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Album Review : Matty T Wall – Transpacific Blues Vol.1

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

The more artists I discover for the first time, the more ignorant I think I must be about the music scene!

A CD that dropped into the letter box this week is the new release from Perth bluesman Matty T Wall, which is a collection of some absolute blues classics from some of the all-time greats, performed by Matty and his band, and features a few guest guitarists – with the concept inspired by the Gary Moore release of Still Got The Blues back in 1990.

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Live Review : Cancer Bats at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 11th October 2019

Review and Photos by : Ben Hosking – www.hoskingindustries.com.au

Cancer Bats at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 11th October 2019 Photographer: Ben Hosking

I was lucky enough to witness Canada’s Cancer Bats in action back sometime around 2013 and was struck by the band’s intensity and obvious enjoyment with what they were doing. That was a Sidewave at Sydney’s Hi-Fi Bar supporting Bullet for My Valentine – which in this reviewer’s mind was a bit of an odd pairing, but whatever…

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Live Review: Country to Country (C2C) at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – 28 September 2019

Review and Photos: Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

Kelsea Ballerini – Country to Country (C2C) at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – 28 September 2019 Photographer: Peter Coates
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Live Review : Kris Kristofferson at Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo – 21st September 2019

Review by Natasha Wyborn

On Saturday night in front of a full house in Bendigo Victoria a packed house got to witness one of the last remaining treasures in country music. Hitting the stage with the enthusiasm of a man considerably younger than his true age, Kris Kristofferson started what can only be considered by any standards a marathon set. Playing almost 2 hours with a traditional intermission in between. It’s hard to believe it has been over 50 years since his debut album. A lot has happened during this time with Kristofferson maintaining a consistent reputation as one of country’s music’s great troubadour’s and performers.

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Live Review : THE AMITY AFFLICTION – ‘Heaven and Hell’, Brisbane Riverstage – 14 September 2019

Review by Ben Woning

THE AMITY AFFLICTION – ‘Heaven and Hell’, Brisbane Riverstage – 14 September 2019 Photographer: Josh Woning

Judging by the ratio of sitting real estate  v.s. standing, at The Amity Affliction’s Heaven and Hell festival, I’d say there’s a good chance we’ll see it back again next year, because like Frenzal said, ‘all we need is a punch in the face’, sonically that is.

As the ‘new festival kid on the block’, Heaven and Hell needed to deliver, and deliver it did, like an Uber Eats scooter on nitrous with bells on.

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Album Review : LEEROY STAGGER – STRANGE PATH

Review by Pete Coates – facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

Canadian artist Leeroy Stagger’s name might not ring too many bells with Australian music lovers, but hopefully that situation is about to change with the release of his latest album, Strange Path – released on Sept 13th through True North Records / MGM. Despite the lack of familiarity, Leeroy has so far released 11 albums, 2 EPs and has 17 years as a singer-songwriter under his belt which has seen him develop a reputation as a masterful lyricist and exciting performer, garnering a strong following in his homeland, while also making inroads into both the UK and US in recent years.

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Album Review : Kris Barras Band – Light It Up

Review by Pete Coates – facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

KRIS BARRAS BAND  – LIGHT IT UP
Provogue Records / Mascot Label Group – Release Date Sept 13th 

The rise of the Kris Barras Band continues with the announcement of their brand new album Light It Up, which is to be released on the 13th of September via Provogue, a month before their biggest UK headline tour to date.

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Album Review : Jack J Hutchinson – Who Feeds The Wolf?

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

From the opening riff of Justified you get the feeling that what is about to burst through the speakers could be something special. When the Hammond organ and the vocals kick in, the tingles start to run up your spine, and then the middle-eight break hits you like a sledgehammer before the first of many ripping solos puts the icing on the cake. There is so much depth and complexity in the backing vocal harmonies and the underlying melodies that the listener is pulled in deep, and is immersed in the layers.

