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A salute to Al Park

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Marlon Williams, Jordan Luck and Delaney Davidson are among those paying tribute to Christchurch music identity Al Park out next month.

Better Already  – The Songs Of Al Park is released on February 15 via ALP Records/Southbound and is affectionate tribute to Park, who has been a fixture on the Lyttleton music scene since the ‘80s.

This album features songs Park has written over the years and as well as Luck, Williams and Davidson, it features contributions from the likes of Barry Saunders, The Eastern’s Adam McGrath and Helen Mulholland, who performed with Park in Louie and the Hotsticks in the 1980s.

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Harry Lyon reveals solo debut

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After a music career spanning more than 40 years, Harry Lyon will release his solo debut To The Sea on October 5.

Promising to showcase an array of styles and influences – from country and Pasifika to classic Kiwi rock – the album will be released via Norm Records/Southbound and will be supported by a national tour.

To The Sea was produced by Delaney Davidson, who was amazed by the selection of songs that Lyon had stockpiled over the decades. “The more I worked with these songs the more I saw them as a document of someone who has lived through an amazing time,” he adds.

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Davidson back with Shining Day

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Neil Finn, SJD and US roots artist Nathanial Rateliff are those helping out Delaney Davidson on his ninth solo album Shining Day

Due out on April 20, the Christchurch maverick’s follow-up to 2016’s Lucky Guy is his first for UK-based label Glass Records Redux and will be supported by an extensive six month European tour.

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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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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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The Warratahs: Easy come, easy go for Barry Saunders

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Formed in 1985, The Warratahs are arguably the Godfathers of New Zealand’s alt country scene. At a time when the pub circuit was dominated by pop outfits and acts from labels such as Flying Nun, Barry Saunders and Co built up a loyal following up and down the country with their then distinctly unfashionable brand of country rock.

Over the last 30 years, they’ve stayed true to what Saunders likes to call “the white man’s blues” and their seventh studio album, Runaway Days, finds them back to their no-frills best.

Much of that is down to the fact that Saunders and the rest of the band – Nik Brown (violin, mandolin), Mike Knapp (drums) and Nick Theobald (bass, vocals) – didn’t waste any time in recording it; in fact, the bulk of the tracks were laid down over a couple of days. We caught up with Saunders on the eve of the release of Runaway Days.

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Marlon Williams Q&A

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Marlon Williams began singing in school choirs in Christchurch and first came to attention fronting the alt country band The Unfaithful Ways when he was just 17.

From there he went on to record a series of duet albums with Delaney Davidson entitled Sad But True – The Secret History Of Country Music Songwriting, the third volume of which was named NZ country album of the year in 2013. Williams is now based in Melbourne and is about to release his debut solo album.

We caught up with Williams on a flying visit to New Zealand.

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Album Review: Tami Neilson

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Because so many of the songs here have that nagging feel of a long-lost classic, your first instinct is that the latest album from New Zealand’s favourite country chanteuse must be a covers project.

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Album Review: Delaney Davidson & Marlon Williams

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If these are B sides, then one can only wonder how good their ‘A’ material must be. Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams’ first Sad But True collaboration proved to be an inspired match-up and it deservedly won the Tui for best country album last year. Extensive touring has further honed their partnership and Vol 3 – the second volume was a tour-only release – is their most accomplished outing yet.

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Delaney Davidson Q&A

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The wandering minstrel of the New Zealand’s roots scene, Delaney Davidson’s music takes in everything from junkyard blues to traditional honky tonk.

As well as four solo albums, last year he teamed with country singer Marlon Williams for the acclaimed Sad But True.

And next month, he and Williams will team up with Tami Neilson for the Grand ‘Ol Hayride national tour.

Below he talks about what fans can expect on the new tour and his plans for the coming year.

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