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Catherine's New Sound

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Catherine's New Sound

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BONESHAKER is Catherine Britt like you've never heard her before.

"I'd never make the same album twice," Britt says.

"When I get an artist I love's new record, I don't like it if it's the same as another one -- I love when they do something brave or different. And I try to live up to what my heroes are doing in that respect."

Anyone who has heard Britt's latest single, "Good To Bad", will know she isn't making idle threats when she talks about "brave or different".

Drawing on the best of the singer-songwriter tradition, the track marries a dark atmosphere to a confronting lyric about a depressed young farmer driven to drug-cropping to save his farm.

It's a bold departure for an artist who cut her teeth in Nashville, but has been a stunning success, sending a powerful message about the direction of Catherine's next album, Boneshaker.

Like that lead single, the new record explodes all preconceptions about Britt, adding impressive grit and irresistible grind to her existing songwriting savvy.

"I'm so happy with it," Britt admits of Boneshaker.

"But I was definitely nervous. It's a huge risk -- you're putting your art, your heart, your soul on the line to do something different. Sometimes that pays off, sometimes it doesn't -- and I was prepared for it not to work, but I'm very glad it did."

Everything about the making of Boneshaker has been different for Britt: new label, new management and -- on the admirable, unselfish advice of country legend Bill Chambers, who has produced all Britt's previous work -- a new producer.

"I've been working with Bill Chambers my entire career," says Britt, "and will no doubt work with him again -- everything he has done for me has been amazing. But I was talking to him about doing something completely different and he suggested that this time I should try a new producer, just to find a new dimension."

After much searching, Britt and her team decided that the person to add that fresh element was Seattle-based producer Ryan Hadlock, who has collaborated with artists as diverse as The Strokes, Foo Fighters, the Lumineers, Brandi Carlisle and Vance Joy. …

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