DIARY - 25 /11/ 2010 - ANNE KIRKPATRICK CD REVIEW
REVIEW - 2010
ANNETHOLOGY & OUT OF THE BLUE (NULLA-EMI)
SHOWMAN'S DAUGHTER RESURRECTION
it was some years later that I heard the news/that the daughter was travelling
no more/I heard she went to boarding school and when she came back home/the
city and the drugs they came back too/life was good, life was sweet/the
showmen taught their own, their secrets keep"- Showman's Daughter
- Anne Kirkpatrick.
that uncrowned country queen Anne Kirkpatrick includes her cover of A
Bottle Of Wine And Patsy Cline on her 15th album.
The singer's pristine vocals have fermented - rather than faded - over
her 50-year plus career that began as a child on the dusty outback trail.
Kirkpatrick, 58 and mother of two, first recorded at 12 and cut two new
songs midst 23 career highlights on this riveting retrospective.
She added a bonus disc Out Of The Blue, her 1991 album produced
by Saltbush pedal steel guitarist Mark Moffatt - one of many expats in
exile in Nashville.
The vintage Tommy Rocco penned homage was originally on the 19-year old-disc
- one of Moffatt's finest moments before lured to Music City by fellow
expatriate Barry Coburn, publisher and manager.
Moffatt has since produced Stacey Earle - sister of seven times wed icon
Steve - Keith Urban & The Ranch, Deana Carter, Rachael Warwick, Tony
Joe White and Aussie young guns Jasmine Rae, Morgan Evans and Peter McWhirter.
But this time Anne celebrated country royalty nuptials by producing with
Chambers clan patriarch Bill who duets with her on Rodney Crowell song
Here We Are.
smart artistry and marketing for the singer fanning family flames
of mum Joy McKean and late father Slim Dusty.
Her secondary and tertiary education at a Sale girls' boarding school
and Macquarie University, replete with degree in Marine Biology, was
a vast contrast to her pioneering parents.
She reaches back to the thirties for a live version of Carter Family
classic Bury Me Beneath The Willow and I'm Thinking Tonight
of My Blue Eyes.
McKean traditional tunes Peppimenarti Cradle and Many Mothers
anchor a disc for a singer who tills the sixties and changes gender,
but not genre, for Johnny Horton-Tillman Franks hit Honky Tonk
version of A Bottle Of Wine And Patsy Cline - one of many songs
here featuring her Macquarie University guitarist Colin Watson - honours
that rich era.
DRIVE - DUALLING DYNASTIES
just hanging around this dirty old town/I'm waiting for the bad news to
come/I knew that I was dead, it came slamming though my head, like a bullet
right from a smoking gun." - Last Drive - Anne Kirkpatrick-Bill
is the musical font she drank from in her post tertiary era - she worked
the bluegrass country-folk campus circuit and the Civic and Lone Star
Café in downtown Sydney.
That's where she entertained this writer, TV host Mike Munro and late
Papal biographer and Royal Family confidant James Oram in our Sydney Daily
Mirror era from 1980-5.
Fellow Sydney country artist Grand Junction, co-founded by Dave Tyne,
eulogised Oram in Lone Star Stomp, on their recent album The Return.
Anne was performing on the upstairs stage at the scene of the rhyme as
then Mirror police roundsman and latter day Seven Network reporter Steve
Barrett set fire to septuagenarian Oram's snowy mane mid-song.
So it's no surprise that Anne cut long deceased cut-rate cremation victim
Gram Parsons' Grievous Angel as her entrée song and a live
cut of the Parsons-Chris Hillman classic Sin City from her seventies
Clark's Feel A Whole Lot Better and a live duet of Dylan song
You Ain't Going Nowhere with Troy Cassar-Daley also fit.
Clark's song features expat Dingoes legend Kerryn Tolhurst on Hawaiian
guitar and bassist Rod Coe who produced both Slim and Anne.
Although not a prolific writer her originals Travellin' Still,
Always Will - replete with latter day expat Quorn born guitarist
Jedd Hughes - Old Sunlander Van and Showman's Daughter
- hold their own.
She doesn't name the daughter of the late bush balladeer in the latter
but plants clues in the final verse.
Yes, another stained siren who took a vastly different fork in that
dusty old lost highway.
Anne pays homage to Saltbush guitarist Bernie O'Brien, a regular writer,
with Born For The Night Life and Caroline Warner's Eastbound
importantly she countrifies rocker Ross Wilson's Come Back Again
- one of several songs featuring Emmylou Harris's late fiddler Wayne Goodwin
- and Russell Morris's Out Of The Blue.
She follows suit with Kim Carnes All He Did Was Tell Me Lies and
Safe In The Arms Of Love.
The former features pedal steel guitarist Mike Tyne - brother of Grand
Junction rhythm guitarist Dave - and predecessor of Dead Livers survivor
Brendan Mitchell in Australian versions of Dolly Parton musical The
Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.
Rollicking Kirkpatrick-Chambers tune Last Drive is a fitting finale
and segue to the obligatory hidden track.
With the bonus disc it's the vital legacy of a dynamic diva who triumphs
without commercial airplay.
And, unlike many of Kirkpatrick's peers, she doesn't need studio tricks
or tonsure toning, to give her pasture and road cred.
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