NEW MUSIC: Hurricane Fall – Lost In Us

Hurricane Fall – the fittest band in Australian Country Music (call them on it and you’ll be challenged to a “lift off”) – are back with a new single, on a new label with the modern country sound that is set to turn heads with a neck-snapping velocity in 2021. The success of their previous single ‘Aftertaste’ has seen them gaining national airplay across the country on stations including Triple M CountryKix Country and Today’s Country 94.1.  The single was also added to Spotify’s “Fresh Country” playlist, racking up over 120,000 streams. They have gathered their first Golden Guitar nomination and a new record deal, ensuring that this year is shaping up as a big one for the boys. 

Released today on Compass Bros via Universal Music‘Lost in Us’ was written by master hook writers Mitch Thompson and Tom Jordan (Seaforth) as well as Lachlan Mitchell and Phil Barton. The band says of the song: “Lost in us is about falling deeply in love with that special someone. Being so caught up in the moment – so in love – that all the other times you thought you were in love, were nothing, compared to the love you have now.”

The genesis of ‘Lost in Us’ proved to be very challenging for the band. The song was produced in Melbourne by Michael Paynter and Michael Delorenzis at MSquared Studios, while the band were recording at home in Newcastle, NSW. The band says: “Having a Melbourne based producer presented a huge challenge as the song was completed during the COVID pandemic – right when Melbourne was forced into the harshest lockdown anywhere in the world. We recorded parts and sent them to the guys to keep things moving. The vocals were recorded in [Pepper] Deroy’s son’s bedroom – over Zoom. It truly was a monumental technological feat to bring the song to life!”

Hurricane Fall have had a very colourful history for such a young band. They were given an exclusive televised gig to play a private show for Sophie Monk during her star turn on The Bachelorette. They have supported Billy Ray Cyrus on his 2018 Australian Tour, as well as playing alongside The Wolfe BrothersKasey ChambersO’Shea and many more. They are regulars at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, New Zealand’s Top Paddock Music Festival, Deni Ute Muster, and they have plenty more gigs lined up for 2021. Oh, and singer Pepper Deroy has fully recovered from his injuries in that 2019 Air Canada turbulence episode!

Hurricane Fall were nominated for their very first Golden Guitar this year in the category of “Group/Duo of the Year.”  Fronted by two extraordinary lead singers – Jesse Vee and Pepper Deroy – Hurricane Fall are one of Australian country’s hardest working live acts with an enviably young following. They are hitting the road in support of ‘Lost in Us’ throughout rural Queensland, Hervey Bay, throughout NSW, down to the south coast to the Illawarra and across the Snowy Mountains to Tumbafest in Tumbarumba. Their exhaustive road miles will take in the Deni Ute MusterMusic in the Mulga, and the Bush to the Bar Festival in the process. 

Hurricane Fall’s new offering ‘Lost in Us’ is guaranteed to get you lost in them, and as they sing within: “We’ll never give up”. They will be so busy this year, so that’s unlikely to happen in the near future, and with an earworm like this one, they’ll unlikely be forgotten any time soon either.  

Sunday 28th February – Tumbafest – Creekscape – Tumbarumba – NSW
Saturday 10th April – Mezz Bar Newcastle – NSW
Friday 30th April – Manilla RSL – Manilla – NSW
Saturday 1st May – Whitehart Hotel – Murrurundi – NSW

Friday 7th May – Post Office Hotel – Forbes – NSW
Saturday 8th May – The Oaks – Albion Park – NSW
Saturday 15th May – Music in the Mulga – Eulo – QLD

Friday 21st May – Royal Theatre – Quirindi – NSW
Saturday 22nd May – Narrabri RSL – Narrabri – NSW
Saturday 3rd July – Bush to the Bar Festival – Hervey Bay – NSW
Friday 1st October – Deni Ute Muster – Deniliquin – NSW

Saturday 16th October – Wingham Akoostik Festival – Wingham Showgrounds – Wingham – NSW

Matchfy – The first platform that connects Artists to Playlist Curators

Invented a little more than a year ago by two brothers, Paolo e Nicolò Mantini, founders of Clockbeats SRL, Matchfy is the first professional platform that connects artists and independent playlist curators on Spotify. This streaming service has now become fundamental. And one of the less expensive ways to promote yourself is “pitch to playlist”: being part of famous playlists very similar to your genre. However, selecting the playlists can turn out to be a real undertaking given the huge amount of playlists on Spotify.

