Adam Miller is tuning his custom guitar for a chilled out solo in the Newcastle Herald office. Across town, Ben Leece is in one of the rehearsal spaces at his Carrington business, Novotone Studios. The air is dead still before he slips into the poetic, folky lyrics of Smoke Signals.
On Hunter Street, Lachlan X Morris is just hitting the sweet part of his new song Every Time it Rains, and at Good Brother Grace Turner is belting out a stripped rendition of Dead or Alive as the cafe crew clear the tables at the end of the day.
Newcastle sounds like this.
The Herald Sessions is a local music recording project by the Newcastle Herald to capture the best of local and visiting artists in the Hunter.
Each week, a new artist adds a song to the burgeoning playlist of local acts.
In episode nine, country singer/songwriter Natalie Henry performs a ‘Apple & Pride’, in a sneak peek ahead of her new album of the same name set for release in September.
Henry, who is accompanied on guitar by her partner Emily A Smith, described the song as a kid of catharsis after a marriage breakdown.
“I wrote it after I said goodbye,” she says. “For me, it felt like women - or at least I did - find it really hard to leave a marriage that they’re so unhappy in because they want their children to be happy and they don’t want any mess or ill-feelings.”
The Sessions set list:
- Natalie Henry
- Dave Wells
- Georgie Jones
- Ben Leece
- Lyn Bowtell
- Greta Ziller
- Lachlan X Morris
- Grace Turner