Southern Fork Americana Fest: Josh Rennie-Hynes and Liam Gerner

Thu Oct 13th, 2016
The Tuning Fork,

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Vector Arena, 95bFM and Under The Radar are proud to present Josh Rennie-Hynes and Liam Gerner as part of the Southern Fork Americana Fest 2016.

There’s been a steady buzz building around Josh Rennie-Hynes in the last few years. Relatively new to the scene, he’s quickly garnered praise as one of Australia’s finest songwriters in the scene. Rennie-Hynes combines his love of honest and raw storytelling with deep introspection to create songs that are timeless and familiar, yet uniquely his own.

He released his debut album February in 2014 through MGM. The album was produced and recorded by ARIA award winning Artist, Shane Nicholson, to critical acclaim. Rennie-Hynes’ live show takes the audience on a moving journey, and since the release of February he has toured relentlessly throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA playing major festivals such as The Americana Music Festival in Nashville, Woodford Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and the Nannup Music Festival among many others.

In late 2015, Rennie-Hynes stepped back into his studio on the family farm in Woodford, Queensland to begin recording his second album. The album, titled Furthermore is a stunning collection of 11 songs that was recorded over the period of three weeks. Rennie-Hynes produced, engineered and recorded all of the songs alongside his friend and collaborator, Steve Grady. Together they played the bulk of the instruments; with a focus on capturing the essence of each song and building it from a Bedrock live performance of just Rennie-Hynes and a guitar. The result is an album which is organic, cohesive, yet also eclectic, with Rennie-Hynes’ warm and assured vocal providing the common thread throughout.

Steeped in blues and country music, Liam Gerner left his rural family life in the Adelaide hills to seek his fortune in London. Almost immediately he was treated as a “hot new talent” and experienced the music business at its most corporate. Breaking free, he headed to the U.S., joined Texan country rocker Ryan Bingham’s band The Dead Horses on guitar and experienced frontline American roots music.

Whilst in the U.S. Liam got to meet some of his heroes, play songs with Jackson Browne and Kris Kristofferson, trade licks with Dale Watson in Austin bars. He even got to play Johnny Cash’s J200 at Marty Stuart’s house and discussed songwriting with Tom T. Hall in Nashville.

Liam lived for two years in a cabin in Topanga Canyon, California; a welcome change from the city and road life. There he worked on the songs for his new album Land of No Roads which was recorded at Rick Rubin’s studio Shangri La over 3 days. It was produced by Rubin’s engineer Eric Lynn. Gary Louris of the Jayhawks co-wrote “Window To a Wall”, Gary and Robbie Fulks both sang harmony on several tunes while legendary Cajun accordionist Steve Riley played accordion and Lucky Oceans added pedal steel and dobro.

acoustic/solo, alternative, country/folk, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Liam Gerner

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