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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - December 22, 2017

It’s testament to the talent, tenacity and work ethic of Tommy Emmanuel that after five decades in the music business, his career trajectory is still on an upward trend. In fact, you could say that it’s at an all-time high. Next year is shaping up to be even bigger for…

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - December 21, 2017

Jamie Coghill has been most publically visible as the drummer for Luxedo, Fez Perez and then The Devilrock Four, one of the fieriest, funniest drummers you’ll ever see, but his real passion is The Jimmy C, a cottage industry which springs from the tiny studio at Jamie’s place. As well…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 21, 2017

Over a thousand women have signed their name to the #meNOmore open letter, which calls on the Australian music industry to confront sexual harassment, coercion, bullying, misogyny and sexism. It’s important that everyone ‘gets’ what the #meNOmore movement is all about and Australian Musician asks that in future, we all take into consideration the feelings and motives behind the movement and do our best to create not only a better local music industry but world in general. In support of this movement, please read this new press release which has been issued today:

It’s easy to sling a hashtag out into the universe. It’s hard to create real change.

In just one week, over a thousand women have signed the open letter calling on the Australian Music Industry to confront sexual harassment, coercion, bullying, misogyny and sexism. The problem with no name has long existed, even thrived, in a culture of silence. Now women all over the world are standing up and saying ‘no more’

We know that media want to report on and investigate this issue. We value this interest and the respect with which this letter has been (mostly) covered. We also note that our refusal to comment further on the contents of the letter has caused some bemusement, even scepticism. But in this case, we believe silence is not only necessary, it is powerful.

The #meNOmore movement does not have a spokesperson. We speak as one voice. We do this to protect every single woman who has signed the open letter from being branded, including ourselves. Women who speak up about sexual predation do so with extreme difficulty and dread. While we 100% support an individual’s right to tell their own story, it is our firm belief that no woman should be made ‘the face of’ sexual harassment in the music industry, nor should her work suffer as a consequence.
The truth is this is not, at its heart, about sex – at least not wholly. What it is really about is work, and women’s equality in the workplace, and more broadly, about the rot at the core of our power structures.*

To the women who have come forward and joined us in our quest for a better industry, we applaud you. To the women who feel they cannot come forward at this time, we support you.

Thank you to the countless people who helped circulate the Open Letter. We received over 1,000 signatures and 300 stories. You carried previously unheard voices across the US, the UK, Europe and Asia, with coverage on sites like Pitchfork, Billboard, NME, The Guardian and NPR.

Our goal for 2018 is to create a safe haven for all workers of the industry and to provide the tools and resources necessary so that victims can review their options and find avenues of support. Part of this will be the creation of a panel of experts which will advise and encourage the industry and individuals through this process. We will be taking our time to get this right, to create something lasting and constructive. Then, you can be sure, we will be shouting our names from the rooftops.

#meNOmore is an all-inclusive movement — particularly encouraging participation of Indigenous, POC and LGBTQIA+ musical communities who have experienced intersections of sexual discrimination, harassment and violence. We also support cisgender men who have been victims of sexual harassment. Whilst this movement has been initiated by women in the industry, please know we will work hard to create a support network which is available to everyone. We encourage you to get in touch with us, share your stories and your feedback and be part of the conversation. We’re listening. |


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Posted in Blog, Christmas Ideas, Gear    //    Post Date - December 21, 2017

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 21, 2017

Singer-Songwriter Jackson Browne to Receive Les Paul Innovation Award at 33rd Annual NAMM TEC Awards

The NAMM Foundation has announced that singer-songwriter Jackson Browne will receive the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award at the 33rd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), being held Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Anaheim, CA. The award is given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation to honor individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording technology in the spirit of the famed audio pioneer, inventor and musician, Les Paul.

Browne has written and performed some of the most iconic and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion, and personal politics. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007. His debut album came out on David Geffen’s Asylum Records in 1972. Since then, he has released fourteen studio albums and four collections of live performances, and has sold over 18 million albums in the U.S. Browne will be on tour in the spring of 2018. Tour dates can be found here.

“Jackson Browne’s success as a singer, songwriter and guitarist has had a prolific impression on the music industry throughout his successful career,” said Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of the Les Paul Foundation. “Like Les Paul, Jackson has never shied away from expressing his emotions or thoughts through his music. I have no doubt that Les would have liked to share a few jams with Jackson along the way.”

Dubbed the “Knights of Soft Rock” by Rolling Stone, The Section will also be honored during the evening event as the newest inductees to the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame. Reaching their height in the 70s playing alongside the biggest names in the business, including James Taylor, Carole King, and Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Section also released three of their own imprints and toured and recorded with Jackson Browne in earlier years. While no longer recording collectively, each artist now actively works in the studio and on tour and consists of Danny Kortchmar (guitar), Craig Doerge (keyboards), Leland Sklar (bass), and Russ Kunkel (drums). They’ll reunite on stage for a rare performance of some of their best-known hits in support of the evening’s celebration.

