Interview by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography
Texas-based country music singer/songwriter Granger Smith is in Australia with a headline appearance at the Groundwater Festival on the Gold Coast, along with sideshows in Sydney, Melbourne and Townsville. Granger kicked off the mini-tour at the Rooty Hill RSL in the heart of Western Sydney.
We sat down with Granger in Sydney shortly before he hit the stage and got to talk about his career to date.
Granger has been writing, recording and performing for nearly 25 years, with much of that being self-financed and produced, before landing a publishing deal in 2000 and moving to Nashville for a few years to learn more about song-writing and recording gear, after which he went home to Texas to finish his college degree and start a band. Continue reading Interview with GRANGER SMITH→
Review and Photos: Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography
Enmore the hip Sydney suburb was rammed on Sunday night – parking was a nightmare, the Duke was overflowing, and the queue to get in to the Enmore Theatre was round the block. All because a couple of 1990’s US rock bands had teamed up for a co-headlining tour, and Zaccaria Concerts & Touring had done a bang-up job of promoting and selling the shows. The Enmore was fully standing downstairs, and was packed early, with Mr Big taking to the stage around 7.45pm, and treating us to 85 minutes of flawless classic rock. Continue reading Live Review : Extreme & Mr. Big at Enmore Theatre, Sydney – 3 June 2018→
15 years in the making, and Aussie rockers JET are back in the swing of it, using the 15th Anniversary of their debut album GET BORN as an excuse to get out and re-introduce themselves to the kids who bought the record back in 2003, and who are now in their early thirties and perhaps better able to appreciate quality songs and great live performance than they were! Continue reading Live Review : JET + A. Swayze & the Ghosts at NEX, Newcastle – 29 May 2018→
Dave Hole had been on my radar for many years thanks to regular mentions from a mate, noting that he doesn’t release much or tour Australia often. So here comes Goin’ Back Down album number 12 (I think) – after at least 3 years of preparation, writing and learning about engineering and production, building a studio, as well as working out all of the various musical parts he was going to play. Eight of the tracks see Dave Hole playing everything himself, along with some samples and loops, and 3 tracks feature some sidemen on Bass, Drums and Keyboards. Continue reading Album Review : Dave Hole – Goin’ Back Down→
Black Stone Cherry are still Chris Robertson (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ben Wells (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jon Lawhon (bass guitar, backinisg vocals), and the brutal John Fred Young (drums, backing vocals), and this 6th studio record sees the band repeating the production duties in the Barrick studio in Glasgow KY, where they had first recorded in back in 2003. In addition Chris handled the mixing of this record, and has done a fine job of it. Continue reading Album Review : Black Stone Cherry – “Family Tree”→
CMC Rocks Festival
Willowbank Raceway – Ipswich, QLD
March 15 – 18th 2018
This was our first visit to the 11-year old CMC Rocks Festival, and it will not be the last – what a brilliantly-run, well-managed, relaxed and impressive festival this is, at least from the media viewpoint, but also from the punter’s angle. The venue is laid out around the two main stages, with bars, shops and food stalls all around, plenty of room to view both the stages, and lots of trees to shade under during the day. Continue reading Live Review : CMC Rocks Festival – March 15 – 18th 2018→