if we can bring you more information on Gurrumul and possibly an interview to talk further about his music. I will leave you with another video featuring Sting and Gurrumul performing Every Breath You Take.

~ Marisol

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Photo Credit: Jeff Hann

Photo Credit: Jeff Hann

Mustered Courage is a four piece modern bluegrass band from Melbourne, Australia. They might have the fundamentals of bluegrass, but they have definitely given the genre a facelift with their unique style and sound. Dubbed newgrass, they have brought an alternative edge to the bluegrass scene and have been energizing crowds across the country with their big harmonies and sweet pickings. It would be too limiting to categorize this band as bluegrass because their modern sound blends in everything form country, alternative, and rock. There is something for everyone to enjoy and connect with.

Band Members:

  • Nick Keeling: Vocals/Banjo
  • Julian Abrahams: Vocals/ Guitar
  • Josh Bridges: Vocals/ Bass
  • Paddy Montgomery: Mandolin/Vocals

Mustered Courage have recently released their sophomore album, Powerlines and whether you are a bluegrass aficionado or searching for that new music to add to your playlist, this is the album for you. The songs will take you on a musical journey and it starts right off with the energetic upbeat track of Standing By Your Side. You will find yourself immediately toe tapping as a smile comes across your face as you are excited for this new album.

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Cruel Alibis is an amazing song with emotionally driven lyrics that starts off with a sweet serenade style and then picks up to the addition of the picking that has a voice of its own, creating emotions with each note.

Behind the Bullet has a nice country intro and the powerful vocals are really highlighted as they create a Southern style swagger. It has a dynamic string picking solo that gets you fully charged as the rhythm is gliding through your body. Another great song is the track Rosa featuring Kasey Chambers and her voice brings a great warm welcoming tone to the storytelling tale. The heartwarming song, My Hometown swirls a nostalgic air as it has you longing for a return to home, the place where your heart truly lies.

Allegheny takes it up a notch and gets you fully charged with the fierce string picking intro. Once again the strings take on their own emotion and voice which I find captivating. It really will have you in awe on this track as you revel in the precision and meticulous craft of their musicianship.

Towin the Chain is the highlight of the vocals of this band as they deliver a soul touching tale a-capella style that is powerful and impressive. The harmonies just grab a hold of you. Southern Style is just like it sounds a true ode to southern style and you can feel the charm come to life in this song.

The title track Powerlines is sure to stand out and it has a very alternative edge to it. The song brings to the forefront, the versatility of this band and it could easily be the track that draws non-bluegrass listeners into the wonderful world of Mustered Courage. It  has an Americana folk feel as the vocals and lyrics wrap around you to make that emotional connection.

Go To Hell has a high energy beat track and you can’t help but feel charged. Its rhythm enters you and is like a rush of adrenaline to your soul. The strings are spectacular on this track and will have you in admiration of their picking. The vocals have a great rough rawness that is the perfect edge to this song.

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Miss My Ways is another one of my favorite tracks as the vocals bring depth to the well written lyrics that are emotionally driven and soulful. It has a catchy chorus that blends so well with the strings.  Old Steam Train has a big country sound with a honkytonk vibe. When you listen to it, you can almost picture yourself rockin on the front porch as you reminisce about train adventures of the past, thirsting for a new ride.

The final track Still Shinin is the perfect finale to this album. It has true fusion of traditional bluegrass with modern flair. It might be the last song on the album but it has a mighty large sound. Just enough to have you press replay on the album and start your love affair with Mustered Courage all over again.

You can pick up the album on iTunes, Amazon, or the physical copy through http://www.traviannarecords.com/. Make sure to also visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news. Mustered Courage are currently on tour in the US so visit their Tour Page and make sure to get yourself to a show. I think they have a couple Northern California performance so we will see if we can bring you some coverage or an interview.

