What is Australian Americana Music?

According to the newly launched Americana Music Association of AustraliaAustralian Americana music builds on established definitions of the genre and “melds them with aspects of uniquely Australian sounds, stories and lyrical content, often influenced by our history, people and place in the world.”

Americana is contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw. source

As an active performing, writing and recording artist in Australia’s burgeoning Americana scene, I have come into contact with a huge number of talented musicians that I wish more people heard. Australian Americana musicians need a central location for potential fans to discover, enjoy and share.

Australian Americana Gig
Playing with my band as part of the Americana Music Association of Australia NSW Launch. *Photo Credit: Jolyon Gray


A Playlist For Australian Americana Music

Over the past few months, I’ve come to recognise the significant role that playlists – in particular those made and promoted within Spotify – hold in the 21st Century music promotion/discovery landscape. All recent music industry podcasts and blog articles will tell you the same thing; playlists have now become the majority of music fans’ preferred medium for music discovery.

I want to do my part to make it easier for more people to discover Australian Americana artists.
Here’s my Spotify playlist featuring one song per artist to help get the word out. I will be updating it regularly.

For more information about this fast-growing, exciting genre in Australia, check out the newly launched Americana Music Association of Australia. They give a great run-down for those interested or curious.

If you’re an Australian artist making Americana music that wants to get one of your songs included, shoot me a message via the contact page with your favourite track.

A week ago, I officially released a new music video for We Can’t See An End In Sight, the first track from ‘Violet Road‘. My good friend Lyn Taylor is the mastermind behind the clip with filming, directing, producing and editing duties.


We shot the video both in Lyn’s studio and on a cold, rainy night in Sydney, at a number of locations around the CBD. I’m stoked with the final result.

Download the song for free via my Soundcloud.

If you enjoy the video, let me know via my Youtube Channel and feel free to share it around.

Lineup Addition to Cully Fest 2017

I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be performing with my full band as part of Cully Fest 2017, held at the Toowoomba Showgrounds in Queensland.

Cully Fest 2017 is an annual all-ages Folk Festival held between 17-19 November. Over the course of three days and three nights, festival goers are provided with the opportunity to immerse themselves in music, arts, rodeo and creative activities including Outback and Aboriginal cultures and traditions.

Headlining this year’s event will be Killing Heidi, Pierce Brothers and more. View the full lineup below:

Sam Newton performing at Cullyfest 2017

As a community-driven event with independent and lesser-known artists (like yours truly), it needs as much support as it can get to thrive and grow. You can show your support by Liking the official Cully Fest Page and Sharing the event around with others who you think might be interested.

Hope to see you there.