ABOUT / BIO

Making their mark on the Australian Music Scene, independent Australian Award Winning roots rock band Cornstalk, are a unique and diverse bunch of soul rockers from NSW Australia. This core six piece unit have been delivering some of Australia’s finest Roots Rock music since early 2000, up and down the East Coast of Australia, impressing a wide audience with the new sound of Australian Roots Rock.

Cornstalk has been riding their independent success after releasing their full length album “Pennies Fall”, which was nominated 7 times in the 2016 Australian Independent Music Awards. The release of “Pennies Fall” took Cornstalk to the next level by taking out the 2016 Australian Independent Music Award for Best Blues & Roots Artist, along with being nominated for Artist of the Year.

Since their independent success, the band continues to evolve and grow within the music industry and has recently morphed into a 9 piece with the inclusion of a brass section, bringing added dynamics to the festival shows.  With the music industry and fans now recognising the talent and success from these roots rockers, Cornstalk have now had the opportunity to join the Australian festival scene. Recent festival performances include Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Fest on the Sunshine Coast, Wollombi Music Festival in the Hunter Valley, and the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival.

Cornstalk have shared the stage with acts such as The Radiators, Chain, Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca, The Beautiful Girls, Kim Churchill and Cornerstone Roots from NZ to name a few.  The band are getting air play over commercial radio such as Triple J and various community radio stations, along with live streaming internet radio around Australia, New Jersey USA and New Zealand.

With strong, rich and soulful vocals from front man Chris Hamall, his unique song writing and storytelling resonates with an audience. Also joined on vocals and percussion is Brother Shayne Hamall, who’s natural harmonising, creates a fusion of Seattle sounds and harmonies reminiscent of the Finn Brothers. With lead guitarist Kane Starkey delivering the cut through hard rock element, combined with melodic blues solos and drummer Lyle Goodman in charge of the engine room, this core four combine to create the foundation of Cornstalk.

The music and sound of Cornstalk has been described as a combination between American rockers The Black Crowes meets the Seattle sound. With a fresh and versatile song list that appeals to the wider audience, Cornstalk is the new sound of Australian Roots Rock.

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