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"Adam Cousens: Tim Rogers Support"

Tim Rogers
w/ Adam Cousens

Thursday, June 12 2008 @ Republic Bar and Cafe, North Hobart
by robbie g

Firstly it should be noted that local song writer Adam Cousens played a decent support set. He was affable and interactive, warming the crowd up well with dedications to his "Tasmanian brothers and sisters" and songs that encouraged the drinkers to "raise up your glasses".

- The Dwarf

"Adam Cousens"

Hobart artist Adam Cousens has come a long way since he first appeared on The Brink in 2004. He has since gone on to become internationally known, touring the world his original sound and wooing the world with his addictive music. We are constantly playing his music even when he isn't in the studio!"
- Ben Waterworth, The Brink Online - The Brink Online (Edge Radio)

"Rooftops EP Review"

There is something decidedly intimate about Adam Cousens’ sophomore short player, Running Over Rooftops.
It’s almost as if the Tasmanian troubadour is recounting these tales of love, loss and experience over a couple of quite beers at a mate’s BBQ.
There is not much to Cousens’ songs – and that is by no means a bad thing. A lot of this sense of intimacy stems from the fact that he has eschewed the usual accoutrements of the modern ‘roots musician’ (dobros, slide, djembe et al) for a refreshingly stripped back set where its just the vocals and the guitar at the fore – with just a sniff of piano and laconic drums in all the right places.
“Why can’t people just say what they mean”, sings Cousens on Speaking Your Own Voice – and that’s exactly what he does. There are no metaphorical hoops to jump through here – just some honest, straight –shooting lyrics with more than just a dab of wry humour and a dash of Woody Guthrie earthiness.
The eponymous track is definitely a stand-out here – a rollicking yet sweetly self-reflecting ditty that wound not be out of place in a Wes Anderson film. Yet, the EP’s closer List – the most downbeat number on the disc – comes a close second. The sombre fingerpicking and breathy vocals of the song bring back memories of Nick Drake’s seminal Thoughts of Mary Jane.
If Running Over Rooftops is anything to go by, Adam Cousens will definitely be one to watch out for.

by Stephen Bisset | Friday, June 13



New Single "Forever Rich" releases Oct 2009.
Nominated for "Artist of the Year", "Best Solo Artist" and "Best Roots/Blues Artist" at the 2009 Amplified Awards.
Tours East Coast of Australia and South-East Asia
Plays to a packed Town Hall at The Cygnet Folk Festival.
Features in the Moomba – Loving The Yarra , Melbourne Waters Birrarung Celebration, alongside Rob Sawyer and Nicky Bomba.
Sales of Running Over Rooftops EP reach 1500+.
Plays iconic venues such as Bar 303 Northcote and Ruby’s Lounge and Wesley Anne Melbourne.

Plays 3 performances at The Falls Music and Arts Festival to packed audiences.
Is Guest Artist at ABC936 Hobart Giving Tree Concert at Hobart's Theatre Royal.
Garners significant airplay on ABC936 Hobart including a number of “live to air” performances.
Appears on Home Grown Roots CD distributed by Foghorn Records, alongside Paul Kelly, Mia Dyson and John Butler.
Tours Tasmania including regional centres with Jay Fraser.
“Running Over Rooftops” (from Running Over Rooftops EP) awarded the prestigious “Best Song” at the Amplified Awards, with Adam also picking up the gongs for “Best Songwriter” and “Best Solo Performer”.
Support for Tim Rogers
Two night support for Clare Bowditch on the “Winter Secrets” Tour.
Sales of “Beautiful People” EP reach 3500+, at gigs alone.

Released Running Over Rooftops EP (CD launch attended by 300+)
Performed at The Falls Festival Marion Bay
Winner of The Falls Festival Showcase Event
His song “When You Smile” (from Beautiful People EP) was used in a jtv story.
Performed at inaugural Southern Roots Festival
Toured New Zealand

1st EP Beautiful People released
“Getting Better” and “Judging Appropriately” (from Beautiful People EP) placed in top 10 of National APRA Songwriting Awards in Folk Category.
“Beautiful People” (from Beautiful People EP) winner of Mountain Festival Songwriters Competition
Toured Europe and UK.



“Music doesn’t mean anything unless it touches people”, Adam Cousens says. And in whatever way Adams music touches you, whether it’s because you just can’t get that catchy melody out of your head, or because listening to his meaningful lyrics makes you stop and think about what he is saying, he writes and sings gorgeous songs that will have your toes tapping by the first verse, have you loudly singing by the last verse, and have you calling for more when it is over.
His live shows draw the listener in, with rousing, energy laden, thought provoking and spirited performance.

Adam has played in many varied venues such as grand concert halls, the Aux Trois Mailletz in Paris (famous for hosting the wonderful Nina Simone), rooftop raising pub performances in Belfast, Northern Ireland, sharing the stage with the likes of M Ward in the beautiful and picturesque Marion Bay, and in classic Johnny Cash style performing for prisoners at Risdon Prison.

Fiercely proud of his Tasmanian heritage, Adam is now based in Melbourne but is constantly touring and playing all over Australia.

Adams philosophy regarding his music is plain. “I say it’s simple music, but with a complex message or challenging idea, music that’s for the thinker.”