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Drew McAlister

Drew McAlister has long been recognised as one of the nation’s premier songwriters and performers. The former McAlister Kemp mainstay has penned hundreds of tunes, both with and for artists from Graeme Connors to Luke O’Shea to Tamara Stewart. He’s worked with U.S. songwriting royalty including Brett Jones (Jason Aldean), Brian Maher (Taylor Swift), and Dylan Altman (Tim McGraw), and performed alongside the cream of Aussie country talent: Beccy Cole, Sara Storer, Adam Brand, and countless others.

With second solo outing Black Sky, the versatile star shows off his trademark earthy, anthemic style as never before.

Recorded in Nashville with the cream of Music City’s mythic session players, Black Sky is a landmark release from the tireless husband and father of two, encompassing co-writes with longtime creative foil Alan Caswell, along with Kaylens Rain’s Glen Harrison, and Caitlyn Shadbolt.
Drew McAlister’s sound is best described, as the singer himself puts it, as ‘organic country rock’: music that moves us both to celebrate life’s greatest joys, and to reflect upon the challenges that confront us all. Black Sky showcases eleven soaring anthems of resilience and love, anchored throughout by McAlister’s incisive reflections on the lessons that bind us together as a people.

“It had to tick two boxes,” McAlister says of the album’s driving purpose. “It had to have an energy about it, but it still had to have that songwriter element to it, as well. I still wanted to tell a story – that’s the thing I’ve always loved about country music: the story element. There’s still that message in the songs here, but I also wanted them to translate live.”

After winning the Gympie Muster’s prestigious Maton Talent Search in 2003, McAlister netted his first Golden Guitar in 2007, taking home the Vocal Collaboration of the Year Award for ‘A Little Bit of Country in Us All’ with Alan Caswell. He’s since collected Golden Guitars for Song Of The Year and Heritage Song of the Year (for Luke O’Shea co-write ‘Lady of the Land’), and garnered scores of APRA, TIARA, and Victorian National Country Music Awards wins and nominations.

Ramping up the intensity of careworn solo debut There to Here (2008), Black Sky builds on an enviable creative bedrock.
McAlister Kemp’s three-album run firmly established McAlister as one of Australian country music’s enduring greats. All Kinds of Tough (2010), Country Proud (2012), and Harder to Tame (2014) stormed the ARIA Country and Mainstream Albums Charts, spawning irrepressible radio favourites such as “It Don’t Buy You Love”, “Something to Build On”, and anti-bullying anthem “Fight Me”, along with a slew of Number 1 hits including “All Kinds of Tough”, “Hell Yeah”, and “Hard Work”. Along the way, MK picked up a Golden Guitar for Best New Talent, took out the 2011 CMC Music Award for Best New Oz Artist, performed at Nashville’s CMA Fest, opened for the legendary Alan Jackson on the megastar’s sold-out 2011 Australian tour, and joined country music giants Big & Rich on the road in the U.S.
“With Black Sky, I said right from the beginning that I wasn’t going to stray too far from McAlister Kemp,” McAlister says. “Because I wrote a lot of those songs, and I love them – they’re a part of me. You’ve got to have those songs that people feel like they’ve lived.”

Lead single “Black Sky” thunders like the elusive stormclouds longed for by its everyday heroes.

‘Sweat drippin’ from a young man’s brow, he’s workin’ hard and he’s workin’ it out. Keeps an eye on the sky above, but it never comes.’

“I wanted to go back to my roots with the first single,” McAlister explains. “Both of my parents came from properties outside Garah, which is just outside of Moree – so my history is from the land. I still remember stories that mum and dad told me about growing up on the land, and also about the tough times with the drought.”

The infectious “In a Band” honours those aspects of a musician’s life that fuel McAlister’s creative fire.

“The one true thing, the one really real, organic and honest thing about music is, first, the creation of it, and then the actual performing of it,” McAlister says. “That hour-and-fifteen-minutes on stage is still like nothing else you can ever do. ‘In a Band’ captures a bit of that journey.”

Soul-steeped anthem “Storm Front” harnesses organ, chiming keys and tearing guitars, serving as a timely reminder that the most important of life’s labours is the protection of those things we hold most dear – whatever the cost.

A nod to festival favourites such as Dierks Bentley and Zac Brown Band, “Til Summer Slips Away” is another anthem: this time to long summer days and balmy nights filled with cold beer and easy living.

Driving country rock statement “Bills” is the first of several tracks to consider both the pressures and simple joys of family life. It’s a theme reprised by the intensely personal “Miracle on the Way”.

“‘Miracle on the Way’ is about my wife and I having our first daughter, Jessica,” McAlister explains. “Both of my girls were IVF, and with Jess it was like, man, we don’t care if it’s a boy or if it’s a girl, we’re just happy to have a baby! And it literally was a miracle.”

