The Weekend Australian - Review

06. Cover story

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Andrew McMillen looks at the exciting Patreon platform that is helping musicians to make a living by directly connecting with their fans

Emma Donovan, proud Gumbaynggi­rr woman, has teamed her powerful soul stylings with funk band the Putbacks for an album that rightfully has been ruling radio in Australia and internatio­nally. Crossover is an ode to Donovan’s Dhangatti grandmothe­r, and Pink Skirt is the standout.

Mob March is anthemic, a protest song that is both a funky, subtle stomp and a throaty ode to freedom. Donovan comes from a family background of country singersong­writers, while the Putbacks have been plying their smooth funk for years. The band melds gospel, soul and the superior storytelli­ng of country music to build on a pairing that began with 2014’s Dawn.

Though Donovan sings of grief and loss, Crossover is ultimately a celebratio­n of life.

Cat Woods

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