When Usher spits out his cult classic “Peace out, A Town.” I like to think he’s referring to my hometown of Adelaide. But that’s me. Adelaide has always boasted a strong association to music that is only heightened by the severity of talent that can be found in any bar on a Friday night. Here are 5 Folk Bands you need to listen to right now. Do your ears the favour.
The duo is like something out of a Tarantino film. When the credit rolls and that twang saturated voice croons above an acoustic chord progression, you cant help but sit a little longer in the movie theatre and wait out the remainder of the song. Their epic “Gore and Old Romance” is exactly as it sounds, gritty, earthy yet unwaveringly elegant. This Adelaide pairing will make you want to live your life with a sepia filter.
Smoking gun in hand, trail of destruction of behind you, the tumble weeds roll past as the deafening silence falls, the sun setting just beyond the long road along the desert floor. Your soundtrack as you turn to leave town is, and always should be, Emily Davis.
Your search for that Thom Yorke warbling voice mixed with Spanish guitar licks is over. Let Aaron Thomas bring his unique sound of toe tapping melodies and heart warningly beautiful lyrics to your ears once and for all. Having just toured Europe you know he’s got so much more to offer. Jump on the bandwagon before everyone else does.
Let’s cut to the chase, this is straight up country. For that lonesome bus ride, whiskey’s with friends or long road trips, Hana and Jessie-Lee have got you covered. The vocals teeter on the edge of haunting, but the guitar picking and bass lines keep this duo grounded and realistic. Their album cover comes complete with cowgirl boots. Just saying.
Soulfulness is the word to best describe Sasha March. Like the Australian Norah Jones her voice drips the blues and turns it into something even more stunning. With her unwaveringly strong vocals and raw expression Sasha March is both relaxing and romantic. Catch her and so many other top tier acts at the Handpicked Festival on November 12th at Lake Breeze Winery in South Australia.
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