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Anxiety Club hitting the road

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Anxiety Club are embarking on their first nationwide tour in March.

The Wellington five piece will play Galatos in Auckland on  March 16, Meow in Wellington (March 23) and Blue Smoke in Christchurch (March 29).

The tour will showcase Anxiety Club’s debut EP Black Heart, which was released in October.

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Americana Fest line-up

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Some of New Zealand’s best known folk and country acts will share the stage with an eclectic line-up of international guests for the annual Southern Fork Americana Festival.

This year’s event will be the fifth and will run from October 5-12 at Spark Arena’s side venue in Auckland.

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Best of The Warratahs

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The Warratahs are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a brand new compilation and a national tour.

Due out on September 7 through Warratahs Music/Southbound, Drivin’ Wheel brings together 24 of Barry Saunders’ country rock pioneers’ best-loved tracks, along with a new song ‘Fast Train’ and a rerecording of their first single ‘Hands Of My Heart’. To support the release, The Warratahs – Saunders (guitar/vocals), Nik Brown (violin and mandolin), Mike Knapp (drums) andNick Theobald (bass and vocals) – will hit the road in September and October for an extensive nationwide tour.

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Tami Neilson: Sassafrass!

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The last album from Tami Neilson, Don’t Be Afraid, plotted her journey through the various stages of grief following the death of her father Ron. Family matters still have their place on Sassafrass!, but her new LP is also fuelled by a righteous sense of anger over the prejudices and injustices women continue to face.

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Nadia Reid road tests new songs

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Nadia Reid is hitting the road in June and July before heading to the US to record her third album.

The singer-songwriter’s 13-date tour will be her last of the year in her homeland and she intends to use the dates to “road test some of the new songs”.

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Doublet double-up for awards

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Husband and wife Philip and Lana Doublet have both been shortlisted for the top country music award.

Lana’s debut EP Beautiful Human and Phil’s third LP Strength, Love, Music & Light are both in the running for the 2018 Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Artist prize, which will be presented at the the New Zealand Country Music Awards inGore on May 31.

Completing the shortlist is Reb Fountain with her Hopeful & Hopeless EP, the title track of which is also a finalist for APRA Best Country Music Song.

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Album Review: Tom Cunliffe

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Tom Cunliffe claims that being given a guitar for his 19th birthday got him hooked on folk and country music. And as both genres are so crammed with history and cross-references, no apology is made here for making comparisons to Cunliffe’s debut.

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Tami Neilson interview

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Tami Neilson reckons Willie Nelson summed it up best: you sing the blues to lose the blues.

And the New Zealand-based Canadian singer-songwriter has had a lot of blues to lose of late, following the unexpected death earlier this year of her father Ron, who she used to perform with years ago as part of the travelling Neilson Family.

She had only just begun working on the follow-up to her award-winning 2014 album Dynamite! when the news came through that her father had fallen seriously ill. She flew to Canada to be with the family and only began writing in earnest – with her brother Jay – after his death.

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Eb & Sparrow interview

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Although homegrown roots’ scene has made huge strides in popularity in recent years, they are still many who would look at you in horror if you suggested they attend a country or folk gig. And Ebony Lamb admits that she thought pretty much the same up to five years ago.

“It took quite a lot of guts for me to go to my first country gig,” the singer from Eb & Sparrow laughs. “I went to see The Eastern and not only was it country but it was original country and I thought ‘oh God, it’s going to be the pits’. I had never heard of them and had never seen them, but it was an experience that really changed me.”

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Album Review: Tami Neilson

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Anyone lucky enough to catch Tami Neilson’s wonderful tour a few summers back with her mum and dad would have got a glimpse of just how close the singing family were. Her father Ron died unexpectedly in Canada earlier this year so it’s not surprise that his passing casts a pretty big shadow over this, the award-winning country/roots singer-songwriter’s fifth studio album.

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