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Lee Kernaghan

Lee Kernaghan was born on April 15, 1964, in Corryong, Victoria on the foothills of the Snowy Mountains high country. The son of a truck driver and later multi platinum recording artist Ray Kernaghan, Lee spent his formative years growing up in the Riverina country of Southern NSW. Lee’s Grandfather was a third generation drover of sheep and cattle and his experiences on the road with his Pop ran deep, producing a string of hits that began with the release of his first album, the ARIA award winning The Outback Club in 1992. His first number one hit ‘Boys from the Bush’ became an anthem, a celebration of a way of life that connected with the hearts and minds of a younger generation of rural Australians. His music was country but it rocked and was the harbinger of a new era for Australian Country Music. “When Garth (Porter) and I first wrote Boys from the Bush I had no idea it would ever be a hit. It was just a song about me and my mates, working on the land, going to the pub and tearing around in utes. I didn’t think anyone would be that interested in us...we were just kids from the bush but Garth said “this record (The Outback Club) has to be about your life and where you come from” so we wrote that song and several others and before long I had a band and we were out on the road performing them live.”

In January 1993 Kernaghan was awarded his first Golden Guitar for Song of the Year (Boys from the Bush) along with more Golden Guitars for Album of the Year (The Outback Club) and Male Vocalist of the Year. Kernaghan and Porter collaborated again in 1993 to produce the highly acclaimed Three Chain Road album which featured the smash hits She’s my Ute, The Outback Club and the award winning duet Leave him in the Longyard with Slim Dusty. Three Chain Road won Kernaghan a record five Golden Guitars at the Australian Country Music Awards, the 1994 ARIA Award for Country Album of the Year and Double Platinum Certification from the Australian Record Industry Association. Throughout his career Lee Kernaghan has dominated the charts with successive hit albums including Three Chain Road, 1959, Hat Town, Electric Rodeo, The New Bush, The Big Ones and #1 album Spirit of The Bush. Awarded Hit Maker of the Decade in recognition of unprecedented chart success throughout the 90’s Lee was recently named the biggest hit-maker of the last twenty years on the Australian Country Tracks Chart 2009 edging out musical greats from Australia and America for the number one position.

It hadn’t always been smooth sailing for Kernaghan who after winning the 1982 Starmaker award soon found himself in the musical wilderness. “I remember being on a real high after Starmaker but my first single didn’t have any impact at radio, there was a failed record and management deal somewhere in there and before long I was back in Albury, NSW trying to get gigs anywhere for me and my band. Nobody wanted to hear much country back then so I was mainly singing pop/rock covers and some rock ‘n roll. I remember working in a piano bar playing cocktail music for a couple of years and even called bingo at the SS&A club between sets. Probably the darkest day was playing at the Carriers Arms Hotel in early 1990. I loaded in my PA and started playing at 8pm but a couple of hours went by and nobody turned up. At 11pm the bar manager said I could knock off and I loaded all my gear back into this little modified horse float I was towing, knowing that not a soul had turned up to my show, not even my Mum!”

Kernaghan has always been passionate about the bush, children, families and the people of rural, remote and regional Australia. “The boys and I rolled into Charleville QLD one Saturday morning back in 1997. We’d been touring hard through the bush for the previous few years and had seen first hand the effects of drought and economic rationalisation on smaller towns and communities. We’d also experienced first hand the mighty spirit of country people that binds so many towns together and helps keep people going through good times and bad. As I looked up and down the main street of Charleville that morning I turned to the boys and said this is a Hat Town. As soon as I had said the words I knew it would be the title of my next album.” ‘Hat Town’ became the first number one hit from the album which also produced the number one songs and music videos ‘Gettin’ Gone’ and ‘Goondiwindi Moon’, which featured the stellar guest vocals from Grammy Award winning Trisha Yearwood. Wanting to give something back to the country Lee announced the “Toyota Pass the Hat Around Australia Tour” that went on to raise over one million dollars for country communities doing it tough. Funds were raised to air-condition country schools, for bushfire rebuilding projects, for the purchase of medical equipment for remote hospitals, emergency services, drought and flood relief.

By the end of the 90’s Kernaghan had spent the last eight years of his life recording and touring at a heavy pace. He entered the new millennium with his retrospective Rules of the Road album that featured his reworking of the Coster/Dusty classic Cunnamulla Fella and posthumous duets with the legendary Tex Morton and Buddy Williams. By 2002 Kernaghan was ready to rock and released Electric Rodeo, which topped the Australian Country Chart and debuted #4 on the ARIA Top 50 Album Sales Chart. Electric Rodeo was released in tandem with Kernaghan’s performance as The Balladeer in the hit stage production “The Man from Snowy River Arena Spectacular” which won him his third ARIA Award for Best Musical Soundtrack. 2006 saw the release of his Album of the Year The New Bush, which was certified Platinum by ARIA and in 2007 the companion album Spirit of the Bush featured the Vocal Collaboration of the Year with Adam Brand and Steve Forde.

