RICHEY AT BASEMENT DISCS - 19 MARCH 2010
has been to this country several times in the past; in 2002 along with
Fred Eaglesmith, Jim Lauderdale, Jason McCoy and Audrey Auld, she was
part of a travelling singer songwriter showcase, which was warmly received
by all who witnessed it and it was the first time many of us had seen
the artists live. Fred Eaglesmith has of course returned many times.
was back last year for a limited tour with Felicity Urquhart, but
this time round is performing solo shows all over the country, appearing
for the first time at Port Fairy Folk Festival.
her playing live at a Basement Discs in -store last week, and though
it was short, it was very sweet.
performed solo, simply accompanying herself on guitar. She has a
new CD called Wreck Your Wheels, and she treated the small
but appreciative audience at Basement Discs to four songs from it,
and also performed two from her previous album Chinese Boxes.
excellent song writer, Kim and has collaborated with singers like
Trisha Yearwood, Radney Foster, our own Felicity Urquhart and Sydney
artist Karl Broadie, and her songs have been covered by many artists
including the Dixie Chicks.
She has a
sweet voice that is a pleasure to listen to, with a timbre that gives
it character and expression.
song performed was the title track of her CD Chinese Boxes, then
Careful How You Go, a song inspired by a snowfall in her home town
of New York. She described the next tune as a mean song, written especially
for an unnamed female artist. Despite the particular artist having just
given birth to a baby, Kim eschewed writing a lullaby and instead wrote
the bitter sweet anti love song Not A Love Like This.
Your Life was co written with Karl Broadie, who recorded it on his
last CD One Million Emeralds and the next song, A Word To The
Wise was written with Boo Hewerdine, currently touring with Eddie
rounded off her mini show with the title track of her brand new
CD Wreck Your Wheels, introducing the song with a reference
to train travel. Apparently she has been travelling interstate by
train instead of by air. Despite her expectations of a smooth and
easy ride in the comfort of a sleeper, she found sleep hard to come
by with the rocking of the train on country tracks, and the hooting
as it whizzed past crossings, disturbing her rest constantly. She
wryly admitted that she still had three trips by rail to face.
I was glad to have the opportunity of seeing her perform live again,
having been one of those who saw her in the singer songwriters showcase
back in 2002.
will be performing in a double bill with Eddie Reader at Spensers
Live on 25th March.
here to read an interview with Kim Richey from 2002.
Careful How You Go
Not A Love Like This
Once In Your Life
A Word To The Wise
Wreck Your Wheels
Review and photos by Anne Sydenham
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