Zinnia Blue are an alt-country / Americana duo from Melbourne, Australia, featuring interweaving guitars and two-part harmonies. The pair create sparse and brooding melodies and lyrical, uplifting ballads that reinterpret country, folk, and old-time music traditions.
The heart of Zinnia Blue is married couple Kate Tucker and Matt Ellis who write and arrange the music together, creating a sound that is delicate, earthy, and emotional. Lead singer Tucker’s voice is sweet, rich, and rough around the edges, reminiscent of The Audreys’ Tasha Coates, and her simple guitar style blends perfectly with Ellis’ tastefully intricate melody guitar work. The pair’s voices weave closely together in old-timey two-part harmonies reminiscent of the Milk Carton Kids or Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris.
Tucker and Ellis are joined by a rotating band of guest musicians playing a diverse collection of instruments including dobro, slide guitar, mandolin, violin, and cello. As a duo, or with their string band in tow, Zinnia Blue has played extensively around Melbourne’s inner north, including venues such as The Lomond Hotel, The Clifton Hill Hotel and The Wesley Anne. They have also played well received shows around regional Victoria and interstate, and at festivals such as the Cygnet Folk Festival, Guildford Banjo Jamboree, Nariel Creek Folk Festival, and the Tamar Valley Folk Festival.
Zinnia Blue have distilled their unique sound and eclectic songs for their debut album The Garden, out January 10th 2020. The band celebrate the release with a Tasmanian and Victorian tour, including three shows at the Cygnet Folk Festival in Tasmania from January 10th to 12th, and an album launch at Wesley Anne in Northcote, Melbourne on February 9th.
The first single from the album is Truth & Lies, released in September 2019, and the second single is Grow Your Dreams, released in November 2019.
“Ellis and Tucker have made an album of their musical family album, and done it lovingly over time, choosing their lyrics and songs with care. It preserves the original work of Zinnia Blue, paying homage to the influences that (couple) Kate Tucker and Matt Ellis have collected along the way, including the Melbourne independent music scene (hence the cover from Fireside Bellows). The beauty of a recording that takes its time is the product of a band who have taken their time to build it. The gentle, broody and intimately honest – uncompressed – sound of the record conveys the love of family, community and landscape which has been so instrumental in creating this work.”
– Mandy Connell
“Zinnia Blue features gorgeous voices and intelligent songs”
– Kavisha Mazzella
“Gorgeous two part harmonies which pair beautifully with the instrumentation”
– The Music Below