Kernaghan’s dynamic live performances have been a trademark to his stellar career which has enabled him to take country music “out of the box” and serve it up, pyrotechnics and all to a mainstream audience. Lee Kernaghan has become a leading figure in Australian music and a fine ambassador for his craft. Kernaghan has an undisputable passion for his music and his country and was named 2008 Australian of the Year by the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. To many people he represents the spirit and values of contemporary rural Australia but for Lee it’s everyday Australians that inspire him the most. He has sold over one million albums in Australia, won 27 Golden Guitars, 3 ARIA awards, had 26 number one hits and 10 hit albums – all of which have achieved Platinum or better sales.

On November 6, 2009 Kernaghan releases his latest collection of songs, Planet Country. Two years in the writing and producing, Planet Country may very well be his finest album to date. Recorded in Sydney and Nashville with what Lee describes as “some of the best musicians in the world”, Planet Country reveals enormous depth, masterful songwriting and maturity in Kernaghan that can only have come from experience. Standout singles include ‘Planet Country’, ‘People like Us’, the majestic ‘Love In The Time Of Drought’, ‘Dirt’, ‘Australian Boy’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Scars’ the southern rock inspired duet featuring U.S. country superstar Dierks Bentley. “Planet Country is about me and it’s about us. There’s not one line from any song that I haven’t lived myself or believe in. Every song on the album is there for a reason. Everyone who has contributed, from the players, songwriters, production and engineering team has made making Planet Country a highlight of my career. At the end of the day it’s only music, but there’s something special about this one for me.”

2015 marks the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC’s landing at Gallipoli. In honour of this landmark occasion, music icon and former Australian of the Year, Lee Kernaghan, teams up with a host of local artists and musicians to bring you ‘SPIRIT OF THE ANZACS'.
Recorded at Rancom Street Studio in Sydney, Lee worked with long-time producer and collaborator Garth Porter. Granted unique access to the Australian War Memorial archive, ’SPIRIT OF THE ANZACS’ is inspired by the letters of these diggers to their loved ones from WWI thru to the present day.

'SPIRIT OF THE ANZACS’, the remarkable new album from Lee Kernaghan & Special Guests, has claimed the ARIA Album Chart #1 spot, overcoming a host of international and domestic releases with one of the strongest second week sales of the year. ARIA has also certified that the album has gone GOLD after only two weeks of sales.

‘Spirit Of The Anzacs' has dominated the iTunes All-Genres album chart this week with the Deluxe Edition of the album hitting the top of the chart on Sunday evening. The music video featuring the charity single Spirit Of The Anzacs’ has also claimed the number one position on the iTunes All Genre video chart.

Lee is thrilled that this album has resonated so strongly with the Australian public, saying “Writing and recording these songs that have been inspired by the letters and true stories from servicemen and women is the most humbling yet inspirational experience of my career.

I am so grateful for the contribution and incredible performances from some of Australia’s greatest artists, who have joined me in honouring the Anzacs. Every nation has its story. This ours”.

Additionally, ABC Music achieves a landmark this week, achieving their first ever artist No.1 ARIA Mainstream album. Robert Patterson, Director – ABC Commercial, said “It is a great achievement that ABC Music has attained its first No.1 mainstream chart album. It’s also entirely fitting it should be by Lee Kernaghan – an artist who has worked in partnership with the ABC for his entire career.”

‘Spirit Of The Anzacs’ features a diverse array of stars across the musical spectrum including Lisa McCune, John Schumann, Sara Storer, Fred Smith and VC recipient Ben Robert Smith.  Superstars Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Sheppard, Jon Stevens, Shannon Noll and Megan Washington donated their time and talents to the ‘Spirit Of The Anzacs’ charity song and video with all proceeds going to Legacy Australia and Soldier On.

