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"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
"Anne McCue has reached the next level with this new album. Once the record is released I expect to hear these songs on NPR or when I walk into a movie theater. As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't get any better than this." Bob Saporiti - Senior VP /General Manager, Warner Bros. Records (retired)
"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
“I’ve known Anne for some time and I’ve always admired her work, but when she played me this new record I was pleasantly floored with the left-turn direction and chances that she and her co-producer Dusty Wakeman took. I feel that more artists need to challenge themselves and move beyond their comfort zone and Anne certainly raised the bar on that and created a beautiful body of work on this new record that will certainly turn some heads. I truly believe that she’s written a bonafide collection of new standards for a generation that hungers for the good stuff.” Eddie Gomez
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!"
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 and Nashville. Ray Kennedy has mastered the album.
The album reunites the band from her critically acclaimed 'Roll' album and allows Anne to explore some of her favourite influences including Django Reinhardt, Billie Holiday, Charlie Christian, Peggy Lee, Mississippi John Hurt, Memphis Minnie, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter. Anne has co-written songs for the album with David Olney, John Hadley and Brent Moyer. Dave Alvin is guest vocalist on 'Devil In The Middle'.
Nashville’s Jim Hoke takes charge with the clarinet and leads the horn sections of trumpet and trombone. Deanie Richardson (The Chieftans, Patty Loveless) plays Stefan Grappelli to Anne’s Django Reinhardt. Randy Leago (Shelby Lynne) wields the baritone sax.
The result is one fantastic and fun ride.
Born in Sydney and raised just southwest in Campbelltown, McCue has toured the world playing her music in Concert Halls, pubs and festivals. 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, Emma Swift & Stevens/Layne and hosts the radio show 'Songs On The Wire' on East Nashville Radio.