Beth soars at Bluebird

MAKING HAY: Beth Brown performing on reality TV show, American Pickers, in Nashville last November.TO play Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe you need to possess some serious songwritingchops.
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Global pop sensation Taylor Swift was discovered there, country megastar Garth Brooks honed his craft on its stage and Blacksmiths’ Beth Brown hopes her performances at the Bluebirdleadto her careerbreakthrough.

TAKING A CHANCE: The career of Blacksmiths singer-songwriter Beth Brown is bearing fruit following her move to Nashville 10 months ago.

For the past 10 months the indie-pop songstress has been based in Tennessee’smusic mecca plying her trade and developing her songwritingwith some of America’s best.

Last week Brown released her cinematic trackDream Coat on SoundCloudfrom her debut EP of the same name, due out later this year.

After spending several years in Melbourne fronting blues rock band, BB and the Holy Rollers, Brown said playing at the Bluebird and Americana Fest had expanded her creativity.

Beth Brown – Angels and Beasts (Live)“I’ve learnt so much,” Brown said from Nashville. “Before coming to Nashville I’d never co-wrote before. It gives you the advantage of seeing how other wonderful people put together a song.

“I think the gap is bridging for people who want to make music in the US. People see your passion and talent and I’ve been surprised how welcoming they are.”

In Nashville she has co-writtenwith respectedsongsmithsJohn Hadley, Shannon Sanders and Jerry Salley, who have previously worked withJohn Legend, Chris Stapleton, Patti Griffin and Emmylou Harris.

Rocking up in a foreign country expecting to book gigs sounds like a daunting step, but Brown said it was quite the opposite.

“Americans love Australians and I found there were opportunities to play from the very beginning,” she said. “Although it’sthe most competitive music industry in the world, the locals will generally give you a shot to prove yourability.”

BORKING UPBUDDING promoter Brock Perrington hopes Saturday’s inaugural BorkFest can become an annual part of Newcastle’s calendar to give metal fans of all ages amusical outlet.

The Small Ballroom will host the mini-festival, which will be headlined by Newcastle metal band Trophy Eyes and features another 11 acts. Originally BorkFest was scheduled for the Newcastle Tennis Club, before it was shifted to minimise security costs.

Perrington hatched the idea six months ago following the demise of Hunter Street’sHombre Records. The all-age venuewas quickly replaced by Drone, who hosted the BorkFest’s battle of the bands in recent weeks to earn a slot of the festival bill.

“Now that we’ve got Drone, I thought what else can we do,” Perrington said. “I had BorkFest starting, so I thought let’s kept it going.”

FUNDING SUCCESSFRIENDSof the late Simon “JimmyNolan” Lambert of Newcastle are ecstatic that they have reached their goal of $8500 in three weeks to fund the mastering of an album of Lambert’s songs. The gofundme campaign topped $8500 this week. Every extra $650 raised will go towards adding another Lambert song to the album.

Friends and acquaintances involved in the project will perform the songs on the album live at a Newcastle venue in August. Lambert died after he fell sleepwalking in March 2009.

ROCKINGROOMTHE premise is simple. Provide the stage, sound production, lighting and house band then import a impersonator and you have amobile music show known as the Rock Room.

A group of Newcastle musicians, known as Mighty Rock,began the Rock Room last Augustplaying gigs around the Belmont area. On April 17 they hosttheir 10thgig, a Cold Chisel show at Belmont Bowling Club, featuring Jimmy Barnes impersonator Carter Roser.Other Rock Room performances have includedRod Stewart and Midnight Oil tributeacts.

MONSTER FREEMAITLAND’S Groovin The Moo maybe sold out, but unfortunately there will be no Of Monsters and Men.

The Icelandic folk band, who are famous for their huge hit Little Talks, were added to the Bunbury leg of GTM only this week. It followed the cancellation of US acts Mutemath and Vic Mensa last week.

BELLO IT OUTAMERICAN bluegrass hero Willie Watson will headline the secondBello Winter Music Festival in Bellingen from July 7 to 10.

Joining the OldCrow Medicine Show founder will beJeff Lang, Kylie Auldist, Tijuana Cartel, Mojo Juju, L-Fresh The Lion, Jaaleekaay, Bullhorn, Jazz Party, Allensworth, Inga Liljeström and King Tide.

Willie Watson – Mexican CowboyA LITTLE SUPPORTCOUNTRY folk duo Little Georgia will support Americansinger-songwriter Ryan Bingham at his Lizotte’s show on April 24.Ashleigh MannixandJustin Carter have toured relentlessly since launching debut albumBootleglast year.

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