On Friday the 16th of September, I am releasing my second album ‘Violet Road’ and will be heading out on the road across 5 states to support its release.

Violet Road Cover
Incredible artwork © Jessie Campbell-Brown https://jessecampbellbrownillustration.myportfolio.com/

Pre-order Violet Road and receive an instant download of my new single ‘Hold You Down’. Watch the video here:

 

Here are the full Tour Dates:

17th-18th September || Nimbin Roots Fest || Nimbin NSW

22nd September || The Little Guy || Glebe NSW

23rd September || Cazador || Newcastle NSW

24th September || Humpybong Espresso & Bar || Stafford QLD

25th September || Taps || Fortitude Valley QLD

28th September || The Pier || Port Macquarie NSW

30th September || Flow Bar || Old Bar NSW

1st October || Roundabout Inn || Gloucester NSW

2nd October || The Townie || Newtown NSW

5th October || Smiths Alternative || Canberra ACT

6th October || Retreat Hotel || Brunswick VIC

7th October || Billy Roy’s Blues Bar || Bendigo VIC

8th October || Walla Walla Hall || Walla-Walla NSW

13th October || Django Bar || Marrickville NSW

16th October || The Grace Emily || Adelaide SA

19th October || Hood Milk Bar || Newcastle NSW

3rd-6th November || Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival || Bendigo VIC

 

On Tour

As of today, I am officially half of the way through my February Violet Road Tour. I’ve already had so much fun on tour down the South leg. I’ve met new people to share my music with, recorded a Midnight Sessions song for Lyn Taylor’s Youtube Channel, caught up with old friends, jammed with incredible musicians and played in places that I’d never been before.

 

 

On Saturday, I’ll be heading up North with the band. Firstly, to the Roundabout Inn in Gloucester and then up to play 2 shows on the following Saturday and Sunday in Byron Bay at The Rails and Treehouse on Belongil. I can’t wait.

Midnight Sessions: “The Way To Your Heart”

Amongst all of this crazy ‘on tour’ travelling and busy life-stuff, I made time to head over to the very talented Lyn Taylor and Nick Payne from Dear Orphans‘ new place and record one of my new songs as part of their Midnight Sessions Youtube series. The vibe in this room was outstanding. Big Thanks to Lyn and Nick for helping me to create some video content that I can be proud of.

Here’s the video. Have a watch and get a taste for one of the songs that’ll feature on my upcoming record:

 

Sam

Yesterday, I returned home from the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

This was my second time attending Tamworth, with the last one being in 2011. This year’s festival was filled with its fair share of highs and lows but for the most part, I had an incredible time. I met countless amounts of new people and talented fellow-musicians who I am humbled to now call friends. I saw at least 2 gigs each day that left me both envious and excited for the incredible talent out there in the Australian Country and Alt-Country music scenes. Particular highlights for me were the Late Night Alt Country gigs on the second floor of the Tudor Hotel held over 3 nights from the Wednesday to the Friday. Finally, I was blown away by the generosity and genuine kindness as other performers who are much more organised than me invited – no, encouraged – me to share their stage and my songs. Special mention for this one goes out the Gretta Ziller, Andrew Swift, Ben Bunting, Katrina Burgoyne, and the Cruisin’ Deuces.

Busking

This year was also the year where I decided that I would hit Peel St as a busker and play my music no matter how many Karaoke, Pop Princesses with pickups on cheap guitars, John Butler impersonators, or Bolivian Pan Flutes with overpowered backing tracks. I went out into the heat with my trolley of gear in one hand and guitar in the other. I played for blocks of 4-5 hours making as much as $100 or as little as $13.40. Peel St was heartbreaking but now I can say that I’ve done it. I can bitch and moan about the plight of busking in such a cacophony of noise where 80% of the buskers aren’t even performing country music at a country music festival. I have put my money where my mouth is. Unless certain measures are put into place in following years, or if I can convince a band to suffer alongside me,  I don’t think I’ll be busking again.

Camping

We (attended with my partner in crime, Gilly) also camped this festival. Camping Tamworth is hard. Waking up with a hangover at 7am in 32deg heat is hard. But there is nobody to blame for this one except ourselves. Word of warning – if you decided to camp and can deal with the weather (in particular the humidity), bring expensive ear plugs. There is a strong possibility that you might be camping next door to a championship snorer. Word of warning for the wise.

In summary,

The 2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival was a fantastic experience. The highs hugely outweighed the lows and I will be there next year with some proper gigs organised and bandmates to help perform my songs. See you there!

Sam