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NEW MUSIC: Cody Xeru

CODY XERU is a natural born performer. Starting at the age of 10, Cody’s love for performance has seen him turn his hand to singing, songwriting, Film & TV, children’s entertainment, theatre performances and he also dabbled in a little stand- up comedy!  Never content to rest on his laurels, Cody continues to explore all forms of the arts with relish and his music is no exception!

“Here We Go” began life when Cody took the song to co-writer/producer Nathan Eshman and they came out with a banger! (according to Australian music guru  Molly Meldrum…”do yourself a favor!” and take a listen to “HERE WE GO!

“Here We Go” is best described as “Euphoric” dance/pop – with the crisp and oh-so-now production sounds emphasizing the message of the song – positivity, reaching for your dreams and never giving up.    (especially through these recent times)

Over the years, Cody has worked alongside the likes of Tina Cousins, DJ Paul Goodyear, Whigfield, Toni Pearen and his love for live performance has seen him perform all over the world. His shows have proven a hit, striking a chord throughout Asia with a special interest from Japan. 

Cody has just recorded and released his first JPop track (singing in Japanese and English) & it is now available in Japan signed to KirAKirA Records, with a fresh mix produced by SOLO is also available through Spinnup @ Universal Music Group.

2020 also saw Cody write and feature on Romanian producer Next Routes’ track “FALL IN LOVE” available through Ukraine label Electric Station.

“PARTY DOWN,” Cody’s 2nd track, (also released through Spinnup @ Universal music group), is a pop hip-hop EDM adventure.  Enlisting U.K producer composer Arthur Stanley to bring you this fresh beat block party to get down to!” Featuring on the track is Rap artist from Queens New York, a voice of eloquent hard truth, L.E.E MAJAZ. 

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Drake Jensen feat. Lisa Thompson – Never Surrender – THEAUSSIEWORD.COM Single Review

Country music artist Drake Jensen has just released a reinterpretation of Corey Hart’s classic hit Never Surrender in a compelling duet with Ottawa artist Lisa Thompson of the band Sovereign Council. An equally exciting video accompanies the track; both are dedicated to the front-line workers that helped the world through this challenging year. But Drake Jensen is not only a country music star but also a leader in the LGBTQ community. He’s released three studio albums: OUTlaw in 2013, Retro in 2014 and Sideshow in 2018.

Some notable single releases from these albums include Scars That You Can’t See, the anti-bullying track which was launched at Nashville’s Hard Rock Café during Nashville Pride and Where Ever Love Takes Us, which broke into the Australian Country Top40 and was turned into the line dance Waves of Love by renowned Irish choreographer Gary O’Reilly and Burn the Floor released in May of 2020, which became a massive hit at Australian radio and was voted ‘Video of the Year’ by fans of the site Country Queer. 

Never Surrender is transformed into a big country-pop crossover smash, with the song’s melodic power kept intact. With added layers of exquisite detail such as Jensen and Thompson’s expressive vocal performances, dazzling lap steel guitar work, and a sustained emotional allure, the new version reveals the lyric’s extraordinary new resonance. The production harnesses contemporary aesthetics and gets the blend of country-pop exactly right, utilising dynamics, instrumentation, and nuanced performances to impressive effect.  From the opening mood-establishing intro to the concluding motifs which include very relatable lines considering the effect the pandemic has had on all of us: The time is all you’re asking for / Ooh, stand your ground, never surrender. 

With almost 100k Spotify streams Drake Jensen is a new breed of music artist, the kind who defies categorization: he’s a country singer, musician, and songwriter whose work transcends genres and demographics. His latest release is a must for lovers of country and pop. 

GIO – Old Dusty Road – THEAUSSIEWORD.COM Single Review

Gio’s sound has often been described as a mix of Bruce Springsteen and Milky Chance, with a vocal tone akin to George Ezra. But on his new track Old Dusty Road, those comparisons are less relevant as Gio’s sound and approach indicate that the Australian singer-songwriter has created his own niche. With his previous releases all doing well, including Your Face, which has since been added to over 250 curated Spotify playlists and attracted over 40,000 streams and YouTube views, the young music artist looks sets to leap into the next level of his burgeoning career. 

