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Browsing: Singer-songwriter

Contemporary Music Recording
Between the Lines

Artist/s: Danny Widdicombe and Trichotomy. Danny Widdicombe (guitars/pedal steel/vocals), Sean Foran (acoustic piano/Fender Rhodes), Samuel Vincent (double bass), John Parker (drums/percussion), Kristin Berardi/India Widdicombe (backing vocals), Luke Moller (strings), Dan Mansfield (Hammond organ)
Category: Contemporary, Country, Jazz, Singer-songwriter
Label: Futurfonic Records, FF0001
Reviewed by

“Widdicombe is the antithesis of the generic pop country mainstream.”

Contemporary Music Recording
Cannot Buy My Soul 2020 edition: the songs of Kev Carmody

Artist/s: Various performers including Kasey Chambers, Jimmy Barnes, Kate-Miller Heidke, Courtney Barnett, Archie Roach, Missy Higgins, Bernard Fanning, Clare Bowditch, Troy Cassar-Daley and many more.
Category: Contemporary, Country, Folk, Rock, Singer-songwriter
Label: EMI through Universal. Vinyl – 0717073. CD – 0737156
Reviewed by

“The great strength of the writing is the way Kev balances the fire and rage with love and hope” – Paul Kelly.

Contemporary Music Recording
Fever Dreams

Artist/s: Mark Moldre (acoustic and electric guitars/percussion), Scott Hutchings (drums), Reuben Wills (double and electric bass), Adam Lang (lap slide/banjo), Jamie Hutchings (electric guitar/percussion). Produced by Jamie Hutchings.
Category: Contemporary, Country, Rock, Singer-songwriter
Label: Yellow Moon Records
Reviewed by

“Hot band, great songs, top-shelf performances and some classic microphones too no doubt. But if it was as simple as that there would be more records as powerful as Fever Dreams.”

Contemporary Music Recording
Field Recordings

Artist/s: Blackbirds FC. Gina Hearnden (vocals/acoustic guitar), Jeremy Gronow (vocals/acoustic and electric guitars/string arrangements), Bec Long (cello), John Jackson (violin), Julien Chick (bass), Phil Campbell (drums), Cam McKenzie (producer/guitar/keys).
Category: Contemporary, Pop, Rock, Singer-songwriter
Label: Popboomerang (PB:116)
Reviewed by

“A great song lives beyond your time and mine. You can find 12 of them on Field Recordings.”

Jazz Music Recording
Holiday. Hue Blanes.

Artist/s: Hue Blanes (voice and piano)
Category: Jazz, Singer-songwriter, Vocal
Label: Pound Records 
Reviewed by

Holiday takes you through a kooky and surprisingly emotive listen, conjuring up colours, inner voices and lost memories along the way. Pour a whisky, sink into your favourite armchair and descend into the curious world of Hue Blanes.

Contemporary Music Recording

Artist/s: Meg Mac. Produced by Myles Wooton; Something Tells Me produced by M-Phazes.
Category: Contemporary, Pop, Singer-songwriter, Soul
Label: Little Big Man/EMI, LBM11
Reviewed by

“Commercial pop music can be a strictly delineated commodity these days, but Mac injects soul and vitality into the framework here.”

Sometimes I Just Don’t Know

Artist/s: Bryan Estepa. Bryan Estepa (vocals/guitars), Russell Crawford (drums/vocals), Brian Crouch (keys/guitar), Dave Hatt (guitars/vocals), Dave Keys (bass). Guests: Peta Caswell, Tom Sowonja (vocals), Josh Schubert (percussion), Michael Carpenter (drums/bass/organ/vocals) on Rattled and Rolled.
Category: Pop, Rock, Singer-songwriter
Label: Lilystar Records/Rock Indiana, cat no: Cindi-479
Reviewed by

 “I’m Not Ready for This is going to be one of those songs that stays in my personal playlist as one of the finest of the year.”

Contemporary Music Recording
The Wisdom Line

Artist/s: David Bridie (vocals, piano, Wurlitzer, harmonium, pump organ), JP Shilo, Phil Wales, John Phillips (guitars), Phil Kakulas (double bass), Simon Edwards (bass), Michael Barker, Martyn Barker (drums and percussion), Hope Csutoros (violin), Helen Mountfort (cello), Matthew Pinia (Tjapangati), Anthony Morgan, Kit Kavanagh-Ryan (spoken word), Stella Bridie, Alice Skye, Frank Yamma, Rosemary Bridie, Matupit Matalau Lotu Choir, Trevor Jones (vocals), Geoff Lierse (French horn)
Category: Contemporary, Rock, Singer-songwriter
Label: CD, LP, digital. Released on MGM, DB001
Reviewed by

 “Anyone familiar with Bridie’s previous work will see the bloodlines that all join here to create an album which is one of his most powerful artistic statements.”