it appears I may have being a little remiss concerning the music of Audrey Auld, back in 2000 I got a copy of her ARIA nominated album The Fallen after hearing a cover version of one on the great Fred Eaglesmith’s songs Alcohol & Pills and a fine recording it is, fast-forward to 2013 and the Nashville based Aussie has a new album out entitled Tonk which is every bit as good and somewhere in-between there were another nine releases on her own Reckless Records label that I’ve missed out on – I say missed out because if they’re as good as the two I know then I need to do some serious catching up.
Tonk carries a torch for classic country with one foot firmly in the past and the other putting an Aussie stamp on the music, having spent the last six years residing in East Nashville the singer songwriter from Hobart (Tasmania) recorded Tonk at the late Jim Reeves’ studio in Music City with a bunch of top players including Mary Stuart’s backing band the Fabulous Superlatives, Harry Stinson, Kenny Vaughan and Paul Martin, as well as Chris Scruggs, Andy Leftwich (Ricky Skaggs) and Gary Carter (Connie Smith), the album was cut old school with no isolation booths over a period of two days the sixteen songs were played, recorded and refined with the studio outtakes and comments left in place for good measure.
The CD version of the album includes fourteen tracks, a dozen Auld originals and a cover of Crying The Blues by Willie P. Bennett (Fred Eaglesmith band) and Sweet Alcohol (Terry McArthur), the two remaining songs include an alternate version of Auld’s throw away track Rack Off (Fuck Off) and it’s b-side Support Group which are available on a 7″ and to download at Bandcamp. Her songs featured on the TV shows Justified, The Good Guys and Longmire and she’s had songs recorded by home-grown US country artists including Sunny Sweeney and for added country kudos she hosts writing workshops at San Quentin Prison, so whilst the Nashville music machine continues to churn out the dollar making pop-country Auld stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the East Nashville crowd or as she puts it making “music with the dirt left on”.
There are some tour dates already confirmed for May of next year in the UK and Holland with more to come – we’ll keep you posted on that score, in the mean time you check out and download Auld’s contemporary take on the sound of Kitty, Tammy and Jeannie with an Aussie twist at Bandcamp.