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SHERRY AUSTIN
Drive On Back ... (Barking Topiary)
Austin is a singer-songwriter from Santa Cruz who has a strong deep voice that unadorned, would fall into the folk music genre. Sherry writes sensitive and well thought-out compositions with fine melodies, and she has impeccable taste in selecting songs by other songwriters to cover. Tim O'Brien's “Less And Less” sounds made for her, as does Dylan's “Wagon Wheel”. The other strong point is the intelligent arrangements, adding fiddle, steel guitar and cello where it fits, and surrounding herself with great musicians and singers. Her original "I Wouldn't Lie To You " is a direct plea to our president with a taste of irony. It all comes together on the marvelous “Hallelujah”, written by Martha Scanlan, (due for her first solo CD next year), which opens with some tasty dobro and winds up with a rousing Dixieland-style ending. It's pretty close to perfection and is one of the best songs I've heard all year. A tip of the hat must also go to Jim Norris, who produced Drive On Back with Austin. This is a well-balanced album that just gets better with each listen.
Sherry-Austin.com. Order from CD Baby. Released June, '06. Reviewed by Bill Frater. - www.freighttrainboogie.com


There's not a weak song or a wasted note in it, the album is genuine and sincere and I'll be glad to add it to my radio playlist.

remo ricaldone
susa onda radio, Italy - Happy Trails


"Another great mix of original tunes and choice covers. Retooling "Wagon Wheel" as a duet with Keith Greeninger is some kinda brilliant. The choir and rotating lead vocals (between Sherry, Ginny Mitchell, and Sharon Allen) on "Hallelujah" are just...lush, and I swear I've never ever used the word "lush". Nice to see that the car thread remains (with the title
track), and I'm glad to finally have a recording of "The Sparrow" (my
favorite Sherry original)."

Michael Gaither
singer/songwriter
- michael gaither


I was so excited to receive your new CD. I could listen to you sing all night long. Congratulations, the songs are wonderful.

terri nevins
cafe trieste - cafe trieste


"drive on back" is really a gem, a true joy to listen from the first to the last note.

Massimo Ferro
Radio Voce Spazio - radio voce spazio


Discography

drive on back, sherry austin, 2006
take me home, american artists for peace (i wouldn't lie to you) 2006
silicon valley aidswalk vol 1, various artists (i wouldn't lie to you) 2004
drive by romance-sherry austin 2003
20 odd hollers-a tribute to fred eaglesmith, various artists (drive-in movie)

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A relative newcomer to the acoustic Americana scene, Austin earned respectful notices for her debut album Drive By Romance, a down-to-earth, rootsy collection of philosophical ballads, thoughtfully detailed story songs — many about cars or characters on metaphorical journeys — and covers of influential songwriters like Gillian Welch and Slaid Cleaves. She and her band have earned more fans opening shows for John Hiatt, Jesse Winchester, Robert Earl Keen, David Bromberg, Iris Dement, and Slaid Cleaves. Not too shabby for someone who started writing songs just a few short years ago. Her second CD, Drive On Back, is available NOW!

Notable Airplay includes:
* KPIG, Freedom, CA "Broke Down", and "Baby Blue Bonneville", top 40 rotation, May and June 2003. "I Wouldn’t Lie to You", from the Compilation, Take Me Home, put into rotation in March, 2006. Sherry is a regular on KPIG’s Please Stand By live show every Sunday.
* NPR- Car Talk, "Baby Blue Bonneville", "How’s the Mustang Running", "455 Rocket".
* KRCL, Salt Lake City Drive-by Romance CD of the week June 2003
* Folkscene, taping with Roz and Howard Larman. Broadcast in 3-06.

Sherry’s skills at writing and performing have earned her awards from Billboard’s Songwriting Contest, Northern California Songwriter Association (NCSA), and she was the first place winner in the Songwriting Competition, sponsored by MARS Music in 2004.

A San Francisco native, Sherry Austin grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her move to the wooded Santa Cruz Mountains was "the best thing that ever happened to me" and to lovers of honest Americana music and honey-drenched voices, as well.