Slim Dime are an acoustic folk duo. Their music is contemporary and urban, but woven through with the simplicity and space of old time mountain music. Listen close: you can hear fog soaked valleys, mountain ash forests and the grit of gravel road.
Using minimal arrangements – acoustic guitar, tenor guitar, banjo and vocals, they make a sound that is all bare bones and emotional complexity. Jen Land’s voice tells stories with nuance and emotion. Chris Taylor’s playing is intelligent and idiosyncratic. The songs talk of lives lived and lessons learned, of sorrows and of loss, but there is redemption too, and even joy.
Travelogue, their second album, was recorded by Matt Walker and Rowan Matthews at Stovepipe Studios, produced by Matt Walker and mastered at Deluxe Mastering by Adam Dempsy. All 13 songs were recorded live by a collection of beautiful vintage microphones.
Travelogue journeys through a country and folk music landscape of mountain shadows and careworn folks and beauty found in unlikely places. There is coming home and there is leaving. The material is original songs and traditional songs made new, mesmerising story telling and precise musicianship with emotional range. The production is understated and warm and real. It’s music that makes you lean in and listen. These songs are new but they’ve always existed somewhere on a mountaintop.
“the arrangements and performances are utterly engaging and, because of the nature of the material, altogether timeless.” – Leicester Bangs
They have performed all over Australia at Festivals such as Fleurieu Folk Festival 2014, Blackwood Festival of Music and Culture 2014, The Great Alpine Pick 2015 & 2016, Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival 2015 & 2016, Mount Beauty Music Festival 2016, Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival 2016, The Kelly Country Pick 2016, Happy Wanderer Festival 2016 & Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival 2016 and in 2017 – Cygnet Folk Festival and Yarra Valley Fiddlers Convention.
They look forward to playing all over Australia sharing their new album, ‘Travelogue’ – head here for an updated list of upcoming and previous shows.
Praise for Slim Dime & Hold Fast
“Slim Dime at The Fox 18/7/2013
Wife and husband duo Slim Dime do old timey country folk and blues, in the vein of Gillian Welch and special microphones. Not much more to say except they’re brilliant and it’s beautiful………………”
Live Review from K J Alverez
julian wu lifeproject
“……………..these recordings were independently made, and they exemplify the best of their kind. They also offer a simplicity of production that honours the songs – the tracks are not overlaid with more instruments than they need in order to make the sound ‘bigger’ for radio, which is obviously a concern for record companies. Thus we see why independent recordings suit country music so well: in a genre where songwriting is held in such high esteem, the most outstanding recordings are those that recognise that. Slim Dime treat songs with utmost respect, and the listener is the beneficiary. Plus, I could listen to Jen Land’s voice for days.”
Review of Hold Fast
“the arrangements and performances are utterly engaging and, because of the nature of the material, altogether timeless. The mix of old songs and original material comes together as a seamless whole and Land sings with a voice that seems steeped in 70 years of back porch, mountain song craft.
Recorded by candlelight (which sounds like a health and safety nightmare), the combination of atmosphere, presentation and themes makes “Hold Fast” a pleasure from beginning to end; and very much an album experience rather than a collection of songs.”
Leicester Bangs Review Hold Fast