From a mecca, to the muster
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