Violet Road has officially been released for several months now.

With all things that are no longer new and sparkly, the chance of getting any more press to give my album a listen and review has dwindled to almost zero. I say almost zero, because I’ve just been forwarded a great write up by Samuel J. Fell (Rolling Stone, SMH, Rhythms) with permission to publish. Unfortunately, this review did not make it to print due to powers beyond Samuel’s control.

A big thank you to Samuel J. Fell for sharing his words and Karen Conrad for her persistence.

Sam Newton
VIOLET ROAD [Independent]
Three and a half out of five

Sydney native Sam Newton’s second full-length record is a gentle one. It doesn’t shove itself forward, jostling for attention, opting instead for a much more reticent approach – soft songs, often with the focus on Newton’s ubiquitously Australian voice which is itself unobtrusive, lilting and velvet, a real listening album.

All this isn’t to say it’s weak or insipid though. Newton proves here he’s able to conjure more than a little power with this gentle approach, the stories he tells vivid in their realism and relatability. Occasionally, he attempts to fit in a word or two too many, or add in a word which doesn’t really sit that well, but overall his songwriting is gorgeously simple, which is another reason why it projects this gentle power.

Sonically, he sits comfortably in the Americana arena, with more than a little nod to the blues and folk music, pedal steel playing an integral part in the overall sound, quietly strummed acoustic guitars and a subtle rhythm section, along with tastefully used harmonica and fiddle. Standout is ‘Homesick’, which is somewhat reminiscent of Eric Bibb, a folky number that utilises the blues as an inspiration, as opposed to direct interpretation.

Samuel J. Fell

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

 

Ladies and Gentlemen – Bill’s Lost Love,

It is my absolute pleasure to introduce to you – Bill’s Lost Love the Animated Music Video by Sarah Eddowes!

This video is 6 months in the making and has been made possible by all of the incredible people who donated to my crowd-funding campaign several months back. Using a combination of mediums and majority clay figurines, Sarah has succeeded in bringing the words in my song to life. I feel extremely honoured and humbled  that I get to have this piece of art associated with my music.

Enjoy and share it around.