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Meet The Band

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Acclaimed Indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The Putbacks first burst on to the Australian scene with their album, “Dawn,” in 2014, announcing a new voice in Australian soul music. After six years, the band reunited launching Crossover in 2020 to great acclaim. Emma’s songwriting is optimistic, impassioned, and bruisingly honest; The Putbacks’ music is fluid, live, and raw, and the collaboration has won friends and admirers all over the world. Emma Donovan grew up singing church songs with her grandparents on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia, and her first secular gigs were singing in the family band, The Donovans, with her mother and five uncles. Throughout her career, she has 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 in this group that Emma met members of The Putbacks and their journey together began. The Putbacks are stone-cold pros, grizzled veterans of all the tours and all the studios. When they come together, they’re one of the tightest, sharpest, slickest, most dynamic musical units ever to exist. Their collaboration with Emma elevates their music and Emma’s songs to another level.

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The Crossover Tour 

Sharing traditional Indigenous language and storytelling is important to Emma Donovan & The Putbacks. In their The “Crossover” Tour, the band performs music from their critically acclaimed 2020 album, an album that unveils new ways to tell these stories as a way for audiences to learn and discover a part of Australia’s history. On Stage, Emma tells her stories, explaining the lyrics of songs sung in traditional Indigenous Australian language. Throughout their U.S. Tour, Emma Donovan and The Putbacks expand the discussion around the history of Australia and how it will be defined for the future.

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