The Wiggles have joined forces with the ‘OG Wiggles’ (Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt and Greg Page), and teamed up with some very special musical friends, for an ambitious and expansive recording project, ReWiggled.ReWiggled is a double album, comprised of two distinct halves, which celebrate both the enduring nature of The Wiggles’ songbook, and also The Wiggles’ own lifetime love of music. Side One of the album sees some of Australia’s top musicians paying tribute to The Wiggles, honouring the profound and unique influence the band has had over generations of young music fans. Featuring classic Wiggles songs reimagined by artists including Spacey Jane, DZ Deathrays, The Chats, Stella Donnelly, San Cisco, Emily Wurramara, Polish Club, Dami Im, Donny Benet, Emma Donovan and The Putbacks, Custard, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Luca Brasi, and more.Following on from The Wiggles’ groundbreaking appearance on triple j’s Like A Version (covering Tame Impala’s ‘Elephant’) – and in response to overwhelming audience demand, so popular was their offering – the band have decided to record a full length collection of covers, filled with equally unforgettable and impressive renditions of some of their favourite songs. Side Two of ReWiggled features “wigglified” versions of hits originally performed by AC/DC, Queen, Rihanna, James Brown, The Chats, Fatboy Slim, and many more.The ReWiggled double album will be released on March 11, 2022. However, today sees the release of the first taste of the collection, the 5 track ReWiggled EP. This sneak peek sampler sees beloved Perth indie rock maestros Spacey Jane deliver a sparkling, joyous version of ‘D.O.R.O.T.H.Y. (My Favourite Dinosaur)’, in what is a major highlight of the album.Queensland shed rock heroes The Chats put their own unmistakable garage punk stamp all over ‘Can You (Point Your Fingers and Do the Twist?)’. And The Wiggles have returned the favour directly, with their exhilarating yet Wiggly take on The Chats’ modern Aussie Rock classic ‘Pub Feed’. But perhaps the wildest moment on the EP sees The Wiggles tackle one of the most iconic songs of all time – Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – in a performance that proves to be an absolute musical tour de force.
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards, in conjunction with the CMAA (Country Music Association of Australia), ABC Music is thrilled to release the official CMAA 50th Anniversary The Winners albums. Available on November 12, The music releases will include a Limited Edition Deluxe 4CD set, plus Volume 1 and Volume 2 will be available for sale separately both as CD and via digital partners. Pre-order HERE.The tracklisting features a who’s who of Australian country music across the decades, including Slim Dusty, Col Joye, Jean Stafford, Smoky Dawson, Graeme Connors, Keith Urban, James Blundell, Lee Kernaghan, Beccy Cole, The McClymonts, Kasey Chambers, The Wolfe Brothers, Fanny Lumsden, Morgan Evans and more!VOLUME 1 - CD1: 01. Slim Dusty – Lights On The Hill  02. Slim Newton – Redback On The Toilet Seat 03. Col Joye – Heaven Is My Woman’s Love 04. Tex Morton – The Goondiwindi Grey 05. Rex Dallas – Old Wallerawang 06. Heather McKean – I Can Feel Love 07. Lindsay Butler – Closest Thing To Freedom 08. Saltbush - Sassafras Gap 09. Suzanne Prentice – Sweet Country Music 10. 1901 – Along The Road To Gundagai 11. Allan Caswell – King Of The Rodeo 12. Buddy Williams – Without Friends (What A Dreary Old World It Would Be) 13. Jean Stafford – Hello Love 14. Grand Junction – Married Women 15. Johnny Chester – I Love You So Rebecca 16. Reg Poole – The Warrumbungle Mare 17. Barry Thornton – Brian’s Tune 18. Jewel & Arthur Blanch – The Lady And The Cowboy 19. The Webb Brothers - Who Put The Roo In The Stew 20. Bullamakanka – Give Me A Home Among The Gum Trees 21. Redgum - I Was Only 19 (A Walk In The Light Green) 22. The Flying Emus – Diamond Creek 23. Deniese Morrison – Now I’m Easy VOLUME 1 – CD2: 01. John Williamson – True Blue 02. Smoky Dawson & Trevor Knight – In The Days Of Old Khancoban 03. Evelyn Bury – I’m Stronger Than I Look 04. Lawrie Minson – Wild River 05. Keith Urban – I Never Work On A Sunday 06. Brian Young – Thistles On The Hillside 07. Norma O’Hara Murphy – Sarah’s Memory 08. Anne Kirkpatrick – Out Of The Blue 09. Colin Buchanan – Galahs In The Gidgee 10. James Blundell & James Reyne – Way Out West 11. Lee Kernaghan – Boys From The Bush 12. Kev Carmody & Paul Kelly – From Little Things Big Things Grow 13. Gina Jeffreys – Girls Night Out 14. Stan Coster – Lawson’s Loaded Dog 15. The Wheel – I Fell In Love 16. Graeme Connors – The Road Less Travelled 17. Sherrié Austin – One Solitary Tear 18. Tania Kernaghan – Dunroamin’ Station 19. Troy Cassar-Daley – Little Things 20. Michael Fix – Mr Wonglepong 21. Adam Brand – Last Man Standing