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THINGS THAT WE DRINK TO Mor­gan Evans

Warner Mu­sic www.warn­er­mu­sic.com.au

Apart from

Keith Ur­ban, Aus­tralian coun­try artists mak­ing it in the United States, es­pe­cially in re­cent times, are a rare event. How­ever, with his sec­ond al­bum Things That We Drink To, Mor­gan Evans ap­pears to be chang­ing that trend. The al­bum’s first sin­gle ‘Kiss Some­body’ has al­ready achieved wide­spread airplay in the US. Mor­gan’s sec­ond sin­gle, ‘Day Drunk’, a catchy coun­try rock track, looks likely to sur­pass that feat. Sur­pris­ingly, Aus­tralian main­stream ra­dio sta­tions have also added it to their playlists. The ti­tle track is a big pow­er­ful bal­lad, ‘Dance With Me’ is a duet with Evans’ wife Kelsea Bal­lerini, a US coun­try star in her own right, and the mid-paced ro­man­tic song ‘I Do’ recog­nises that union. A def­i­nite party al­bum.

SONGS OF THE PLAINS Colter Wall

Thirty Tigers/Cook­ing Vinyl www.cook­ingviny­laus­tralia.com

Cana­dian singer-song­writer Colter Wall’s mu­sic lies on the folk side of coun­try, as per Marty Rob­bins. Al­though still in his early ’20s, Wall’s deep vo­cals sound like those of a sea­soned vet­eran. He heads for the wide open spa­ces on ‘Songs Of The Plain’, a song backed only by acous­tic gui­tar and har­mon­ica. Wall cov­ers leg­endary Cana­dian Wilf Carter’s ‘Cal­gary Round-Up’ and heads to cow­boy folk­lore coun­try on the tra­di­tional ‘Night Herd­ing Song’, a track with min­i­mal back­ing. Wall sings of the Wild West hero ‘Wild Bill Hickok’ and his un­timely death while play­ing poker, and em­braces Cana­dian her­itage on ‘Saskatchewan in 1881’. ‘Ty­ing Knots in the Devil’s Tail’, gives Songs Of The Plains a lively fi­nale.

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