AWARD-winning singer/songwriter Catherine Britt, PICTURED, will perform in the region for one night only next Thursday, November 22, as part of her latest album launch tour.
Catherine, a songwriter who has already packed a respected and highly acclaimed career into her first two decades as a recording artist, is celebrating the release of her seventh studio album ‘Catherine Britt & The Cold Cold Hearts’.
The album features the singles ‘Red Dirt’ and ‘Bush TV’, with Catherine to perform at the Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club.
The new album was recorded in Catherine’s own studio, built in her backyard and dubbed ‘Beverley Hillbilly Studios’.
With engineer Jeff McCormack behind the desk, Catherine and The Cold Cold Hearts (Michael Muchow and Andy Toombs) self-produced the album with Bill Chambers guesting on all tracks.
“I came up with this idea three years ago on our honeymoon while we were traveling in our camper in WA,” Catherine said. “I didn’t know what to do next after ‘Boneshaker’ (the release prior to Catherine Britt & The Cold Cold Hearts), but I knew I didn’t want to do the overseas thing again and that I wanted to do something more organic and at home.
“I thought of building the studio and doing it ourselves. I’ve always wanted to do one of those ‘artist and a band’ projects like Ryan Adams and The Cardinals and Emmylou Harris and The Hot Band.
“It’s still the artist, but they have this band of mates behind them. When I was writing the album I was going back to when I was a kid and rediscovering that music that I grew up on.
“I thought about who would get that and pull it off and these guys were perfect. When you’re making a record and going out on the road, it’s really important that there’s a good vibe and you’re all on the same page.”
From Newcastle to Nashville, Catherine made the move to the home of country music at just 17. It proved to be a brave decision, one that gave her immeasurable experience as a musician, insight into the machinations of the industry and a contract with the legendary RCA Records.
Upon returning to Australia in 2009, Catherine set about recording her debut full-length album ‘Dusty Smiles and Heartbreak Cures’, the first of five consecutive albums nominated for Album Of The Year at the Country Music Awards of Australia.
The accolades didn’t stop there. Along the way she has received five Golden Guitar Awards, the CMA Global Artist Of The Year Award in 2010, and six ARIA Award nominations for Best Country Album.
The critical acclaim for her albums and reputation as a performer has seen Catherine tour and perform with some of the biggest names in music, including Sir Elton John, Don McLean, Kasey Chambers, Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Chris Isaak and Keith Urban.
Life has a way of throwing curveballs, with the last three years seeing Catherine fight and win a battle with breast cancer, marry her husband James and most recently give birth to their first child.
Special guest Melody Moko will also be on hand for next Thursday’s performance at the Coomie Club, with tickets $25 for adults, and $15 for those under 14. Tickets are available by contacting 5027 4505, or visit www.coomeallaclub.com.au.