Album review: Dead Man’s Garden by Tim Hulsman

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As Tim Hulsman’s third album, Dead Man’s Garden, opens it sounds like wide open skies and sunburnt paddocks – sounds, admittedly, that don’t exist in nature, but you imagined them, didn’t you? And you’ll imagine them when Hulsman’s guitar begins and his voice follows. While the pace of the tunes picks up, we still have the sense of being ensconced somewhere warm and comfortable, if not always comforting. 

Hulsman has a background in rock ‘n’ roll, folk and blues, but on this album he also brings his talents to country music. The songs respect the traditions of all those genres – this album is old style rather than old timey. These are songs for a pub on a lazy afternoon, for an evening at home in front of a fire.

Hulsman’s voice isn’t polished – but this isn’t a ‘singer’s album’, it’s a storyteller’s album. And in saying it isn’t polished, that doesn’t mean it’s not the right voice for these songs – it’s just a way of describing his singing style. Hulsman’s wife, Nina Grant, provides more-than-backing vocals that beautifully compliment him and round out these songs that so often seem to be written for or about her. There are also songs of salvation, and of recovery from despair; they are songs that are about any human’s life, with Hulsman’s distinctive stamp on them.

Dead Man’s Garden is out now through Only Blues Music.



Tim Hulsman is touring:

Wednesday 30th July                             
Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice, SYDNEY NSW
Friday 1st August
The Commons Café, HAMILTON NSW
Saturday 2nd August                                         
No 5 Church St, BELLINGEN NSW
Wednesday 6th August                          
New Globe Theatre – The Campfire Test, FORTITUDE VALLEY QLD
Friday 8th August                                             
Royal Mail Hotel, GOODNA QLD
Saturday 9th August                                         
Sheoak Shack FINGAL HEAD NSW
Saturday 9th August                                         
The Loft SURFERS PARADISE QLD
– supporting Charting Stars
Sunday 10th August                                          
The Bearded Lady, WEST END QLD
Sunday 17th August                                          
The Wesley Anne, NORTHCOTE VIC
Sunday 24th August                                          
The Drunken Poet, WEST MELBOURNE VIC
Thursday 28th August                           
The Retreat Hotel, BRUNSWICK VIC

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