Expat. Australian bluesy songstress and multi-instrumentalist Anne McCue has just recorded her sixth studio album – Blue Sky Thinkin’ – with co-producer Dusty Wakeman (Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam) in Los Angeles. The album has been mastered by Ray Kennedy in Nashville. The album reunites the band from her critically acclaimed Roll album and allows Anne to explore some of her favourite influences, including Billy Holiday, Charlie Christian, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King, Nick Drake, Astor Piazzola, Peggy Lee and Bessie Smith.
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!”
A video of a track from the album “Things You Left Out In The Rain” has just been released and will give a good indication of what to expect from this excellent singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer, a performer I have been fortunate to see and thoroughly enjoy many time before. Here it the clip:
Born in Sydney and raised just southwest in Campbelltown, McCue has toured the world playing her music in Concert Halls, pubs and festivals, living for a year in Vietnam. She has most recently been based in East Nashville, a thriving songwriting community on the Cumberland River’s left bank. Her love of music forged in Sydney, Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City, 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 and has since recorded five acclaimed studio albums and a DVD Live In Nashville.
Her music is included in Time Life’s ‘4 Decades Of Folk Rock’ alongside Bob Dylan and The Byrds.
You can purchase or sample the album at CD baby here.
Have a look at her tour dates.
“Listeners will delight in her slide guitar prowess, as well as her pointed and powerful lyrics.” — Seattle Post Intelligencer
“Anne McCue is the virtual definition of “triple threat.” A potent singer, thoughtful songwriter and tough guitarist, she completely comes into her own on this new project.” — Billboard
“The Australian earns accolades with an album of songs that stretch from urgent to world-weary with bracing bluntness.” — Philadelphia Inquirer
“My new favorite artist and an amazing guitarist” — Lucinda Williams
“I’ve been a fan of guitarist/singer/songwriter Annie McCue for many years so I’m very honored and happy about singing with her on a damn fine song for her upcoming album. She wrote the song with John Hadley and the brilliant David Olney. You can’t go wrong with such talent.” — Dave Alvin
“The highlight of the night, however, came from four new songs that will appear on “Blue Sky Thinkin’,” the new album …” — South Bend Tribune
“I truly believe that she’s written a bonafide collection of new standards for a generation that hungers for the good stuff.” — Eddie Gomez