VOLUME 2 - CD1: 01. Ted Egan – The Drover’s Boy 02. Adam Harvey – Workin’ Overtime (On A Good Time) 03. Wolverines – 65 Roses 04. Troy Cassar-Daley – Born To Survive 05. Melinda Schneider – The Story Of My Life 06. Adam Brand – The ANZAC 07. Sara Storer – Beautiful Circle 08. Tommy Emmanuel – Tall Fiddler 09. Tracy Coster & Anne Kirkpatrick – Back To The Saltbush Plains 10. John Williamson – Chandelier Of Stars 11. Troy Cassar-Daley with Jimmy Barnes (Ft. Bella) – Bird On A Wire 12. Beccy Cole – Poster Girl 13. Kirsty Lee Akers – Little Things 14. Jetty Road – Million Miles 15. Graeme Connors – A Good Life 16. McAlister Kemp – All Kinds Of Tough 17. The McClymonts – Kick It Up 18. Catherine Britt – Sweet Emmylou 19. Shane Nicholson – Bad Machines 20. The Bushwackers – I Am Australian VOLUME 2 – CD2: 01. Lee Kernaghan – Flying With The King 02. O’Shea – Thank You Angels 03. Luke O’Shea – Lady Of The Land 04. Lachlan Bryan And the Wildes – Black Coffee 05. Jeff Brown – I Love Australia 06. Dean Perrett – Bloodwood & Clover 07. Amber Lawrence – Superhero 08. Travis Collins – Call Me Crazy 09. Kasey Chambers – Ain’t No Little Girl 10. Brad Butcher – Well Dressed Man 11. Ashleigh Dallas – Lighthouse 12. Davidson Brothers – Back Where I Started 13. Aleyce Simmonds – More Than Meets The Eye 14. The Wolfe Brothers – Ain’t Seen It Yet 15. Kristy Cox - Ricochet 16. Andrew Swift – Runaway Train 17. Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart – Every Hello (Ft. Karl Broadie) 18. Morgan Evans – Day Drunk 19. Blake O’Connor – Worth A Little More 20. Felicity Urquhart – Chain Of Joy 21. Fanny Lumsden – Fierce 
MY REALITY is the album Dami Im's waited her whole career to make, seizing creative control and for the first time, writing or co-writing every track.“A few years ago I wasn’t mature enough to steer my albums the way I wanted them to go. This is the dream album, it took a while but I’m so proud of it.”MY REALITY’s collaborators range from One Above (Hilltop Hoods, Illy) to Andy Mak (Vera Blue, Tina Arena) to Konstantin Kersting (Tones And I, Spacey Jane). Most of the songs were written during the pandemic, meeting collaborators over Zoom rather than face to face.Considered one of the country’s most gifted vocalists, MY REALITY also sees Dami push her voice in new directions.“On this album I really enjoyed working with people whose work is different to what I normally do, and it makes you think about things differently.”With highly personal lyrics that touch on everything from depression to moving out of your childhood home, MY REALITY also sees Dami mature as a songwriter.“It was a really cathartic album to make, I felt like I was reading my own memoir back when I looked at the lyrics. It was very therapeutic.“As humans we all have this need to express ourselves and share our experiences. With all of the songs I’m hoping they speak to people on some level and that they’re relatable. Ultimately, I want people to feel heard and understood.“This album is about owning who I am. You shouldn’t shy away from the things people like about you. But you are who you are. Some parts on this record people might expect, some others show how much I’ve changed. With this album I’m just trying to be authentic in the way I know it, that’s my reality.”After winning The X Factor in 2013, Dami has released four ARIA Top 10 albums and scored hits with Alive, Gladiator, Smile, Super Love and her Eurovision gamechanger Sound of Silence – scoring the highest placing of any Australian artist at the global music competition.Signing with ABC Music in 2020, Dami has expanded her musical horizons with thrilling results.
Acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer and songwriter Nicky Bomba has brought his debut solo album Food & Shelter into the world.Food & Shelter is just his second solo album but the 24th of his career. Nicky has been a blazing creative spark in Australian music for decades: drummer in the John Butler Trio on classic albums Sunrise Over Sea, April Uprising and Flesh & Blood; the driving force behind Melbourne Ska Orchestra, the giant brass collective that grew from a one-off gig in Melbourne to play stages from Bluesfest to Glastonbury and win ARIAs for best world music album in 2016 and 2019. He is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter who has played in bands from Bomba to Bustamento and worked with greats like Joe Camilleri (their 2005 album Limestone) and Ross Hannaford (the Bomba-produced 1996 album Ross Hannaford Trio is reissued on Bomba’s label Transmitter Records).Food & Shelter finds those seeds in fertile ground, drawing on all Bomba’s experience exploring styles from reggae to jazz, funk and ethnic folk to create music with a bold, contemporary voice. As the title suggests, the album is about going back to basics on the path to discovery.Self-sufficiency has long been one of