"Lost Men & Angry Girls " ~ Audrey Auld-Mezera (2007)
All songs written by Audrey Auld-Mezera, except Track 2 lyrics by Bonnie Lamb (of Bonnie & Clyde).
Lost Men and Angry Girls chronicles the past three years Audrey Auld-Mezera (Mez-air-ah) has spent living on the coast of Northern California. Musically and personally it’s been an eventful period for the Chris Austin Song Contest winner and two-time ARIA nominee (Australian Recording Industry Association).
“My first year in America was spent living in Bolinas in Marin County. It's the Wild West! Within a matter of months I got married, moved hemispheres, filed a restraining order on a stalker, dealt with grief, and missed my musician friends back home” says Audrey.
No surprise then at the title of this album.
Mezera calls it 'Ameri-kinda' music - traditional American music influences with Australian roots.
Love, Hate, Life, Death, Money and Music.
Mezera’s writing has evolved to be less about the state of her heart and more about the path we all share as human beings in this time of political and global imbalance. But there’s no finger-pointing in these songs of small towns, self-help, lives derailed, musical heroes, lost men and angry girls. Mezera travels her path with humor, insight and a great band. Recorded primarily in Australia with her home-land’s best musicians and produced by her trusted collaborator, Bill Chambers, who retains the sparse arrangements that characterize Mezera’s work.
Last Seen In Gainesville
Buck Hungry (with Bill Chambers)
Looking For Luckenbach
Half A World Away (with Nina Gerber)
Clinch Mountain Prayer (with Bill Chambers)
Down In A Hole
Not I (with Raechel Lee)
Self-Help Helped Me
Dublin Boy (with Karl Broadie)
Lullaby For Baby Taylor
Produced by Bill Chambers
"Australian native Audrey Auld-Mezera is finding America very fertile land. This disc marks her third release in three years; however, she continues to write to her strengths without treading over old ground. Mezera can be a sharp-eyed storyteller, whether talking about herself (the wistful expat's lament "Half A World Away") or about a stranger's life (the riveting missing person's tale "Last Seen In Gainesville"). She also can flash some sly social satire ("Self-Help Helped Me") or a powerful sense of moral indignation ("We Cry"), all the while sounding like your good friend. "Looking For Luckenbach" and "Clinch Mountain Prayer" continue her interest in writing about her musical influences; her sole cover, "Morphine", features lyrics penned by Bonnie Parker (of Bonnie & Clyde fame)." ~ Michael Berick, No Depression March 07
" Strong, mature album" David Obermann, KUT Austin
“a superb vocalist and songwriter in the roots tradition... excellent collection... an artist who deserves wide recognition...” ~ C. Baguely, Country Music People, UK
“the songs here consolidate Mezera’s enormous writing talent” ~ Forte Magazine, Aust.
“It’s always exciting to work on music with Audrey. These songs reflect her life, where she now lives and the places and people she comes in contact with. I’ve always been proud to be part of Audrey’s recordings, but even more so with this one.” ~ Bill Chambers
“a clutch of melodic, thoughtfully observed songs shot through with wisecracking humor... her most fully realized, polished effort to date.” ~ Bliss, Pasadena Weekly, CA.
"A few years ago, Audrey Auld was one of Australia’s best country singer-songwriters. As a solo artist, and in a duo with Bill Chambers (Kasey’s father), she made several fine albums down under before relocating to California. This latest effort, released under her married name, should help solidify her reputation on this side of the planet. Among the highlights are Bolinas and Looking for Luckenbach, a couple of songs that capture the mystique of almost-mythical towns in California and Texas, and the hilarious Self-Help Helped Me. Another hilarious number is Buck Hungry, one of two duets with Bill Chambers. Auld Mezera also includes an interesting oddity in Morphine, a setting of an obscure poem by Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde fame." ****
~ Mike Regenstreif, Montreal Gazette
"... her strongest album yet. It doesn’t hurt having some of the best players in Australian roots and country music along for the ride. It all still comes down to the songs and Audrey’s new maturity and confidence is to the fore taking on Celtic, Appalachian and very Australian themes. The singer/songwriter comes fully to grips with her sea-change. Now living on the other side of the Pacific she can appreciate both what she had and has, or so it seems in songs such as Half A World Away and opener Bolinas. There is the bleak (Down In A Hole) mixed with the humourous (the Chambers duet Buck Hungry) and the semi-flippant Looking For Luckenbach. Audrey wears her heart on her sleeve and gets it out in tales of small towns, musical heroes and as the title says ‘lost men and angry girls.’ Wrapping it all up and bringing it back to a personal home is the warm Lullaby For Baby Taylor – a very sweet conclusion." ~ Keith Glass