The beloved coun­try star is un­leash­ing her grit­tier side, writes Rachel Ri­ley

Rock­ing her way back into town

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

COUN­TRY sweet­heart Jade Hol­land will kick off her na­tional tour with two gigs in Townsville this week­end, giv­ing her home­town au­di­ence a sneak peek of her hotly an­tic­i­pated al­bum, Leather and Les Paul, be­fore its of­fi­cial re­lease in Oc­to­ber.

Hol­land will play an acous­tic set at the Av­enues Tav­ern tonight, be­fore join­ing forces with Syd­ney’s The Jay Seeney Band to head­line Melville’s Farm’s Pig Day Out this Satur­day.

Hol­land said it was im­por­tant to her that Townsville be the first to hear the al­bum.

“Townsville has backed me so much and … there are a lot of friends, venue own­ers, busi­ness peo­ple and com­plete strangers who have sup­ported me,” she said.

“I think it’s only fit­ting that they be the first to hear what I’ve been work­ing on.”

Hol­land said she was im­mensely proud of the al­bum, named af­ter fa­mous 1950s and ’ 60s rocker and elec­tric guitar pi­o­neer Les Paul.

“I’ve fo­cused on be­ing true to my­self through the whole process and the re­sult is a col­lec­tion of songs that re­flect ex­actly who I am — they’re strong, em­pow­er­ing and heav­ily in­fused with a rock in­flu­ence; def­i­nitely not your tra­di­tional coun­try,” she said.

“It’s an al­bum that has taken me a long time to get out but I feel it has grown with me in a sense and the songs now have more mean­ing.”

Hol­land said she was ex­cited to be team­ing up with The Jay Seeney Band to head­line a uniquely coun­try and Townsville event on Satur­day for the first show of their com­bined tour.

The band have had two hits fea­tured in the top 20 of coun­try mu­sic charts this year, and Jade’s sin­gle re­leased ear­lier this year, Woh Oh, also fea­tured, peak­ing at num­ber eight.

“I feel like I’m the fe­male ver­sion of him and he’s the male ver­sion of me and I think it’s im­por­tant in this in­dus­try to sup­port one another,” Hol­land joked.

“He is a bit more rock­ier than me but I still like to give him a run for his money.”

When speak­ing about his soon to be re­leased EP, The New Black, Seeney agreed.

“The whole idea of my EP was to try and bring a new sound to Aus­tralian coun­try mu­sic – evolv­ing and stretch­ing it be­yond the lim­its of what peo­ple think coun­try mu­sic is. Why should

Rings there be any lim­its to the genre?” Seeney said.

Seeney has had his first two sin­gles from The New Black chart in the top 20.

“The third sin­gle off the EP will be Ev­ery Time it Rains, writ­ten about re­la­tion­ships and rem­i­nisc­ing on the ex­pe­ri­ences of con­nect­ing and get­ting to know each other.

“The team up with Jade for the tour was in­evitable – we get on like a house on fire, and have such a sim­i­lar style of mu­sic.”

Fans will be able to pre- or­der signed copies of Leather and Les Paul this week­end from www. jade­hol­land. com or from her Face­book page.

>> Al­bum pre­views << Tonight 7pm Venue: The Av­enues Tav­ern

Free Satur­day, Au­gust 1 9pm

Melville’s Farm, 45 Al­li­ga­tor Creek Rd $ 20 adults / $ 15 chil­dren. Gates open at 11am. Free rides.

lenty of songs from her up­com­ing al­bum

Leather and Les Paul.

Di­rec­tor: Star­ring:

Ver­dict:

Jade Hol­land

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