Swift HQ is thrilled to announce that Emma has been selected to open for Kasey Chambers at her album launch shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this September. Kasey Chambers has long been a champion of great Americana music in Australia and the shows will launch her latest album, “Bittersweet”. Yes, it’s the same name as the first track on Emma’s record. Synchronicity!


September 2, Lefty’s Old Time Music hall, Brisbane

September 3, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

September 4, Newtown Social Club, Sydney

Tickets for the shows can be purchased on Kasey’s website.

Emma will be joined by Chris Pickering on guitar for all three shows.



With high praise continuing to flow for Emma Swift’s debut mini-album in her home country of Australia, positive reviews and press are starting to come in from overseas, with the publication of  a fantastic review from the UK’s Three Chords and The Truth website, as well as radio play across more than 30 US radio stations via the syndicated International Americana Music Show and Georgia’s Just Off The Radar program.

David Hughes from Three Chords and the Truth UK described the album today as “a 6 track collection of divine entrancing pure country gold [that] will have you drooling for the half hour it takes to infiltrate your senses…. She has her pulse on the real thing as this pedal steel driven batch of sad songs, drizzled with soul and sung at a luring pace, oozes with golden class from start to finish.”

Scottish born, Brooklyn dwelling radio broadcaster Michael Park played ‘Seasons’ on The International Americana Music Show this week, alongside Canada’s Lindi Ortega and English guitar legend Richard Thompson.

Athens broadcaster Joe Silva included ‘James’ in his playlist for Just Off The Radar this week in an eclectic show that also included Bear In Heaven and Manchester Orchestra.

New York’s Grass Clippings blog featured ‘Bittersweet’ back in July in a section titled ‘New Nashville Sounds’ featuring Kelsey Waldon and Andrew Combs.

The album was recorded in Nashville and produced by Anne McCue and has been released in Australia by Laughing Outlaw Records.





With Emma Swift’s debut mini-album due for official release in just a few days on August 1, early reviews of the record have been overwhelmingly positive:


“Swift has created a dreamy intoxicated world where the heavy-lidded noir crawl of bands like Mazzy Star and Spain co-exist with late-night honky tonk bars, tear-stained sheets and flickering neon signs.” – Chris Familton, Post To Wire

“Too quiet, too slow, too tender and too far from the middle of the road? Yeah, probably. Like any of those are bad things.” – Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald

“A 4am record, evocative of two smokes left in the pack and empty glasses on the coffee table.” Jeff Glorfeld, The Age

“Her voice is divine, a beguiling blend of the high, lonesome strains of Tammy Wynette and the hushed dreaminess of Hope Sandoval… The bluesy Woodland Street sees her hitting some gorgeous high notes, while on Seasons she channels the fragile sweetness of The Velvets.”  – Stack Magazine

“Her voice has the right balance of sweetness, sonorousness and just a hint of hard-life huskiness and she delivers classic lyrics with perfect poise… Without reinventing the country sound and without even thinking about any of the current trends, Emma Swift has created something timelessly appealing.” – Chris Cobcroft, 4ZZZ Radio Brisbane

“Emma’s voice, just like Tiff Merritt’s broken china reincarnation of Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, sits perfectly for me between past and present. And it’s not just her voice. I can hear echoes from the well-worn grooves of my favourite records in this self-titled mini-album.” – Cam MacKellar

The mini-album has also received extensive radio support, with a range of tracks from the record  played on taste-maker Sydney local radio stations 2Ser and FBi, as well as Triple R and PBS in Melbourne , Radio Adelaide and 4ZZZ in Brisbane.








Emma is thrilled to announce she has been included in the line-up for a brand new Americana festival in Australia this October. ‘Out On The Weekend’ will be a celebration of great music, fine food and glorious booze. The line-up has been specially put together by die-hard Neil Young fan and Love Police tour promoter Brian Taranto.

“Ever since my first concert at the Wandong Country Music Festival in the mid 70’s, I have had a fascination with the country sounds, the roots of it all, let’s just call it Americana music,” said BT.

“Over the years I’ve had the good fortune to work with some great talent in this field like Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show and a load more. I’ve always tried to bring the best of what I see, hear and discover to our fine shores for us all to experience the good shit.

“I’ve lately wondered at staging an event that celebrates these sounds. One that offers great food with alcoholic drops of liquid gold at a cool space. Not a huge festival, just somewhere to get into it for a day with friends and like minded folks. Well, a few months back I found a home for this event on the sunny shores of Williamstown, and with that, good connections, belief, trust, fear and a lot of work, OUT ON THE WEEKEND was born.”

For the first time, for this very special occasion, Emma will have a full band backing her. She may even cover a Shakey song.



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With the release of Emma’s mini-album just a few short weeks away, radio stations across Australia have thrown their support behind the release.

A range of tracks from the record have been played on taste-maker Sydney local radio stations 2Ser and FBi, as well as Triple R in Melbourne and Radio Adelaide.

Sydney Morning Herald music critic Bernard Zuel chose to play ‘Bittersweet’ this week on 2ue with Clive Robertson, alongside Lee Fields.



radioAfter receiving early praise in Australia from Mess+Noise and Timber and Steel, Emma Swift’s mini-album has just been included in a list of best sounds coming from Nashville on the Grass Clippings blog. As ever, she’s keeping good company, alongside Kelsey Waldon and Andrew Combs.

The record, produced by Anne McCue at The Rendering Plant in Nashville will be officially released by Laughing Outlaw Records  in Australia on August 1.

To read the Grass Clippings article, click here.


10003924_642228095871029_3788332933921162332_nThe fine folks at the Mess+Noise have posted a preview track from Emma’s mini-album on their website. ‘Bittersweet’ is a sad little heartbreaker of a song, lonesome enough to make you yearn for whiskey, a jukebox and a handful of dollar coins.

To read about the track and to take a listen, click here. And if you like it, share it around!

The mini-album, produced in Nashville by acclaimed songwriter Anne McCue will be released in Australia on August 1 by Laughing Outlaw Records.


Debut mini-album, out August 1 on Laughing Outlaw Records
Debut mini-album, out August 1 on Laughing Outlaw Records

Emma’s debut mini-album will be released this August on renowned Australian record label, Laughing Outlaw Records. A proudly independent label, Laughing Outlaw has been releasing records for more than 10 years and is home to many fine Australian artists including Anne McCue, Jason Walker and Perry Keyes.


tube radioAfter almost two years living in Nashville, Emma is thrilled to be back in Australia and announced as a specialist program host on the new digital radio station, Double J.

Emma will host ‘Revelator’, a weekly specialist music program dedicated to playing a selection of new and old Americana, alt-country, folk, roots and rocknroll.

She joins a group  of renowned radio broadcasters including Myf Warhurst, Tim Shiel, Karen Leng, Lance Ferguson and Caz Tran.

Click here for more information about Double J and to check out what’s happening on the show.