In life you meet your heroes and your friends. Sally-Anne Whitten is both to me. Not just because of her awesome musical talent and her unbelievably wonderful delivery on stage when she entertains you, but the way that she makes you feel as a fan and a friend and what she does for others. Sal and I have a fair bit in common – obviously not the musical talent and the unbelievably wonderful delivery on stage…..but our lives have similar people in them, historically and currently and we are both Tamworth girls.
Sally-Anne Whitten loves music and loves life. This comes through in her songs. There is passion and compassion there in every line and every note. We love a lot of the same music – Mr Crowell, The Eagles, Gram Parsons, Bonnie Raitt, John Hiatt, etc. I dream of Memphis, I reckon that she is from Memphis in another life. We both have a lot of the same thoughts and values and opinions. I guess that is why I relate to her music, her messages and her big heart.
We talk often of the country music family. There are things that Sal has done for me that make her part of my family. She will never know just how much I am grateful to her for her support and her friendship. Her music speaks volumes but there are other things that make her just an amazing human being. In the end, I am just a fan who happens to love writing about musicians and music.
This album is long awaited, not just by me but by lots of fans. I believe that her launch in Tamworth was pretty much a full house and I haven’t heard a bad word about the album or the gig. Everyone has been bubbling over with enthusiasm.
Sal often describes her music as funktry or funky country. It is bluesy, soulful and just bloody good music.
It would be remiss of me not to mention Alwyn Aurisch. As you look at the credits (and please do), you will notice that he has a wee bit to do with this album. He is a bloody legend and a good bloke. He is also one of the most underrated musos in this country in any genre.
It took a while to get into my hands, but now it is here, I am only letting this cd go to be played on my stereo. It is not leaving my vicinity.
Watch it Burn: (S. Whitten/A. Aurisch)
Bonnie Raitt is channelled in this funky/bluesy number with a backbeat that you can’t lose!
Great harp from Matt O’Leary! Guitars are on fire and the drums are crashing – headed up by Ms Sally at her bluesy best.
Split Decision (A.Anderson/G Nicholson) with Mick Pealing – Lordy, Sal! Mick Legend Pealing! Love the raunchy keys and the verbal gymnastics by Sal. Hells’ Bells!
Tennessee Lullaby (S Whitten/R.Moody) with Allison Forbes and Rae Moody. It really doesn’t get much better than this – three Tamworth Sisters singing beautifully together and alone – sensational song, gals!
Southern Nights (A Toussaint) – A Salute to two of the greats (intentional or unintentional) to Messrs Toussaint and Campbell and to two great places (intentional or unintentional) in the deep South of the U.S. of A and our own Great Southern Land of Australia.
Take My Love (Little Willie John) – A raunchy, trad. bluesy, funky number with rollicking guitars.
The Life You Left Behind (S. Whitten) – one of the most beautiful and heart wrenching songs released in the last few years. A very personal song for Sal and all whom it touches.
Save Yourself (S Whitten) – Bonnie is back in the back pocket. Groovy keys and Sal at full throttle – a chunk of burning funk (to sort of quote James Taylor!)
You can’t hide from a broken heart (S. Whitten/A Forbes) with Allison Forbes The magic touch that always goes hand in hand when these two write together – lighting up my stereo and a stage when these two extraordinary women decide to put pen to paper and words to music. My favourite track on the album by a nose.
Good Day in Hell (D. Henley/G Frey) with Jimmy Craz. Two of Sal’s heroes, two awesome Eagles, Mr Henley and Mr Frey penned this apt finish to the album.
Musos: Guitars: Alwyn Aurisch and Jimmy Craz on the last track
Bass: Trevor Stacey, Peter Moloney and Alwyn Aurisch
Drums: Dave “Stix” Adams, Doug Bligh
Keys: Paul Gibbs
Ganjo and Mando and Dobro: Alwyn Aurisch
Recorded and produced by Alwyn Aurisch
Mastered by Michael Macken