Nashville Flipside Presents
The Australian All Star Review presents Back from Oz feat. Anne McCue w/Craig Morrison, Rick Caballo, Natalie Howard, Luke Dolahenty & Kane HarrisonSinger-Songwriter
Nashville TN | Rock
Roots Music Association’s Folk Artist of the Year Anne McCue is recording her new album, thanks to her wonderful friends and fans.
The album is based in the blues. Anne has gone back and listened to her favourite blues artists - all the way back to the '20s & '30s - where on the one hand blues met jazz and formed a slinky musical genre and on the other, where jump blues became rock'n'roll - that lovely cusp at the end of the 1940s. Recording took place in Los Angeles at Honky Abbey Studio with Dusty Wakeman, David Raven & Carl Byron. Anne is finishing up tracks at Flying machine Recordings in Nashville as we speak.
Given her unique voice and impressive guitar chops she has been described as a combination of Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and Susan Tedeschi. Australian native McCue released her version of Bruce Springsteen’s 'Born To Run' earlier this year. She recorded this anthem to young rebellion because it resonated with the rebellious spirit she possessed as a teenager:
“I first started singing the song over 15 years ago in Melbourne. Even though Springsteen had grown up in New Jersey, USA and I had grown up west of Sydney, Australia, the characters and the mood were the same. To me it was like 'Rumble Fish' and 'The Outsiders.' We were those kids and those kids are in this amazing song. This was, and still is, our song.”
McCue’s distinctive vocal style showcases the emotion of Springsteen’s lyrics. Her version unwraps the rock classic and delivers it as a ballad, plunging deeply into the essence of the song. As McCue explains, “Springsteen captures all the longing in the teenage heart, all the dreams in the teenage mind - the fog of the overwhelming present which tried to steal away the passion of our future and tie us down to an ordinary life. That is what we longed to escape and some of us ran - I know I did. And perhaps I'm still running..”
Her love of music forged in Sydney, Australia, McCue landed in America and performed on the Lilith Fair tour. After setting up shop in Los Angeles, she became a vital part of the city’s roots music scene, recording two attention-grabbing albums: 2004’s Roll and 2006’s Koala Motel.
Both releases garnered critical accolades. Billboard heralded her as the “virtual definition of ’triple threat.’ A potent singer, thoughtful songwriter and tough guitarist.” Her recent album, Broken Promise Land, showcases McCue’s rocking sensibility and six-string virtuosity.
These days, she spends a great deal of time in Nashville, honing her distinctive hybrid style of grassroots rock, blues, and folk. Americana icon Lucinda Williams has said of McCue: “Initially, her stunning voice hooked me in. Then I got inside the songs. The first chance I got, I went to see her perform . . . I was floored!" “Born to Run” exemplifies this symbiosis of voice and song.
Nashville TN | Country
Bridging the physical and musical expanse between Sydney, Australia, and Music City USA is no small feat for a Country singer. Over the years, plenty of aspiring stars have taken that leap of faith to follow their dreams, packing up and moving to Nashville from halfway around the world. Aussie Country singer Craig Morrison has managed to cultivate a successful career at opposite ends of the globe, however. The Sydney native and now part-time Nashville resident continues to release music at home and abroad, often promoting different singles in different markets simultaneously. In the face of a perpetually changing music business, Morrison stands as an excellent example of an artist who recognizes the importance of a global career path.
Morrison’s U.S. debut, Craig Morrison, finds the singer at ease in the Country music styles of both Australia and the U.S. Released in 2012, the album is available worldwide through digital distribution label GMV Nashville. Recorded in Music City under the masterful touch of Aussie ex-pat and Grammy Award-nominated producer Mark Moffatt (Keith Urban, Gloriana, Jason Aldean, O’Shea) the album includes Morrison’s 2011 single, “Hot Kinda Love,” as well as his stateside debut, “Fences” (a Top 5 smash in Australia). Morrison says he chose “Fences” for his first U.S. release due to the song’s personal and allegorical meaning.
“’Fences’ was the first song I found for this album, and I just had to have it,” says Morrison. “When I listened to the demo while out on a radio tour, I just could not put it down. I love the message, as I believe life is about overcoming hurdles. I think everyone can relate to this song in one way or another.”
Renowned music critic, author and historian Robert Oermann gave the song high marks upon its release, noting, “This Aussie cracks the U.S. Country marketplace with a gently rolling social statement about the nature of barricades in our lives. Well written and expertly produced, it’s a mighty promising debut.”
