Newcastle country, folk act Whistle Dixie last week released their debut album, 'Blast Off'.
The record's lead single is 'Wildfire', which was recorded at Impromptu Studio Tighes Hill in Newcastle. It was produced by Mark Tinson, who has worked with local acts including Silverchair, Screaming Jets and Sue Cruickshank.
Together since 2015, Whistle Dixie's resume features supports with the likes of Diesel, Karise Eden, Troy Cassar-Daley and Phil Jamieson.
Ahead of appearances at Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gympie Music Muster and Deni Ute Muster, Whistle Dixie share 5 of their favourite travel destinations.
There's something about the colours and vibrancy of San Francisco that always draw you back. There's always something to do and new things to discover. San Fransisco is a city rich in artistic freedom. For the best clam chowder, head to Boudins Bakery at Pier 39 and then catch the ferry for a night tour of Alcatraz.
Tasmania has so much to offer, from tranquil hikes in the rainforest to eclectic markets by the harbour. It is also a food lovers haven and has a rich sense of community, which is beautiful to see.
Nothing quite compares to the beauty that New Zealand holds. Everywhere you look, you see an utterly breathtaking view. The crystal-blue lakes and brilliantly green, lush mountains are stunning and inspire a sense of peace and tranquility. My dream would be to hire a van and tour from the top to bottom.
If you want a travel destination which isn't too far away from home, Albany in Western Australia is one stunning, little part of our country. With bright, blossoming gardens, glistening coastlines and a quaint town centre, it is the perfect location for a weekend getaway.
Austin is just a cool city with such a great musical crossover, and the people are super friendly. Down on Lamar Blvd in the heart of Austin is the world famous Broken Spoke dancehall. It's where you can drink good, old-fashioned American beer and two-step the night away with friends. The vibe is really old-school and the music is always authentic Texan-style country. Anyone who's anyone has played there and it's got more mojo than Muddy Waters.
Whistle Dixie 2019 Tour Dates
26-28 Jul - Groundwater Country Music Festival (Gold Coast)
23-24 Aug - Gympie Music Muster (Sunshine Coast)
Sat 5 Oct - Deni Ute Muster (NSW)