Blue Sky Thinkin' by Anne McCue on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Fans likely never knew the extent of Anne McCue’s interest in music from the pre–rock ’n’ roll eras. Old blues, sure, but swing and jazz at the Django Reinhardt/Billie Holiday/Cole Porter level? Yet, the Australian-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter has written and performed a modern album that takes us back to the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ’40s in full style. Dave Alvin joins her for a duet on “Devil in the Middle,” cowritten with David Olney and John Hadley, and “Little White Cat” gives a Cab Calloway–like reply to Howlin’ Wolf’s “Black Cat Blues.” It’s a set loaded with stunners.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fans likely never knew the extent of Anne McCue’s interest in music from the pre–rock ’n’ roll eras. Old blues, sure, but swing and jazz at the Django Reinhardt/Billie Holiday/Cole Porter level? Yet, the Australian-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter has written and performed a modern album that takes us back to the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ’40s in full style. Dave Alvin joins her for a duet on “Devil in the Middle,” cowritten with David Olney and John Hadley, and “Little White Cat” gives a Cab Calloway–like reply to Howlin’ Wolf’s “Black Cat Blues.” It’s a set loaded with stunners.

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About Anne McCue

Born in Sydney, Australia into a family of singers, Anne McCue's fate was sealed from the word "go." Despite everything from the Beatles to Nat King Cole filling the air of her childhood, McCue attended the University of Technology in Sydney, earning a degree in film production and studies. With diploma in hand, she began freelancing as a theater and film reviewer for local newspapers. A move to Melbourne launched her musical career as she joined the hard rock band Girl Monstar. They topped Australia's indie charts and were nominated for two ARIAs (the Grammy equivalent). Four years later, McCue departed the band to focus on her own work. To up the ante, she accepted an offer to play in Vietnam for three months. Those months became 12 with performances almost every night. Once home in Melbourne, McCue finished recording her first solo project, a six-song disc titled Laughing. Australian alternative radio embraced her work, helping the single "Always" receive widespread airplay and a slot in the independent film This Space Between Us. McCue decided to join another band in 1997, Eden a.k.a., only to find herself touring the U.S. and Canada as part of Lilith Fair for two years in a row before signing a deal with Columbia Records.

The turn of the century saw McCue's exit from Eden a.k.a. and the relaunching of her solo career. She was quickly snapped up by Relentless Records and dove into the making of Amazing Ordinary Things. With material drawn from Laughing alongside newer compositions, McCue guided her artistic vision into reality with a little help from Larry Klein where necessary. The disc was released in Canada and the U.S. in early 2001. In addition to performing all over the world, standing next to the likes of Emmylou Harris, Joan Armatrading, and more, the tune "More Than This" was featured on Dawson's Creek, garnering some great exposure for McCue. She followed up Things with the 2004 release of Roll, which was received with widespread praise. She toured the follow-up, Koala Motel, around the world, and also moved to Nashville. East of Electric, release in 2008, found McCue herself in the production chair at her own studio, Flying Machine. (She later produced records by Tracey Bunn and Denise DeSimone.) Broken Promise Land appeared in 2010, followed one year later by the concert DVD Live in Nashville. McCue also founded a band, Yeah No Yeah, with Simon Kerr. ~ Kelly McCartney

  • ORIGIN
    Campbelltown, Sydney, New South W

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