Old Dusty Road is a searingly candid, moving song that’s sure to attract mainstream attention across the country. Accompanied by an enthralling video that has already amassed almost 50k YouTube views, Old Dusty Road is first and foremost an indie-rock track with elements of folk and pop. With a wide range of dynamics that help intensify the lyric—from the opening acoustic guitar to the driving, band-led chorus—Old Dusty Road tugs at your heart while sustaining a hypnotic rhythmic foundation. Aside from his evocative voice, there’s no doubt that a large part of Gio’s appeal lies in his ability to expose dense, private emotional worlds with clarity and subtlety.

As the first verse reveals: Old dusty road, take me home I’ve had too many beers, and my son is on the phone / I’ve never felt this sad in my whole life I feel my time is wasting, my mind has gone. There is, of course, a confessional element about these lines, one that progresses into a need for redemption, as the bridge lyric shows: Love me, love me for one more day / Take me, take me oceans away / This long life all but kills with pain / And Lord knows I made too many mistakes. 

As Gio says about his songs: ‘I think the simpler you can make the words, the better – the less you say usually makes each word mean more. I think I say things in my music that is exactly how I’d say them in person, there is no fluff and there’s a resonance that carries to people because it’s truthful and real.’ And that continued connection between audience and artist is sure to help grow Gio’s growing fanbase. 

RUSTY GEAR – It’s Still You – THEAUSSIEWORD.COM Single Review

It’s Still You is the new release for US country music artist Rusty Gear. The track is a brilliant blend of country, rock, and pop with a few carefully chosen contemporary production textures. It’s the follow-up to last year’s hit Check in Check Out Blues, which featured fellow US country stars Calamity Jane. Check in Check Out Blues was well-received at radio and across all streaming platforms. Beginning with a musical motif that incorporates slide guitar and various other traditional country sounds, It’s Still You soon segues into a country-pop hybrid that weaves together a melodic strength to a direct and compelling lyric.

The story communicated here is one of frayed yet tenuous connection, a relationship in the past that has found a fragile kind of hope in an opportunity for renewal. The melodic power is at its apex in the chorus, where the lines, It’s still you it’s still me / And baby we both know it’s not the way it used to be / We’ll never have forever and maybe that’s alright / But that don’t mean I won’t dream of holding you tonight, reveals the personal dynamics as much as it identifies the depth of feeling.With over 900,000 Spotify streams and counting, Rusty’s new single will fortify his position in the contemporary country music world. It’s Still You will no doubt add to the many chart successes of Rusty has had with his first three albums: Happy Ending (2018), Second Gear (2019) and High Gear (2020).

Rusty’s first single, Wondering Why, reached number one on Europe’s Hotdisc Top 40 country music chart and number 51 on Billboard’s Country Breakout Chart in the US. From High GearSorry Excuses, featuring vocals by Bekka Bramlett, reached number two on the Roots Radio Chicago Blues Song Chart and High Maintenance reached number seven on the same chart. Also, from High GearTequila Won’t Solve Your Problems hit number one on the Hotdisc Top 40 in April and Won’t Forget (Remix)was number one on that chart for four weeks in June. The success of It’s Still You will affirm Rusty Gear’s place on the contemporary global country music scene.


Canadian country trio Petric have launched into Australia in a huge way.  In follow up to their debut Australian single ‘Déjà Vu’ in September, comes second single ‘Kids’, an upbeat, feel-good single that is bound to have country music lovers on their feet.

‘Kids’ is right on the bullseye for what Petric does best.  The Canadian trio delivers what feels and sounds like a Part-2 to their 2018 Canadian hit song ’18 Ends’.  With crafty guitar licks, dynamic vocals and catchy pop melodies, ‘Kids’ has hit-song written all over it.  The nostalgic vibe and throwback lyrics will take the listener back to the ‘good ole days’ of high school and first loves. 


JUKEBOX JOY: #006 | January 13, 2021 + Remembering David Bowie

This week, Jukebox JOY has new tunes from Celeste, Keith Urban and Barry Gibb plus retro throwback from Aqua, Cascada, Chicane and Haddaway. Kylie Minogue’s ‘Tears On My Pillow’ celebrates 31 years, plus Whitney Houston’s anthem from The Bodyguard ‘I Will Always Love You’ was number one on this day back in 1992/1993 for a massive ten weeks. We also remember the late David Bowie by going back to 2016 on Sound Museum.

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