Scene News: Justin Bernasconi’s second album Barefoot Wonderland & gig at the Spotted Mallard tonight!

Barefoot Wonderland was released on Friday 19th May 2017 through Mountain King Music and Rocket Distribution. National tour dates have also been announced to coincide with the album release.

The album is the follow up to the critically acclaimed Winter Pick (2014), and fans of Bernasconi’s debut album will find much to love about Barefoot Wonderland.

The album opens with Speed Camera, which is the true story how Bernasconi’s partner was hit by a car whist riding her pushbike. She escapes serious injury, but the event gives Bernasconi cause to contemplate, as their parents advise them both to get a ‘speed camera on your busy life’.

From then his band performs on the next three tracks – Zeeha’s Party Picnic, a sonic image of his Parson’s Terrier reeking havoc on innocent picnickers, Puppy Blues, and Carrie Swoon.

The latter half of the album, Bernasconi performs solo, and tackles his crippling battles with insomnia, chronic fatigue, depression and recurrent nightmares in Careless Shells and Melatonin (Justin modified a Martin D28 into a 7 string guitar for effect on these tunes, including the title track), and puts a lighthearted spin on these struggles with lively ragtime tune Restless Legs Rag.

He enlisted Melbourne’s best guitar ears to work on sound production of the album, with Jeff Lang recording, Shane O’Mara mixing, and Adam Dempsey mastering the album.

Barefoot Wonderland will be an essential album this year for acoustic guitar fans of folk, blues and country, and will be available for sale on-line, and all good retail outlets.


Fri 19 May Basement Discs, Melbourne (In-Store) VIC

Sat 20 May Smith’s Alternative, Canberra ACT

Sun 21 May Petersham Bowls Club, Sydney NSW

Sat 3 June The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide SA

Thu 8 June The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne VIC

Sun 11 June Junk Bar, Brisbane QLD

Tues 4 July Green Note, London UK*

Sat 26 August Wauchope Arts, Wauchope NSW*

Sun 27 August McCrossin Mill, Uralla NSW*

Fri 6 Sept Selby Folk Club, Selby VIC

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