Vanessa Lea & Road Train
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Vanessa Lea & Road Train

Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia | INDIE

Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia | INDIE
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Both Roger & Vanessa have had originals featured on various radio and TV broadcasts, including triple j, rage, abc's" Australia all Over", NBN's "Today", the Ray Martin Show, Hey Hey it's Saturday and Countdown. Their latest album, "Red Stiletto' is a 13 track Cd which follows their debut album, "Cause & Effect".

Following 18 months of hard work and dedication, Vanessa Lea and her band, Road Train, are promoting their new album Red Stiletto, which was released just in time for the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

This new CD is full of catchy, driving tunes, all penned by singer/songwriter, Vanessa Lea, and talented multi instrumentalist and composer, Roger Faynes. The first single to be released is the beautiful "Only With you", a love song of sorts, which portrays travelling around various landmarks in Australia, such as Kakadu, Uluru, the Nullarbor and The Great Barrier Reef . A video clip for this tune was filmed in Coffs Harbour with the expertise of multi award-winning video director Ross Wood, who describes the tune as having "an incredibly appealing quirky nature" that "puts a smile on your face". The clip is now available to view on YouTube.

The stories on the album are all very relevant, with modern topics such as the internet being discussed. "I've always been fascinated by the word, "Awkward", says Vanessa. "Even the word "awkward" looks awkward. So I tried to imagine a situation where someone would have an awkward moment, and I came across a scenario that people can relate to. A lot of people today meet online, and romances can bloom over the computer, but what if you came across a profile pic of someone who seems really attractive in their photo, then agree to meet the person in real life, but find out they look and act nothing like the person described in their profile? There might be an awkward moment or two if you decide not to pursue the relationship any further, and in real life, you can't press "delete"!!. "Awkward" is a catchy little tune, whose light-hearted lyrics show a cheeky sense of humour.

The title track of the album, "Red Stiletto", is a cleverly written song. This tune is unique as it tells the story of a jilted lover throwing a red stiletto heel at her partner, which accidentally results in his death. The album also has songs about our heritage, with a gunfighter ballad about Australian legend, Ben Hall, and a tear- jerking ballad about the family of Ned Kelly, titled "Such is Life". These were co-written with Vanessa Lea & Road Train's mentor, John Bromell, who, in his time was Managing Director of Warner Chappell, and partly responsible for the success of Lee Kernaghan, Gina Jeffries and Troy Cassar-Daley, amongst many others.

There are songs about horses, outlaws, wheels and country music itself, as Vanessa also draws inspiration from her country upbringing in Gunnedah. This 13 track album is undeniably country, with banjo and slide guitar played by Roger Faynes, and a guest appearance by Gold Coast drummer, Rohan Hems, who has also played in Phil Emmanuel's band for many years. The album also features mandolin, double bass and ukele, and the harmonica is played by Vanessa. The album is already receiving very positive feedback, following its mastering at Garth Porter's Rancom St Studios, Sydney, where it was engineered by the talented Ted Howard. "Red Stiletto" debuted at #2 on GT's Top Ten albums on "Our Country" radio charts.

It has been a very busy year for Vanessa Lea & Road Train, who began 2010 with Vanessa as a Finalist in Toyota Starmaker, in addition to 3 of their songs being selected in the CCMA Finals. This was followed with an impressive lineup of gigs, including appearances at the Hats Off Festival and a huge success at The Gympie Muster.

Vanessa Lea & Road Train's new CD, 'Red Stiletto" is available for purchase at all their shows, but they are also available online via itunes, ,GumTree Music, Sanity, Leading Edge music, CD online, bigpond music and The Country Music Store, Coopers Plains, near Brisbane. For a full gig guide listing and any further information on Vanessa Lea & Road Train, please contact , Vanessa Lea on Youtube or and messages are welcome.



Vanessa Lea & Road Train are one of the busiest and most respected acts, with a proven ability to delight all crowds with their authentic blend of country/folk/australiana styles.

The reason for this band's popularity is the pride they take in entertaining any crowd with their high energy performance and star quality.

Vanessa Lea, Toyota Starmaker Finalist 2010, fronts the band with her distinctive pure, sweet vocals and always gives a heartfelt and arresting performance, which leaves audiences captivated. Tagged by her fans as “The little girl with the big voice”, Vanessa adds to this her skill on harmonica and mandolin. Multi-instrumentalist, Roger Faynes, plays banjo and resonator, slide guitar and snare. Shaun Alexander makes up the band with his dexterity on guitar, bass and kick drum.

Since performing in the 2010 & 2011 Tamworth Country Music Festivals, the Hats Off Festival 2010 and their very successful debut at the 2010 Gympie Muster to enthusiastic crowds, the band is busy carving out a name in Australian Country Music, and Festivals are big on their agenda for 2011.

With their calendar full, Vanessa Lea & Road Train say it is wonderful to be getting so much work doing what they love best and are increasing their footprint. They are also very happy to announce their new album, "Red Stiletto" has just been launched. A clip for their debut single, "Only With You", was recently filmed with the expertise of multi-award winning video Director, Ross Wood, and has just been released on Youtube.

With editorials in a variety of newspapers and magazines, some great Cd reviews and radio coverage, their debut Cd, "Cause & Effect" has also sold well, with a clip of their song "Oh! Coramba" available for request on CMC.

Several tracks from Vanessa Lea & Road Train's new album, "Red Stiletto" feature in their live shows, with a careful blend of their best originals and other guaranteed crowd pleasing hits.