New Zealand singer songwriter Marlon Williams.
New Zealand singer songwriter Marlon Williams. Contributed

Eerie spin on classic country by Marlon Williams

FROM across the Tasman Sea, New Zealand singer-songwriter Marlon Williams will bring his acclaimed and eerie brand of alternative rock to the Northern Rivers this year for his first ever Bluesfest performance.

Described as "the impossible love child of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt", Williams has proven himself in his home country with two New Zealand Music Awards.

Williams described his music as a jarring juxtaposition between old and new with recurrent themes of death, jealously and memory loss.

"I like songs where there's something obviously and horrifyingly missing from the equation," he said.

"Like there's a scary elephant in the room.

"There's a lot of classic country in it, like Hank Williams and stuff like that, with three or four chords but then there's a bit of unease and strangeness to it at the same time."

Williams kicked off 2015 with the release of Dark Child, the lead single from his upcoming album, due out April 24.

Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders will make their Bluesfest debut on Saturday, April 4, at noon in the Delta stage, before hitting the stage again on Monday, April 6, from 1.15pm at the Juke Joint.

For details visit the Bluesfest website.

Marlon Williams - Dark Child (Official Video) : Published on 21 Jan 2015. Purchase Dark Child on iTunes now! http://tinyurl.com/m4fkxgp. Buy Tickets for the Dark Child Australian & NZ tour dates at www.marlonwilliams.co.nz this Feb/March/April
Marlon Williams - Dark Child (Official Video) : Published on 21 Jan 2015. Purchase Dark Child on iTunes now! http://tinyurl.com/m4fkxgp. Buy Tickets for the Dark Child Australian & NZ tour dates at www.marlonwilliams.co.nz this Feb/March/April