The NAMM TEC Hall of Fame award was started in 1988 to honor pioneers of audio technology, as well as the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians. In 2017, legendary Aerosmith engineer and producer Jack Douglas was inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame, and joined luminaries Skunk Baxter, Ed Cherney, Hal Blaine, Nathan East and others.

The NAMM TEC Awards, held during the global gathering of music, sound and event technology at The NAMM Show, are bestowed annually in honor of the many individuals, companies and technical innovations used in sound recordings, films, broadcast television and video games. Nominees were announced earlier this year. For those attending NAMM in January, purchase tickets on site or in advance here FOR $65 (General Admission) or $195 (VIP). The show begins with a VIP-only reception at 6PM, followed by the awards ceremony at 7PM, held in the Hilton Anaheim Hotel’s Pacific Ballroom. Stand-up comedian and entertainer Demetri Martin will host the ceremony.

Jackson Browne will also be performing at Bluesfest in Byron Bay next Easter

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - December 20, 2017

Melbourne-based, alt pop/rock band Jackie Got Lemons has just released their debut album None Of Your Business. Featuring Sharon Iturri (vocals), Karl Wilebrant (bass) and Cameron Smith (drums), the trio will launch the album at the Toff in Town on Thursday, Jan 4th, 2018 with supports from soul looper, Shukura…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 20, 2017

Easyfever: Melbourne Forum, December 19,2018. Review: Greg Phillips. Photos: Jason Rosewarne

Back in 2007, for the 50th print issue of Australian Musician, we got together a panel of respected music writers to ponder the 50 Most Significant Moments in Australian Pop/Rock. The panel had decided that the MOST significant moment in Australian pop/rock history was the day in 1963 that teenagers George Young and Harry Vanda had met each other in the Villawood (NSW) migrant hostel. Had that meeting not occurred, The Easybeats, AC/DC, Albert Productions and many other notable Australian acts may not have existed.

Tonight at Melbourne’s magnificent Forum Theatre, the importance of that Vanda and Young pairing is further emphasised as Phil Jamieson, Chris Cheney, Tim Rogers, Kram, and Tex Perkins, backed by a killer band, celebrate the music of The Easybeats, Stevie Wright and Vanda and Young in style.

Phil Jamieson kicks off the night with a cheeky version of ‘Woman (Make You Feel Alright)’. The two guitarists Jak Housden (musical director) and Ash Naylor, keen to nail an authentic 60s sound are donned in semi hollow bodied guitars and create a fitting vibe. Tim Rogers presents ‘She’s So Fine’ with exuberance. Next up, Tex fronts for ‘For My Woman’ as each of the five guest vocalists  take their turn in the spotlight. We’re merely minutes into the show and already three Easybeats’ classics have been delivered. Chris Cheney digs deeper into the catalogue with the psychedelic ‘Who’ll Be The One’, an obscure Easybeats’ single from 1967. However it’s Kram’s rockin’ ‘Sorry’ which really gets the party started, as he goads the crowd to raise their hands and get vocal. Chris Cheney joins Kram for the pumpin’ ‘I’ll Make You Happy’ before a break allows us all to catch our breath.

Kram and Chris leap to the stage to declare part two of the show open as they take us back to 1963 with a lesser known pop nugget titled ‘Not In Love With You’. It’s not long before The Easybeats’ biggest hit ‘Friday On My Mind’ is revealed featuring Phil Jamieson on lead vocals, with the crowd by this time fully engrossed in the spirit of the show and singing along. Cheney and Kram return for the Stevie Wright solo hit ‘Guitar Band’ and the guitars are cranked up a notch. From this moment forward it’s less about The Easybeats and more a nod and wink to Vanda and Young’s legacy. Tex and Tim combine forces to crunch ‘Black Eyed Bruiser’, followed by an epic rendition of Flash and the Pan’s ‘Hey St Peter’. Noticeably, Dario Bortolin on bass and Dave Hibberd on drums are providing a thumpin’ rhythm section to drive this band. We’re then reminded of how far and wide the Vanda and Young net has been cast as Tex Perkins launches into a hypnotic version of ‘Walking In The Rain’, a Vanda and Young song made famous by Grace Jones. Who thought they’d ever hear a live version of Flash and the Pan’s ‘Down Among The Dead Men’? Previously viewed as a throwaway novelty song, the band inject some real juice into the ditty and the crowd rock along accordingly.

Kram announces a song he idolised when he saw it performed regularly on television of a Sunday evening. His mum is in the audience and he dedicates it to her. Cheney chips in to say his mum is in the crowd too. As they sling into ‘Yesterday’s Hero’, it’s almost like the event has transformed into a live version of Countdown. Tim Rogers thrusts us back into some psychedelia with ‘The Music Goes Around My Head’ before the cast return for the epic ‘Evie parts 1, 2 and 3’, and monumental it is too. A rousing ‘Good Times’ is a pertinent end to memorable evening. Much more than an Easybeats tribute show, it’s a glorious celebration of Australian music history.

