Devils are not the only thing to come from Tasmania. Singer-songwriter Audrey Auld's heart is in Country, Folk and Americana music with a presence as big as The Outback. Her songs are the wry and poignant observations of a Tassie girl living in California and Nashville since 2003. Audrey calls it "Music with the dirt left on."
"The only problem with Auld is trying to decide if she's more remarkable as a singer or a songwriter, which isn't the worst problem an artist can have."
~ John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music, Austin, TX, April 2012
Auld is a memorable and uplifting entertainer. She's a spontaneous comedienne and a writer of humorous, provocative and soulful songs. A touring songwriter, Audrey won the 2006 MerleFest Song Contest and performed her winning song 'Losing Faith' with Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen) on guitar to a thrilled MerleFest crowd.
In 1998 Auld established Reckless Records and her debut CD was released in 1999 to award winning acclaim in Australia. Looking Back to See, a duet album with singer songwriter and guitar great Bill Chambers (Dead Ringer Band, Kasey Chambers), laid a foundation for Auld's future releases including The Fallen in 2000 which won an ARIA nomination for Best Country Album in Australia. Losing Faith (2003) is a dark haunting release that put Audrey on the map in the US with Americana radio. She began touring the states opening shows for Todd Snider, Fred Eaglesmith and Kevin Welch among others. Texas, which came out in 2005, was also an ARIA Best Country Album nominee in Auld's homeland. It was recorded in Texas with Gabe Rhodes, a gifted musician, producer and son of legendary artist Kimmie Rhodes.
By 2004 Audrey had married very well (to directly quote her), became a United States resident and was living in Stinson Beach just north of San Francisco. She quickly became a favorite on local stations KRSH, KRCB and KPIG, playing frequently for Sleepy John's local shows and touring the region.
"I have hosted over 700 live music shows on KPIG radio and if asked to give the top 10 performers Audrey Auld would be on that list. She has a great voice and writes serious songs and humorous songs that make you think and laugh, but the best part is that she is a great entertainer." ~ Sleepy John, KPIG Radio.
While in California, San Quentin Prison became a regular gig for Auld via her involvement with the Bread and Roses organization. Her initial performance (to a captive audience!) led to ongoing songwriting workshops with the inmates, which continue today.
It was in Northern California that Auld was introduced to guitarist extraordinaire Nina Gerber (Eliza Gilkyson, Kate Wolfe, and Karla Bonoff amongst many others). The two musically fast friends hit it off immediately, and their second show together was recorded and released in 2006. In the House is a stunning live release.Lost Men & Angry Girls went to Number One on the Freeform Americana chart in 2007. This chart is compiled from the worldwide play lists of DJ's who play music for love, not money. The album showcases Auld's great writing and is proof of the heart and mind connection of her music and her huge capacity for compassion and humor in writing songs that everyone can relate to.
As Audrey tours the world, she delights audiences with folk songs from her homeland, and fans requested that she record them. Her 2009 release Billabong Song is an acoustic collection of songs that are an integral part of the fabric of Australian culture, and a poem from 1908.
Another fan request was that she publish the lyrics and chords to her songs, so in 2010 Auld published Write Out Loud, a songbook perfect for the campfire sing-a-long or front-porch jam session.
2011 saw the release of Come Find Me, produced by Mark Hallman of Congress House Studios in Austin (Eliza Gilkyson, Ani DeFranco, Tom Russell). This fan-funded project earned a five-star review in the prestigious UK magazine, Country Music People.
“Audrey Auld is an amazing talent. Like a special flower in your garden. Her songs are a kind of beacon of hope, from a woman who cares, in this deeply cynical world we are all stranded in. You need to relax more, play this album.” ~ Paul Riley, Country Music People, UK
2012 sees two new releases: Resurrection Moon is Auld’s restrospective of enduring songs from the last decade, plus two new tracks recorded in Nashville. A regular at Okemah’s Woody Guthrie Folk Festival for the past 8 years, Wood is Audrey’s hand-made EP celebrating Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday.
"Anyone doubting that Audrey Auld is one of the world's best songwriters should give "Resurrection Moon" a listen." ~ Paul Riley, Country Music People, UK, April 2012
Auld’s songs are included on the FX TV shows “Justified” and “The Good Guys”, performed live on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry (“Next Big Nothing” recorded by Sunny Sweeney/Big Machine Records), sung in wedding ceremonies, played in bars and camp-fire jams. But it’s as a live entertainer where she really shines.
“If you haven’t caught on to Ms. Auld, you should. She held the stage for nearly two hours and interest did not flag. An engaging, smart, feisty performer, Auld is deeply knowledgeable in traditional country of varied flavors, and it shows; she often writes and performs songs in honky tonk mode, her most singular suit being witty takes on the genre expectations, comparable to, say, some of the best of Lyle Lovett. Auld sings with finesse, lustily, and effectively. I recommend her CD Come Find Me." ~ Barry Mazor, Nashville
Audrey Auld lives in East Nashville with her husband, dogs, chickens and frogs - growing food, writing songs, recording and touring. When home, you’ll find Audrey hosting Supper & Song at Sky Blue Cafe every Wednesday night, a unique evening of musical collaboration with special guests each week.
"Audrey Auld is a great singer songwriter. She holds a unique place in contemporary Americana/Roots music. I believe that this uniqueness is largely due to the fact that she is Australian. This affords her a totally different attitude as an artist than traditional American contributors to this genre.
Audrey is one of the most honest original artists I know."
~ Fred Eaglesmith
“I just finished listening to "Losing Faith" and it levelled me - I had to crawl to the computer to let you know how much it moved me, even after only one listen -
I'm hooked". ~ Eliza Gilkyson
“Audrey is the real deal. I call her the Australian songbird. She has that wide-open sound & it’s easy to relate to her music because she sings from the soul.”
~ Jimmy LaFave
“The beauty of Audrey's work is that she understands the power of simplicity. Whether it be in a traditional country setting or on the more edgy tracks her voice stays
honest and true." ~ Kieran Kane