Honest, agile, and refreshingly self-assured, Georgia State Line’s unique brand of country-infused melancholy yields music that’s equal parts heartsick and hopeful.
Comprised of some of Melbourne's best; Tom Brooks, Patrick Wilson and Laura Baxter, and fronted by lauded songwriter Georgia Delves, the band melds both vintage and contemporary sounds to craft songs steeped in Tennessee sunsets. Delves’ voice is effortlessly colourful, lyrical and textural with a depth and grace to rival even the most revered of talents.
It’s for good reason too. Born and raised in the regional Victorian town of Bendigo on a balanced diet of guitar, voice and classical violin, Delves sang in Catholic school choirs by day and cut her teeth on the local pub music scene by night. It was her grandparents who introduced her to the ultimately catalytic American country music of the 1960s and 70s. In this, Delves had met her match. Armed with her guitar and a book of lyrics heartfelt and resolute, she moved to Melbourne and formed a band.
Touring is deep within the band’s DNA. After Delves quit her day job and packed her life into a van shared with bandmate and fellow Melbourne-based musician Patrick Wilson, the duo played extensively along the scrub-lined East coast of Australia before returning to Melbourne with a fresh set of road-warmed elegies scheduled for touring and release in late 2018.
2017’s Heaven Knows EP, earned Georgia State Line the title of “one of Australia’s best up-and-coming country acts” (Art News Portal). Drawing comparisons with the likes of Linda Ronstadt, title track Heaven Knows captures Delves’ empathic rumination on the bittersweet balancing act of growing up and staying young. It highlights her songwriting finesse in a way that puts to rest any assumption that this twenty-something wordsmith is yet to reach the milestones necessary to write songs so complex and meaningful. As previous single Older Than I Am suggests, Delves is most certainly wise beyond her years.
Georgia State Line has performed at Out On The Weekend (Wagons, Margo Price), National Folk Festival, Dashville Skyline Festival, and has showcased at Australian Music Week. In a 2018 highlight, the band joined country-blues artist, Eilen Jewell (USA) on a four-date journey across the Australian mainland’s southernmost state.
The group spent April of this year recording their debut album with James Cecil (Architecture in Helsinki, The Goon Sax) tucked away in the leafy surrounds of Macedon, VIC, with the release scheduled for early 2020.
‘Heaven Knows’ puts Georgia State Line on a pedestal of their own...standing far and wide above the country music niche that surrounds the genre, and it’s cultural context in Australia.
- AAA Backstage
Many Australian artists refer to themselves as Americana or alt country these days, but very few deliver the real thing as well as Georgia State Line. Hailing from Melbourne but sounding like Texas or Tennessee, this band represents the true essence of today's country music.
- Bill Chambers, Dead Ringer Band