AmericanaFest 18 Day Four

Read about our TriFest Tour music travels 14 September 2018

Nashville TN – TriFest Music Tour


Words – Rob Dickens

Images – Jim Jacob


Sound Stage Studio

Melbourne community radio station RRR host Brian Wise was presenting the Nashville edition of his show Off The Record.  Along with co-host singer/songwriter/crack guitarist and Aussie-expat Anne McCue.

Set in Music Circle South, Sound Stage Studios is one of Music City’s most prestigious and historic recording facilities.  Located in the heart of Music Row, it’s been the home to a who’s who of music since opening its doors over thirty years ago, with over 500 number one hits from names such as Johnny Cash, George Strait and Alan Jackson.

Brian and Anne chatted with an impressive list of artists followed by a brief performance from each of them.  Here’s a list of the ones I saw –

Brian Henneman (Bottle Rockets) – “Maybe Tomorrow”

The Wild Ponies – “Power In The Will” and “Love Is Not A Sin”

Eliza Gilkyson – “In The Name Of The Lord”

Benjamin Jason Douglas – “Raggedy Andy Williams”

Mike Farris – “I’ll Come Running Back To You”

The War And Treaty – “Jeep Cherokee Laredo”

Robbie Fulks – “Long I Ride”

Cedric Burnside –

Ellen Starski – “Separated By Time”

Angela Perley –


Anne McCue, Brian Henneman, Brian Wise


The Wild Ponies


Eliza Gilkyson


Mike Farris (with Bart Walker)


The War and Treaty


Robbie Fulks and Cedric Burnside


City Winery Lounge

30A Songwriters Festival presented an intimate songs-in-the-round session with Kevin Gordon, Paul Burch, Becky Warren and Trisha Ivy.

Gordon is one of our faves here.


Kevin Gordon


City Winery

AHI, Robby Hecht & Caroline Spence and Sunny War were the featured performers and all hit the spot.

Indie-soul artist AHI (Ahkinoah Habah Izarh) hails from Toronto and has a powerful raspy voice, great stories and engaging personality.  Plenty to like as his full band showed a lot of musical light and shade.  Two albums have been released and the set finished with a tremendous version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” which was a fitting and pleasing closer.




Put together two excellent singer songwriters with their own careers who get on wonderfully well with both having sharp senses of humour and you have a wonderful musical mixture.  Robby Hecht & Caroline Spence show what good songwriting and harmonies are.  Their new, and first duets album, Two People released this June would have to be worth checking out.


Robby Hecht and Caroline Spence


Sunny Way can finger pick in a way that is unique – distinctive licks and chords that surprise yet fit together somehow, a country blues style yet much more.  Her voice is striking – think Joan Armatrading, Nina Simone – and her new album With The Sun released this February is a stunner – unanimous view here.


Sunny War

Read about our TriFest Tour music travels 14 September 2018



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  1. WOW that was a big Day!…. ok prob all gunna be big days! 😉

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    • True that!

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