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All Music Guide - Michael Berick
Since making her last album 2003's Losing Faith, Audrey Auld left her native Australia for America, got married, and took on her husband's surname, Mezera. What hasn't changed is her ability to create deeply felt country music. On Texas, she concentrates on songs about people she loves, admires, or has been strongly affected by. There are several odes to musicians she respects: Woody Guthrie, Billy Joe Shaver, the late great Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard, and the popular Australian country group Dead Ringer Band. While these tunes frequently make references to their subjects' work -- "Woody"'s chorus starts "This machine heals wounds/This machine ends wars" -- Auld ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael Berick
Since making her last album 2003's Losing Faith, Audrey Auld left her native Australia for America, got married, and took on her husband's surname, Mezera. What hasn't changed is her ability to create deeply felt country music. On Texas, she concentrates on songs about people she loves, admires, or has been strongly affected by. There are several odes to musicians she respects: Woody Guthrie, Billy Joe Shaver, the late great Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard, and the popular Australian country group Dead Ringer Band. While these tunes frequently make references to their subjects' work -- "Woody"'s chorus starts "This machine heals wounds/This machine ends wars" -- Auld Mezera does a remarkable job of balancing the biographical material with a poetic lyricism. Similarly, "My Father" a thank-you tune to her dad, "Love You Like the Earth," and the pointedly titled "Missing Mez" her love songs to her husband easily could have been cloying numbers. However, her straightforward, sincere expressions of love make them quite touching tunes. Likewise, the twangy ballad "Hole in My Life" stands out as a truly moving elegy to a dead lover. Death also looms large over "Karla Faye," Auld Mezera's solo cover. The haunting Mary Gauthier-penned tune takes an empathetic look at condemned killer Karla Faye Tucker, who also has been the subject of a play written by country music maverick Steve Earle. Not every song, however, is a letter to a particular person. "Ball and Chain" and "One Eye" are rocking country blues tunes that show off her grittier side, as well as her affection for Hank Williams' music. Auld Mezera's earthy vocals thoroughly convey the sense of loss and love that her songs address. Her husky Australian twang slightly resembles Kasey Chambers, whose dad, Bill, is Auld Mezera's frequently and longtime musical collaborator. Also appearing here are a number of talented Texas musicians -- fiddler/singer Carrie Rodriguez, multi-instrumentalist and co-producer Gabe Rhodes, fiddler Darcie Deaville, and singer Kimmie Rhodes -- which is only appropriate for an album entitled Texas the state where this disc was recorded. Auld Mezera has fashioned a highly personal album that looks both inward and outward, and in doing so she has succeeded in creating music that is both intimate and universal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2005
  • Label: Reckless Records
  • UPC: 678277102026
  • Catalog Number: 7
  • Sales rank: 336,223

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love You Like the Earth - Audrey Auld (3:07)
  2. 2 Karla Faye (4:52)
  3. 3 My Father - Audrey Auld (3:48)
  4. 4 Song for Harlan - Audrey Auld (3:13)
  5. 5 Ball & Chain - Audrey Auld (2:39)
  6. 6 Hole in My Life - Audrey Auld (4:22)
  7. 7 Woody - Audrey Auld (3:01)
  8. 8 Missin Mez - Audrey Auld (3:40)
  9. 9 Billy Joe - Audrey Auld (4:30)
  10. 10 Shine - Audrey Auld (2:52)
  11. 11 One Eye - Audrey Auld (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Audrey Auld Mezera Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Audrey Auld Indexed Contributor
Kimmie Rhodes Background Vocals, Harmony
Darcie Deaville Fiddle, Background Vocals
Wally Doggett Percussion
Gabe Rhodes Piano, Harmonium
Bill Chambers Dobro, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Carrie Rodriguez Fiddle, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Will Landin Bass
Technical Credits
Gary Martin Cover Painting
Kimmie Rhodes Producer
Darcie Deaville Producer
Wally Doggett Producer
Gabe Rhodes Audio Production
Bill Chambers Producer
Mary Gauthier Composer
Crit Harmon Composer
Carrie Rodriguez Producer
Will Landin Producer
Audrey Auld Mezera Audio Production
Pete Lacker Cover Photo
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