Audrey Auld

Audrey Auld

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandAmericanaFolk

Acoustic Folk, Roots & Country songs and Aussie stories. Songs that make you laugh, move your heart and get you thinking. "A singer- songwriter with smarts and a distinct vision who's capable of heartfelt sorrow or off-kilter humor''. ~ Austin Chronicle

Biography

"It's one thing for singers to write beautifully and sing beautifully, but when they're also funny, as in stand-up-comic funny, it makes going to their shows not only pleasurable but also memorable, well beyond the exit ramp headed back home. How many times do you leave a concert and finding yourself quoting lines the singer says in between the songs? Such is the case with Tasmanian native Audrey Auld." ~ Dallas Morning News, August, 2011

"Sweet-voiced but tart-tongued and no-nonsense, Auld, from California and East Nashville by way of Australia, is a singer, songwriter and storyteller deluxe. She’s touring with a new CD, “Come Find Me." One of the best country singers anywhere, Auld is a troubadour who takes no guff while singing songs such as “You Wish” and “Nails,” but she can be tender as well as “Beautiful Garden” proves, and “The Butterfly Effect” is about as good as a common sense anthem gets." ~ MySanAntonio.com, August 2011

Don’t mistake the title of Audrey Auld’s Come Find Me as any kind of shy retreat. Call it what she does: an “invitation.” “Come find me, come find me, I want to be found,” she offers on the album’s winsome opening waltz, then seals the deal with an offer hard to refuse: “You’re welcome to glorious me.”

She sings it sweetly, but with a flirty flash of unmistakable, cocky cheek — almost a dare, really, as befits a fiercely independent artist who’s been self-releasing albums for more than a decade now under the tell-all banner of “Reckless Records.” Simply put, Audrey Auld does not do coy. Songwriter’s songwriter Fred Eaglesmith calls the native Tasmanian “one of the most honest original artists I know,” and, true to form, Auld is candidly forthright in her pride over Come Find Me, her fifth full-length solo album and ninth release over all. “I’m really keen to show it off,” she enthuses.

From the 5-star review in the UK’s Country Music People magazine: “Audrey Auld is an amazing talent. Like a special flower in your garden. Her songs are a kind of beacon of hope, from a woman who cares, in this deeply cynical world we are all stranded in. You need to relax more, play this album.” ~ Paul Riley
 
Auld recorded Come Find Me with producer Mark Hallman (Tom Russell, Eliza Gilkyson, Hot Club of Cowtown) at the storied Congress House Studio in Austin, Texas. Although she’s lived mostly in East Nashville (after a 3-year stint in California) since moving to the U.S. back in 2003, Auld has had a thing for the Lone Star State for years — even naming one of her albums Texas. Not surprisingly, she calls working with Hallman — long on her list of dream producers — “a dream come true.”

“It was the happiest time I’ve ever had recording,” Auld continues. “No stress, no problems. I wanted to focus on the performance and work with someone who would get the best out of me, and we wanted to make the best record I’ve ever made. I think we succeeded on both counts.”
 
The end result is an album that’s equally appealing both as an introduction to Auld for newcomers and, for veteran fans, as the latest and greatest in a long line of acclaimed releases going back to 1999’s Looking Back to See, the country duets album she cut with Australian songwriter/guitarist/producer Bill Chambers. Auld made an auspicious solo debut with the following year’s The Fallen, which nabbed her a “Best Country Album” nomination in the Land Down Under, while subsequent releases like 2003’s Losing Faith, 2005’s Texas and 2006’s Lost Men & Angry Girls secured her status on the Americana music map right alongside such notables as the aforementioned Eaglesmith, Kevin Welch and Kasey Chambers. Her dozen new songs on Come Find Me find her confidently moving from folk and country to swinging jazz, rock and even an intriguing bit of talking-blues-style rap (on “Petals”). That it all holds together as a seamless whole is testament to both her impressive artistic range and seasoned, devil-may-care confidence. “For me, it’s more about the song than the genre,” she says matter of factly.
 
Subject wise, the songs are equally diverse, ranging from the surprisingly tender (for Auld!) “Just Love,” which she co-wrote with her husband, former Navy sailor-turned-“romantic”-plumber Mez Mezera, to the conversely snarling rocker, “You Wish.” It’s also chock-full of sincere, heartfelt tributes, with loving shout outs to her peers (Jon Dee Graham in “Petals” and Mary Gauthier in “Orphan Song”), civil rights icons Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King (“The Butterfly Effect”), her beloved homeland (“Tasmania”) and even, with “Bread and Roses,” the inmates of San Quentin Prison, where Auld has performed and teaches songwriting workshops. And what would an Audrey Auld album be without a Texas- (if not Australia!)-sized helping of her sassy humor? In “Forty,” the wickedly funny portrait of the artist as a hard-traveled and hardened middle-aged survivor, Auld observes with

Lyrics

COME FIND ME

Written By: AUDREY AULD

COME FIND ME
© Audrey Auld Nov 11 2008
(Audrey Mezera Music/APRA/ASCAP)

Come find me, Come find me
I want to be found
You’re welcome to glorious me
Come shape me and paint me
In shades of old wine
Come find me and stay here with me