Bomba’s personal goals. That’s why he taught himself the art of recording in the first place, to keep musical control at his fingertips. If it ever came to a point where a musician couldn’t even be in a room with musical collaborators – a time where we were all locked down in our homes for an extended period, for example – there would still be a way forward. Food & Shelter is the first album he has made where he plays, writes and sings every note, all recorded in the studio at his home in the beautiful mountain country of north-eastern Victoria.Bomba says: “Some say lockdown is the time when introverts are at their best and I am one of those people. This was the perfect time for me to stay home, get motivated, be disciplined. The song Opportunity is about just that. This was the chance to make it happen.”The food and shelter theme recurs through the album: “Food equals the fuel that ignites us physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, to meet the challenges of modern life. Shelter is the safe house, the place of solace, friendship, love, getting back to nature, nurturing.”
Get ready for a spooktacular celebration, a Halloween feast, and dance along to the Skeleton Scat!With the love of Halloween worldwide and children’s fascination with dressing up, this new album Halloween Party is just in time for the October celebration. The gang has Wiggle Town decorated like never before with cobwebs, pumpkins, bats, spiders and Halloween lighting – and children are encouraged to extend their imagination, dress up, and dance to one of the many new songs, such as Zombie Feet, Furry Wolfman and Little Vampires.Paul the Party Planner narrates, encouraging kids to follow the story as he guides and explains the actions through fun-filled tunes with Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony!Dress ups are a plenty, including a daddy dressed like a mummy and Wags the Dog dressed like a howling wolfman - and, as always, there’s lots of dancing, with even spiders, vampires and cats doing a waltz together.This latest special is a super fun and not-so-scary addition to The Wiggles catalogue.
“I don’t want to do the same thing twice,” says homegrown singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gretta Ziller. As expansive sophomore studio album Judas Tree attests, it’s much more than a mantra.Gretta Ziller’scritically-lauded debut album Queen of Boomtown (2017) was long-listed for the Australian Music Prize, and was nominated for The Age Music Victoria Awards. Ziller has been an APRA Professional Development finalist, garnered two Golden Guitar nominations, and has performed at Australian Music Week.Judas Tree finds Ziller ranging far and wide over the sonic landscape, pushing her uniquely expressive voice, kaleidoscopic sound, and deft songwriting skills to dizzying new heights.“I’m a trained vocalist, and with this album, I wanted to prove that,” Ziller says.An exhilarating departure from the softer Americana poise of Queen of Boomtown, Judas Tree deploys richly layered guitar-driven sounds, building on Ziller’s roots in blues, rock, jazz, and pop.“I wanted to start at ‘Whiskey Shivers’ from Queen of Boomtown: that was my base song, sonically,” Ziller explains. “We wanted to have that big, full, really layered sound.”The result is an album that draws from many wellsprings: desert rock, psych, power pop, and more, capturing the sounds of inspirations from Rag’n’Bone Man to Bishop Briggs. The result is an 11-track songbook that frequently defies categorisation.“I’m not turtley enough for the turtle club,” Ziller jokes of her stylistic allegiances. “I come from country roots: I’m proud of the fact that I write like a country writer, because country songwriters are fantastic. But my sound isn’t country. I wanted to explore the foundation of me, while keeping my country songwriter’s influence.”An eloquent demonstration of Ziller’s storied hand as a writer, Judas Tree is an impassioned document of hearts bruised, broken, and steeled by adversity.The product of a fertile period of writing and touring on the back of Queen of Boomtown, Judas Tree was produced by the in-demand Paul Ruske, with engineering by Richard Stolz (Tones & I, Tash Sultana, Paul Kelly, Husky) and Richard Dodd (Tom Petty, George Harrison, Roy Orbison). Also featured is Americana peer Jen Mize on backing vocals and cello.Shivering with soul, the first single lifted from Judas Tree,‘Unlikely Believer’ (2020), offered an intoxicating insight into the album as a whole. Tearaway second single ‘Fan the Fire’ is an irresistible anthem of defiance, and finds Ziller shouldering the mantle of festival main stage floor-filler as never before.