There are certain writers who command moving melodies and lyrics in equal measure. Dave Wells is one of those supreme talents, and has quickly garnered a word-of-mouth reputation as one of the Hunter's finest songwriters and performers.

His impressive 2014 debut EP, Carrington Street, a heartfelt rumination on life growing up in Maitland, suggested a master craftsman, a writer adept in penning songs that creep up on you and cut deep.

Now Wells is locked away in the studio to conjure a debut studio record, and live previews of tracks like 'Picasso's Cloud' and 'Run Free' indicate that the powerful vocalist is crafting a mesmerising collection for this new release.

Dave Wells Newcastle Gum Ball 2017