Albums Of The Month – December 2021

Our Top Six Releases Dec 21

Tex Perkins & The Fat Rubber Band

Top Six Releases

December 2021

Our Top Six Releases Dec 21

By Rob Dickens

Chris Cavill



26 November 2021

Chris Cavill is one of Australia’s most underrated talents and Lionheart, his third studio album, is a heartfelt tribute to Cavill’s father who passed away in 2017 after a lengthy battle with Multiple Sclerosis.  

The collection of nine songs runs the gamut of emotions, a mixture of celebration of a wonderful life and the personal pain of watching his father’s health deteriorating and his ultimate passing.

Vocally, Cavill has a splendid range and the presentation here is spot on. Produced, mixed and mastered by Damian Cafarella, Lionheart was recorded between February and August this year at EOR Studios in Edithvale, south of Melbourne.

Of one of the songs “Don’t Wanna Let Go”:

“I was fortunate to be by my Dad’s side when he passed away and this song is a reflection of the moment I said goodbye for the last time before he drifted off. I didn’t want him to go, but ‘the weight that’s on your shoulders pulls you down. After 28 years battling a physically debilitating illness, his body was broken, and I didn’t want him to suffer anymore.”

Chris Cavill

The making of Lionheart must have been a painful journey for Chris Cavill, but we are the better for the release of it.


Via Annie Johnsson Publicity

Doc. Carter

High Tide For Low Times

Blowing Sand Records

13 August 2021

High Tides for Low Times is the first full length album from Corpus Christi (Texas side of the Gulf of Mexico) songwriter Doc Carter. He has, however, been prolific in other ways, releasing several singles and an EP that have slowly gained him some traction.

This next career step is ambitious and highly successful. What is particularly appealing is the gumbo of genres that he brings to the fourteen tracks contained within – country (alt. and straight), folk, rock and even a tinge of blues. The confluence of styles and the vocals are a little reminiscent of the great Will Kimbrough.

The record was recorded by long-time friend Matt Grundy and the mix is crisp with Carter’s vocals right out front and augmented just enough by Jeremy Long (keyboards, dobro and pedal steel) and David Leach on percussion, with Grundy on all other instruments.

Doc Carter is a pretty nice handle to have as well, reflecting names of some past giants of the country and folk music scene.


Via Broken Jukebox Media

Malcolm MacWatt


Need To Know Music

26 November 21

The release from Scottish and London-based folk singer Malcolm MacWatt is a timely reminder of the beauty of Celtic music traditions and how, when blended with the history of the Appalachians, derives glorious results. Not only that, the record also signifies that he is highly regarded by some impressive fellow artists.

Settler features guest appearances by American performers Gretchen Peters, Jaimee Harris, Laura Cantrell and British folk luminaries Eliza Carthy and Kris Drever (Lau) and reminds me of the wonderful collaborations on the ground-breaking Transatlantic Sessions series.

Scottish ballads and Blue Ridge mountain strings forge a backdrop of vivid stories of the past and present – wilderness, the power of nature, humility, arduous journeys, heritage and inglorious history.

The new album was home recorded, mixed at L Sound London then mastered at True East in Nashville with MacWatt playing all instruments on the album except for Drever providing electric guitar on one track.

Story-telling at its finest.


Via Broken Jukebox Media

Melissa Carper

Daddy’s Country Gold

Love Police Records and Tapes

19 November 2021

The title says it all.

Daddy’s Country Gold contains twelve sumptuous originals of classic country, western swing and jazz with Melissa Carper‘s sublimely accurate vocals reflecting the feel of seminal songs from the past. Having said that, she carefully avoids simply copying a bygone era and infuses her own personality and experiences.

Co-produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For the Riff Raff), Daddy’s Country Gold features a line-up of Nashville’s finest session players including Chris Scruggs (Marty Stuart) on rhythm guitar and pedal steel , and guest appearances from friend Sierra FerrellLloyd Green, Billy Contreras on fiddle, the iconic session player Dennis Crouch and the wonderful singer Brennen Leigh.

Gaining valuable experience in Arkansas, New Orleans, New York City, Austin and eventually Nashville, Carper has absorbed many musical influences and delivers a vintage product.

The song “My Old Chevy Van” features Ferrell: 


Via Dave Laing Publicity

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Raise The Roof

Rounder Records/Concord Music Group/Warner Music

19 November 2021

Well, not much can go wrong here.

Legends Robert Plant and Alison Krauss decide with producer extraordinaire T Bone Burnett to follow-up their phenomenally successful 2007 album Raising Sand.

They select some lesser known song gems to cover ranging from country, folk, early blues and soul, performed by Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, The Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, Geeshie Wiley, Bert Jansch, Ola Belle Reed, Brenda Burns and Calexico. They recruit the finest players and singers – Dennis Crouch, Stuart Duncan, JD McPherson, Bill Frisell, David Hidalgo, Colin Linden, Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams, Marc Ribot and more.

Recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios, sessions for Raise The Roof began in late 2019 and wrapped just weeks before the world went into lockdown.

To celebrate the occasion, the duo have announced their first tour in twelve years, beginning next June at mostly open aired shows across the US, UK and Europe.

Raise The Roof oozes class.

Tex Perkins & The Fat Rubber Band

Tex Perkins & The Fat Rubber Band

Source Music

5 November 2021

Long-time collaborators and ARIA-award winners Tex Perkins and Matt Walker wanted to channel the great 1950’s and 60’s guitarist Link Wray. So they joined forces in Walker’s studio in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne and compiled a telling bunch of songs with a country swamp aesthetic, prominent rock riffs and plenty of atmosphere.

With the help of bassist Steve Hadley, drummer Roger Bergodaz and percussionist Evan Richards, Tex Perkins & The Fat Rubber Band is a menacing and growling triumph with the harmonies between Perkins and Walker a complete treat.

Front man Perkins has made a habit of carefully mixing his career moves and this new project, the debut album from this combo is another clever step.

“For A Love Long Long” and “Trouble Goodbye” are particular highlights.


Via Stuart Coupe Publicity



More Music Adventures Await!


Our Top Six Releases Dec 21

Our Top Six Releases Dec 21

Our Top Six Releases Dec 21

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