~ Marisol

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Aug 05 SMITH’S OLDE BAR Atlanta, GA
Aug 06 The Beatnik New Orleans, LA
Aug 07 Dosey Doe w/ Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen The Woodlands, TX
Aug 08 Lamberts Austin, TX
Aug 09 The Foundry Bar Dallas, TX
Aug 12 The Hotel Cafe Los Angeles, CA
Aug 13 Hotel Utah San Francisco, CA
Aug 14 Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Reno, NV
Aug 15 Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Reno, NV
Aug 16 Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Reno, NV
Aug 17 House Concert Santa Rosa, CA
Aug 18 The Crepe Place Santa Cruz, CA
Aug 22 Mississippi Studios Portland, OR
Aug 23 Sirens Tavern Port Townsend, WA
Aug 24 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
Aug 27 Revolution Brewing Paonia, CO
Aug 28 Pickin’ in the Park Paonia, CO
Aug 29 Lost Lake Lounge Denver, CO
Aug 30 Steve’s Guitars Carbondale, CO
Sep 03 The Cabooze Minneapolis, MN
Sep 04 Vangarde Arts Sioux City, IA
Sep 05 Shangri~La Fest Clarks Grove, MN
Sep 07 The Tonic Room Chicago, IL
Sep 10 Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Grand Rapids, MI
Sep 12 Thunderbird Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 13 Triumph Brewing Co New Hope, PA
Sep 18 Sugarlands Distilling Gatlinburg, TN
Sep 19 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Bristol, TN
Sep 20 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Bristol, TN
Sep 21 AMA Sounds Australia Farewell Bash Nashville, TN
Sep 22 Whiskey Jam @ Loser’s Nashville, TN
Sep 24 The Boulevard Tavern Charleston, WV
Sep 25 The Purple Fiddle Thomas, WV
Sep 26 The Dock At Water Chillicothe, OH
Sep 27 Midpoint Music Festival Cincinnati, OH
Sep 30 Tir Na Nog Raleigh, NC
Sep 30 The Lincoln Theater (IBMA Bluegrass Ramble) Raleigh, NC
Oct 01 Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom (IBMA Bluegrass Ramble) Raleigh, NC
Oct 03 Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Raleigh, NC
Oct 03 California Bluegrass Association Showcase

 

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We recently brought you our coverage of Australian rockers Ragdoll as they performed last Saturday night at the Whisky a GoGo. You can read more about that night here: Ragdoll at Whisky A GoGo. They were in town to open for legendary rockers Skid Row and it was an awesome night and they put on a excellent set.  Ragdoll have returned to the the US in support of their upcoming release, Ragdoll Rewound which is a compilation of Ragdoll‘s first two releases (‘Ragdoll Rock’ and ‘Here Today’) plus four live recordings, one of which is a new composition, “Rewind Your Mind.” The album is set to release later this week on May 23rd.  This powerful trio are creating a strong rock and roll sound worthy of your attention. Ragdoll is Ryan Rafferty on Lead Vocals/Bass, Leon Todd on Guitar and Cam Barrett on Drums.

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Ragdoll has just released a fun animated comic style video for their song, Tell Me which you can find on their Ragdoll Rewind CD. Check out the vide3o here:

 

We had a chance to talk with Ragdoll after their set at the Whisky and take them around the Sunset Strip a shoot a couple fun photos. Check out our interview with Ragdoll

 

Ragdoll will be performing at Rocklahoma as well as other US Rewind Your Mind Tour Dates. Visit the Ragdoll website for a complete list of upcoming shows. Make sure to visit their social media sites, pick up your copy of Rewind Your Mind and stay tuned for more rock and roll from Ragdoll.

~ Marisol

 

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We recently brought you our coverage of Australian rockers Ragdoll as they performed last Saturday night at the Whisky a GoGo. You can read more about that night here: Ragdoll at Whisky A GoGo. They were in town to open for legendary rockers Skid Row and it was an awesome night and they put on a excellent set.  Ragdoll have returned to the the US in support of their upcoming release, Ragdoll Rewound which is a compilation of Ragdoll‘s first two releases (‘Ragdoll Rock’ and ‘Here Today’) plus four live recordings, one of which is a new composition, “Rewind Your Mind.” The album is set to release later this week on May 23rd.  This powerful trio are creating a strong rock and roll sound worthy of your attention. Ragdoll is Ryan Rafferty on Lead Vocals/Bass, Leon Todd on Guitar and Cam Barrett on Drums.

