Out On The Weekend – Australia’s Biggest & Best Americana Event



Love Police Touring & Triple R take you
Out On The Weekend
Introducing a celebration of Americana music, great food and fine booze on the water at Seaworks, Williamstown.

Dear Music Lovers,

Ever since my first concert at the Wandong Country Music Festival in the mid 70’s, I have had a fascination with the country sounds, the roots of it all, let’s just call it Americana music.

Over the years I’ve had the good fortune to work with some great talent in this field like Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show and a load more. I’ve always tried to bring the best of what I see, hear and discover to our fine shores for us all to experience the good shit.

I’ve lately wondered at staging an event that celebrates these sounds. One that offers great food with alcoholic drops of liquid gold at a cool space. Not a huge festival, just somewhere to get into it for a day with friends and like-minded folks.

Well, a few months back I found a home for this event on the sunny shores of Williamstown, and with that, good connections, belief, trust, fear and a lot of work, OUT ON THE WEEKEND was born.

Hey, I’m a giant Neil Young fan, and I reckon the one thing that will connect everyone at this event will be that they have all heard Harvest in its entirety, and probably own that 1972 classic from which we take the name of track one.

Hope to see you all in your finest come October.


BT, Love Police

Justin Townes Earle  *  Henry Wagons  *  
Ryan Bingham  
*  Robert Ellis    Lindi Ortega  *  Nikki Lane  *  The Delines  *  Jonny Fritz      
Emma Swift  *  
Chris Altmann  *  Raised By Eagles  *  The Morrisons

Delicious music for your mouth will be provided by Sydney’s leading renegade chef’s, Ben Milgate & Elvis Abrahanowicz of Porteño/Bodega fame and Raph Rashid – Melbourne’s Street Food King of Beatbox Kitchen, Taco Truck and All Day Donuts. Stay tuned as the mouthwatering lineup of gourmet food and beverages will be revealed soon!

Early Bird tickets $79 (inc. all fees) on sale Friday 25th July from
outontheweekend.com.au or phone 1300 724 867
Doors 11:30am. Free entry for kids under 12 years old.

Very limited Cripple Creek Ferry Packages available for $199 (inc. all fees) including:
– Return Ferry transfer from Dockland to the event with live entertainment aboard!
– Entry to Out on the Weekend
– 2 x meal vouchers (for main dishes) 
– 4 x beverage vouchers
– Limited edition ‘Cripple Creek Ferry Package’ screen printed poster (distributed to you on the return ferry ride after the event)
Ferry departs Docklands at 11:00am and returns after the event.

Out On The Weekend
11:30am – 10:30pm Saturday 18th October 2014
Seaworks: 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown, VIC 3106

For full event information head to: outontheweekend.com.au
 Join: Facebook  Twitter  Instagram Tag: #outontheweekend #ootw


Since his debut full length in 2008, Justin Townes Earle has toured and recorded constantly. He won ‘Best New and Emerging Artist’ at the 2009 Americana Music Awards and was named by GQ magazine as one of ‘The 25 Most Stylish Men in the World’ in 2010. He has also appeared on HBO’s ‘Treme’ with his father, Steve Earle, on whose Grammy Award winning record ‘Townes’, he also guested. On a rainy Nashville day in October 2011, Earle leapt onstage at the famed Ryman Auditorium to accept the Americana Music Award for ‘Song of the Year’. In 2012, he got behind the boards and produced ‘Unfinished Business’ for the legendary Wanda Jackson. 2014 will see Earle release his fifth studio album, ‘Single Mothers’ via Vagrant Records / Warner Music Australia. With inspirations as diverse as Townes Van Zandt (he was named in honor of the elder Earle’s hero), Jimmy Reed, Kurt Cobain, The Replacements, Mance Lipscomb, Ray Charles and The Pogues; Justin forges his own brand of American roots music. Going through life with a namesake of Van Zandt’s stature cannot be easy for a young songwriter, but Earle takes it in his stride,’ saying, “Anyone who tries to live up to Van Zandt is a fool. I’m honored to carry the name, but if I spent my life trying to live up to it, I’d have a pretty miserable life.” www.justintownesearle.com


Henry Wagons is a true renaissance man, with a unique swagger reminiscent of a day when front men gave back bucket loads of charm and were shrouded in enigmatic mystery. Unanimously lauded as one of Australia’s great entertainers, a Henry Wagons show is a true sight to behold, be it alone with his guitar, or with his stomping, floor board fracturing band Wagons. Drawing on a broad-ranging swag of influences, Henry’s show is a high sensation rollercoaster ride that ranges from the bluster of sweaty jumpsuit era Elvis, post karate kicks, to the somber, drunken malaise of Lee Hazelwood. He can touch on the tenderness of a recently heart-broken Roy Orbison while simultaneously embracing the menace of Nick Cave bloody and embryonic after a Halloween séance performance. 