‘5, 4, 3, 2, 1’weds slide guitar to a gauzy haze of electric guitar tones as Ziller confronts a faithless lover, building to a cathartic, squalling climax, while the ominous ‘Judas Tree’ thunders with apocalyptic drums and tectonic desert rock guitars. At the heart of the album is supercharged guitar-pop entry ‘Stockholm’, with its storm of keys and buzzsaw guitars.There’s a bleakly majestic blues-rock entry in the sinuous ‘Cinder Ash & Ruin’ – a mounting maelstrom of layered guitars and one of Ziller’s most powerful vocal deliveries to date – before the ethereal ‘Jericho’ lands, shivering and swelling with feeling, providing the album’s clearest moment of stillness and introspection.‘My little rebellions are getting too grand,’Ziller sings on stirring piano ballad ‘Dry Town’, before the 90s-hued ‘Damage Done’ arrives with its raw, low-slung guitars and angular percussion. There’s a garage soul sway in ‘Over My Head’, before album closer ‘Dear Love Letter’ sees Ziller signing off with an engrossing, song of reflection.A study in songwriting mastery, incomparable vocal power, and stylistic expansion, Judas Tree is an unmissable monument to invention, re-invention, and vision.
Restless Dream is a collaboration between Brisbane band Halfway and Kamileroi elder Bob Weatherall, with William Barton. In 2015, they began to work on the writing and recording of an album of songs/stories. The album will be released in August 2021.Aboriginal ancestral remains and secret, sacred objects are scattered across the globe, in museums both overseas and in Australia. In Aboriginal religious law, there will be no spiritual peace until the dead have been returned to the place of their birth and received their last rites in accordance with their traditions.This album tells the story of the Repatriation of Aboriginal Ancestral Remains. Restless Dream is a very personal story, yet it touches all Aboriginal Nations as they grapple with the task of repatriation and reburial, just as it acknowledges those who have taken on the task of uncovering the past and advocating for the Rights of the Dead. Bob and William are both friends of Halfway. Bob used to come to band practices, to listen to us play, and to share the summer nights and his stories.“My ears sought out Bob’s words in the dark, the stories of his work: travelling to the other side of the earth; the arrogance and thievery of scientists and protectors; the overwhelming emotion of this job. A job which chose him. A tricky job, full of negotiation, responsibility, righteous successes and disheartening failures. And he was burdened with an overwhelming question: Who is going to carry this work on?” John Willsteed, Halfway, producer"We have a responsibility to uphold the fundamental rights of the dead to return to the lands of their birth, and to be given customary last rites in accordance with their culture and beliefs. Restless Dream will help to put an end to the injustices of the past in the true spirit of reconciliation and justice." Bob Weatherall, writer and performerThe album was recorded at QUT in Brisbane in 2016, by Yanto Browning (Kate Miller-Heidke/Art of Sleeping) and mixed in South Carolina by Mark Nevers (Yo La Tengo/Bonnie “Prince” Billy/Lambchop/Jason Isbell). It is a blend of songs, stories and instrumentals; like a Halfway album and then some.1. Water Horse2. Restless Dream3. The Dawn4. We Are Gone5. Smoke6. Bloodlines No. 2
Diver City, a colourful and lively original children’s music collaboration project between musician Kristy Lee Peters (KLP) and comedian Matt Okine, returns in 2021 with the announcement of new single, video and album, DANCE SILLY.Diver City launched last year, entertaining children across the country with their infectious pop tunes!  Their debut album, Welcome to Diver City, received widespread play across ABC Kids and earned them an ARIA Award nomination for Best Children's Album, and an AIR Award nomination for Best Independent Children's Album.The album is a pop-driven musical kaleidoscope of feel good anthems, wacky adventures, and tunes to keep you and your little one's daily routine in check. Featuring collaborations with some of Australia's most popular artists, such as Bertie Blackman, Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music), Andy Bull, Adam Hyde (Peking Duk), Katie Noonan, Art Vs Science and more, and released with three accompanying music videos and sketches, DANCE SILLY invites everyone back to their favourite town of Diver City; a place where EVERYONE is welcome!Kristy Lee said , “It’s so exciting to write songs for children, harnessing the amazing talents of some of Australia’s most incredible songwriters and performers.  We are all about creating quality, positive material for young children and to be able to do it with our mates, is so rewarding!”.Matt Okine added, “Kristy Lee and I share a mutual love for all things silly and cooky and fun – it was such a natural fit for us to come together to create music for kids, with visuals they can dance along to – who wouldn’t welcome the opportunity to do that?”DANCE SILLY Album Tracklist:1.    