Totally Biased Fan Review: Walk in Circles – Sandra Humphries

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The wait between Sandra Humphries’ records is often way too long – sheer torture –  but they are always worth the wait. This gem is a mixture between some classics and Sandra Humphries’ (and offspring’s) originals.

With a band that boasts some of Australia’s best and backing vocals by one of the best singers in the world (in my opinion) in Camille, plus maestro Stuie French at the helm, how can you go wrong?

If you ask any true country fan or country musician in Australia to name their top five female singers in Australian Country Music, Sandra would appear every time, often as number one. In fact, I did that survey at Tamworth and Mildura.

She can sell a song like very few others can.  Stuie is the perfect captain for this ship. He knows how to get the best out of traditional style country music and how to put a bit of a twist on it so that it sounds fresh.

If you have never seen Sandra LIVE, then do yourself a favour. She makes you laugh, cry and feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Like Beccy Cole and Amber Lawrence and Marie Hodson, she leaves you wanting even more and she just makes you feel good.

This album is the same. It will be on high rotation. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

 

Songs:

Walk in Circles (Matthew Pratt) – This song is written by Sandra’s son. He goes alright as a guitarist too, saw him around the traps in Tamworth. A “miss you song”. It sounds light and breezy but it has a sad kind of feeling to it too. Sandra often sings songs that operate on two levels.

Bluer than that (Irene Kelly and Mark Irwin) – Absolute classic and Sandra knows how to sing an absolute classic better than anybody else that I know.

I learned that from you (Tony Lane and Jess Brown) – How can you go passed a Sara Evans song.  It has always been one of my favourites and Sandra delivers it perfectly.

Drink things over (Sandra Humphries and Bill Chambers) – Who better to write a drinking song with in Australia (other than Allan Caswell) than Bill Chambers? A new song with an old feel.  I bet Stuie had fun with this one.

Hello Darlin’ (Conway Twitty) – Another classic. I could listen to Sandra sing all day. Well I have listened to this album 5 times already. Michel is at his best on this…..what a legend he is.

Misery and Pain (Sandra Humphries) – Duet with Daniel Thompson – What a great pairing. Dan is best known for his Johnny Cash shows and as part of the four male vocalists at West Tamworth Leagues Legends Long Lunch. Great song sung by two of the best.

Still going strong (Sandra Humphries) – Probably my favourite song on the album. I am glad that it was one that Sandra wrote. Her voice is as sweet as honey on this one and the musicianship on this one is top notch. Beautiful.

Without you (Vince Gill) – A more up tempo Vince Gill song. How can you go wrong with a Vince Gill song? I would love to hear these two sing together…..like Camille did. How good would that be?

A soft place to fall ( Allison Moorer/Owil Owen) – In my top 10 favourite country music songs of all time. I love Allison’s album that this is off too. I always think of Robert Redford when I hear this song and that sexy scene dancing with Kristin Scott Thomas in The Horse Whisperer…..not such a bad thought…..Sandra nails it.

Somewhere tonight ( Howard Crowell)- I think that this is a Highway 101 song, but never sung quite like this. Lordy, this girl can sing….but we all knew that.

Where my heart used to be (Sandra Humphries) – Tossing up whether this is my second fave or my first. Love it. A heartbreaker song that Sandra does so well.

Two more bottles of wine (Delbert McClinton) – Absolute classic song that a lot of people sing, it is a ripper and a great way to finish an album.

 

Musos:

Bass: Ian Lees

Drums and Percussion: Brad Bergen

Pedal Steel Guitar – Michel Rose

Acoustic Guitar, Banjo and Papoose – Rod McCormack

Fiddle, Mandolin and Banjo – Tim Crouch

Piano, Organ and Accordion – Jeff Taylor

Electric and Acoustic Guitar and Dobro – Stuie French

Backing Vocals – Camille Te Nahu and Stuie French

Recorded and Mixed at Swingin’ Doors studio

Produced and Engineered by Stuie French

 

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