Megan and I share a love of musical theatre - something that cannot be dismissed in a friendship!
How amazing is that glamour stare - we were aiming for Vanity Fair - I think we nailed it. One of our images made the front cover of her album Wild Mountain
From her Facebook:
Singer songwriter from Brisbane via the Woronora River. Megan Cooper’s music: it’s high country, folksy, vintage, honest… the sonic equivalent of a fragrant cup of tea with a sneaky shot of something a little stronger. With addictive melodies and extraordinary tales of common hearts, Cooper’s been earning praise since the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, Ghosts, Choirs & Kings in 2014. For someone who sings the sad songs, she sure has a good time doing it. Her live shows are full of energy, sweet harmony and dry observation of the everyday. A natural performer, Cooper layers her shows with earthiness, energy and outstanding songwriting. She has an inbuilt affinity with everything that is good in twang, delivering a deliciously elegant serving of aural sweetness that is rooted in the traditions of Americana and Australian Folk.
James Van Cooper
From his website:
James Van Cooper is an Australian. He’s young, stylish and cool. He summons the sounds of Alt/Country Rock with catchy hooks and twangy guitars. He’s a man for those that like their country gnarly and epic as well as nuanced and intimate. James’ is a slick flamboyant performer and a heartfelt songwriter, he’s renowned as a wild and complete guitarist who can leave an audience in smoking ruins.
From his website:
Melbourne artist Ben Mastwyk is a prolific songwriter with a unique method of writing on the move. Walking the streets, riding planes, trains and highways, “There’s something about the rhythm of the world rolling by and the constant stream of scenes and characters that stimulate the process” he explains. A dynamic performer with a flair for Opry-esque showmanship, Mastwyk and his band THE MILLION$, have been described as a unique blend of cosmic-country, R&B & psychedelic-honky tonk.
Singer. Songwriter. Performer. Venue owner. Daughter. Friend. Lover. Kick ass woman. Feminist. Business woman. Soft. Tough.
These are just some of the words I could use to describe my good friend Ali. I first met Ali when I visited her venue The Newsagency, at “the old place” in Marrickville.
She’s honest, and thoughtful (a delivery of pumpkin soup when I was sick to prove it) and I was honoured to take the photos for her album - a three hour session in my lounge room where we drank tequila and sang along to Spice Girls and Britney Spears. We’ve shared a commercial space together and still have love and respect for each other. So I would say, that’s a pretty decent friendship indeed.
A bit about Carpenter Caswell: Allan Caswell is an Australian artist that needs no introduction. Arguably Australia’s most recorded songwriter in any genre, his career spans over 4 decades in the country music world. As an artist his much celebrated career continues to evolve, including this collaboration with Michael Carpenter. Carpenter himself is no stranger to the Australian music scene. A singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer-engineer with well over 3 decades of involvement in the industry, he’s no slouch in the experience department.
From his website:
Delivering a soulful blend of Australian Country and Americana music, Matt Ward’s journey as an artist has been different from most.
Working for years across regional and outback South Australia, Ward has an intimate knowledge of the land and its people. Time on the road, his connection to the country, emotions experienced along the way - it is the lifeblood of country music and Matt has it in spades.
I met Anabelle Kay through Michael McGlynn of Vienna People when Michael enquired about shooting a video in my studio.
The decision was made and I ended up being DOP as Michael directed the clip, and I snapped a couple of shots in the beautiful lighting.
The clip Nightmare Of A Dream is about a harrowing experience Anabelle had at LAX, being detained for 24 hours with no food, water or a mobile phone.
I’ve been lucky to work with Lachlan and the Wildes (in different configurations) a number of times now.
Brielle Davis is the focal point of the band Not Good With Horses, an accomplished singer and songwriter who has honed her talent over a number of years singing a multitude of musical styles. You get the sense that country music is where her heart and soul truly resides, the conduit that connects her craft to her muse. She possesses a voice that draws you deep into the songs, via a desperate lover’s plea or a sensual paean to desire and/or regret. It’s the undeniable sound of lived experience and honest, and often raw, songwriting
With a voice that floats with soulful warmth and honesty, Rick Hart is a storyteller, whose words and melodies weave through all the dynamics and extremes of human emotions and relationships. A tapestry of melody soaked simplicity and thoughtful imagery, influenced by the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Gram Parsons, CCR, The Band and Springsteen.
Vocal duo Crow Mountain perform original, traditionally flavoured, folk tunes. Hailing from the Blue Mountains, Megan Legg (mandolin) and Ben Thomas (guitar and banjo) combine honey-dipped harmonies with delicate old-time instrumentation, painting tender portraits of human frailty, grit, sorrow, strength, love and redemption.