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. 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.
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.
…and Dog River ?
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.
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.
released February 5, 2016
Recorded at Studio H20, Mobile Al
overdubs at Powerline Studio, Mobile Al & Lovestreet Studio Currumbin, QLD
Produced By Rick Hirsch and Hussy Hicks
all rights reserved