A stunning Australian “Bluegrass & Acoustic” album which will absolutely delight listeners and expand Karen’s fan base enormously. From the gentleness and acoustic sweetness of the opening ballad “We Should Only Have Time for Love”, to the power and strength of the opposing uptempo traditional bluegrass tracks such as “Jealous”, to the traditional acoustic and almost folky feel of Phil Ochs “Changes”, you know that this album is very different and there is something very special happening here. Produced jointly by Rod McCormack & Herm Kovac, it is a much more contemporary bluegrass album than her previous straight traditional bluegrass album “Blue Mountain Rain”. This project ventures much deeper into the realms of the sound we expect and love from the more contemporary bluegrass artists – such as Alison Krauss, who have constantly pushed the boundaries of traditional bluegrass in recent years.
There are 13 tracks and a bonus track, comprising a good balance of tempos from sweet acoustic ballads to strong uptempo traditional bluegrass songs and as usual, it contains a couple of songs from Karen’s own hand. Both originals are co-writes, this time with previous collaborator Heather Field and also with Richard Porteous. It is beautifully packaged and combines exceptional production along with Australia’s ‘A Team’ of Bluegrass pickers – Ian Simpson (banjo), Mick Albeck (Fiddle), James Gillard (Double Bass), Trev Warner (Mandolin) and Rod McCormack (Guitar) and it is also the first ever collaborative project from two of Australia’s best producers – Rod McCormack & Herm Kovac. Jointly Produced By Rod McCormack & Herm Kovac
Engineered By Herm Kovac & Rod McCormack Recorded & Mixed at Music Cellar, Erina Valley – Overdubs recorded at Ramrod Studios, Belrose Mastered at Music Cellar Studios by Jeff McCormack Musicians – Ian Simpson, Rod McCormack, James Gillard, Mick Albeck, Trev warner & Michel Rose Photography & design by Glen Hannah at Goonga Design