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A fresh take on modern folk, with a healthy bluegrass twinge, The Rusty Datsuns have been winning hearts and inciting hoedowns since forming under the extraordinary conditions of the infamous Brisbane floods of 2011.

Taking refuge in an old high-set Queenslander while the waters rose, the three pieces sang harmonies around the kitchen sink to keep spirits high.

The rest – as they say – is history.

rusty-datsuns-Riding a wave of success since the release of 2011’s EP Let It Rain, with festival appearances all over the country (Woodford Folk Festival, Island Vibe, Wintermoon, Maleny Music Weekend, Home Festival), The Rusty Datsuns are proud to announce the release and accompanying national launch dates for their long-awaited debut full-length album Riverbank.

A love of music, wine, and life on the river provide the backdrop to an album that serenades with svelte sounds, delicate songwriting and wistful, soaring harmonies. With the Rusties (Sian, Al and Fern) joined by Rob Davidson (double bass), Laura Driver (cello) and Steve Wallis (harmonica), the resulting album, recorded at Incremental Studios, is a distinctively Australian ode to bluegrass, folk and toe-tappers everywhere.

The-Rusty-Datsuns---Riverbank-Hi-ResFrom the innocent pining of Honey Bee to the disillusionment of Don’t Wait and the hearty resolve of lead single Riverbank, it’s an album full of infectious riffs, down-home ditties and sun-drenched strings.

The Rusty Datsuns will be touring nationally, and facilitating a series of recorded vocal harmony workshops in September and October to launch Riverbank, so head down to the water’s edge and get acquainted with the Rusties.

With a looming international hiatus, this may be your last chance for a long time to come:

Treehouse on Belongil – Saturday from 7.30pm.


Find this and many other great gigs in Echonetdaily’s North Coast Gig Guide.


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