VIDEO: Rachel Maria Cox nominated for best live pop act

VIDEO STAR: Rachel Maria Cox achieved a lifelong goal on Saturday when the indie musician's song Stronger Lines debuted on Rage. Picture: Cath Connell
VIDEO STAR: Rachel Maria Cox achieved a lifelong goal on Saturday when the indie musician's song Stronger Lines debuted on Rage. Picture: Cath Connell

WHAT a massive week it’s been for Newcastle’s Rachel Maria Cox.

It all began on Saturday when the indie artist’s latest video for the single Stronger Lines debuted on ABC’s music institution Rage and continued on Tuesday when Cox was nominated for Pop Live Act of the Year at the second annual National Live Music Awards.

It is judged by industry figures, musicians and media and winners will be announced on December 7.

DIY record label and booking agency, Sad Grrls Club, which Cox founded and manages, was also nominated for the Industry Achievement award.

Cox would be considered the rank outsider to win best pop live act up against Amy Shark, Client Liaison, Confidence Man and Montaigne. However Cox is ecstatic just to be sharing their company.

“I’m still trying to process it, seeing my name on that list with so many massive artists,” Cox said.

Rachel Maria Cox - Stronger Lines

Gang Of Youths, who feature Newcastle drummer Dom Borzestowski, were nominated for Live Act of the Year and people’s choice Live Act Of The Year and Maitland’s Groovin The Moo is up for NSW’s Live Event of the Year.

Cox’s nomination has capped off an exciting couple of months for the National Music Academy vocal specialist.

In August Cox released a debut album, Untidy Lines, to rave reviews, supported Ali Barter and Alex Lahey in Newcastle and triple J Unearthed afforded Cox with the opportunity to shoot a film clip for Stronger Lines made by the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

“For me the song is about mental health recovery and surrounding yourself with people who support you in terms of recovery and accepting that it’s progress, not perfection,” Cox said.


TOE-TAPPING: Kate Oliver is bringing her honkytonk sounds straight from the Northern Territory.

TOE-TAPPING: Kate Oliver is bringing her honkytonk sounds straight from the Northern Territory.

THE meeting between Newcastle bluegrass queen Gleny Rae and Northern Territory country troubadour Kate Oliver in 1999 at the Adelaide River Country Music Talent Quest was a pivotal moment for both women.

As Rae explains, it was a meeting of two minds from the same musical heritage.

“We have found an interest in country music that springs from the ‘50s, like music with a rock’n’roll and swing influence,” Rae said. “Kate loves Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline and we both love that pure danceable rootsy country style.”

That friendship has since blossomed into a fully-fledged tour, the Honkytonk Revival Show, which also features Sydney-based bluegrass band Rob Luckey & The Lucky Bastards. 

The Honkytonk Revival Show kicks off on Friday at the Stag and Hunter Hotel, before hitting Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel on Saturday and travelling south to Melbourne.

The concert will showcase Oliver, Rae and Luckey’s various honkytonk originals and covers.

It’ll also launch Oliver’s album Big News In A Small Town, which was produced by Rae last year at Robbie Long’s Funky Lizard studio at Kotara. 

“It was bit of a geographical challenge, because Kate was travelling down from the Northern Territory,” Rae said. 

“She’d come down and do a session over a couple of days to work on the songs. So it’s got lots of Newcastle musicians and other touring musicians who are friends of mine.”


NEWCASTLE musician Grace Turner will lend her hauntingly beautiful vocal to fellow local act Paper Thin for a special one-time-only performance on Sunday night.

Paper Thin are launching their EP Living With. Being Without at the Cambridge Hotel with support from Melbourne band Self Talk and Newcastle act Safe Hands. 

Turner appeared on Paper Thin’s track When You Call and accepted frontman Spencer Scott’s invitation to perform several more songs with the punk band at the EP launch.


Fritz - Yuk!

DESPITE being head deep in HSC study 17-year-old indie artist Tilly Murphy, aka Fritz, is still pushing through with her musical endeavours.

The year 12 St Francis Xavier’s College student released two live performances of her lo-fi rockers Yuk! and Sandpaper Hands this week.

The tracks were recorded at Woodriver Studios with her band of Campbell Burns (Vacations), Darren James (Arcades and Lions) and April Caslick (Liberties).


BRISBANE grunge revivalists The Bear Hunt are taking their new EP Fallen On Deaf Ears on the road.

The Bear Hunt, led by the charismatic voice of frontwoman Bec Wilson, will play at the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel on October 25.

The band’s debut album To Be Honest enjoyed success in the Queensland capital’s music scene, through the singles Ready Or Not and Movie StarFallen On Deaf Ears will be released on Friday.

The Bear Hunt’s sound is described as sludge-pop and draws inspiration from the likes of ‘90s legends PJ Harvey, Soundgarden and Dinosaur Jr.


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