Acclaimed Indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The Putbacks burst on to the Australian scene with their album Dawn in 2014, announcing a new voice in Australian soul music. This journey continued in 2020 with the release of the critically-acclaimed Crossover. Emma’s songwriting is optimistic, impassioned, and bruisingly honest, The Putbacks’ music is fluid, live and raw, and the collaboration has won friends and admirers all over the world.
The collaboration was born of Emma and The Putback’s shared love for classic American soul and the protest music of Indigenous Australia. Shades of every soul record you ever liked sneaks through their music: Al Green’s Hi Records era? Check. Aretha’s Classic Atlantic recordings? Check. Stacks of Stax? Check. It’s all there, but there’s also a whole lot of Coloured Stone and Warumpi Band influences giving their songs a uniquely Australian slant.
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