Sydneysider Harvey Russell was the front man for the rock/alt-country Harvey Swagger Band in the late 2000s and played country-folk music in duo Peasant Moon. Now he’s released an album, Liquid Damage, as a solo artist and, in short, it is a honky-tonkin’ good time. Russell combines a musical thoroughbred lineage with a bucking bronco’s spirit and all of that is evident on this collection of heartfelt tales and entertaining tunes.
The album was produced by Michael Carpenter at Love Hz in Sydney and Carpenter appears on backing vocals, piano and other instruments. Russell’s backing band, The Widowmakers, also features Luke Moller on fiddle and Peta Caswell on backing vocals. Liquid Damage will satisfy country purists, thanks to Russell’s respect for the traditions of the genre, but even those who don’t know anything about country music will find much to satisfy them in these nine well-crafted songs.
Liquid Damage is out now.