In the spirit of forsaking my obligations for a temporary sense of freedom, I'm absconding to Byron Bay to reacquaint myself with the music life and hang with Matt Henry as he tours his beautiful new record 'Love without codependency'. This Thursday, like, really soon. Eek!
Following the release of his critically acclaimed album Love Without Co-Dependency earlier this year, Henry played to packed rooms at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and was featured in The Australian for his memorable performance at Late Nite Alt. As well as receiving rave reviews in publications such as Rhythms Magazine and Q-Weekend, the lead single "The Best That They Could Do" also won the Rhythms Magazine Songwriting Competition for a spot at Mullum Music Fest.
On the back of this comes the announcement that Matt will be supporting DORI FREEMAN (US) on the Australian leg of her tour. Beginning on March 15th at the Caravan Music Club in Melbourne and continuing right through April. Matt Henry will be playing songs from Love Without Co-Dependency in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Byron Bay with regional dates in between.
"... some incredible lyrics ... a touch left of centre but really... songwriting at its purest from a great Australian songwriter" Henry Wagons - Double J - Tower of Song
"... with Henry's disarming, laconic Aussie drawl, there's an irresistible charm that works just as well in the record's boot-stomping songs of triumph as it does on the quiet moments of introspection and hindsight" The Music .com
" ... this is what listeners want to hear in songs; personality, originality – lyrics that produce a chuckle or make you want to deconstruct or de-code them" Blank GC
"The eleven tracks are littered with violin intros, harmonica prose, haunting lap steel and lightly touched piano – instrumental lyricists to Matt Henry’s carefully
written-with-a-twist songs. " - Blank GC
HARMONY JAMES is known as a competent solo writer, and a clever lyricist, Harmony’s songs have racked up 9 Golden Guitar finalist nominations. Encouraged by Australian music publishing icons Alberts, Harmony took on the challenge of co-writing with friends and musical inspirations such as Don Walker, Jenny Morris, Mark Sholtez, Kim Richey. The current album ‘Cautionary Tales’ showcases some of those collaborations, including the hit Skinny Flat White with Brooke McClymont, and featured on numerous International inflight entertainment playlists throughout the US and Europe.
In 2015 she was selected to tour with US cult favourites and song connoisseurs Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris for their Australian National tour.
Harmony James first came to the attention of the music industry as a complete unknown, winning the 2007 Country division of the International Songwriting Competition with her debut single ‘Tailwind’. The subsequent album was listed by The Australian newspaper of one of Australia's top
20 country albums of all time. Early into her career Harmony signed to Warner Music Australia and is published by iconic Australian Publishing house J Albert & Son. Her song ‘Good Enough’ has been covered here on home soil by Americana duo Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, and a stunning bluesy cover also surfaced in the US.
With new songs in the works Harmony is looking forward to new collaborations and a more organic sound to underpin the moody vibe she wants to convey.