Promises Unbroken 2: In The Pines, expanded edition

Folk lovers, I can barely believe it! Okay two weeks in a row is hardly record breaking, I know but cut me a lil’ please, here we are unpacking In The Pines for the second week in a row! Thanks to all those regular and dedicated FBi listeners for tuning in, especially those that signed up to be station supporters during the show. FBi is a community station run by a passionate and dedicated group of volunteers and we can’t stay on air without your financial support, so do the right thing party people and sign up here. If you hand over your deets before October 31, there are plenty of sweet prizes for new and renewing listeners.

Tonight’s show got off to a super start thanks to UK troubadour Passenger (Mike Rosenberg), who joined me in the studio to chat about his new album Flight Of The Crow. It was recorded at BJB studios in Sydney and features some stellar local guests including Boy & Bear and Elana Stone. Mike is currently on tour with Boy & Bear, playing sold out shows at Oxford Art Factory this Friday and Sunday. But if you missed out on tickets, never fear, he’ll be back at the Vanguard in Newtown on November 26. And here he is on the interwebz:

As usual, I raided a number of overseas blogs in search of the best new music to bring you from foreign lands. We’ve heard him before on Pines this year but I couldn’t resist a little more from The Romany Rye. His debut album Highway 1: Looking Back Carefully, is a rich mix of old school sorrow about just out of school heartaches. Tonight we heard ‘All The Boys’ which you can download by heading to the excellent HearYa blog. And watch out for that harmonica! It’ll tear your heart out if you’re not careful.

The other big highlight from tonight’s show came from Adelaide band The Audreys, who’ve pulled some big punches on their new album Sometimes The Stars. Sadly, I’ve got no sweet download links to share with you, but I can tell you they’re playing on November 5 & 6 at The Basement in Sydney. We heard ‘Comfort Me’, which is up on The Audrey’s myspace page if you want to hear it. The track seems fine and bittersweet and reasonably unsurprising until @2:30 when the repeated, lingering ‘baby, baby, baby comfort me’ makes an arresting plea for repeated listens.

And that’s about it from me. Before I sign off – meet my latest nostalgic infatuation, Lynn Anderson.

Looking at this video she sure as hell needs some help in the fashion stakes, but her voice is pure and her message is sweet and I think we could all do with a dose of that every now and then. Peace out xxx

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