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - December 19, 2017

Everyone’s favourite guitar virtuoso, Joe Satriani is about to release his 16th solo album, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, set to land on January 12, 2018 on Sony/Legacy Recordings.  Showcasing a power trio of legendary status, the band includes Satriani on guitar, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Country…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 15, 2017

TEG LIVE is proud to announce two of the most successful female American singer/songwriters, Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge, will perform in a double headlining tour across Australia in 2018. Tickets on will go on sale 10.00am, Monday, 18 December through Ticketek.   In a worldwide exclusive, this is the first time the two will tour together and share the stage in a powerhouse show that will showcase all the biggest hits from these two amazing women.

A nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow has sold over 50 million albums and this will be Sheryl’s first visit to Australia since 2008.  Academy Award and two-time Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge last toured Australia in 2016 and received rave reviews for her powerful performances.

They will both be performing at the Byron Bay Bluesfest 2018 before commencing their tour in Perth on the 3 April, 2018.

Tuesday 3 April                             Riverside Theatre, Perth
Wednesday 4 April                       Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide
Friday 6 April                                Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Saturday 7 April                            ICC Theatre, Sydney

The two longtime friends famously met in the 1980s during the Michael Jackson BAD tour when Sheryl was one of his backup singers.  They went on to forge a friendship based on mutual admiration and understanding of their respective careers but also shared similar battles along the way – most notably they are both cancer survivors.  They have each created music that has defined their musical era – from Sheryl’s all American classic hits All I Wanna Do and The First Cut Is The Deepest to Melissa Etheridge’s groundbreaking Bring Me Some Water and Come To My Window.

“It’s been way too long since I was in Australia! Am so excited to be touring with my dear friend, Melissa Etheridge!  We are going to have a great time and play some great music!  Looking forward to seeing all our friends and fans in April,” said Sheryl Crow.

A nine-time Grammy Award recipient, Sheryl Crow is an American music icon. Her nine studio albums have sold 35 million copies worldwide; seven of them charted in the Top 10 and five were certified for Multi-Platinum sales. In addition to such No. 1 hits as All I Wanna Do, Soak Up the Sun and The First Cut Is the Deepest, Crow has lofted 40 singles into the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40 and Hot Country Songs charts, with more No. 1 singles in the Triple A listings than any other female artist. Her new album and first for Warner Bros. Records, Be Myself, is out now.

“I always have a good time when we play in Australia and this will be no exception. See you in 2018 Australia! Sheryl and I can’t wait to get down there and play some great music!” said Melissa Etheridge.

Melissa Etheridge is one of rock music’s great female icons.  Her critically-acclaimed eponymous debut album was certified double-platinum.  Etheridge’s popularity built around such memorable songs as Bring Me Some Water, No Souvenirs and Ain’t It Heavy for which she won her first Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal in 1992. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am featuring the massive hits I’m the Only One and Come to My Window, a searing song of longing that brought her a second Grammy in 1995.  The six times platinum album spent more than two and a half years on the album charts.  Etheridge is also an Oscar winner for Best Original Song in 2007. Her most recent album, Memphis Rock & Soul was released in 2016

Don’t miss the opportunity to see these two stellar American performers pairing up and rocking the stage as they bring their biggest hits to fans across Australia for this special tour.  It will be a unique, not-to-be-missed concert event!

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 15, 2017

Contemporary folk artist Tia Gostelow tops off what has been a hugely successful year with the announcement of her own independent record label “Lovely Records”. Following on from recent signings with Anti Fragile records outside Australia and New Zealand and a world wide publishing deal with NativeTounge the announcement of Lovely Records will complete the team, providing a platform for Tia to locally release her debut album in 2018 and eventually sign some of her favourite upcoming acts.

“Releasing my first album on my own independent record label, Lovely Records is a dream! I’ve always known that when I started releasing music that I wanted to be as independent as possible for my first album release and have just been waiting to turn 18 to make it official! I’m really grateful for the support and guidance from my team and the incredible support from Arts Queensland and Australia Council for the Arts who have allowed me to fund the recording of my debut album and release it through Lovely Records. I’ m excited for the future of Lovely Records and I hope that it might one day become a label that supports and nurtures other young emerging regional artists in the future.” – Tia Gosteow

To celebrate the announcement Tia Gostelow will be running a competition over summer with the winner receiving an invite to join her at the launch party for Lovely Records in Mackay in March 2018. The prize will also include flights to Mackay from anywhere in Australia and one nights accommodation. Every entrant will also receive a download of Tia’s unreleased track “Giants”.

To enter just SHAZAM Tia’s latest single “Hunger” and follow the prompts.  

Catch Tia Performing in January with more dates to be announced:
20 Jan – Neighbourhood Sessions, Townsville, QLD
21 Jan – KCs Bar & Grill, Airlie Beach, QLD

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