Tuesday, June 24, 2014

MUSTERED COURAGE Proves That Aussies Can Do Bluegrass Too... US Album Release and Tour!

This July, both MUSTERED COURAGE and their second album POWERLINES will trade Australian winters for American summers. On July 22, 2014, these Bluegrass boys from Down Under will be releasing Powerlines in the US via Travianna Records to coincide with an American tour. Kicking off on July 24 in Cambridge, MA, the tour will be punctuated with several festivals, including Shangri-La Fest (Clarks Grove, MN) and the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble in Raleigh, NC, in which they'll share the stage with Emmylou Harris, Split Lip Rayfield, and Willie Watson of Old Crow Medicine Show, among others.
Despite calling Australia their home, when it comes to their music, Mustered Courage is American as apple pie and as bluegrass as the benches in the 'Mother Church of Country Music' - The Ryman. The band's impeccable ability smudges the lines between Alison Krauss and The Avett Brothers, finding a kinship closer to Nashville than Melbourne. This is never more prevalent than on Powerlines' US-exclusive track "Rosa," which features Kasey Chambers and accompanies the 12 original tracks from the 2013 Australian release. The full tracking list and tour dates can be found below.
POWERLINES album art
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Mustered Courage breathes new life into the progressive bluegrass scene with a style that appeals to both traditionalists and newcomers alike. Music Australia Guidedescribes them as "the link between Bill Monroe and Mumford & Sons." The Melbourne-based quartet has quickly risen to the top of Australia's folk and roots scene on the strength of their dynamic live shows and albums that have won them a string of glowing reviews, national radio support, an endorsement from Seal, and two "Golden Guitar" nominations at the 2014 Country Music Awards of Australia.
Mustered Courage is Nick Keeling (vocals/banjo), Julian Abrahams (vocals/ guitar), Josh Bridges (vocals/bass), and Paddy Montgomery (mandolin/vocals). Powerlines will be released on July 22, 2014 on Travianna Records. Their American tour will begin July 24th. 

1. Standing By Your Side
2. Cruel Alibis
3. Behind the Bullet
4. Rosa (featuring Kasey Chambers)
5. My Hometown
6. Allegheny
7. Towin' the Chain
8. Southern Style
9. Powerlines
10. Go to Hell
11. Miss My Ways
07/24 Boston, MA Atwood Tavern
07/25 Winooski, VT The Monkey House
07/26 South Harem, ME Ossipee Valley Music Festival
07/28 New York, NY Hill Country
07/30 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
07/31 Washington, DC Hill Country (Early, Late shows)
08/01 Bristol, TN Border Bash
08/02 Knoxville, TN Barley’s Taproom
08/05 Atlanta, GA Smith’s Olde Bar
08/06 New Orleans, LA BEATnik
08/07 The Woodlands, TX Dosey Doe
08/08 Austin, TX Lambert’s
08/09 Dallas, TX The Foundry Bar
08/12 Los Angeles, CA The Hotel Cafe
08/13 San Francisco, CA Hotel Utah
08/14 Reno, NV Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino
09/15 Reno, NV Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino
08/16 Reno, NV Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino
08/18 Santa Cruz, CA The Crepe Place
08/22 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
08/23 Port Townsend, WA Sirens Tavern
08/24 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
08/27 Paonia, CO Revolution Brewing
08/28 Paonia, CO Pickin’ in the Park
08/29 Denver, CO Lost Lake Lounge
09/04 Sioux City, IA Vangarde Arts
09/05 Clarks Grove, MN Shangri-La Fest
09/13 New Hope, PA Triumph Brewing Company
09/18 Gatlinburg, TN Sugarland Distilling
09/19 Bristol, TN Bristol Rhythm & Blues Reunion
09/20 Bristol, TN Bristol Rhythm & Blues Reunion
09/21 Nashville, TN AMA Sounds Australia Farewell Bash
09/22 Nashville, TN Whiskey Jam at Winners
09/24 Charleston, WV The Boulevard Tavern
09/30 Raleigh, NC IBMA Bluegrass Ramble
10/01 Raleigh, NC IBMA Bluegrass Ramble
10/02 Raleigh, NC IBMA Bluegrass Ramble
10/03 Raleigh, NC IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

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