As “Fences” continues its run on the charts in America, Morrison’s latest Aussie single, “Just Another Sundown,” is already a Top 4 success Down Under. In an ironic twist, the globe-trotting Aussie shot the video for “Fences” in Australia, later releasing it in the U.S., while the “Just Another Sundown” video was shot in Nashville and is currently in rotation on Australia’s Country Music Channel (CMC).
The son of legendary Aussie artist Lucky Starr, Morrison grew up surrounded by the day-to-day rigors of the entertainment business. His father is widely regarded as one of the cornerstones of the Australian Pop genre and the first artist to record the legendary Johnny Cash anthem, “I’ve Been Everywhere.” By the time Morrison was 13, he was acting in television commercials and performing on stage with his dad. After playing in a handful of rock bands around Sydney, Morrison eventually reconnected with one of his first loves, Country music. He knew he had found his true calling as an artist.
2010 saw Morrison make the finals in Australia’s most prestigious talent competition, the Toyota Star Maker, while 2011 produced an Australian Songwriters Award for “Hot Kinda Love” in the Country Song of the Year category. That same year, Morrison relocated to Nashville, where he began working with producer Moffatt on his U.S. debut.
The pair worked diligently to select only the best songs and session players for the project, ensuring the album met their collective standards for quality material. With a creative sound that embodies the spirit of Craig’s high-energy performances, the resulting record not only thrilled Australian audiences, but made an impression on Nashville’s industry crowd as well.
“We had to work out which songs I related to best, which ones demonstrated the positive lyrics and strong hooks we were after, and at the same time, which ones felt good to sing,” Craig explains. “It took six months to cull back the list to our final selection, which is eight tracks penned by some amazing outside writers and three tracks written by myself.”
Two of those three self-penned cuts are actually a collaborative effort between Craig and his wife, Nichole.
“Nichole and I love to write, and we have a great, creative synergy working together,” he says. “Nichole has a very descriptive vocabulary and brings new ideas to the table for melody that work really nicely when I’m creating music and lyrics. Not to mention it’s also the only way I ever get anything finished!” he laughs.
2012 has truly been the breakout year for the Aussie artist, however. Splitting time between his two homes in Nashville and Sydney, Morrison was recognized as Male Artist of the Year at Australia’s Central Coast Country Music Festival. Back in Nashville, he celebrated the release of his self-titled U.S. album in May with a performance on the iconic Billy Block Show, and the following month made his debut at the world’s largest Country Music event when he performed at the CMA Music Festival.
With singles charting in both Australia and the U.S. in 2012, Craig Morrison has certainly learned how to climb “Fences” as an artist. Whatever the next obstacle is for the tireless and talented singer from Sydney, it’s a sure bet that he’ll be ready to meet the challenge.
Nashville TN | Rock
Rick Caballo has been a regular on Australia's Pub and Club circuit and has built up a following with his rockin', high energy performances. Rick has taken his down-town Aussie sounds around the globe performing in London, Madrid, Hollywood, New York, Nashville and Toronto. He spent the first half of 2008 in the USA, performing, building up a fan base and recording in LA and Nashville. He returned in 2009 to finish his debut CD "Love Retaliation" working with producers Duane Sciacqua and Carl Jackson. Rick returns to Nashville in 2010.
Gold Coast Queensland Australia | Country
Australian born singer-songwriter, NATALIE HOWARD is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her home town is the 'Gold Coast', Queensland, Australia.
She received a grant through the Redcliffe RADF (Regional Arts Development Fund) that financed a trip to America to write and record her first demo session. What came from that was her debut Australian album 'Yesterday's Makeup' and USA 'self-titled' release.
Nashville TN |
My name is Luke Dolahenty. I am a musician. I am from Camden N.S.W, Australia. I currently live in Nashville Tennessee, America. In the past, I have lived in New York City, Shenzhen and Hangzhou China and Australia. As you read this, I am working on new tunes for a new recording. I am excited about these upcoming recordings “Something tells me I’m into something good” Sign up to the mailing list below so I can share this new music with you when it arrives.
Wodonga Victoria Australia | Country
Kane Harrison is an Australian singer songwriter who currently resides Nashville, TN. Kane realised, at a young age, his calling and he has worked single-mindedly to fulï¬Âll his potential as an artist in music. He is constantly working at his craft, which includes acting as well as music. To this end, he has being learning and playing music since he was three, with a particular focus on guitar, drums and voice. Kane was a ï¬Ânalist in Australian Idol and a grand ï¬Ânalist in Telstra Road to Tamworth. The same year, his ï¬Ârst single "The Moments" debuted at 25 on Australia's CMC charts and rose rapidly to number 6 and stayed in the charts for some 17 weeks.
Kane has appeared on national commercials, worked as a television presenter and hosted many live events in front of thousands of people.