At the age of 17, Ryan Bingham started writing songs to escape his troubled Texan home life. These days, Bingham is working on his fifth studio album in California and has a mantel of awards including an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy for his song ‘The Weary Kind’ from the acclaimed film ‘Crazy Heart’. In 2010 he was named The Americana Music Association’s Artist Of The Year. His fourth studio album ‘Tomorrowland’ was recorded in a friend’s makeshift studio in an empty Malibu house that previously belonged to Kris Kristofferson. This album was released through his own label Axster Bingham Records and says “Doing this label and the new music on our own led me back to writing songs that sustain me. It’s a whole new adventure for me”. Bingham also wrote and recorded the theme song to the drama series ‘The Bridge’ called ‘Until I’m One With You’. www.binghammusic.com


Young American singer-songwriter Robert Ellis, who Esquire calls “a peculiar but elegant intersection of Bon Iver, George Jones and Jackson Browne,” released his latest, critically acclaimed album, ‘The Lights From The Chemical Plant’ earlier this year on New West Records/ADA through Warner Music Australia. ‘The Lights From The Chemical Plant’ was made with renowned producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, Kings of Leon) at The Casino in East Nashville with studio owner Eric Masse (Brothers Osborne, Mikky Ekko, Caitlin Rose) engineering. “I want this record to be more about the Paul Simons and the Randy Newmansand the other half of my upbringing, which is very much rooted in pop” Ellis recently told Rolling Stone. Ellis is currently nominated for three awards at the upcoming 2014 Americana Honors and Awards for Album of The Year, Artist of The Year and Song Of The Year.  www.robertellismusic.com


Blessed with a voice that suggests the high lonesome purity of Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris with an undertow of smoky sophistication, Lindi Ortega is a Canadian singer and songwriter who has become a rising star on the North American alt-country scene. Ortega cites a broad range of influences – iconic singer/songwriters such as Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison, country legends like Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash, and contemporary acts such as Jeff Buckley and Cat Power. “It’s always my goal to raise the bar with each record I put out. I have witnessed so much talent living in Nashville that has inspired me to push myself even further,” says Ortega, “I like to work with different musicians and producers to change the feels of every release. I don’t want to risk making the same record over and over. Working with a new group brings a new spirit and new ideas to the music.” On Lindi’s last Australian tour she blew away fans at Boogie, The National Folk Festival and people are still raving about her unforgettable performance at The Toff In Town, best recounted by this reviewwww.lindiortega.ca


Described as a “modern-era Wanda Jackson” Nashville’s Nikki Reed brings the tunes from her sophomore album to Out On The Weekend. ‘All Or Nothin’’ (out on September 5 through New West / Warner Music Australia) was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys after an encounter at Lane’s vintage clothing store High Class Hillbilly. “He told me that he loved my video for ‘Gone Gone Gone’ and I asked him to produce my record”. ‘All Or Nothin’ features songs that crucify ex-boyfriends and celebrate one-night stands. “My songs always paint a pretty clear picture of what’s been going on in my life, so this is one moody record,” she says. “There’s lots of talk of misbehaving and moving on.” The album also features collaborations with a host of songwriters including Spiritualized frontman J.Spaceman. www.nikkilane.com


Richmond Fontaine’s singer-songwriter (and, more recently acclaimed author) Willy Vlautin assembled The Delines in large part because, having heard Amy Boone’s vocal, he felt compelled to furnish it with words and stories. This is a voice that has lived. A voice that speaks of hard-won wisdoms, alternately fragile and strong, bruised and tender. And Vlautin too has more than lived up to his brief, his songs an ideal showcase for its incredible emotional range. The debut album from The Delines, ‘Colfax’, is a stunning collection of songs with the intimacy of a midnight confessional. Like a beat-up Dusty Springfield, ‘Colfax’ has the skid row heart of Tom Waits, the street-tough weariness of early Rickie Lee Jones, and the dreaminess of Mazzy Star. Pre-release reviews in the UK have been stellar, Uncut gave it 9/10 stars and praised its “widescreen romanticism”, calling it “the richest collection of songs Vlautin has written”. www.thedelines.com


