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Looking Back To See

by Bill & Audrey

Featuring classic country duets and close harmony singing Bill Chambers and Audrey Auld take their inspiration from Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris, George & Tammy, Porter & Dolly and the Louvin Brothers, then fuse these influences of their own
Genre: Country: Traditional Country
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1. Looking Back To See
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2. Sugar Daddy
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3. Kiss The Children
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4. Honky Tonk Fool
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5. Searching
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6. We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning
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7. It Was The Whiskey Talking (not Me)
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8. Road Of Regret
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9. Losing Side Of Love
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10. You Opened My Eyes
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4:30 album only
11. Honky Tonk Merry Go Round
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12. You Are My Sunshine
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13. What's In Our Hearts
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14. Meet Me Up There
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sometimes, there's a special magic that occurs between two people when they play music together; Gram and Emmylou, George and Tammy, Porter and Dolly - they all created sparks. Bill Chambers and Audrey Auld draw on the influence of those classic duos, plus that of their own history of loving, leaving, laughing and fighting to create an entertainment experience that's anything but predictable!

"Bill and I have the best time playing together," says Audrey "It's always lots of fun because we know each other so well. It's those spontaneous moments that are most magical."

It was Hank Williams who introduced Bill Chambers to Audrey Auld. Not that he'd ever know it. Hank was long gone but his Birthday Parties continue and it was at one such party in Sydney, 1996 where Bill met Audrey. In retrospect that meeting was quite significant.

These musical soul mates went on to establish their own Reckless Records label, record an award winning duet album 'Looking Back To See', revive interest in traditional country and roots music in Australia, host the weekly 'Bill & Audrey's Hillbilly Jam' for several years and inspire independent artists to follow their muse and swim against the stream.

"Bill & Audrey revive what seemed lost beyond all prayer of recovery, the art of country duets. I can't remember when I last head a really well done country duet. Can it really have been Parsons & Harris? Bill & Audrey fill this aching void with an utterly disarming simplicity and lack of self-consciousness.. As a vocalist Audrey has that spine tingling 40s/50s hillbillyette sound. They've been time warped from the golden age of country duets."
John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music 1999

"BILL & AUDREY REVIVE CLASSIC DUET SOUND DOWN UNDER"
"If you're in the mood for some serious country music, look no further than the current Australian release by Bill & Audrey. Together they create the classic country duet sound that just isn't heard anymore. The title cut and "We'll Sweep Out The Ashes" are particularly compelling." Chet Flippo, Billboard 1999

Entertaining has always been a strong suit for both Bill & Audrey. Voted Best Duo in the 1998 Victorian Country Music Awards, they were also CMAA Gold Guitar Finalists (Vocal Group/Duo) in 2000. Bill & Audrey were also Independent Entertainer of the Year finalists in the inaugural CMAA Achiever Awards 2000.


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Steve L. Butts, Country Roads

Now this CD is Country - Enjoy
Wanted to obtain this CD so that I could complete my review in Country Roads Magazine. This is a CD that everyone will want for their personal collection and I now have mine (smiling). Hoping to gather some additional details on this great duo and will return to post more on this beautiful CD and other music as it becomes available.
Regards,
Steve at Country Roads

Marcus Thell, SCC-Nytt (SCC-News) No. 1/2001

This CD is GREAT!!!
Artist: Bill & Audrey
Title: Lookin´ Back To See
Label: Reckless rec.
By: Marcus Thell
4 hats (5 hats is the best you can get!)

This is Audrey Auld´s first release that was released in 1998. (I´ve previously review her latest CD in a previous issue of SCC-Nytt.) This is good traditional country. Bill Chambers is the father of Aussie singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers. He sings very good and he sometimes sings very like Gram Parsons. This is mostly shown on the song Kiss The Children, that Gram recorded in 1973. One of this CD´s best songs. The CD has 14 songs, where half are covers and half are written by them. The best songs are ”Losing Side Of Love”, “What`s In Our Hearts”, “We`ll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning” and “Searching”. The last song “Meet Me Up There” makes me think of Mother Maybelle & The Carter Family with its` autoharp, harmony and guitarpickin´. This CD is recorded in Australia with Australian musicians that are very talented. I know there are people out there that only buy countrymusic from American or Canadian singers. But do buy Audrey Auld –this is actually one of 1998`s best records!

