Sydney based alt-country / blues & roots collaboration Copperline have released their debut album Rusty Fords and Weatherboards, after years of travelling and making music.
Indeed, the band describes the record 'has probably been ten years in the making', about the length of time the group has been playing together.
Produced by 2013 Country Music Awards Producer of the year, Shane Nicholson, Rusty Fords and Weatherboards follows the release of debut single and video "Woman's Touch".
Vocalist Brad Christmas explains that much of the inspiration for the tracks has come from audiences they have played to and met throughout their many years of performing around the country in various capacities. He says that they have "met loads of wild and wonderful people" over the past decade or so and have "come out of that brimming with stories that just have to be told".
Stories that include "Woman's Touch", a tale of a break up that celebrates the little things that can brighten your day in a relationship, melancholic "Please Don't Cry" and "Playing The Hopetoun", a nostalgic tribute to a lost live music venue of Sydney.
Other tracks are more upbeat and jovial like "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and final track "Social Network Blues", a cheeky piece that we expect would be raucously fun played live, particularly in a tent at the Blue Mountains Music Festival (one of my personal favourite Aussie festivals) at which they will be appearing next year.
Christmas says that Rusty Fords and Weatherboards "has given us a vehicle to share those stories from the road and indulge our love of twangy country and dirty blues". With bluesy riffs and a deft touch on the piano, the ten tracks of the album create a musical journey that parallels the one taken by the musicians over the past decade, full of ups and downs, highways and byways.
Brad Christmas (vocals, guitar, piano)
Richie Gosling (bass, guitar, vocals)
Paul Handel (guitar, vocals)
Gareth Richards (drums)
Catch them at one of these upcoming gigs and who knows, maybe your story will make their next album:
13th December – Camelot Lounge – Marrickville, NSW
2nd February – The Servo food Truck Bar - Port Kembla, NSW
15th – 17th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival – Katoomba, NSW