Formerly known as Jonny Corndawg, Jonny Fritz returns to our shores this October off the back of a dizzying year. Tours with Alabama Shakes, Dawes, Deer Tick and a whirlwind Australian tour with Wagons, plus the release of his third studio album ‘Dad Country’ (which was also co-produced by Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith) meant this Nashville songwriter didn’t stop. Lucky he’s fit! Fritz is no tear-in-the-beer sap moaning over his lost love and troubles. He’d rather be running marathons than sitting on a barstool. In fact while in town for Out On The Weekend, Fritz will also be running the Melbourne Marathon. Also keep an eye out at the event for his unique leather works including his signature leather work guitar straps (seen all over Nashville and the musical universe – even Henry Wagons has a customised strap!). www.jonnyfritz.com


Flaxen of hair, soul-tough and pretty as a diamond, with a tear in her voice filtered through ’70s mariachi static, Emma Swift’s music hearkens back to the golden age of music when singers sang your life back to you. It is a voice of pure heartbreak, delivering songs that are equal parts heart-worn and careworn, modern, insouciant, witty and feminist. A lonesome-voiced singer and award-winning radio broadcaster in her hometown of Sydney, it was a move away from Australia to Nashville, Tennessee that inspired Emma to write and record her debut. “I left Australia with two suitcases, three pairs of cowboy boots and enough vinyl to make sure the first piece of furniture I bought when I arrived in Tennessee was a record player,” says Swift. One of Australia’s finest sad-song-singers, Emma likes minor chords, heartworn highways, scuffed-up boots, gin and endless pedal steel. She likes to play vulnerable music. Her heroes, in no particular order are: Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Bill Callahan, Anais Nin, Lucinda Williams and whoever invented dry shampoo. Her debut mini-album is out via Laughing Outlaw Records. emmaswift.com.au


Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chris Altmann is originally from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, and now divides his time between Melbourne, Hamilton, and Nashville. Along his journey he has embraced many musical styles; from his first group, country-rock tinged The Drowners, to the more modern pop/rock sound of The Vandas, and on to a solo career steeped in early 1970s Americana. If “home is where the heart is”, then Altmann’s current residence is within his latest musical project, Nothing But Nice Things, a follow up to his 2010 solo debut, Que Paso. Here you will find a more sophisticated writer, who has drawn from his recent experience co-writing with some of Nashville’s hottest to select 10 of his strongest compositions. The album explores themes like spirituality, love, and people in society, with soulful, piano-driven melodies, sparse guitars, and rich backing vocals grooving to solid drum and bass lines. www.chrisaltmann.com.au


Raised By Eagles are fast establishing themselves at the forefront of Melbourne’s alternative country scene, consistently charming audiences with their impressive blend of Americana, pop, folk and rock. Finding inspiration in artists ranging from Neil Finn to Bonnie Prince Billy, Wilco to Whiskeytown and Jerry Jeff Walker, these are songs that remain unaffected by the smoke and mirrors of music in the post- modern era, and encapsulate the art of storytelling at its’ heartfelt finest. Their debut LP was nominated at The Age Music Victoria Awards for ‘Best Country Album’ 2013 and has continued to receive rave reviews across the country. www.raisedbyeagles.com


The Morrisons are a raucous 6-piece string band that forge elements of alt-country, bluegrass, old-timey and folk to create a unique and contemporary Australian sound. Highly accomplished pickers, singers and multi-instrumentalists, they are a modern day string band like no other, featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, harmonica, washboard and harmony singing. The Morrisons have shared the stage with some of Australia’s finest musicians and have performed at major festivals around the country including Harvest Festival, The Blue Mountains Music Festival, Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, St Albans Folk Festival, Jamgrass, Newtown Festival and many more. 2014 is the year you will hear and see The Morrisons. www.themorrisonsband.com


(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)

Author: Rob Dickens

Share This Post On
468 ad

Leave a Reply