Catherine Britt, a songwriter who has already packed a respected and highly acclaimed career into her first two decades as a recording artist has begun a new chapter with the release of her seventh studio album, Catherine Britt & The Cold Cold Hearts on Friday 20th July. The album features the first single and video ‘Red Dirt’ and news that the award-winning artist and her band will bring a special performance to Sawtell RSL Club on Saturday 11th August, 2018.
’Red Dirt’, opens the album on a sprightly percussive banjo note. It’s an ode to driving toward the outback skies, leaving the city in the rearview mirror. As Catherine explains, it sums up one of the core themes of the album, “A lot of the songs are about living every day like it’s your last and just enjoying it.”
The video was directed by Brock Daubert & James Fox and produced by Duncan Toombs. Shot in Silverton, many scenes were filmed in the Silverton hotel which Catherine and her husband run for a month each year and have run The Silverton Sunset Music Festival.
Catherine Britt & The Cold Cold Hearts conjures up vibrant Australian imagery, from the bush to the coal mines via the white lines of the coastal and desert open roads; the beauty and scale of the landscape juxtaposed with songs of personal challenge and the power of love and family.
The album was recorded in Catherine’s own studio, built in her backyard and dubbed the Beverley Hillbilly Studios. With engineer Jeff McCormack behind the desk, Catherine and The Cold Cold Hearts (Michael Muchow & Andy Toombs) self-produced the album with Bill Chambers guesting on all the tracks.
“I came up with this idea three years ago on our honeymoon while we were traveling in our camper in WA. I didn’t know what to do next after Boneshaker but I knew I didn’t want to do the overseas thing again and that I wanted to do something more organic and at home. I thought of building the studio and doing it ourselves. I’ve always wanted to do one of those ‘artist and a band’ projects like Ryan Adams & The Cardinals and Emmylou Harris & The Hot Band. It’s still the artist but they have this band of mates behind them. When I was writing the album I was going back to when I was a kid and rediscovering that music that I grew up on. I thought about who would get that and pull it off and these guys were perfect. When you’re making a record and going out on the road it’s really important that there’s a good vibe and you’re all on the same page.”
From Newcastle to Nashville, Catherine made the move to the home of country music at just 17 years old. It proved to be a brave decision that gave her immeasurable experience as a musician, insight into the machinations of the industry and a contract with the legendary RCA Records. Upon returning to Australia in 2009, Catherine set about recording her debut full-length album Dusty Smiles and Heartbreak Cures, the first of five consecutive albums nominated for Album Of The Year at the CMAA (Country Music Awards of Australia). The accolades didn’t stop there. Along the way she has received five Golden Guitar Awards, the CMA Global Artist Of The Year award in 2010 and six ARIA Award nominations for Best Country Album.
The critical acclaim for her albums and reputation as a performer has seen Catherine tour and perform with some of the biggest names in music, including Sir Elton John, Don McLean, Kasey Chambers, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Chris Isaak and Keith Urban.
Life has a way of throwing curveballs, both good and bad, and the last three years have seen Catherine fight and win a battle with breast cancer, marry her husband James and most recently, give birth to their first child. Out of those highs and lows comes Catherine Britt & The Cold Cold Hearts, an album that rattles and rolls with life, energy and honest, autobiographical songwriting.
Catherine Britt’s new album ‘Catherine Britt & The Cold Cold Hearts’ available from July 20th
through Lost Highway Australia/Universal Music Australia
ORDER FROM HERE: https://CatherineBritt.lnk.to/CBTCCH
APPEARING LIVE with special guest Melody Moko
Saturday August 11th, 2018
Sawtell RSL Club
Doors open 7.30pm FREE Entry – Family friendly event
38-40 First Avenue, Sawtell
Ph. 02 6653 1577