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 for the past eight years. Audrey calls it “Music with the dirt left on.”
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.
Auld’s debut CD was released in 1999 to award winning acclaim in Australia. Looking Back to See, which is a duet album with singer songwriter and guitar great Bill Chambers (Dead Ringer Band, Kasey Chambers), laid a foundation for Auld’s next seven releases including The Fallen in 2000 which was nominated 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 a 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 best writing to date 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 America, she delights audiences with folk songs from her homeland, and fans requested that she record some of 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, plus one beautiful new track written by Audrey.
In 2010 Audrey released a songbook Write Out Loud, being a collection of lyrics and guitar chords of her recorded works.
2011 sees the release of Come Find Me, produced by Mark Hallman of Congress House Studios in Austin. This fan-funded project is her best work and earned a five-star review in the prestigious Country Music People magazine, UK.
Audrey lives in East Nashville with her husband, dogs, chickens and frogs – writing songs and touring.
photo by: Joseph Anthony Baker