Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Audrey Auld at The White Mule

Audrey Auld likes to joke that devils are not the only thing to come from Tasmania. Already a veteran singer-songwriter in her own right in Australia, her music has kicked into another gear after spending nearly a decade immersed in the American country scene. She is currently based out of Nashville.

Auld’s album The Fallen (2000) was nominated for Best Country Album in Australia before the darker, more haunting Losing Faith (2003) put her on the map in the U.S. She began touring stateside soon after. Her album Texas (2005) was also an Australian Best Country Album and thoroughly showcased her incredible range. One song will be reminiscent of Gillian Welch or Emylou Harris and then roll right into a classic juke joint crooner like “Ball and Chain” that would make Patsy Cline jealous. Auld is often lauded for her sense of humor, but in my opinion, it is the darker, richer atmospheric presence inherent in her songwriting that really sets her apart.

Building on the success of her albums, Auld won the 2006 MerleFest Song Contest and performed her winning song “Losing Faith” at the festival with Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen) on guitar. She’s been climbing on up through the ranks ever since.

Jack Lawrence will accompany her for the White Mule gig. Lawrence has accompanied Doc Watson for the past 20 years or more, so this should be a great way to spend an otherwise dreary Wednesday evening.

-Norbet Sykes

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