The Single Life – Episode 5

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Aaron D’Arcy is releasing a new song, officially, on 31st May, called Postcard, featuring Dani Young.  It is currently being flogged on Community Radio as it should be. It is a beaut track. A bluesy number that is just a bit longer than most commercial singles, but well worth the listen.  Aaron has an album later in the year, but this is just a great start. Gareth Leach has released another single of his last album, (Death and Taxes) – this one is Better or Worse…..the tune sounds like gunslingers coming into town. It fits the lyrics. Gareth and Aaron have a similar energy. (Check out the 2018 album if you haven’t already, it is very good). From two bluesy sounding boys to the sweetness and mellowness of Cassidy-Rae with More. It is a good role model song for teenage girls, in particular. Cassidy-Rae sings a bit like Aleyce Simmonds, I look forward to hearing more. It is a knockout song. I would have to be hanging from the Moon to sing notes that high.

Toyota Starmaker winner for 2019 this year, Blake O’Connor has released a new song, Beautiful as You. Blake is quite an extraordinary singer who makes great choices in what he sings. I really like this song and can’t wait for the album. One of the busiest boys at Tamworth this year was Liam Kennedy-Clark. The Kiwi who is now firmly ensconced in Australia can play just about anything. His album, Another Habit, will be released soon but this song, Bottom of an Empty Bottle is a pure country song featuring two of the essentials of pure country songs, booze and a broken heart. Liam has a beaut, big, booming voice, that can also mellow out. I can’t wait for the whole album, the three songs that I have heard so far are just fabulous.

If you have a single, let me know.

 

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Totally Biased Fan Review: This Girl – Andersonlane

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For those who doubt that “real” country music is still alive, give this album a real good listen. Along with the likes of the retired Sandra Humphries and Amber Joy Poulton and Marie Hodson, this lady is keeping the trad sound pumping. All original songs but with that great balance of torch and twang and very reminiscent of folks like Loretta, Tammy and co, but with her own twist.

There’s nothing girly or pop about this album. Fairytale is a big shower song contender for the Kazzies this year. It is really catchy without being poppy. If you look through the musos listed below, you will probably get the idea how polished this album is instrumentally. It is backed up with one of the most pure country voices that I have heard for a long time.

As a girl from Tamworth and the Central Coast, I know about country voices. Cheryl Anderson has the goods. It’s a cowboy thing was written with Sir Allan Caswell (no surprise) and a collection of songwriters at another one of Allan’s songwriting sessions.

Each of these songs could be released as a single and do well. James Dean, a quirky, fun kind of song has been the official single but there will be plenty more. I am not sure if others have been released, but they will be. They are all different, some heartbreakers, others following the ingredients of what makes up the subjects of a lot of country songs….good country songs.

Some are slow and steady, others are uptempo and shoulder shifting, and foot stomping. This album will play well in Tamworth. I hope that Cheryl will take it there and play the hell out of it. They will lap it up.

I am really excited about these well crafted, down to earth songs and the strong vocals and great musicianship.

I am the jukebox is a song that the likes of Patsy Cline, Loretta, Reba and Tammy would have loved to have sung, as well as Don Williams, Tom T Hall, Charlie Rich and the like.

This album is a great balance between tempos, subjects, moods and lots of attitude.  While it has that 70’s American Country Music sound, it is by no means unAustralian. It has a lot of the Aussie ratbag about it and the type of songs that true country fans just lap up.

This is a rippa. Go fetch it and play it. I have played it 5 times already – it goes faster than a bushfire through the Blue Mountains and I can imagine that it will be on every Truckie’s trip. It is a real road album, or something for a lazy Sunday arvo or fired up Saturday night. Mellow out or rock on down the road. Well done Andersonlane.

 

 

Tracks

I am the jukebox

I saw mumma crying

Hitchhiker

Strum

James Dean

This girl

Fairytale

It’s a cowboy thing

Stay

Just For Me

All songs written by Cheryl Anderson apart from It’s A Cowboy Thing – written by Anderson, Brain, Caswell, Charles, Dimmock, Scott ad Thompson @caswellsongwriterworkshop.

Mixed and Mastered by Jason Millhouse, Recordworks Brisbane

Guest Musos:

Dave Francis: Acoustic guitars

Robert Mackay: Keyboards, Bass, Baritone and Electric Guitars

Backing Vocals: Garry Koehler

Pete Denahy: Fiddle

Marty Smith: Drums

Michael Flanders: Steel Guitar

Michael Durham – Electric Guitar

Brendan Radford – Harmonica