At once delicate and powerful, “Last Night on Earth” introduces stirring strings to the mix, while the sensuous, radio-ready “You Get Me” gives thanks for the constancy, love and support of a tireless life companion.

There’s driving country rock in barroom stomp “More To It”, and a cautionary tale of youthful rebellion and escape gone wrong in the electrifying “Clyde”.

Black Sky is Drew McAlister at his rousing, honest best – a rare album of both formidable pedigree and boundless immediacy and heart. Above all, Black Sky is an album overflowing with stories of us.

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Australian-born & Alberta-raised, Gord Bamford stands as one of the most decorated artists in Canadian country music with an impressive 24 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards, multi JUNO nominations and the only two- time winner out of Nashville’s Country Music Association (CMA) receiving the 2013 & 2015 CMA Global Country Artist award. Bamford’s eighth studio album Neon Smoke is set to be released in March 2018 and follows his Tin Roof album, winner of the 2016 CCMA Album of The Year. Tin Roof  was also nominated for the 2016 JUNO Country Album of The Year; while in Australia the album saw the single, “Breakfast Beer” and the title track become airplay hits. 
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An astounding line-up of artists from Ireland and Australia, including Shane Howard, Paul Kelly and Pauline Scanlon, gather in a moving celebration of Irish impact on Australian life. Ireland’s greatest export has been her people and for centuries, emigration and exile have been harsh, repeating themes of Irish history. An astounding array of artists from Ireland and Australia gather in a moving celebration of the Irish impact on Australian life. Through abundant literature, music, poetry and art, as well as a keen hunger for sport and justice, the Irish spirit has stamped itself on the evolving culture of Australia.Almost a third of all Australians claim some degree of Irish descent and many Aboriginal Australians are also proud of their Irish ancestry. The enduring influence on Australian history, music and politics is recounted through rich imagery and stirring performances in this special live concert event.There is no denying the contribution that the Irish have made to Australian life. It has been certainly varied but rarely dull.This release is a CD + DVD capturing the live recording of Exile at Melbourne's Hammer Hall, and Qpac in Brisbane in 2016.  
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Wayfaring brings together Italian-Australian cellist Umberto Clerici with German-Australian guitarist Karin Schaupp, for a musical journey through a rich tapestry of cultures, ages and emotions.Clerici and Schaupp discovered an immediate musical connection when they first played together at Musica Viva’s annual festival several years ago. ‘It was a magical connection, as if we just knew each other musically, even though we hadn’t met before,’ says Schaupp. ‘It’s something very rare. We played a few pieces and decided we simply had to do this again. Last year we gave some recitals and built a program. Then we decided to make this album, and built a whole new program.’They settled on the linking idea of ‘songs that trace a path from birth to death, with everything in between’: a ‘wayfaring’ through life. Spending long hours in libraries combing through repertoire, they gradually whittled down their options: the final list expresses joy, grief and every emotion between. The repertoire stretches from the early baroque (Monteverdi and Caccini) to the present day, with contemporary works by two Australian composers: Elena Kats-Chernin’s Eliza Aria and A Flower’s Purpose by Katie Noonan, the singer-songwriter with whom Schaupp has toured and recorded. They also cover music by Dvořák, Rodrigo (a stunning song adapted by the composer himself from his beloved Concierto de Aranjuez), Rachmaninoff, Schubert and more. Track Listing:1. DVOŘAK Lasst mich allein (Let Me Be Alone) 2. BRAHMS Es steht ein Lind (There Stands a Lime Tree) 3. TRADITIONAL Wayfaring Stranger 4. RACHMANINOFF Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (Do Not Sing, My Beauty) 5. RUTTER Shadows6. CACCINI Amarilli 7. MONTEVERDI Lasciatemi morire (Let Me Die) 8. NOONAN A Flower’s Purpose 9. FALLA Jota 10. CASALS Song of the Birds 11. SCHUBERT Lob der Tränen (In Praise of Tears) 12. RAVEL Kaddisch 13. FALLA Polo 14. KATS-CHERNIN Eliza Aria 15. SCHUBERT Frühlingstraum (Spring Dream) 16. RODRIGO Aranjuez, ma pensée (Concierto de Aranjuez: Adagio) 17. TRADITIONAL Wild Mountain Thyme 18. RUTTER Close Thine Eyes 
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As the day softly closes its eyes, a quiet chorus of birdsong floats above the ebb and flow of lapping waves and the rippling of crystal streams. Like a mantra, the sounds of the natural world blend with gentle, dream-like music to create a place of healing and renewal.Welcome to Dusk: the latest release from the ABC’s best-selling Atmospheres series.Also available in the Atmospheres series: Dawn ∙ Forest ∙ Space ∙ Water
