Travianna Records is proud to announce the signing of one of Australia’s most unique and sought after Americana bands, Mustered Courage, to the label. Like the Avett Brothers or Steel Drivers, Mustered Courage breathes new life into the bluegrass scene with a style that appeals to both traditionalists and newcomers alike.
Based in Melbourne, Australia, the band bridges the gap between traditional bluegrass and modern roots music. Consisting of three Aussies and a Texas expat – the quartet has risen to the top of Australia’s folk and roots scene on the strength of their energetic live shows and an eponymous debut album that won them a string of glowing reviews, loads of national radio support, an endorsement from Seal, and a trophy at the 2012 MusicOz Awards (Australia’s Independent Music Awards). Their latest album, Powerlines, has also garnered the band two Golden Guitar nominations at the 2014 CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia for Alternative Country Album of the Year and Instrumental of the Year for the track “Allegheny.”
Travianna Records president, Mark Hodges is incredibly excited to bring Mustered Courage’s music to the U.S. “I first saw them last year in Nashville at the world famous Station Inn when they were here for a short tour and had stopped by to do a showcase at the Americana Music Conference. Blew me away. Total Entertainers. The real deal,” he says.
Mustered Courage’s quick ascent has not gone unnoticed in music industry circles, both in Australia and abroad. Their down-home picking style has afforded them the opportunity to play many of the major Australian festivals, perform an official showcase at September 2013’s Americana Music Association Conference and Festival in Nashville, and they are about to embark on another 50-date summer tour of the USA this summer, staying through October where they will meet in Raleigh, NC for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass events.