Lots of goodies that seem to be pouring into my music box these days, quite few from local artists; it seems that lockdown around the world has at least kept the creative juices going whilst many live gigs are cancelled.
Melbourne based Gareth Leach released his second album Trigger in September and like many artists, would have been out touring and promoting at this point in time, but social media is where it’s at currently.
Now Leach is a big fan of outlaw country, so Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson are idols, but as Leach comes from a punk rock and heavy metal background, we get great combinations of guitar riffs, fiddle playing, touches of bluegrass, traditional country and lyrics touching on issues of today including what are the real life’s successes, domestic abuse, important family time (Leach is a teacher and has two young children), social media…
Self produced and engineered, Trigger is an impressive body of work, 10 songs from this outlaw country singer songwriter that have had me coming back for a few listens already.
The War and Treaty were due to appear at Byron Bay Blues Festival in 2020, and we all know what happened to that! So at least we have their new album Hearts Town to devour their impassioned soul music that brings us elements of gospel, folk, country and R&B.
Once again this is wonderful, uplifting music from this husband and wife duo, now self produced (their debut was produced by Buddy Miller who has been a great influencer and encourager), with many songs reflecting their own thoughts and experiences of what Covid, American and world politics are doing to the world at this time….”It’s our attempt to spread a message about the need to unify the human race”…..there’s nothing wrong with that folks!
So give these your attention: "Five More Minutes" (Live from Ryman Auditorium) and "Jealousy" (featuring Jerry Douglas and Chris Etheridge)
Okay seeing Melbourne artists need a lot of exposure presently, here’s young 23 year old Joshua Batten with his debut album Presently who describes his sound as “Folk rock meets blues, with a bit of traditional country….James Taylor meets Eric Clapton”.
Fair enough, so how does he stack up? Well first of all whilst using other musicians (his band is called Batten Down), Batten sings and plays all guitars, keyboards, plus bass on many tracks, so is a pretty impressive musician ( He also has a Bachelor of Music)!
He sings with a fired up passion and many of his songs are in a blues rock fashion, expressing views on big city living, his life’s experience whilst wielding some great guitar!
Thanks for listening!