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Kerri Simpson - Fortune Favoured Me / 4AM (2012/2013)

10-12-2013, 07:02
Music | Blues | Rock

Kerri Simpson - Fortune Favoured Me / 4AM (2012/2013)

Kerri Simpson - Fortune Favoured Me / 4AM (2012/2013)

Artist: Kerri Simpson
Title Of Album: Fortune Favoured Me / 4AM
Year Of Release: 2012/2013
Label: Knocking At The Back Door/Kerri Simpson
Genre: Blues, Electric Blues
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 80:58 Min
Total Size: 197 Mb


Fortune Favoured Me (2012):
1. Fortune Favoured Me
2. One Time Around
3. Howl
4. If You Don't Know By Now
5. She Set Fire To The House
6. Cry Down
7. Insatiable
8. Mr. Wolf
9. Pirates Are A Girl's Best Friend
10. Silver's Last Stand

4am (2013):
1. 4am
2. Sam Pine
3. Twanging A New Tune
4. For The Last Time
5. Outta Sight Outta Mind
6. Come On Babe
7. All My Tomorrows
8. Keep Me Close
9. I'm Gone

Kerri Simpson falls into that ever- burgeoning category of independent musicians in Australia who have earned the respect of their peers, have kept producing excellent recordings but, through the vagaries of the modern music industry, seem unable to reach a wider audience. One of Simpson's triumphs is that after more than twenty years she is still putting out quality albums like this new one.
Simpson's previous album, Fortune Favoured Me, released in 2012, was a great collection of original songs penned by Simpson as well as in collaboration with Jeff Lang, Geoff Achison, Shannon Bourne. There were also some well-chosen covers of songs from Stephen Cummings, Charles Jenkins and Cyndi Boste (who has her own terrific new album out at the moment). It is worth searching out if you missed it at the time. Perhaps the new album, 4AM, will inspire that search, but it is very different musical beast.
4AM is pitched firmly at a blues audience, which is possibly a good thing because it should at least create a lot of interest in that community and, by rights, get Simpson booked on the bill at blues and roots festival around the country (Hint!). The album comprises nine original songs written by Simpson, who shows that she is no slouch as a writer of blues and R&B oriented material. In fact, her blues credentials are considerable and her album Confessin' The Blues was nominated for an ARIA, after which some writers dubbed her Australia's Queen of The Blues. Simpson has lived in New Orleans and remains one of the few Australians to appear at Jazz Fest. It would hardly be surprising if quite a few other acts covered the songs on 4AM. It would be even better if someone like Bonnie Raitt picked up on it, but that is wishful thinking.
4AM is the third album in Simpson's Knockin At The Backdoor series and she set about recording some retro R&B party tunes for it. Simpson says that there was little or no rehearsal for the recording, that she was writing lyrics on the spot and that the most important aspect of the project was the musical bond between herself and the players – as talented a bunch of musos that you could possibly find for this project. Simpson is joined by drummer Mark Grunden, saxophonist Dean Hilson, guitarists Dai Jones and Shannon Bourne, keyboardist Andrew Ogburn and several other guest horn players. They sound fantastic.

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