Diver City In The House 2.    Together We Fly3.    Birds & Cows - co-written with Sam Cromak (Ball Park Music)4.    Dance Silly - co-written with & featuring Art vs Science5.    Love Is Love (Rainbow Family) - co-written with & featuring Bertie Blackman, also featuring Nicholas Brown (Playshool)6.    Your Imagination - co-written with & featuring Andy Bull, also featuring Katie Noonan7.    Abajo Road8.    Potty Party9.    Straight Hair Curly Hair - co-written with & featuring Adam Hyde (Peking Duk) and Raph (The Meeting Tree)10.  The Waiting Song11.  Jungle Gym - featuring Nick Drabble (Set Mo)12.  Pack it Up - featuring Alex Dyson13.  Sad Spaghetti14.  Make A Mess - co-written with & featuring Veronica Milsom15.  Toothbrush Time - co-written with Sam Cromak (Ball Park Music)
Following decades of entertaining pre-schoolers and children across the globe, and with three newborn babies arriving in Wiggle House recently, The Wiggles have embarked on a new project - releasing their first album dedicated to babies. The album features music specially designed to help soothe babies and prepare them for sleep, and then assist them with sleep.SWEET DREAMS: WHITE NOISE SLEEP AID FOR BABY is a ‘sleep association aid’, comprised of an ambient suite of music with the aim of helping babies sleep. This music is designed to be played from birth, whenever it’s time for your baby to sleep; this starts to form the aural association with sleep. Research has shown sleep association to be a wonderful tool in assisting healthy sleep patterns in babies, with associations shown to be formed from as early as the third trimester.Sweet Dreams is a unique collection of music by The Wiggles, created with a coming together of musical and scientific understanding. White Noise is used as the foundation of each piece, proven to help babies sleep by smoothing over other noises in the household that may keep a restless baby awake. The specific frequency of the White Noise tone used – 432 Hz – is commonly known as the ‘sleep frequency’ for its benefits in the promotion of sleep. Drifting over this sleep frequency is a mesmerising pulse, replicating the heartbeat in the womb, interwoven with musical arrangements of piano, cello, banjo, keyboard and voice.This hour of music, while segmented into different tracks and movements, can be looped on repeat throughout the night, to form and maintain a deep, restful and healing sleep for your baby.Tracklist1.     Hush, Little Baby, Hush2.     Soothing Heartbeat3.     Self-Soothing Falling Minor Third4.     White Noise Self-Soothing Hum5.     White Noise Hum, Falling Minor Third6.     White Noise Piano Relaxation7.     White Noise Humming Relaxation8.     White Noise Calm and Quiet9.     White Noise Dreaming Heartbeat10.  White Noise Mesmerising Pulse11.  White Noise Quiet Slumber12.  White Noise Peaceful Piano13.  White Noise Sweet Dream14.  White Noise Hush15.  Pink Noise Hush16.  Brown Noise Hush
Following decades of entertaining pre-schoolers and children across the globe, and with three newborn babies arriving in Wiggle House recently, The Wiggles have embarked on a new project - releasing their first album dedicated to babies. The album feature music specially designed to help soothe babies and prepare them for sleep, and then assist them with sleep.CALM AND QUIET: SOOTHING SOUNDS FOR RELAXING BABY is an ambient soundtrack for babies, featuring pieces of music to assist the parent or carer in keeping their baby or child calm. These traditional pieces of music are melodic and repetitive in style, with the sole purpose to aid in relaxation.Each song has a specially chosen melody, with sweeping repetitions, and includes a mixture of piano, banjo, voice, and various keyboard sounds. With the gentle hums of Simon’s voice, Calm and Quiet: Soothing Sounds for Relaxing Baby creates a soothing backdrop to bring a calming atmosphere in the room. It’s perfect as a musical cue for nap-time, bath time, feeding or for winding down before bed: a way for The Wiggles to bring calm, quiet and relaxation to the house for the times when ‘Hot Potato’ isn’t… quite what you’re looking for.Tracklist1.     Dvořák Soothing Symphony: Self-Soothing Piano2.     Dvořák Soothing Symphony: Humming Lullaby3.     Dvořák Soothing Symphony: Piano Lullaby4.     Dvořák Soothing Symphony: Soothing Lullaby5.     Peaceful Westering Home: Peaceful Piano6.     Peaceful Westering Home: Peaceful Humming7.     Peaceful Westering Home: Piano and Humming Dreams8.     Peaceful Westering Home: Peaceful Dreams9.     Gentle Loch Lomond: Gentle Humming10.  Gentle Loch Lomond: Gentle Strumming11.  Gentle Loch Lomond: Sweet, Gentle, Calm12.  Lulling Morag Lullaby: Lulling to Sleep13.  Lulling Morag Lullaby: Restful Hum14.  Lulling Morag Lullaby: Sleeping Lullaby15.  Lulling Morag Lullaby: Humming Slumber16.  Bobby Shafto Slumber: Humming Slumber17.  Bobby Shafto Slumber: Sweet Comforting Piano 18.  Bobby Shafto Slumber: Piano Slumber
