Shortlisted for the Americana Music Prize in 2018, Kelly Brouhaha’s brand of Americana soul is as real as it gets. The South Australian songwriter & multi-instrumentalist spends most of the year around a campfire, travelling in her 1992 Toyota Hiace Van called “Pamela Vanderson”.
Her self titled debut album tells the story after leaving her marriage and mortgage behind in the pursuit of happiness. The single “40,000 Star Hotel” co-written with Aleyce Simmonds is a big, ballsy, freedom-esque blues which captures the heart of the Australian landscape and the lure of off-grid living.
Choosing to pursue the road less travelled after learning of her father’s Alzheimers diagnosis – this album, produced by Shane Nicholson captures heartbreak and grief in a way that leaves you breathless.
Having spent the past 12 months touring with Beccy Cole & Libby O’Donovan on Aussie Road Crew, Kelly’s seen first hand the magic of a 40,000 star hotel. Sharing the experience with 80 caravanning enthusiasts travelling through outback Australia on these intimate music and camping tours, it is in this setting where Brouhaha tells her stories best.
A fresh face for country, this album was conceived at The DAG songwriting retreat in 2017. A product of support and community around an artist who until then, hadn’t quite found a place to fit in within the world of straight up soul and blues. With permission to slow things down and an affectionate nudge to simply write the truth – Brouhaha finds her most honest songwriting to date with this record . A diverse first offering from an artist you absolutely need to hear.
From big blues, to soulful country – it is real and raw and vulnerable. The first single 40,000 Star Hotel is out April 26.
June 7 Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga
June 8 The Wheaty, Adelaide
June 12 Pistol Pete’s, Geelong
June 15 The Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo
June 16 The Wesley Anne, Melbourne
June 26 Lizotte’s, Newcastle
June 28 The Manly Fig, Sydney
June 30 Flow Bar, Old Bar
July 6 The Junk Bar, Brisbane
July 27 Sol Bar, Maroochydoore
Tickets at http://www.kellybrouhaha.com.au