Blue Wednesday: Anne McCue Band
February 10, 2016 · 8pm/NO Cover
Rising star Anne McCue blew the crowd away the last time she played here. She’s back by popular demand, so don’t miss her this time!
Bluesy songstress and multi-instrumentalist Anne McCue has just recorded her 6th studio album – Blue Sky Thinkin’ – with co-producer Dusty Wakeman (Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam) in Los Angeles. The album has been mastered by Ray Kennedy in Nashville. The album reunites the band from her critically acclaimed ‘Roll’ album and allows Anne to explore some of her favourite influences, including Billy Holiday, Charlie Christian, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King, Nick Drake, Astor Piazzola, Peggy Lee, Bessie Smith…
“I’ve been a fan of guitarist/singer/songwriter Annie McCue for many years so I’m very honored and happy about singing with her on a damn fine song for her upcoming album. She wrote the song with John Hadley and the brilliant David Olney. You can’t go wrong with such talent.” Dave Alvin
“I had done some gigs with Annie McCue out in California and thought that besides her phenomenal playing and great songs she had a unique presence. She has an angelic quality to her but also a Charlie Chaplin-esque vibe. Fearless and tender and alluring.” David Olney
Alternative Country icon Lucinda Williams has said of McCue: “Initially, her stunning voice hooked me in. Then I got inside the songs. The first chance I got, I went to see her perform . . . I was floored!”
Born in Sydney and raised just southwest in Campbelltown, McCue has toured the world playing her music in Concert Halls, pubs and festivals, living for a year in Vietnam. She has most recently been based in East Nashville, a thriving songwriting community on the Cumberland River’s left bank.
Her love of music forged in Sydney, Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City, McCue landed in America and performed on the Lilith Fair tour. After setting up shop in Los Angeles, she became a vital part of the city’s roots music scene and has since recorded 5 acclaimed studio albums and a DVD ‘Live In Nashville.’
Her music is included in Time Life’s ‘4 Decades Of Folk Rock’ alongside Bob Dylan, The Byrds, etc. and in Starbucks Artist Choice alongside Leonard Cohen, John Coltraine etc.
McCue has also produced other artists including Audrey Auld, Tracey Bunn and currently, Emma Swift and Anne is a talented sound recordist.
Expect great guitar work, compelling songs, and an eclectic set list.
“Listeners will delight in her slide guitar prowess, as well as her pointed and powerful lyrics.” — Seattle Post Intelligencer
“Anne McCue is the virtual definition of “triple threat.” A potent singer, thoughtful songwriter and tough guitarist, she completely comes into her own on this new project.” — Billboard
“The Australian earns accolades with an album of songs that stretch from urgent to world-weary with bracing bluntness.” — Philadelphia Inquirer
“My new favorite artist and an amazing guitarist” — Lucinda Williams
“She used every guitar in the battery she brought on stage, from the National steel to the Danelectro 12-string to the lap steel, and each allowed her the freedom to explore a different type of roots music, including swampy Creedence stomp, ethereal blues, and countrified jangle. These days, there are very few women working the same territory as McCue who can combine tough and vulnerable. That she does it with poise and a self-deprecating sense of humor makes her an artist worth seeing again.” —Jim Caligiuri, Austin Chronicle