“the arrangements and performances are utterly engaging and, because of the nature of the material, altogether timeless.” – Leicester Bangs
“Slim Dime treat songs with utmost respect, and the listener is the beneficiary.” – Jolene – Country Music Blog“Slim Dime is a set of contradictions. It’s a 21st-century urban Australian hip duo whose musical choices are anachronistic & old-fashioned. Its instrumental work is simple yet produces alarmingly brilliant flashes. Sure, Jen & Chris have chemistry on stage but it’s reined in tight-until suddenly, passionately, it’s not. Contradictions.
There’s a line Slim Dime tread when performing the sentimental and simplistic songs of the old-time repertoire; too straight and it would be cloying, too hip and it would be disrespectful.
To make their live performances perfect would require only an audio overlay of the crackle, scratch, and clicks from an old 78 record. Or, you could do it in your head as you watch.”
Australian Bluegrass Legend – Leonard Cohen
Slim Dime are an acoustic duo featuring old-time mountain sounds, seamless harmonies and some mighty-fine pickin’. They make music that sounds as though it’s always existed somewhere on a mountaintop.
Their material is both original songs and traditional songs made new. They reference the old time and bluegrass repertoire and write original compositions with mesmerising story telling and precise musicianship with a broad emotional range. It’s music that makes you lean in and listen.
Slim Dime are Jen Land on acoustic tenor guitar and vocals and Chris Taylor on acoustic guitar, banjo and vocals.
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. They journey through a country and folk music landscape of mountain shadows and careworn folks and beauty found in unlikely places. Winner of the 2017 Penninsula Folk Club Songwriters Competition for “Tea for two”
Slim Dime are as comfortable on a Festival stage or sit-down venue as they are in a Pub or Bar.
Festival appearances include:
Mountaingrass Festival of Bluegrass & Old Time Music 2017, Cygnet Folk Festival 2017, Wirrina Bluegrass and Acoustic Roots Festival 2016 & 2017, The Kelly Country Pick 2016 & 2017, The Great Alpine Pick 2015, 2016, & 2017, Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival 2015, 2016 & 2017, Yarra Valley Fiddlers Convention 2017, Guildford Banjo Jamboree 2017, Mount Beauty Music Festival 2016, Happy Wanderer Festival 2016 and Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival 2016.
Travelogue, their second album, 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 production is understated and warm and real.
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.
All Slim Dime music is available through iTunes & CD Baby. Click here for Slim Dime store.
Head here for a list of upcoming and previous shows.
Reviews & Praise
Winner – J. Land – 2017 Penninsula Folk Club Songwriters Competition for “Tea for two”
“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
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“……………..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
“There is something inherently appealing about Slim Dime and the Prairie Kings, and that appeal starts with Slim’s voice: it’s sassy, it’s rich and rolling, and it makes you want to sit up and pay attention. And once you’re paying attention, you may as well get up and dance, because that’s what the Prairie Kings’ music makes you want to do. “
Unpaved 50 best Albums 2013 – Slim Dime & The Prairie Kings Hillbilly Salad