Brod Smith’s latest album, ‘Unknown Country’ is a landscape of familiar features casting strange shadows. There’s a visceral echo of early rock’n’roll. The deep, dark twang of the swamp, the high and lonesome air of the mountains. There’s the blood of the broadsheet ballad, the weathered bones of back porch blues. Front and centre is a voice as rich, potent and quintessentially Australian as any this country has yielded. Broderick Smith has been homing in on this unique territory for nearly 50 years.
Smith’s masterful voice is but one key ingredient to his tenth solo album. His longstanding lap steel accomplice and co-writer Matt Walker to his right, guitarist Shannon “The Assassin” Bourne to his left, Unknown Country brings a new combination of passion, depth and texture to Australian roots music.