Al Paschall

You like pre-Nashville sound? You'll love this!
Bill and Audrey have definitely not gotten above their raising. Just about every song on this cd would have been to played to death on every jukebox in every honky-tonk south of the Mason-Dixon. One of the best traditional country cd's I've heard in years.

Billboard, Chet Flippo

they create the classic country duet sound that isn't heard anymore
If you're in the mood for some serious country music, look no further than the current Australian release "Looking Back To See" by Bill & Audrey on Reckless Records.... Together, they create the classic country duet sound that just isn't heard anymore. The title cut and "We'll Sweep OutThe Ashes In The Morning" are especially compelling."

The Journel of Country Music, USA

quietly startling harmony work
No hesitant irony infects this recreation of a 1950s-era barroom jukebox. Audrey's mournfully beautiful voice joins with Bill's plainer one in some quietly startling harmony work, and the man who doesn't cry when they sing Rik Grech's "Kiss the Children" is cut off.

John Conquest

time warped from the golden age of country duets
Jim Ed Brown & Helen Cornelius' title track can be taken as a mission statement for these Australians who, almost miraculously, revive what seemed lost beyond all prayer of recovery, the art of country duets. I've heard a lot of good lead and a lot of good harmony, but though I could reel off a long list of male and female singers, names you'd recognise, whom I've heard making a miserable mess of it, I can't remember when I last heard a really well done country duet. Can it really have been Parsons & Harris? Bill & Audrey fill this aching void with a very nifty mix, aclassic, Carl & Pearl Butler's "We'll Sweep Out the Ashes in the Morning", well thought out duet adaptations ... and seven originals, notably 'Road of Regret' and 'Losing Side of Love', which stand up very well in this company. As a vocalist, Audrey really has that spinetingling 40s/50s hillbillyette sound... Bill & Audrey looked back and saw something they could do that nobody else was doing, and they do it with an utterly disarming simplicity and lack of selfconsciousness. In short, they sound like they've been time warpedfrom the golden age of country duets."

Blue Suede News, USA

this is fine old-time country music
Well this is interesting - a country duo from Australia! ...this is fine old-time country music, the kind that always had a steel guitar. An excellent CD, as much for originals like "You Opened My Eyes" (a fine slow tune), as for the cool covers.

Country Standard Time, USA

would make Porter and Dolly or George and Tammy proud
Where do you go for real country music these days? Would you believe Down Under? This debut release from Australian duo Bill & Audrey is a collection of classic country duets that would make Porter and Dolly or George and Tammy proud. With Nashville having turned it's back on the music and artists of the past, Bill & Audrey prove that real country music still transcends time and geographical boundaries.

Country Music People

an act of reverence towards a sound that has long disappeared from the American
What a nice surprise. An album of duets exactly as they used to be made back in the '50s, an act of reverence towards a sound that has long disappeared from the American airwaves. Ironic that it should come from an Australian outfit... [Bill Chambers] laidback burry voice is ably suited to this selection of solid country songs,delivered with the gentleness and simplicity of yesteryear. Moreover... he's a fine composer of honky tonk tunes, exemplified here by the lighthearted 'Sugar Daddy' and 'Honky Tonk Fool', both of which he co-wrote with duet partner, Audrey Auld....Audrey, whose vocals are stark hillbilly, fit the retro feel perfectly, as on Kitty Wells 'Searching' and the Carl Butler & Pearl goodie, 'We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning"..... This is an album of solid honky tonk delivered with an honesty that would scare certain American acts jumping on the retro bandwagon.

Salle Senior

This is a wonderful album.
This old songs, sang in the old way, is the music I love.
Bill & Audrey know how to do it. A must for all country music lovers.