COUN­TRY IN SOUL OF BRITT

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When she was 11, Catherine Britt saw Bill Cham­bers per­form. She went up to him and shyly made a re­quest, to play a song by coun­try great Jim­mie Rodgers.

Cham­bers was im­pressed, since Rodgers died in 1933, more than 50 years be­fore Britt was born.

Cham­bers be­came Britt’s long-time men­tor, pro­duc­ing or co-pro­duc­ing her first five al­bums and help­ing Britt emerge as one of Australia’s most popular coun­try singer­song­writ­ers.

But for al­bum Bone­shaker, re­leased last month, Cham­bers sug­gested it was time for her to ex­plore else­where. The al­bum was recorded with Amer­i­can pro­ducer Ryan Had­lock at his Bear Creek stu­dio out­side Seat­tle, where he recorded The Lu­m­i­neers al­bum (and mega hit Ho Hey) and Aus­tralian Vance Joy’s de­but al­bum smash, Dream Your Life Away. Was Britt ner­vous? You bet. “I was afraid it could be aw­ful, so I was over-pre­pared. Need­lessly, be­cause Ryan turned out to be ev­ery­thing I wanted for this record and I worked with the best of the best of Seat­tle mu­si­cians, the stu­dio back­ing bands of The Lu­m­i­neers and Vance Joy com­bined.”

A num­ber of songs on Bone­shaker have a philo­soph­i­cal streak, re­flect­ing on the na­ture of life in the public eye. The Way That It Goes is about celebri­ties who crash and burn and the artists who live with al­ways be­ing judged.

“That’s one of my favourites,” she says.

“I was re­ally proud of it when I fin­ished it be­cause it to­tally said what I wanted to say. It’s the way so­ci­ety is. We are so quick to judge and point out some­one’s faults. That can be so harsh at times.

“You have to let it go and ac­cept you can’t be per­fect, you’re go­ing to make mis­takes and that’s OK.’’

Catherine Britt will per­form at Broad­beach.

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