We had a chance to talk with Ragdoll after their set at the Whisky and take them around the Sunset Strip a shoot a couple fun photos. Check out our interview with Ragdoll and Rockin Ryan’s photos from the Sunset Strip: 

 

Ragdoll put on a solid rockin set filled with energy that had the crowd on their feet. It is great to see how a trio can create such a powerful sound and breathe fresh new life into rock and roll.  They all have great stage presence, with Leon jumping around and getting the crowd fired up, Ryan captivating the crowd with his vocals and Cam was spot on his precision drumming, all while the three of them were smiling at the crowd. You can really tell that these three love what they are doing and they are exactly where they belong; on the stage. Check out the slide show of photos by Rockin Ryan from their set (you can also check them out on Rockin’ Ryan’s Facebook Album)

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Ragdoll will be performing at Rocklahoma as well as other US Rewind Your Mind Tour Dates. Visit the Ragdoll website for a complete list of upcoming shows. Make sure to visit their social media sites, pick up your copy of Rewind Your Mind and stay tuned for more rock and roll from Ragdoll. I will leave you with some videos of their set at the Whisky.

~ Marisol

 

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Australia rockers Ragdoll have returned to the the US in support of their upcoming release, Ragdoll Rewound which is a compilation of Ragdoll‘s first two releases (‘Ragdoll Rock’ and ‘Here Today’) plus four live recordings, one of which is a new composition, “Rewind Your Mind.” The album is set to release later this week on May 23rd. The trio revisited the first EP and had it remixed and polished the way they had always wanted to hear it. Songs like “Foot to the Floor” sound leaner and meaner while “The Feeling” is even more epic! Any issues the band may have had with the original ‘Here Today’ master have been fully rectified here too; while the new master of “Tell Me” in particular is a lot more dynamic and more true to the original mix.

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Ragdoll is Ryan Rafferty on (lead vocals, bass), Leon Todd (guitar), and Cam Barrett (drums) and together they are creating a powerful strong rock and roll sound worthy of your attention. With an intense desire to inject new life into the music they love; Ragdoll‘s mission is to dismantle the sometimes tired genres of classic rock, hard rock and progressive rock and rebuild them, producing a modern hybrid that both transcends and revitalizes the traditional rock genres. What they have created is rock and roll at it’s finest and a big sound coming from these three.  They are set to perform at this year’s Rocklahoma and will be performing on their Rewind Your Mind Tour.

We were able to catch Ragdoll as they opened up for Skid Row at the legendary Whisky a GoGo this past Saturday. Ragdoll put on a solid rockin set filled with energy that had the crowd on their feet. It is great to see how a trio can create such a powerful sound and breathe fresh new life into rock and roll.  They all have great stage presence, with Leon jumping around and getting the crowd fired up, Ryan captivating the crowd with his vocals and Cam was spot on his precision drumming, all while the three of them were smiling at the crowd. You can really tell that these three love what they are doing and they are exactly where they belong; on the stage. Check out the slide show of photos by Rockin Ryan from their set (you can also check them out on Rockin’ Ryan’s Facebook Album)

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We had the opportunity to talk with Ragdoll right after their set and here is that interview:

 

Another highlight of the night was catching Dug Pinnick as he came down to check out Ragdoll. We interviewed Dug a couple months ago as we discussed his new band, KXM. Check it out here.

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They are currently out on their Rewind Your Mind Tour and catch them when they come to a venue near you. Check the upcoming dates below:

  • 5/20 Leon’s Lounge, Oklahoma City OK
  • 5/21 Undercurrent, Tulsa OK
  • 5/22 Rocklahoma Pre Party, Pryor OK
  • 5/25 Rocklahoma Festival, Pryor OK *w/Kid Rock, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch and more*
  • 5/26 Uncercurrent, Tulsa OK
  • 5/27 Boobie Trap, Topeka KS
  • 5/29 The Drunken Skunk, Cheyenne WY
  • 5/30 Eck’s Saloon, Denver CO
  • 5/31 Ricky B’s Sports Pub, Windsor CO
  • 6/1 The Manfort, Durango CO
  • 6/2 Vault Nightclub, Alberquerque NM
  • 6/4 The Riot Room, Kansas City MO
  • 6/5 The Outland, Springfield MO
  • 6/6 Rock 3405 Kansas City MO
  • 6/7 Queen City Music Hall, Fort Worth TX
  • 6/8 RBC, Dallas TX
  • 6/13 Vamp’d, Las Vegas NV

