In 1996, I bought an album called December Moon. It remains one of my favourites. I am just a year older than her brother Lee, (you may have heard of him) but I related most to Tania’s music. My connection with the Kernaghan clan went back a bit further, as I was raised in Tamworth. My Dad was a big fan of her Dad, Ray. Dad still has a Ray album with Ray standing in front of a big truck. (Vinyl of course).
My Dad has a soft spot for Fiona Kernaghan. Then of course, there is Greg. When it comes to the Kernaghans, it is a family business. Families who follow them will all have their favourites. Mine is Tania. The title of this album is appropriate. Tania has never sounded or appeared to be anything but Australian. There is no mistaking it and we are grateful for that.
I was really looking forward to this album. It has been far too long between albums.
Tania is very natural. She sings her songs without any effort, it all sounds like the songs are always part of her and she is part of the songs. There is no question that she is singing country music, it is as country as a dirt road and she is as Australian as a meat pie and sauce.
Sadly, being itunes, I don’t have the credits, but I heard that Stuie French produced it and that is clear on some of the songs, they have his touch.
The Songs are very Australian. They paint a picture of what life is like in a land down under…..particularly in the country areas.
That’s a Tradie: A fun salute to our tradies, a rare tribute to our working class men with tools in hand. This was released as a single. It has a Doug Bruce vibe about it with the melody. One to get out on the dance floor to.
Onto Something: A song about the simple things that you take for granted.
Happily Ever After: Definitely with the Stuie French touch, a little bit of Texas Swing, via Kickatinalong. Can only be an Aussie song with lyrics like: “a diamond ring and a coldie”.
All Australian Girl: An all Australian girl singing a song about an all Australian Girl…..girls, actually. If That’s a Tradie is a salute to our tradesmen, then this is a salute to all of the different types of Aussie girls who make up 50% of the population in this lucky country. I can hear this being played and sung along to at many gigs.
End of a Drought: My favourite song on the album. I heard this the other night and immediately loved it. This song is going to get a lot of spins from me. A familiar story, a beautiful song.
Kimberly Moon: The James Blundell song which is as Australian as you can get in lyrical content and it has the gentle Stuie French touch. Tania sings a song with James on his new album and it is a ripper. This cover fits in well with this album.
Homestead of my dreams: Tania’s songs often have an old fashion touch. This old Smoky Dawson song is a song which is given a slightly new fashion touch. You get the feeling sometimes that Tania was born too late, that she could have fitted in beautifully in the olden days. Hey, aren’t we glad that she was born in these days, though. This is just lovely.
Love’s gonna find you: Up on the dance floor! An uptempo number.
Little Cabin – One of my favourites on the album. Some beaut guitar and fiddle and a nice and easy, relaxing tune. Tan describes my perfect house.
Light in the Window – What Tan does best. A gentle, sweet song which showcases Tania’s vocals.
This album is one of life’s simple joys. It is not over complicated, the music is easy to sway to or to dance to or to just hum along to. Tania’s voice is as good as ever, her songs are easy to relate to and understand.
If you are not an Aussie, you may not get some of the nuances, just google them and you will understand pretty quickly. Beautifully produced, lovingly presented and sure to figure in the 2018 Golden Guitars.