From a mecca, to the muster

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NASHVILLE is a tough town to crack, brim­ming with mu­si­cians on drugs or in ther­apy, says Aus­tralian two-time Golden Gui­tar win­ner Dianna Cor­co­ran. But she is mak­ing a go of it and re­turn­ing home to re­lease her new al­bum. Cor­co­ran moved to the coun­try mu­sic mecca about 18 months ago, want­ing to write and pro­duce her new al­bum Love & Ther­apy with the best in the busi­ness. ‘‘It’s an in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult town to break into be­cause it’s quite a nar­row-minded town ac­tu­ally,’’ she says from Nashville. ‘‘It’s one of those things where you have got to earn your keep and earn your way into the busi­ness. But for the short time I have been here I have been mak­ing some re­mark­able move­ment.’’ A per­sonal story in­spired each song on the al­bum, which has a dis­tinct pop flavour de­spite be­ing a coun­try mu­sic record. Cor­co­ran says Ther­apy is about the mu­sic in­dus­try and liv­ing in Nashville. ‘‘Ev­ery­body is on some kind of drug or they’re in ther­apy or what­ever the case may be and I know I’m not sup­posed to say that, but it’s true,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s a bit of a cir­cus and I think that’s where that song came from.’’ God Did Good was in­spired by Cor­co­ran’s Ger­man fi­ance, Ben Bailer, and some of his clumsy English when the cou­ple first met. The pair’s ro­mance prompted Blame Carolina, which the singer says should have been ti­tled Blame Thai­land. Af­ter Skype­ing, Cor­co­ran and Bailer de­cided to meet in Thai­land and ended up stay­ing to­gether. They will marry in the NSW Hunter Val­ley in Oc­to­ber. Love & Ther­apy is out in Aus­tralia to­mor­row, be­fore be­ing re­leased in the US and Europe in 2014. Cor­co­ran is about to em­bark on a national tour, with her first stop in Gympie. ‘‘It’s an ex­cuse to come home,’’ Cor­co­ran says. ‘‘I’m an in­cred­i­bly pa­tri­otic per­son and I just love Aus­tralians and I just feel it was the loyal thing to do for my fans.’’

Love & Ther­apy is re­leased to­mor­row. Dianna Cor­co­ran plays the Gympie Mu­sic Muster on Au­gust 22-23. The event plays Amamoor Creek State For­est Park from Au­gust 22-25. Visit muster.com.au for de­tails.

– MELISSA JENK­INS

Dianna Cor­co­ran

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