DIARY - 19 MAY 2007 - GREENCARDS CD REVIEW
Australians Kym Warner and Carol Young lived up to the name of their trio
when their third album soared the American Billboard bluegrass chart on
The Coffs Harbour and Adelaide born duo and English fiddler Eamon McLoughlin
stole the chart top from homegrown bluegrass artists with a superb strategy,
aided by work visas.
Instead of refrying high lonesome roots of an historic genre the trio
mined an acoustic sound akin to peers Alison Krauss and now defunct Nickel
And, aided by another expatriate South Australian Jedd Hughes, the trio
energised its loping single Waiting On The Night into a high rotation
video clip on CMT and soon here on local cable TV channel CMC and Nu Country
The trio all performed in the video that was shot in New York City and
Hughes, who also released a U.S. major label solo album, wrote it with
bassist singer Young with whom he harmonises.
It's the album entrée and sibling of All The Way From Italy
that the guitarist penned with Warner about leaving his Mediterranean
So why is this trio, ignored by radio and media in their homelands, such
a success in their adoptive domicile?
Well, like Keith Urban, the recipe is lifting the bar and picking, grinning
and writing with the cream of the crop in the most competitive roots music
market in the world.
Warner and Young headed into the badlands of West Texas before hooking
up with their fiddler in a five year stint in Austin.
Now, using Nashville as their HQ, they have access to producer Doug Lancio
and the best studio serfs.
The Greencards chanced their arm on song sequencing with their originals,
Hughes tune Here You Are and Young-Warner co-write with local star
Ronnie Bowman on Who Knows - as the first five tunes.
Gjersoe instrumental Su Prabhat slows the pace as a prelude to rollicking
Shinin' In The Dark - one of two Warner tunes penned with ace
songsmith Jerry Salley.
It's a credit to Warner, who adds mandolin, bouzouki and slide mandolin,
Lonesome Side Of Town - his other co-write with Salley - is
perfect punctuation for two covers near the close of the disc.
The Greencards don't really cover I Don't Want To Lose You
and Travel On penned by Mike Henderson and Kim Richey, who
toured here in 2001.
The not so
secret weapon of mass distraction is Young's soothing soprano, augmented
by fiddler Andrea Zonn's harmonies, that ensures aural bliss on passion
of the former and vitriolic wanderlust of the latter.
Maybe it validates the album title - meaning green and blue (as in grass).
And proves why they were chosen to open a high profile tour by Bob Dylan
and The Redheaded Stranger Willie Nelson.
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