The SkinnyBecause my wife is from Charlottesville and the city has become my home away from hometown, I find myself up there on a regular basis. From time to time, though, I am struck by the reality that I am just not up there often enough, particularly when I discover an amazing new local musical talent. Such was the case when I stumbled upon Michael Coleman. This Charlottesville singer/songwriter – also the drummer for local outfit The Hill & Wood – is silky smooth; he writes emotive, catchy tunes, has a feathery touch on his acoustic guitar, and sings with a richness that belies his youth. Coleman recently celebrated the release of his debut record, Precious Time, with a packed house at The Southern Café & Music Hall, no small indication that the word will soon be spreading about this Charlottesville crooner.For Fans OfJack Johnson, John Legend, Dave MatthewsOutside Looking In“Michael is both a wonderful musician and person and we are happy to have had him in our studio. You never know what you are going to get when a drummer steps out from behind the kit, but Michael’s solo album proves that he can do a lot more than just hold down the rhythm.”– Ian Solla-Yates, WNRN Promotions DirectorOn StageYou can catch Michael and his band this Friday, July 19th, in Charlottesville at the Intelos Pavilion opening up the weekly Fridays After Five. Next week, Michael will be performing in Virginia Beach (July 26th) and Bristow (July 27th) with Boyd Tinsley, of Dave Matthews Band, after Boyd wraps up his shows at the pavilions there.In His Own Words“I’m not the type of songwriter that has that one spot on the river to write, that one corner or room in the house to retreat to. Many of what I think are my best tunes were created randomly: driving to work, in the shower, eating dinner. You can draw inspiration from anything and I think most of my songs, especially the ones on my record, Precious Time, were written in an hour or less. I am a firm believer in letting the lyrics and melody flow in the moment.”– Michael Coleman, on songwritingOn The WebBe sure to take a listen to “Fly Away,” off of Precious Time, on this month’s Trail Mix. For more information on Michael, upcoming shows, and his new record, check out www.facebook.com/michaelcolemanmusic.
Houses and apartment buildings are seen against the Brisbane CBD skyline in Brisbane. Image: AAP/Darren England.HOMEOWNERS should sit tight and enjoy the ride as Brisbane’s housing market prepares for an incoming wave of predicted price growth, according to one analyst.The CoreLogic Home Value Index for February shows home values in the Queensland capital rose 0.6 per cent last month and have increased 2 per cent over the past 12 months to hit a new record high.Brisbane home values have now risen for eight straight months, with the median value now $503,265, according to CoreLogic. CoreLogic’s Home Value Index for February, 2020. Source: CoreLogic.Buyer confidence has also surged. The city’s auction clearance rate is more than double what it was this time last year, with 63.2 per cent of properties selling under the hammer compared to only 27 per cent a year ago.Nationally, property prices increased 1.1 per cent in February, pushing them to within 1.2 per cent of their 2017 high.CoreLogic head of research Eliza Owen said she expected home values in Brisbane to rise more than 2 per cent over the next 12 months. Brisbane home values have risen for eight straight months, according to property analyst CoreLogic. Image: AAP/Darren England.“I would expect further growth, so people might only think about selling if they have to,” Ms Owen said.“Otherwise, it could be a good time to see how the market moves over this year.” Ms Owen said the pick up in mining investment, migration to Queensland and its relative affordability were factors that were likely to drive capital growth in the Brisbane market.CoreLogic director of research Tim Lawless said southeast Queensland’s housing market was one to watch “for a stronger performance later this year”. Apartment buildings are seen in the Brisbane suburb of South Brisbane. Image: AAP/Darren England.“In regions such as South East Queensland, housing is very affordable relative to Sydney and Melbourne, jobs growth is trending higher and unemployment is reducing,” Mr Lawless said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“The primary factors driving this rebound remain in place and include an extremely low cost of debt and improved borrowing capacity.“However, considering the sluggish pace of household income growth, housing affordability is eroding rapidly, which is likely to see some parts of the market become less active.”AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver said the boost from the election result, RBA rate cuts, the relaxation of the 7 per cent mortgage rate serviceability test along with a greater willingness to lend by banks were continuing to drive home prices higher. People walk past the Reserve Bank of Australia building in Sydney. Photo: Saeed Khan/AFP.“We also anticipate a broadening out of the property price gains beyond Sydney and Melbourne as Brisbane and Adelaide are relatively cheap,” Mr Oliver said.The majority of economists are expecting interest rates to be cut further this week.Even the NAB has changed its interest rate call ahead of Tuesday’s Reserve Bank of Australia board meeting.The bank now expects the RBA to cut the cash rate by 25 basis points, and again in April.