Monthly Archives: November 2014

Dawn Vinyl now in stock


There’s been a global shortage of vinyl lately, but we’re happy to see the arrival of our latest LP Dawn, by Emma Donovan & The PutBacks!  Get it now from our online store.


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“Driven by brutally honest lyricism, irresistible percussion and a purist’s respect for the funk and soul tradition, Dawn hearkens back to the heyday of Stax and Atlantic Recordings”
Karaslamb (Okayplayer)

Dawn LP Out Now!

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The debut album from Emma Donovan & The PutBacks is out now in Australia (with international dates following very close behind)!


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Dawn takes some cues from the burgeoning soul revival, but it’s a far looser interpretation than many releases in the style. This is no attempt at reviving a bygone era. There’s no horn section. There’s more rock in there. There’s more country in there. There’s more, in Emma’s words, “blackfella music” in there. The songwriting is more akin to classic Aboriginal bands like Coloured Stone than it is to Sharon Jones. The sentiment is personal, for both Emma and the band, and forward looking, rather than revivalist. Shades of every soul record you ever liked sneak through: Al Green’s Hi Records era? Check. Aretha’s Classic Atlantic recordings? Check. Stacks of Stax? Check. It’s all there, but all different. Dawn is it’s own thing, indigenous Australian soul. From the ferocious opening salvo of Black Woman to the sweet and gentle comedown of Over Under Away, Dawn is above all a journey through Emma’s life written in song.

“Emma’s voice is everything you’d want in a soul singer. She’s the real deal.”
Francis Devin Rimer (Wax Poetics)
“A tour de force of funk and soul hailing from the land down under”
Brice Ezell (Pop Matters)

Summer Shows 2014/15

HopeStreet artists have a big Summer and 2015 ahead of them with a bunch of festivals and interstate shows. Details below.


Emma Donovan & The PutBacks

Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – December 4 Tix here *

The Motor Room, Brisbane – December 20 FREE ENTRY *

Newtown Social Club, Sydney (Matinee show) – December 21 Tix here *

Womadelaide – 6-9 March Tix here

* Part of 2014 ‘Dawn’ Tour


The Bombay Royale

Meredith Music Festival – December 12-14 SOLD OUT

Melbourne Zoo Twilights w/ The Budos Band – February 20 Tix here


The Cactus Channel

Phoenix Bar, Canberra (w/ Brass Knuckle Brass Band & Karate Boogaloo) – December 4 

Heritage Hotel, Bulli (w/ The Liberators) – December 5 Tix here

Venue 505, Sydney (w/ The Liberators) – December 6 Tix here

PANAMA Music Festival, Tasmania – March 7-8 Tix Here


The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra

Meredith Music Festival – December 12-14 SOLD OUT