Texas

Texas

by Audrey Auld MezeraAudrey Auld Mezera

CD

$16.99

Overview

Since making her last album (2003's Losing Faith), Audrey Auld left her native Australia for America, got married, and took on her husband's surname, Mezera. What hasn't changed is her ability to create deeply felt country music. On Texas, she concentrates on songs about people she loves, admires, or has been strongly affected by. There are several odes to musicians she respects: Woody Guthrie, Billy Joe Shaver, the late great Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard, and the popular Australian country group Dead Ringer Band. While these tunes frequently make references to their subjects' work -- "Woody"'s chorus starts "This machine heals wounds/This machine ends wars" -- Auld Mezera does a remarkable job of balancing the biographical material with a poetic lyricism. Similarly, "My Father" (a thank-you tune to her dad), "Love You Like the Earth," and the pointedly titled "Missing Mez" (her love songs to her husband) easily could have been cloying numbers. However, her straightforward, sincere expressions of love make them quite touching tunes. Likewise, the twangy ballad "Hole in My Life" stands out as a truly moving elegy to a dead lover. Death also looms large over "Karla Faye," Auld Mezera's solo cover. The haunting Mary Gauthier-penned tune takes an empathetic look at condemned killer Karla Faye Tucker, who also has been the subject of a play written by country music maverick Steve Earle. Not every song, however, is a letter to a particular person. "Ball and Chain" and "One Eye" are rocking country blues tunes that show off her grittier side, as well as her affection for Hank Williams' music. Auld Mezera's earthy vocals thoroughly convey the sense of loss and love that her songs address. Her husky Australian twang slightly resembles Kasey Chambers, whose dad, Bill, is Auld Mezera's frequently and longtime musical collaborator. Also appearing here are a number of talented Texas musicians -- fiddler/singer Carrie Rodriguez, multi-instrumentalist and co-producer Gabe Rhodes, fiddler Darcie Deaville, and singer Kimmie Rhodes -- which is only appropriate for an album entitled Texas (the state where this disc was recorded). Auld Mezera has fashioned a highly personal album that looks both inward and outward, and in doing so she has succeeded in creating music that is both intimate and universal.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2005
Label: Reckless Records
UPC: 0678277102026
catalogNumber: 7

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Audrey Auld Mezera   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Kimmie Rhodes   Background Vocals,Harmony
Darcie Deaville   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Wally Doggett   Percussion
Gabe Rhodes   Piano,Harmonium
Bill Chambers   Dobro,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Carrie Rodriguez   Fiddle,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Will Landin   Bass

Technical Credits

Gary Martin   Cover Painting
Kimmie Rhodes   Producer
Darcie Deaville   Producer
Wally Doggett   Producer
Gabe Rhodes   Audio Production
Bill Chambers   Producer
Mary Gauthier   Composer
Crit Harmon   Composer
Carrie Rodriguez   Producer
Will Landin   Producer
Audrey Auld Mezera   Audio Production
Pete Lacker   Cover Photo

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