A couple of weeks ago I set out to see 9B favorite Cory Branan on a Sunday night. While I did see Cory, what really happened is I was introduced to another amazing singer/songwriter. Audra Mae was opening for Cory on this last little jaunt and while I can’t speak to any of the other shows, this chick left it all on stage. From the opening wail to the closing guitar riff she went fucking flat out and just didn’t stop. Minds were blown, faces were melted, and articles sworn to be written!
You all know from reading what I have written over the years that I am not usually one for female singers. Every once in a while one draws me in and makes me fall in love and Audra Mae has done just that. Her voice is confident and soulful and then she sneaks in just a little bit of twang or takes it low and raspy. Her set made me fall in love, tore my heart out, and left me wanting for more. Hell if I wasn’t married I might have asked her to marry me.
This album was all that I had hoped it would be. I knew it would be different with the songs I heard live getting the full band treatment but wasn’t disappointed. The opening track “The Real Thing” (which I was really glad wasn’t a Faith No More Cover) definitely shows a start-as-you-intend-to-go-on vibe and Audra and company certainly deliver. The whole vibe of this album makes it easy to put on and just listen to all the way through. It’s one of those rare beasts where it’s an album and not just some songs put on a shiny disc. It’s gonna find a place on my top ten for this year and it’s damn sure Essential Listening. I just can’t enough of this one.