Brisbane singer/songwriter Harmony James will release her third and highly anticipated album Cautionary Tales on Friday 13 June.
If you like your country bittersweet, be thankful for the predicament that Harmony James finds herself in. The former jillaroo, who has always preferred to drift in lonely outposts, learned her song-writing craft under wide-open skies. Now, thanks to the phenomenal success of her first two albums, she hasn’t been near a horse for a couple of years. Small wonder she’s called her third album Cautionary Tales.
Thankfully, the change of scenery has only inspired her songwriting further. Cautionary Tales was recorded mainly at the famed Alberts Studio on Sydney’s lower North Shore and Ramrod Studios, in Sydney, with long-time producer Herm Kovac and her regular band (guitarist Glen Hannah, bassist Jeff McCormack and drummer Steve Fearnley). The album was tracked live with additional recording completed in Nashville.
Cautionary Tales features appearances from Drew McAlister (McAlister Kemp), Mike Carr, Mark Sholtez, Brooke McClymont (The McClymonts) plus respected Nashville musicians Randy Kohrs (Dolly Parton\ Dierks Bentley) and Tim Crouch (Alan Jackson \ Jim Lauderdale).
Harmony’s 2009 debut album, Tailwind, was chased by a slew of accolades: breakthrough awards from VCMA and APRA, Golden Guitar nominations for Best Female Artist and Best Album, eight top ten songs on the National Country Music Charts and first prize in the country division of Nashville’s International Songwriting Competition. The follow-up, 2012’s Handfuls of Sky won country music artist of the year at the 2013 QLD Music Awards and produced Pride which spent six weeks a top the Country Music airplay charts.
With uncanny ability to put herself in other people’s boots, Harmony James has created a beautifully wrought album in Cautionary Tales, shining a light on the human condition.