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In the infinite quiet of the dawn air, the land and its creatures turn their faces to the lifegiving warmth of the sun, smiling at the promise of a fresh, new day. Like a mantra, the sounds of the natural world blend with gentle, dream-like music to create a place of healing and renewal.Welcome to Dawn: the latest release from the ABC’s best-selling Atmospheres series.Also available in the Atmospheres series: Dusk ∙ Forest ∙ Space ∙ Water 
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Now in its 25th year, triple j’s Hottest 100 remains the most talked about and listened to radio event of the year, counting down the hottest songs of 2017.This year’s Hottest 100 Volume 25 will be jam packed with the year’s biggest and best songs and wrapping up another huge year in music on this awesome double album!Track Listing:CD 1:Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.Gang Of Youths - Let Me Down EasyAngus & Julia Stone - ChateauLorde - Green LightPNAU - Go BangThundamentals - Sally {Ft. Mataya}Vance Joy - Lay It On MeThe Jungle Giants - Feel The Way I Do Peking Duk & AlunaGeorge - Fake MagicBROCKHAMPTON - SWEET Khalid - Young Dumb & BrokeVera Blue - Regular TouchBall Park Music - Exactly How You AreTash Sultana - MystikBaker Boy - Marryuna {Ft. Yirrmal}The Smith Street Band - BirthdaysThe Wombats - Lemon To A Knife Fight Alex The Astronaut - Not Worth HidingWinston Surfshirt - Be About You Touch Sensitive - Lay DownAmy Shark - WeekendsHockey Dad - Homely Feeling CD 2:Methyl Ethel - UbuThe Killers - The ManMeg Mac - Low BlowsSkegss - Got On My Skateboard Calvin Harris - Slide {Ft. Frank Ocean & Migos}Mallrat - BetterHoly Holy - True LoversAngie McMahon - Slow MoverCamelPhat & Elderbrook - Cola Hayden James - NUMB {Ft. GRAACE}Lil Uzi Vert - XO TOUR Llif3 Alex Lahey - I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of MyselfHAIM - Want You BackAllday - In Motion {Ft. Japanese Wallpaper}Billie Eilish - bellyacheDune Rats - 6 Pack Camp Cope - The OpenerCharli XCX - Boys Future - Mask OffOdette - Watch Me Read YouOcean Alley - The Comedown
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One of Australia’s finest country bands, Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes have been bridging the gap between country and alt-country/Americana music for the past eight years. Built around the storytelling songs of front-man Lachlan Bryan, the sensitive playing of members Shaun Ryan and Damian Cafarella and an assortment of regular ‘special guests’, the band has developed a sound that is at once accomplished and rough around the edges.
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Combining their collective talents into a joyous sound of brooding guitars, primal drums and howling harmonies.  Mama Kin Spender is a new sonic force to be reckoned with.  New Album ‘Golden Magnetic’ Out February 23rd 2018.
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Second album from Sydney Punk/Rock 4 pieceDebut album (Final Words, 2015) was nominated for an ARIA Award for ‘Best Hard Rock’ albumProduced by Jimmy Balderstone (Luca Brasi, High Tension, Grenadiers) and mixed by Ryan Hazell (The Drones, Green Buzzard). 
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Teeny Tiny Stevies have unveiled their new single, ‘Boss of My Own Body’, lifted from the forthcoming album ‘Helpful Songs For Little People’ - available February 16 through ABC KIDS. The band’s beautifully arranged songs explore the everyday challenges that children experience, with the aim of educating in an entertaining, understandable, and practical manner.When writing Helpful Songs For Little People sisters, Byll and Beth Stephen, wanted to keep to a theme of writing songs that helped parents as much as kids. After reaching out to their social platforms regarding everyday challenges that parents face, they were overwhelmed with the response from parents requesting songs covering important themes that were more difficult to discuss with children. As a result, Byll and Beth got stuck into writing songs that could be used as a conversation starter between parents and children, that would reinforce a useful message or skill while being enjoyable to listen to for the whole family. 
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• Second album from Sydney Punk/Rock 4 piece• Debut album (Final Words, 2015) was nominated for an ARIA Award for ‘Best Hard Rock’ album • Produced by Jimmy Balderstone (Luca Brasi, High Tension, Grenadiers) and mixed by Ryan Hazell (The Drones, Green Buzzard). 
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So how is it that they came to be auditioning for the Greatest Orchestra in the World? Well, you’re about to find out!Narrator (and composer) Paul Rissmann and the Young Adelaide Voices join the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to present Jason Chapman’s delightful tale of music-loving animals on a quest for international stardom. And for those who prefer to imagine their own story, this album also includes the complete Stan and Mabel music without narration.