Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock, Roots


Sounds like

Neil Young, Wilco, The Band, The Replacements, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen


band members

Michael Brinkworth - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica Hal Strewe - bass, backing vocals Stefan Bregenzer - drums Tim Granbacka - keys, organ, backing vocals Fritjof Brandt - electric guitar, pedal-steel guitar Frank Dasent - trombone


Influences

Neil Young, Wilco, Jeff Tweedy, The Replacements, Paul Westerberg, Paul Kelly, The Band, The Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, My Morning Jacket, Twain, Buck Meek, Big Thief, Blake Mills, Bob Dylan, The Flaming Lips, Pavement, Elliott Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison


Website

spoti.fi/2zaLQ4Q

Bio

Berlin-based Australian alt-country songwriter, Michael Brinkworth, writes and sings in the tradition of the timeless greats. A tireless headliner across Europe, Australia and North America, Brinkworth’s backpack is stuffed with heartfelt, road-worn songs. Rhythmic country-guitar, entrancing harmonica and a soulful voice combine to take the listener on a journey and expose the rawness at the heart of his songwriting - vulnerable, sincere, and as honest as an old pair of traveller’s boots. Imagine The Band, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Springsteen, Dylan and Waits all taking a road trip through the Australiana heartland, with Wilco, My Morning Jacket and The Replacements on the stereo all along the way.

Greywood Records released Brinkworth’s debut album “Somewhere to Run From” in 2017 and received critical acclaim from such renowned publications as ‘Roadtracks’ and ‘Lie in the Sound’. Brinkworth’s upcoming second album, “Wasted Wonder”, is to be released on 21 May 2021, following an 18-month solid roll-out of successful single and video releases, the final of which, will be "Thick Skin", out on 23 April 2021. It was recorded with his full band lineup before the pandemic at The Famous Gold Watch Studios in Berlin and will be released on the studio’s eponymous artist-run label collective, The Famous Gold Watch Records.

“[One More Time (Just For Fun)] is one of those tracks which immediately offers you rewarding catharsis as soon as you hit play. It’s not all too often you’ll get to hear that from a breaking artist.” - Amanda Vandergast, A & R Factory

“You can feel the sun beaming through the song!” - Craig Quartermaine on “Good Old Feeling”, ABC Radio Australia

“[King of Indecision is] a richly layered and ambitious song [that] brings to mind Yankee Hotel Foxtrot-era Wilco in the way the song unravels and collapses into a collage of distorted sound, echoing the despair of the lyrics.” - Andrew Frolish, Americana UK

Review

Review by Kath Devaney Kath Devaney

15 Apr 2021

Triple J
35

Your prose and inflection is straight from the pews of the church of Paul Kelly and Wilco, with a ripping harmonica taking me to the bridge, this is a sermon I am absolutely here for any day of the week.

Your prose and inflection is straight from the pews of the church of Paul Kelly and Wilco, with a ripping harmonica taking me to the bridge, this is a sermon I am absolutely here for any day of the week.