Between Methyl Ethyl, Jen Cloher, Tame Impala, G Flip, Courtney Barnett, and The Avalanches…KUTX plays so much ‘down under’ music that we could probably get away with rebranding ourselves “The Aussie Music Experience”. But that’s not just a bad pun; there’s plenty of truth behind the cross-continental exchange between America and Australia. See, Austin does have a sister city in the form of Adelaide, but it’s Melbourne that’s more analogous to our “Live Music Capital” character. And from the ’70s through the ’90s, the Melbourne scene had a bit of an obsession with the American country, folk, and blues. Singer-guitarist Dan Warner found his footing in the midst of that craze, and became well known for his alt-country duo The Warner Brothers by the mid-late-’80s.
Inevitable legal action eventually transformed The Warner Brothers into Overnight Jones. But by the turn of the millennium and knee deep in artist-label tension, the group dissolved. Warner enjoyed a brief stint in New York City in the early-’00s, but since settling back in his hometown, he’s taken his solo career to the next level. The most recent development has been the formation of The Night Parrots – a permanent backing band of longtime friends and collaborators, dedicated to keeping Warner’s decades-worth of compositions alive and well.
Last Friday Dan Warner & The Night Parrots announced their upcoming LP Maybe, then…with the release of the record’s lead single “Every Moon is Blue“. It’s a tranquil testament to Dan Warner’s one-of-a-kind artistry, graceful vocals, and mastery of dynamics and arrangement that’ll keep you in good company ’til Maybe, then… drops on October 14th.
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