Hussy Hicks release Lucky Joe’s Wine (and other tales from Dog River) on Febuary 13th, and announce tour dates to promote the album.
When you think of the USA’s Deep South, you think of bluegrass and country, rhythm and blues. When you think of the Gold Coast it’s all about the surf. Hussy Hicks have taken the best of both and brought them to life with their new album.
Hussy Hicks have a strong connection to Alabama, drawn there regularly in the past ten years to perform, record and revitalise between tours of Europe, USA and Australia. [pullquote]“Hussy Hicks Rock!” – Michael Franti [/pullquote] So it’s no surprise that release was recorded deep in the heart of Dixie.
The band had spent a few weeks at the magical Muscle Shoals Sound Studios recording ‘Raise the Dead’ by Kristy Lee and were keen to get back to Alabama to cut some Hussy Hicks tracks. Hall of Fame legend Rick Hirsch (Wet Willy, Cher, Greg Allman, Joan Armatrading) played host to the Hussy Hicks in his Alabama studio, where they gathered a few musician friends to collaborate on a seven-track mini album.
[pullquote]“A not to be missed act that are ready for the world” – Peter Noble (Bluesfest)[/pullquote]
The album’s title track was inspired by the duo’s European touring schedule. After regular appearances at Sarzana Austic Guitar festival the girls became involved in a music loving association near Rome. The directors of the organisation are keen guitar players and after concerts everyone would often end up at Guiseppe Fortunato’s (Lucky Joe) house jammin’ on guitars, eating amazing food and drinking his home made wine. Julz had been working on an instrumental for a while and figured that if they could convey the feeling you get jamming after cracking open the latest vintage then you couldn’t go wrong – Lucky Joe’s Wine was named.[pullquote]“Hussy Hicks have a sound all of their own… endlessly interesting and optimistic yet heartbreakingly honest and raw… and the music has a real capacity to connect with something universal in each of us.” – Susan Jarvis, Capital News [/pullquote]
Rick’s studio sits right on a bend on Mobile’s Dog River. The location: Spanish Moss dripping out of the Magnolia trees and fish literally jumping, delivered a more alternative country feel to the album.‘Lucky Joe’s Wine and Other Tales From Dog River’ is a completely new direction for the Australian-based duo, seeing an evolution of sound from NCEIA Album of the Year ‘The London Sessions’ to a more alt country, southern feel. [pullquote]…what real world music is all about: sweat, beat, tapping feet, feel, passion…” – Andrea Ballarin, Manne Italy[/pullquote] The country focus will be no surprise to Hussy Hicks’ long-time fans. Leesa Gentz grew up in the Australian country scene, signing to ABC records at just 16 years old. As always, the Hussies’ music is a melting pot of influences and on this track you hear not just Leesa’s country roots but also a pull towards the surf instrumental vibes from Julz’s time with the Phil Emmanuel band.
Naturally the girls are touring to support the record, culminating in two much coveted spots at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest.
Feb 6 – Riverside Bar Marrochydore – Qld
Feb 7 – Taps The Valley – QLD
Feb 12 – Beaches Thirroul – NSW
Feb 13 – Lazybones Marrickville – NSW
Feb 14 – Meatstock Festival Sydney Early – 6pm- NSW
Feb 14 Brass Monkey Cronulla Late – 9pm NSW
Feb 19 – Seaview Hotel Woolgoolga – NSW
March 3 – Setters Tavern WA
March 4,5,6 Nannup Festival WA
March 9, Redcliff on the Murray WA
March 10 – Mojo’s Fremantle WA
March 11 – Indi Bar Scarborough WA
March 12 – Sing for the South West Old Coast Road Brewery WA
March 13 – Clancy’s Dunsborough WA
March 15 – Perth Blues Club WA
March 16 – Redcliff on the Murray WA
March 19 – Nukara Festival WA
March 25 – Bluesfest Byron Bay NSW
March 27 – Bluesfest Byron Bay NSW