This week’s PBS Feature Album is The Reckoning by singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and luthier, Nigel Wearne.

Nigel Wearne saunters after dark in the music of the night, blending blues, jazz and Americana-noir. Hailing from Gunditjmara country in the deep south of Australia, he's a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with diverse influence from Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones. A deep thinker and truth speaker with a penchant for all things peculiar, he sings of human frailty, grace and the cosmos; songwriting that cuts to the bone.

Inhabiting the after-dark realms of blues, jazz and soul, The Reckoning is a full band explosion of songs, stories and musical mayhem; Gretsch electric guitar, horns, reeds, Hammond organ, drums & bass. All the while, Wearne's crooning, cutting, monolithic vocal keeps lyricism and poetry at the forefront.

Tune in all this week to hear tracks from The Reckoning, and PBS Members have the chance to win a copy of the album on CD, simply email your name and membership number to  before midnight Sunday November 19. 

Check out a clip of Nigel Wearne performing 'The Reckoning' on Swinging Doors for Studio 5 Live.

Nigel Wearne - 'The Reckoning' in PBS Studio 5 Live October 19, 2023


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Party Pest - 'In The Shadows'

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Lilith Lane - 'Trickery'

The CB3 - 'Thin Up Top'