The Stetson Family - True North
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Joe Fish, BBC Lancashire UK, Oct 2013

“Every now and then, if you are patient, you discover a real treasure trove of wonderful music. That’s exactly what happened to me when I first played The Stetson Family’s “O Winding River” CD. Superb harmonies, outstanding musicians and top quality production makes this album a “must” for all lovers of Bluegrass & country music. Thank you to The Stetson Family for giving me something exceptional to play on my programmes on BBC Radio in England.”


Rita Small, Prescription Bluegrass, Arizona, USA

“The Stetson Family’s sound is what happens when veteran musicians and vocalists are confident of their strengths and are dedicated to the music as a whole instead of the individual contribution”


Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, Virginia, Jan 2014

“There’s a lot to be commended for a band that has carved out its own body of songs, all with plenty of traditional influences. Whether you consider this acoustic Americana or Australiana, these are five original voices worth a listen for bluegrass fans”


Roland Lanzarone, Le Cri du Coyote Magazine, France, Dec 2013

“Fool’s Gold (la femme vexée d’avoir été trompée par ce démon déguisé), Brother Harlan (le brave garçon qui s’est laissé piquer sa belle par un cousin) et la superbe Hey Sister Mary (la vengeance de Mary partie, fusil sous le bras, abattre la famille qui a tué son amoureux). Plus dynamique est l’excellente Hell Hath No Fury (si pour ton malheur tu croises un jour furie, oublie même d’avoir été mis au monde)”


Jerome Clark,, Nov 2013

“The Stetson Family is made up of five members with Nadine Budge as (mostly) the lead vocalist, possessed of a splendid and uniquely appealing alto. To the American listener with even a passing knowledge of the bluegrass genre, the Stetsons will bear only a marginal resemblance to Bill Monroe or Jimmy Martin or Del McCoury – in fact, that difference is what makes the group a whole lot more interesting than it would be if they were trying to impersonate an outfit from Kentucky or North Carolina. What’s happening here is a nearly sui generis* fusion that, if sometimes a bit disorienting, is always striking and at times, as in the title song and elsewhere, downright gripping.” *Sui generis = “of its own kind/genus” and hence “unique in its characteristics”.


Rowena Muldavin, Heartland Public Radio, Oct 2013

“Heartland Public Radio is proud to tip its hat to The Stetson Family on All Things Country. The group’s tight harmonies and terrific musicianship will be included on the show’s annual tribute to Australia Day in January 2014. Another fine group from Australia’s vast legacy of Country and Bluegrass tradition!”

  • Members:
    Nadine Budge, John Bartholomeusz, Colin Swan, Andrew Carswell, Luke Richardson
  • Sounds Like:
    Australian Alt.Country/Bluegrass/Folk
  • Influences:
    Old Crow Medicine Show, Emmylou Harris, Nitty Gritty Dirtband, The Carter Family, The Stanley Brothers
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  • Profile Last Updated:
    06/08/18 12:44:04
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