Oh take me, Please take me
To your sacred ground
Show me what’s never been seen
Take me and make me
Lay in your fire
Leave me there till I’m burned clean

Come find me, Come find me
I want to be found
You’re welcome to glorious me
Take me and make me lay in your fire
Leave me there till I am clean

Wait for me, Wait for me
It’s such a long road
I don’t know which way to go
If you take the high road
I’ll take the low
Wait for me wherever you go

Come find me, Come find me
I want to be found
You’re welcome to glorious me
Shape me and paint me
In shades of old wine
Come find me and stay here with me

Come find me, Come find me
I want to be found
You’re welcome to glorious me

JUST LOVE

Written By: AUDREY AULD

JUST LOVE
© Audrey Auld (lyrics/melody) & Mez Mezera (lyrics) March 4, 2009
(Audrey Mezera Music/APRA/ASCAP)

I wrote your name in the sky
But the wind blew it away
I drew your name in the sand
And the sea washed it away
I hold your name in my heart
There it shall remain
Forever and always

Chorus:
Just love
Is all I have for you
Just love
Innocent and true
All that I am
I give it all to you
Just love

I gave your name to the crowd
And they whispered your refrain
I sang your name to the moon
And she washed away the stain
I wrote your name in tattoo
As a promise to the days
Forever and always

Chorus:
Just love
Is all I have for you
Just love
Innocent and true
All that I am
I give it all to you
Just love

TASMANIA

Written By: AUDREY AULD

TASMANIA
© Audrey Auld 11/27/09
(Audrey Mezera Music/APRA/ASCAP)

Way down at the end of the world
There rests a golden land
A heart-shaped isle, peaceful all the while
Safe from the perils of man

There, a bosom so soft is waiting for me
How I long to be safe in her arms
I’m a fallen leaf from a broken family tree
But I flourish wherever I land

There are a thousand ways I could show my love
A thousand songs I could sing
I can feel the grace of my family’s place
My heart is in Tasmania

If I were a cloud I’d thunder and roll
Back to the land of my bones
But I walked through the fire, and crossed the snowline
And left my mountain home

But a motherless child I never will be
For as along as the cradle is there
I’ll return to the earth, the place of my birth
As another leaf falls through the air

There are a thousand ways I could show my love
A thousand songs I could sing
I can feel the grace of my family’s place
My heart is in Tasmania

I can feel the grace of my family’s place
My heart is in Tasmania

FORTY

Written By: AUDREY AULD


FORTY
© Audrey Auld-Mezera April 12, 07
(Audrey Mezera Music/APRA/ASCAP)

I got a black dog’s blood on my hands
I got a circus monkey on my back
Here’s the plain, simple fact
I’m forty

I got battle scars around my eyes
I got old boyfriends with bitchy wives
I look back and I wonder why
I’m forty

I’m half way home; I’m half way home

I got cowboys who can eat my dust
I got a tendency to dirt and rust
My gut’s the only thing I trust
I’m forty

I got one good man who’s learning fast
I got two girlfriends, born to last
I can tell wheat from chaff
I’m forty

I’m half way home; I’m half way home

I got a vacancy in my soul
I got a penchant for ne’er-do-wells
I got to learn to just say “No”
I’m forty

I got a little snow on my roof
I’ve learnt to speak half the truth
The good die young, here’s the proof
I’m forty

I’m half way home; I’m half way home

ORPHAN SONG (FOR MARY)

Written By: TERRY MCARTHUR & AUDREY AULD


ORPHAN SONG (FOR MARY)
© Terry McArthur/Audrey Auld (APRA) 2009
(Audrey Mezera Music/APRA/ASCAP)

Orphan girl
Orphan girl
Meet me at the healing well
Orphan girl
Orphan girl
Got your story to tell

Story of blood
Story of water
Story of being a long lost daughter
Story of grief
Story of shame
Story of seeking your true name

Orphan girl
Orphan girl
Meet me at the healing well
Orphan girl
Orphan girl
Got your story to tell

Story of fire
Story of earth
Story of a mother who gave birth
Story of love
Story of sin
Story of where we all begin

Orphan girl
Orphan girl
Meet me at the healing well
Orphan girl
Orphan girl
Got your story to tell

BEAUTIFUL GARDEN

Written By: AUDREY AULD

BEAUTIFUL GARDEN
© Audrey Auld June 6, 2009
(Audrey Mezera Music/APRA/ASCAP)

Time alone with you in a beautiful garden
The voices in my head laid to rest
Mapping out the moods of an actress unfamiliar
In a beautiful garden with you

I can feel my heart float like a feather
Down where the wild lilies grow
This could be the love that lasts forever
In a beautiful garden with you

Oh how we bend and grow
Dandelion messengers, away they go
Oh the roses know
And whisper to the ladybirds on their way home

Would you look at all those stars falling from your eyes
The whippoorwill can’t hold his tongue
Sitting on top of the world after midnight
In a beautiful garden with you

Oh how we bend and grow
Dandelion messengers, away they go
Oh the roses know
And whisper to the ladybirds on their way home

