Listening Through The Lens Program #2 Playlist

LTTL Radio Playlist No. 2

The Heart Collectors – Photo: LTTL

Listening Through The Lens On Air

City Park Radio

Broadcast 25 February 2024

By Jim Jacob

Welcome to our recap of the Listening Through The Lens Radio Program, broadcast on City Park Radio, on the last Sunday of every month.

Program 2 was aired on 25 February.

Here is what we played.

1. Neil Murray is one of Australia’s deepest thinkers and finest songwriters.  The Telling is his tenth solo album and one of the most haunting tracks is “Tears Of Wybaleena”, a moving account of the inhumane treatment meted out on the west coast of Flinders Island.

2. I was lucky enough to interview the Byron Bay-based group The Heart Collectors after their show at the Clarendon Arms Hotel in Evandale last month.  You can get the transcript of our chat on Listening Through The Lens (HERE) and you can hear their track “Evergreen” right now.

3. One of our Albums Of The Month comes from Nashville-based pair Eric Brace and Thom Jutz with a beautifully framed collection of songs.  Here’s the track “Simple Motion”.

4. English folk singer and guitarist John Smith will be releasing his album The Living Kind on 15 March which uses John Martyn and Joni Mitchell as inspiration.  From another of our Albums Of The Month, here’s “The World Turns”.

5. Another of our favourite albums comes from North Carolina duo Watchhouse.  The pair’s main singer is Andrew Marlin and his voice and the arrangements seep into your brain after a while. They have just released a live album from a performance they gave in Austin, Texas in 2020.  Here’s an earlier live take on “Time We Made Time”.

6. Malcolm MacWatt is a hybrid American Appalachia and Celtic songwriter whose sharp lyrics reflect on past famous and infamous events, holding people to account for their actions.  The topics on the album Dark Harvest can be pretty heavy, but very rewarding.  Here’s “Out On The Western Plain”.

7. Another independent and engaging singer-songwriter is Rod Picott.  Rod has a blue-collar work ethic and produces many fine records regularly.  You are about to hear “Pelican Bay”.

8. In last month’s program we ran out of time to play Tasmania’s own Claire Anne Taylor.  Since then she has released a great new album called Giving It Away, signed a deal with Cheatin’ Heart Records and announced a major tour across the country.  I love this track “Lay You Down In The Cold Hard Ground”

9. Stephen Wilson Jr is based in Nashville.  Late last year he released his debut album which features a whopping 22 tracks, all about his father, called son of dad.  It’s an epic and brooding collection like Bruce Springsteen meets Garth Brooks.  Wilson did an acoustic version of the next song “Cuckoo” and placed it on Instagram where it has received over 6 and a half million hits so far.  I wonder what you’ll make of “Cuckoo”? 

10 Charley Crockett releases at least one album per year, and they are all good.  Classic country and swing with plenty of well-tailored formal Western outfits.  This is the title track from his forthcoming collection called $10 Cowboy.

11 The Decemberists formed in 2000 in Portland Oregon and have produced folk-rock music with a twist of humour, quite unlike anyone else.  A new single has been revealed, the first new music from the band for six years. It’s called “Burial Ground”.

12 Last month the Josh Abbott Band from Texas released their seventh album called Somewhere Down The Road.  Here’s “Astronaut”.

13 A bluegrass band from North Carolina, Unspoken Tradition are known for tackling themes beyond the normal bluegrass topics.  Their latest single is “Weeds Don’t Wither” which describes the struggles of dealing with depression.


More Music Adventures Await!

LTTL Radio Playlist No. 2


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  1. Thank LTTL !! An exciting initiative and much appreciated by us independents!
    Bill Jackson

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    • Thanks Bill. You were, and forever will be, our first artist played

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