Listening Through The Lens Program #4 Playlist

LTTL Radio Playlist No. 4

The Mavericks – Photo: LTTL

Listening Through The Lens On Air

City Park Radio

Broadcast 28 April 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 4 was aired on 28 April 2024.

We had an interview recorded at the Port Fairy Folk Festival last month with the Victorian duo The Maes. We also had some new music from our Albums Of The Month and picked the best of the new releases.

1/2. The Maes are Elsie and Maggie Rigby. The Melbourne sisters have won many awards with their contemporary folk music, originally as The Mae Trio.  We spoke to them straight after their show (you can read the transcript HERE).  We follow the interview with one of their tracks “Writer Of Love Songs” which features John Flanagan.

3. Time for a couple of tracks from our Albums Of The Month. We saw Robby Hecht perform in Nashville in 2019. A great songwriter with a new album out this year called Not A Number.  Here’s a song about something that Hecht does not have, but a lot of his friends do.  It’s called “Tattoos”

4 Tim Easton is experienced and well-travelled.  His new album Find Your Way is one of his finest and this song is called “Everything You’re Afraid Of”.

5 Now to some new releases, although this first one came out last year. The Yearlings are a duo from South Australia and combine terrific songs with moody guitar riffs.  This song is long and gripping – it’s called “Donnie Darko”.

6. When I was in the US in 2019, I saw many good acts, but none got the crowd going as much as The Mavericks.  They will be releasing a new album this year called Moon & Stars and here is the first single revealed, the title track, which features Sierra Ferrell.

7. Another duo from Melbourne, the alt-country act The Smith & Western Jury are new onto the scene and will be releasing their debut album Hotel Texas, on June 14.  I love this song, the first single “Have Mercy”.

8. Australia’s award-winning Americana/Bluegrass band The Stetson Family have been together for 15 years and have just launched their fourth album named The Stars, If You Look Closely. Today we will listen to “Brother” which features excellent harmonies.

9. Toronto-based, Americana/folk singer-songwriter Julian Taylor has a deep voice and a calm presence. This month he released a brand-new single called “Weighing Down”, taken from his album Pathways which will be available in September.

10. The Cartwheels are Golden Guitar winners Wendy Phypers and Dave Patterson and we enjoyed their set at Mountaingrass last year.  Another band that features some top-shelf songwriting. They have just released a beautiful single “All Over The World”.

11. Time now for some bluegrass. Laurie Lewis is an American who has sung and recorded with the great Linda Ronstadt.  A new full release called Trees will be out at the end of May.  This is the opening track, the lively “Just A Little Ways Down The Road”

12. The last of our new release songs comes from another veteran performer, Kim Richey who is also known for her fine songcraft. This is “Joy Rider” from her new collection called Every New Beginning.

Thanks for listening.


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LTTL Radio Playlist No. 4


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