LIVE: Sad songs made sweet

COUNTRY music singer Melody Pool is back in her home town of Kurri Kurri after winning big at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

After two weeks of performing, Pool came home with the Telstra Road to Discovery songwriter award for her songs Henry and The Hurting Scene.

The award boasts an array of musical prizes including a 12-month music mentorship, an individual musical development fund, a trip to Nashville and a showcase performance at the Americana Festival.

This is the icing on the cake for the Kurri Kurri talent, who will release her debut album at the end of the month. She performed a moving rendition of the song Henry, which is about her own heartbreak, after winning the award. Henry has been the talk of the country music scene as people attempt to discover the identity of Henry and the ‘‘other woman’’.

‘‘There’s been heaps of talk about this song and heaps of people keep asking me who it’s about, but I just can’t tell because I’ll get in trouble,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s also kind of hard to talk about because it’s such a close song to me still. It was hard to sing it in front of those people, because I did see them in Tamworth.’’ 

Moving songs are her forte, however, with audiences captivated by the angelic country singer. The young talent has been performing across the Hunter and Tamworth since she was 14 and  songwriting since she was 16.

 Pool is no stranger to Nashville, either,  recording her debut album there last year.

The Hurting Scene album launch is  at Club Azzurri, Saturday, from 7pm. Tickets $10 at Moshtix and $15 at the door.

 Pool also plays at The Gum Ball Festival, Belford, Hunter Valley, April 25 to 27. Visit thegumball.com.au.

Evans touring with new album

SINGER-songwriter Bob Evans is back on the road with his full live band in April and May, including a show at The Cambridge on May 9.

Evans, who first gained fame as the frontman of Perth band Jebediah, will be touring in support of his album Familiar Stranger. The album is his fourth since his solo debut Goodnight, Bull Creek!.

Evans’s new single Go is on radio, following the cheeky Don’t Wanna Grow Up Anymore, the first single from the forthcoming album due on March 15. 

Tickets at bigtix.com.au.

Drummer grounded by flying phobia

CAN’T get to Soundwave in Sydney this Sunday? Enjoy all the festival has to offer from the comfort of your couch with Soundwave TV, the festival’s official backstage channel.

Back for the third year to deliver another series of crazy video adventures on the road, Soundwave TV will show what happens behind the scenes as Metallica, Blink 182, Linkin Park, Paramore, Slayer and more than 70 other bands travel around the country.

Blink 182 will be without drummer Travis Barker, who backed out of the Australian tour. Barker, who nearly died in a plane accident in 2008, has been unable to overcome his fear of flying and will be replaced  by Bad Religion’s Brooks Wackerman after not joining the band’s flight to Australia last weekend.

Watch Soundwave TV at youtube.com/soundwavefesttv and deezer.com/en/.

Fans raise $60,000 for Eskimo album

THEY were hoping for $40,000 but when West Australian band Eskimo Joe asked their fans for help  funding their new album they were startled – and delighted – by the response.

Three months after launching their Pozible crowd-sourcing quest, the band said they had raised more than $60,000, $20,000 of which was committed in the first 24hours.

The band will now set about recording the album, which is expected to be released in the second half of 2013.

‘‘It’s been a great couple of months for us here at the studio; the writing is taking us in some very new and exciting directions,’’ the band said.

‘‘We feel very honoured indeed to have such a group of loyal supporters out there. The response to our crowd-funding campaign has blown us away.’’

Potbelleez bring high energy to town

THE Potbelleez have announced the dates of their upcoming Australian tour.

To coincide with the release of their new single Saved in a Bottle, the dance music group will play a string of shows, including Newcastle on March 16.

Renowned for their high-energy live shows, the tour will premiere some of the band’s new material, written during their recent stint in Paris, London and Norway.

They will also deliver many of their stand-out crowd favourites including Hello, From The Music, Are You With Me and, of course, Don’t Hold Back.

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