TREE

Written By: AUDREY AULD

Tree
© Audrey Auld 2008
(Audrey Mezera Music/APRA/ASCAP)

I wanna be a tree
Reaching for the sky
Standing in the sun and wind and rain
I wanna be a tree
Tall and old and strong
Standing in whatever weather comes

I wanna be a flower
With my face held to the sun
The most beautiful color in the world
I wanna be a flower
Kiss the bees one by one
Capture hearts as I unfurl

Trees don’t know that they grow and grow
Without ever seeking shelter
Flowers do not know their beauty
Will not last forever

I wanna be a mother
With a never-ending love
For the stranger who grows into a man
I wanna be a mother
Like the earth to everyone
The softest place you’ll ever land

I wanna be a sister
With a tattoo on my arm
Blazing where a fire has never burned
I wanna be a sister
To anyone who’s needed one
Feel the family grow at each turn

Trees don’t know that they grow and grow
Without ever seeking shelter
Flowers do not know their beauty
Will not last forever

I wanna be a tree
I wanna be a flower

NAILS

Written By: AUDREY AULD

NAILS
© Audrey Auld July 29, 2010
(Audrey Mezera Music/APRA/ASCAP)

CHORUS:

Buy me some nails for my coffin
Order the roses for my grave
Think about the times
You laughed and lied
Now go buy those nails

You’re just a bad soul
Never be good
Cause you were born that way
I was the poor fool misunderstood
Who watched you dig my grave

CHORUS:

Buy me some nails for my coffin
Order the roses for my grave
Think about the times
You laughed and lied
Now go buy those nails

It wasn’t easy
Living next to you
You’re not the one who paid
Here I lie with a broken heart
You’ll dance on my grave

CHORUS:

Buy me some nails for my coffin
Order the roses for my grave
Think about the times
You laughed and lied
Go buy those nails
Yeah think about the times
You laughed and lied
Now go buy those nails

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

Written By: AUDREY AULD


THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT
© Audrey Auld-Mezera 14 January 2008
(Audrey Mezera Music/APRA/ASCAP)

She said, “I’m tired of giving in”, and sat on the bus
Waiting for worlds to collide
“Where’d you learn to dance like that?”
Said the avalanche to the butterfly

Oh Rosa, look what you’ve done
Sitting down you stood up for everyone
Your tiny little voice burned down the house
So we could build a better one

He said, “I have a dream, let freedom ring”
The ages will echo its chime
“You will never walk alone”
Said the poet-king to every child

Oh Martin, we hear your song
Your voice is louder than guns
Your beautiful words sang ‘round the world
So we could build a better one

So get on board Rosa’s bus
Let freedom ring, it’s up to us
It’s not black or white, it’s everyone’s right
To be a butterfly
No, it’s not black or white, it’s everyone’s right
To be a butterfly

“Where’d you learn to dance like that?”
Said the avalanche to the butterfly

BREAD AND ROSES (FOR SAN QUENTIN)

Written By: AUDREY AULD

BREAD AND ROSES (For San Quentin)
© Audrey Auld Mezera 2006
(Audrey Mezera Music/APRA/ASCAP)

If I could bring you anything
I'd bring a banquet for a king
Cheese and wine and fruit and pies
A taste of everything
I'd have baked you a cake
But the hacksaw didn't fit the pan
I'd bring more than I could hold
In these two hands

If I could bring you anything
I'd bring a meadow full of flowers
Hummingbirds and dragonflies
No fences for miles
You'd lay on the grass
Feel the sun kiss your face
I'd bring the open sky
Erase time and place

If I could bring you anything
It would be peace of mind
An ocean of serenity
Freedom inside
I'd bring love to the lonely
Afraid to ever love again
And beer for the innocent
To drown their sorrows in

If I could bring you anything
It would be Jesus Christ,
Buddha, Mohammed,
Whatever gets you through the life
Good whiskey for those
Who don't believe any more
And pot for those who need
To think on it some more

But all I could bring
Was my guitar and these songs
Bread and roses for the wayward
Been hungry so long
I'll take with me the memory

Discography

* COME FIND ME (2011)
* WRITE OUT LOUD Songbook (2010)
* BILLABONG SONG EP (2009)
* LOST MEN AND ANGRY GIRLS (2007) #1 on FAR Chart Feb/Mar '07
* IN THE HOUSE with NINA GERBER (2006) dbl live CD
* TEXAS (2005) - ARIA nominee Best Country album
* LOSING FAITH (2003) - Top 100 A.M.A. chart 2003
* RECKLESS RECORDS GARAGE SALE : 1997-2003
* THE FALLEN (2000) - ARIA nominee Best Country album
* LOOKING BACK TO SEE - with BILL CHAMBERS (1999) Winner Best Independent Australian Country album

Videography:

* LOVE YOU LIKE THE EARTH (2005)
* I’D LEAVE ME TOO (2000)
* MORE VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE AND MYSPACE

Set List

Predominantly original songs.
Occasionally a few covers by Fred Eaglesmith, Patty Griffin, Mary Gauthier and Australian folk songs.
Music CDs available on request.