The Yearlings present


The first Yearlings full length album in 9 years available on Vinyl, CD and digital download via bandcamp.

The Yearlings are thrilled to announce their brand-new and much-awaited album LUCK will be released this coming June, on Little Secret Records through MGM. 

To set the scene and whet your appetites, they’ve released the two opening tracks from the album; Downtown and Gone are the Days. 

LUCK was recorded live to tape in just a couple of days in the Australian winter of 2022. Robyn Chalklen and Chris Parkinson joined forces with long-time friend & collaborator Lucie Thorne as producer for the project, and together with Hamish Stuart (drums) and James Haselwood (bass) LUCK sprang to life with energy and ease. 

A rich, warm and shimmering sonic journey of great songs by great players, LUCK was tracked live to tape by The Yearlings’ long-standing recording compadre Mick Wordley at Mixmasters in South Australia, and completed by the nuanced mixing wizardry of Chris Shaw (Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, etc etc) in Austin, Texas. 

There is deep symbiosis here. The band sound like they have been playing together forever, but in fact these 2 days of tracking were the very first time. The strength and authority of the songwriting is next level. The performances are delicious. 

The Yearlings have been making music together for some mighty fine years, and LUCK is their sixth studio album, but they’ve never made a record that sounds like this before. 
LUCK is a tender and wild 40 minute ride that covers some serious ground. 
Lean on in...

 “Skeins of tattered faith from the Never-Never … windblown plains and the quiet roar of the giant Aussie sky … bleak headlights drilling dust and drizzle … driven by a rhythm from somewhere between the windscreen wipers’ pulse and the exhausted, determined heart.”
Philip White

The Yearlings were coming up to the top of their set in the gloaming chill and they sounded very different.
Rob Chalklen had let the steeltrap precision of the old Martin dreadnought go to return to the softer wood and honeyed sweetness of a big old Gibson, whilst in the US tour Parks found a vintage Gibson archtop with voodoo wiring that replaces the old honey fuzz of the Danelectro with pure golden syrup. Parks is wallowing! Shit it's sweeeet. They're so sweet. The Yearlings just changed gear. I wonder who their new songs will be? Can't wait.

And I must reiterate: I reckon Rob's as good as rhythm guitarists get anywhere on Earth. She plays like a geological epoch. Masterly. Not even going near that haunting voice. Which only haunts when we need haunting. Love youse.
Philip White
An excerpt from

The Yearlings

For some time now, The Yearlings have been calmly carving out a giant piece of real estate in the Australian alt. country  landscape. Their latest album, ‘All the Wandering’, is another gem to add to an already glittering catalogue.

Their fifth studio album ALL THE WANDERING, released in May 2014 ended up on many top album lists of the year including a spot on Rhythms magazines Top 10 by Marty Jones and a Top 50 spot on ABC Radio National’s Inside Sleeve with Paul Gough.

Since they met back in 2000, Robyn Chalklen and Chris Parkinson have been making music that exudes raw beauty, honesty, intimacy and passion, have made numerous festival appearances across Australia and internationally and supports include Steve Earle, The Punch Brothers and Justin Townes Earle. The Yearlings give a new strain of acoustic music,  distilling Americana alt. country through the filter of distinctly Australian life.

With Parkinson’s signature tones and Chalklen’s hypnotic prose they deliver tunes with a confidence that carries an addictive fragility. 

Quiet, intimate, raw and powerful.

Robyn Chalklen Guitar and vocals Chris Parkinson Guitar and vocals