'Love Songs For Lonely People' marks the first-ever solo album from former Cockroaches frontman and industry icon Paul Field.Field began the project at the start of 2020, where he recorded the vocals for ‘Valentine’s Day’ in Brisbane. Before international travel was stopped, he travelled to Nashville to directed and film the video for the track. After concluding he wanted a duet partner for the song, he called his good mate Kasey Chambers where she added her iconic vocal stylising, emotionally rich vocal tones and elevating the song to a new level. After recording her vocals she said to Paul, “I hope I didn’t fu#k it up”, Paul laughed and said, “You’ve got to be kidding me. It’s sublime!".‘Love Songs For Lonely People’ is a combination of new originals and covers of songs special to him. “Some of these songs I’ve been singing since I was a teenager. The common element with all of these songs is that I love them, and it was always a desire to record them one day” says Paul.Featured on the album are friends Jimmy Barnes, Ria Pirelli, Chris E Thomas and Elly-May Barnes. Featured on all tracks playing the guitar is Bill Chambers. The majority of ‘Love Songs For Lonely People’ was recorded at Jimmy Barnes own studio in Sydney and is co-produced by Paul’s brother John, who wrote and co-wrote some of the biggest hits for The Cockroaches and The Wiggles and co-wrote ‘This Way to Love and Happiness’ & ‘Alison (You’re The One)’.Tracklist1.     THIS WAY TO LOVE AND HAPPINESS (John Field, Paul Field)2.     YOU AIN’T GOING NOWHERE Featuring Jimmy Barnes (Bob Dylan)3.     SLEEPLESS NIGHTS Featuring Ria Pirelli (Felice Bryant, Boudleaux Bryant)4.     VALENTINE’S DAY Featuring Kasey Chambers  (Sean Sennett)5.     GASOLINE AND MATCHES Featuring Chris E Thomas (Buddy Miller, Julie Miller)6.     THEY REMIND ME TOO MUCH OF YOU (Don Robertson)7.     TOMORROW IS A LONG TIME Featuring Elly-May Barnes (Bob Dylan)8.     KISS HER FOR ME (Frankie Miller)9.     WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM (Jackie De Shannon)10.  FACTORY GIRL (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)11.  ALISON (YOU’RE THE ONE) (John Field, Paul Field)12.  YOU DON’T KNOW ME (Cindy Walker, Eddy Arnold)
Finding improbable beauty in the more difficult aspects of love – transcendent moments of bliss giving way to overwhelming confusion, disappointment, and loss – two-time Golden Guitar-winning songsmith Andrew Swift delivers a stunning document of heartache with expansive sophomore album The Art of Letting Go.Produced by the inimitable Matt Fell (Sara Storer, Shane Nicholson, Fanny Lumsden), The Art of Letting Go found Swift partnering with a host of songwriting luminaries, from the Wolfe Brothers, to Phil Barton (Lee Brice, Eli Young Band), Sinead Burgess, Jay O’Shea, Margaret Valentine, Brian Maher (Taylor Swift), and Kevin Mac (George Jones, Zac Brown Band).Joining Swift on the album was a host of stellar players drawn from both Australia and Nashville: Josh Schuberth (Josh Pyke) on drums, Matt Fell, Ollie Thorpe on guitar, Tim Crouch (Alan Jackson, Jim Lauderdale) on fiddle, mandolin, and banjo; Rob McNelly (Miranda Lambert) on lead guitar, Sam Hawksley (Adam Brand), Pete Cornelius, Dan Biederman (Adam Eckersley Band), Andy Schrav, and Will Kimbrough (Emmylou Harris) on mandolin.The Art of Letting Go finds Swift deploying an array of rich sonic textures, building on and expanding the sounds that made incomparable debut Call Out for the Cavalry a breakout success.The Art of Letting Go finds Andrew Swift at the peak of his powers. Showcasing the singer’s soaring vocal, ‘Courting Calamity’ is carried on an updraft of swelling heartland rock guitars, as Swift courts disaster in the arms of a dangerous yet irresistible new love. The soulful ‘Never Meant to Break Your Heart’ charts the exquisite agony of romantic regret, before ‘Head Full of Honey’ offers up an earthy, rollicking ode to lovesickness peppered with mandolin and fiddle.The beating heart of the album, title track ‘The Art of Letting Go’ is a glorious, heartworn torch song, while there’s an irresistible locomotive country-pop jaunt in ‘Right On Down’, a delicate hymn to the healing power of friendship in times of trouble in ‘One Breath at a Time’, and a stoned and booze-addled waltz in the languorous ‘She Loves to Get High’.Glorious country-pop tune ‘Say the Word’ (Featuring Cass Hopetoun) couples summery sounds with illicit longing, setting the stage for soulful, slinky love song ‘Good Kind of Giving In’. ‘Taking the Blame’ is a heartsick, world-weary sway, before Swift reflects on the challenges of the past year in the meditative ‘Holding My Tongue’.A powerful document of love, longing, and loss, The Art of Letting Go is Andrew Swift at his evocative, expressive best.