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Live Review : Davisson Brothers Band at The Factory Theatre, Sydney – 25th July 2019

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

Davisson Brothers Band at The Factory Theatre, Sydney – 25th July 2019 Photographer: Peter Coates

The return visit to Australia from this dynamic pair of West Virginian country-rock guitarists stemmed from their eye-opening appearance at CMC Rocks 2018, when the big festival crowds were blown away by the songs, the delivery, and the infectious stage-presence of Donnie and Chris, and their talented band members.

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Review : Melbourne Guitar Show 2019 at Caulfield Racecourse

Review by Natasha Wyborn

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Melbourne Guitar Show 2019 at Caulfield Racecourse Photographer: David Jackson

Caulfield, known worldwide for its racetrack, was overrun with guitar players, enthusiasts and fans alike over the weekend. The venue gave way for what has to be one of the best guitar playing line-ups in the festivals history. The event held under complete cover in the members grandstand drew fans and players alike to two days of guitar mania. From the moment you entered the building you were greeted by 50,000 watts of pure guitar shredding. This area of course was the trade component of the show where budding guitarists got to play and talk everything from the classics of Gibson and Fender and numerous independent and personal guitar makers who were on show. But it didn’t end there. Amplifiers with some wicked pedals and everything accessory wise to make even the most professional player salivate. All stall holders were more than generous with their time and experience. Over $75,000 was paid out for the most expensive guitar of the weekend confirming build the right instrument and they will buy.

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Album Review : KIRK FLETCHER – HOLD ON

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

KIRK FLETCHER – HOLD ON

Another new name to me from the big wide world of the blues, and another cracking example of the quality of blues guitarists out there today – with a handful of solo albums behind him, as well as three years in The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kirk Fletcher has one of the more soulful voices, twinned with a guitar style that brings to mind the likes of Carlos Santana, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Clapton, Gary Clarke Jr and Eric Gales to name just a few!
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Live Review & Photo Gallery : The Tea Party + Linear at NEX, Newcastle – June 26, 2019

Words and Pics: www.hoskingindustries.com.au

The Tea Party at NEX, Newcastle – June 26, 2019
Photographer : Ben Hosking – www.hoskingindustries.com.au

I'm ashamed to admit it, but this was actually the first time I'd seen The Tea Party live. I'd been into their music since the 1990s and had seen one of Jeff Martin's incredible solo shows way back in 2010 at Sydney's The Basement. But I'd never been able to see The Tea Party.

Tonight, I was in for a real treat.
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Live Review: Born of Osiris + Chelsea Grin + Diamond Construct at Newcastle Hotel, Newcastle – June 23, 2019

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Born of Osiris at Newcastle Hotel – 23 June 2019
Photographer : Ben Hosking

It might have been a chilly, wet Sunday night outside, but within the cosy confines of the recently-rebranded Newcastle Hotel, piping hot modern metal was cooking up a storm. While we missed local opening act The Wandering, Taree progressive metal four-piece Diamond Construct continued their evolution from awkward teens to stage-pounding purveyors of dissonant chords and brutal breakdowns. Their latest release is garnering them some deserved attention and tonight’s almost-cruelly short 25-minute support slot shows they can impress even on a tight timeline.
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Live Review : Murder By Death at Crowbar, Sydney – 15 June 2019

Review and photos by Meghan Player

Everyone has a band that they wish they could see live. But due to the cost or feasibility of international travel, they’ve been relegated to “it would be rad to see them, but it’s probably never going to happen.”

To me, Murder By Death is one of those bands.
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Live Review : Karnivool + Southeast Desert Metal at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 30 May 2019

Words and Pics: Ben Hosking – www.hoskingindustries.com.au

This reviewer hadn’t had the pleasure of seeing the mighty Karnivool live since 2012 and 2013 on the Asymmetry tour. Both of those gigs were held at Sydney’s Metro and the Big Top respectively – much larger venues than Newcastle’s Cambridge Hotel.
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