These guys know how to rock and they have quite a busy schedule ahead of them as they explain,  “We’re returning to the USA in May and June to tour in support of ‘Ragdoll Rewound,’ and return to Rocklahoma for the third straight year. We’re doing twenty shows, starting in California, then the Midwest and culminating in Vegas. We’ll be rolling out a new music video and a whole new line of merchandise; everything from tee shirts and CD’s to condoms and slap bands! We’ll then return home for the Australian launch of the record before entering the studio to record the material we’ve prepared for our fourth all original studio release.” 

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay tuned for more rock and roll from Ragdoll. I will leave you with the video of my favorite song of theirs, All I Want. 

~ Marisol

 

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Ragdoll

 

Australia rockers Ragdoll are returning to the US in support of their upcoming release, Ragdoll Rewound which is a compilation of Ragdoll‘s first two releases (‘Ragdoll Rock’ and ‘Here Today’) plus four live recordings, one of which is a new composition, “Rewind Your Mind.” The album is set to release on May 23rd. The trio revisited the first EP and had it remixed and polished the way they had always wanted to hear it. Songs like “Foot to the Floor” sound leaner and meaner while “The Feeling” is even more epic! Any issues the band may have had with the original ‘Here Today’ master have been fully rectified here too; while the new master of “Tell Me” in particular is a lot more dynamic and more true to the original mix.

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Ragdoll is Ryan Rafferty on (lead vocals, bass), Leon Todd (guitar), and Cam Barrett (drums) and together they are creating a powerful strong rock and roll sound worthy of your attention. With an intense desire to inject new life into the music they love; Ragdoll’s mission is to dismantle the sometimes tired genres of classic rock, hard rock and progressive rock and rebuild them, producing a modern hybrid that both transcends and revitalizes the traditional rock genres. What they have created is rock and roll at it’s finest and a big sound coming from these three.  They are set to perform at this year’s Rocklahoma and will be performing on their Rewind Your Mind Tour. Check them out below:

  • 5/16 San Souci, Ventura CA
  • 5/17 Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood CA *Supporting Skid Row*
  • 5/20 Leon’s Lounge, Oklahoma City OK
  • 5/21 Undercurrent, Tulsa OK
  • 5/22 Rocklahoma Pre Party, Pryor OK
  • 5/25 Rocklahoma Festival, Pryor OK *w/Kid Rock, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch and more*
  • 5/26 Uncercurrent, Tulsa OK
  • 5/27 Boobie Trap, Topeka KS
  • 5/29 The Drunken Skunk, Cheyenne WY
  • 5/30 Eck’s Saloon, Denver CO
  • 5/31 Ricky B’s Sports Pub, Windsor CO
  • 6/1 The Manfort, Durango CO
  • 6/2 Vault Nightclub, Alberquerque NM
  • 6/4 The Riot Room, Kansas City MO
  • 6/5 The Outland, Springfield MO
  • 6/6 Rock 3405 Kansas City MO
  • 6/7 Queen City Music Hall, Fort Worth TX
  • 6/8 RBC, Dallas TX
  • 6/13 Vamp’d, Las Vegas NV

These guys know how to rock and they have quite a busy schedule ahead of them as they explain,  “We’re returning to the USA in May and June to tour in support of ‘Ragdoll Rewound,’ and return to Rocklahoma for the third straight year. We’re doing twenty shows, starting in California, then the Midwest and culminating in Vegas. We’ll be rolling out a new music video and a whole new line of merchandise; everything from tee shirts and CD’s to condoms and slap bands! We’ll then return home for the Australian launch of the record before entering the studio to record the material we’ve prepared for our fourth all original studio release.” 

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay tuned for more rock and roll from Ragdoll. I will leave you with the video of my favorite song of theirs, All I Want. 

~ Marisol

 

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