Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Just a Good Alt-Country Band; Doot Sharing the Love at Harwood Hotel

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Just a Good Alt-Country Band; Doot Sharing the Love at Harwood Hotel

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FROM the North Coast of New South Wales comes alt-country sensation Doot.

With their roots in the wide- open plains of Australia, paired with well-travelled ears, Doot deliver a sound that is both classic and original, familiar yet surprising, rocking and rootsy, heartfelt and feel-good.

Doot is a veritable Who's Who of Australian country music musicians, having individually worked with some of Australia's biggest names including Troy Cassar-Daley, Graeme Connors, The Flood, Melinda Schneider, Paul Kelly, Nick Barker and Felicity Urquart, to name a few.

Doot is: Dave Irving -- vocals and acoustic guitar; W. Paul Agar -- pedal steel, electric guitar and backing vocals; Alan Brooker -- double bass; Scott Hills -- drums and backing vocals.

On their self-titled EP, Doot distil the essence of the alt-country originals, taking inspiration from the '60s and '70s sounds of Gram Parsons, The Flying Burrito Brothers and The Byrds' country-rock classic Sweet- heart of the Rodeo.

These are songs custom-made for echoing across a field at sunset, for making grown men cry into their beer and then booting 'em out at the other end with a smile on their face. The Doot EP is led by Worn Out Engine, a tale of love gone bad lightened by smart wordplay, sublime harmonies and a propulsive, hopeful melody.

Recorded and mixed at Heaven Recording Studios in northern NSW, Doot was then mastered in New York by mastering legend Scott Hull.

So far Doot's debut EP has met with critical acclaim, and, according to Martin Jones from Rhythms Magazine, "This Northern NSW quartet explores its own blend of folk rock and country, uniting smooth vocal harmonies, jangling guitars and pedal steels in a common purpose. Dave Irving has a voice that's perfect for singing this kind of folk/country hybrid, the vocal harmonies are astonishingly sweet and Agar's guitar playing rich and tasteful. …

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