Americanathon at The Grace Emily.

28th July 2018

A big part of our mission is to give wider Australian audiences the opportunity to witness the quality, beauty and authenticity of Americana music and this year we’re starting in South Australia!

In partnership with the Umbrella Winter City Sounds festival, Music SA and the Grace Emily Hotel, we present “Americanathon“, a diverse sample of artists who we believe capture the essence and tradition of American roots music and who are renowned for delivering some of the most compelling and emotionally driven performances you’re likely to see.

Featuring four captivating South Australian acts: Kelly Menhennett with her full band, Courtney Robb MusicPanacea and Kelly Brouhaha and one of Melbourne’s most accomplished Americana acts in Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, this is an incredible lineup that you won’t want to miss!

***** Kelly Brouhaha ******
“An artist with a name you just can’t frown at because it’s just so much fun, that girls got amazing pipes, she sounds like Amy Whinehouse – but with more of a soulful edge as opposed to a jazz hook”

Living full-time out of her 92 Toyota Hiace Campervan and touring the country, the audience get a sense of the down to earth country kid and the stories she’s collected on the road after leaving a mortgage and marriage behind to pursue a minimalist lifestyle, enjoying the simpler things in life.

Her latest EP “Mama Didn’t Raise A Quitter” achieved radio success with Audrey’s Song added to rotation on ABC radio and ‘As Long As There’s A Smile‘ reaching #2 on the AMRAP charts. In 2017 she opened for Diesel and spent time touring with Beccy Cole throughout outback Australia as part of the Aussie Road Crew.

Spreading an infectious positivity with her comedic stage show and her soul inspired roots tunes her first full length album is on the way in 2018, working with Shane Nicholson in the producers chair.

**** Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes ****
“It’s certainly country music but it doesn’t quite sound like it could have been made in America; he’s in the tradition but not a slave to it, and certainly not afraid to go in his own direction”.
~No Depression

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes have built their reputation on storytelling. Over the past eight years they have released four records, toured Europe and the USA multiple times, shared stages with Americana and country heavyweights and picked up a string of awards, including the Golden Guitar for ‘alt country album of the year’ with their landmark release ‘Black Coffee‘.

But they’ve never told stories like the ones on new record ‘Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music’. By far the band’s most ‘adult’ work, ‘Some Girls’ is a country record, but draws as heavily upon the influence of Leonard Cohen and Billy Bragg as it does Willie Nelson and Townes Van Zandt. 

**** Kelly Menhennett Band ****
Her tireless national touring, both solo and with her band (Richard Coates on keys/accordion, Shireen Khemlani on bass, Tim Irrgang on drums and Steve Pederson on pedal steel/electric guitar/lap-slide) has seen her developing a reputation around the country as a unique and charismatic performer. She has been invited to support some great Australian and International musical acts (Charles Jenkins, Steve Poltz, Anne McCue, Patty Larkin, Sandi Thom, Monique Brumby, The McClymonts), shared the stage with her idol, Paul Kelly, in Nashville and graced the stages of some of Australia’s great venues and festivals such as WOMADelaide, Woodford Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and Tamworth Country Music Festival, as well as the Americana Festival in Nashville.

**** Courtney Robb Music ****
Adelaide singer/songwriter Courtney Robb wants you to feel what she feels as she moves between the lines of country-infused folk and blues. Robb’s charged delivery demands something of her listener as the imperfections and fragility of her stories reveal themselves.

Robb’s fourth studio album, ‘You Are Not Alone‘, is due for release June 1st 2018. Recorded live over two days in the Adelaide Hills by Mick Wordley, this release is a leap forward creatively and professionally. Robb and her band; Chris Parkinson, BJ Barker, Snooks La Vie, Mark Seddon, Emma Woolcock, Ashley Turner and Marta Bayly; have captured something real. Robb says “I like to jump into the deep end. As a solo artist, the choice to record live with a band was a new approach, but I can see it gave us an edge, an authenticity, joyful, dark and interesting.”

Author: Pete Wibberley

Internationally published photographer, editor of Adelaide Music Mag and freelance contributor to MNPR Magazine and The Rocker Rag.

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