Tasmania-born singer/songwriter Audrey Auld, now US citizen and resident of Nashville, has returned to Australia for an extensive east coast tour, which includes an afternoon performance at the Court House Hotel in Mullumbimby this Sunday.
Audrey is the real deal: a lover of ‘authentic, soulful’ country music, a gifted songwriter and singer, who delivers a live performance full of wit and humour. She will be joined by special guest Sara Tindley
I really got into CM in my early twenties. I was a closet fan as none of my friends were into it.
I really love Patsy Cline, Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Bob Wills, John Prine, Butch Hancock. Those were the artists I first heard who piqued my interest in the genre.
Bill Chambers played a big role in your career from the mid 90s – as simpatico producer of The Fallen and Losing Faith, duet partner Looking Back To See and co-owner of Reckless Records. He describes you as ‘totally fearless’, Audrey. Is that a fair assessment?
I produced my first three albums. Bill didn’t produce one until 2007 – Lost Men and Angry Girls. He calls me fearless as I’m not afraid of the truth, as many people are. Since working in San Quentin I’ve definitely become more fearless. It’s an exciting way to live.
Songwriting is such an individual thing. What are the key elements that inspire you?
Truth, nature, love, death, irony, melody.
Right from the beginning, you collaborated with wonderful artists such as Fred Eaglesmith, Kieran Kane, Mary Gautier and Dale Watson on your recordings. How easy was it to get them on board?
I found if you just ask then they can only say yes or no. Either way nothing is lost, and maybe it’ll turn out great. I find most international artists really open to collaboration.
I was, and still am, motivated by love for Mez. I gave no thought to my musical path re moving to America.
What I found was a very welcoming musical community in northern California that I still feel a part of. I’d never felt that in Australia, so it was great to be understood and accepted as an artist there. It’s still home to me…
What prompted your move to east Nashville?
Mez wanted to buy a house and wanted to live in a music city. Austin was first choice. We have a lovely home but are keen to move back to CA where we fit better.
Your latest work Tonk is garnering praise both here and in the US. What was your intention for this album?
To make a good-old-school country album. I worked with the best players and recorded the old-fashioned way, live in the studio.
What can we expect at your upcoming Mullum show?
Good songs, a few laughs, some prison song co-writes and great guitar picking from Ross Sermons.
Audrey Auld with Ross Sermons & Sara Tindley, Court House Hotel 4pm Sunday.
Tickets are $20 at the door.
Find this and many other great gigs in Echonetdaily’s North Coast Gig Guide.