Al Green’s soul? Check. Aretha’s spirit? Check. Stacks of Stax? Yes, siree! But when it comes to Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, this all ain’t worth the wax it’s printed on without Coloured Stone and Warumpi Band. Unified via a shared love for classic American soul and the protest music of Aboriginal Australia, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks are the perfect collision between two profound musical traditions.
The band detonated on to the Australian scene with Dawn in 2014, heralding a new voice in Australian soul music. This journey continued in 2020 with the release of the critically-acclaimed Crossover. Where Donovan’s songwriting is impassioned and brutally honest, The Putbacks’ music is fluid, visceral and raw: the combination… explosive.
Emma Donovan cut her heels in the family band, The Donovans, with her mother and five uncles. She has since toured and recorded with many of the mainstays of Indigenous music from Archie Roach to Dan Sultan, and was a member of the Black Arm Band project. It was here that Donovan met members of The Putbacks and this infectious journey tore off into the stratosphere. Jump aboard.