Two Heads Brewing was the place to be for country music fans on Sunday afternoon, as a selection of artists converged on the popular venue for The Austracana Travelling Revue, showcasing some emerging talents of the alternative country genre.
Featuring Carpenter Caswell, The April Family, and Bathurst’s own Smith & Jones, each act provided a different interpretation of country music.
Hailing from Sydney, The April Family displayed various styles throughout their set, ranging from swinging, upbeat numbers to deeper, more emotional ballads, with that country edge present in all their selections.
Michael Carpenter and Casey Atkins provided an eclectic mash of acoustic and electric guitar respectively, which supported the soulfully charismatic voice of Kylie Whitney in a mesmerising performance reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac.
Following The April Family was Carpenter Caswell, which saw Carpenter and Atkins join seasoned country musician Allan Caswell in a rocking set with hints of rockabilly and bluegrass.
With a career spanning over four decades, Allan Caswell brought plenty of experience and wit to the proceedings, and his pairing with Michael Carpenter (who also has a wealth of industry experience) showed their talent as musicians with a deep understanding of their audience and a firm connection to the songs.
Rounding out the event was an impressive performance by Smith & Jones, which saw Abby and Sophie continue to build on what has been a successful year for the pair.
The event was a gathering of artists who have had modest success in the Australian Country Radio Charts, with both Carpenter Caswell and The April Family scoring three top ten singles, and Smith & Jones seeing both their singles, ‘Baby Blue’ and ‘Small Town Woman,’ reach number one.
The Austracana Travelling Revue was a spectacle of live music for Bathurst, that also wowed audiences at Leadbelly, a venue in the inner-west Sydney suburb of Newtown, and is sure to receive another rousing reception when it reaches the Rooty Hill RSL tomorrow night.