A talented songwriter with a unique vocal style, Anne has been recording since she was 12 years old, and 1st appeared on stage at age 10 in her parents’ travelling country music show, before rising to prominence as a solo artist in the mid 70’s .
Emerging from within the ‘First Family’ of Australian country music to claim her own identity and following, Anne paved the way for a broader grasp of the varied components that make up the gestalt that is contemporary country music. The natural tones and empathy for the material, both old and new, came from her early formative years touring as a part of the Slim Dusty Family Show.
From a solid musical base that included the huge and impeccable influence of both parents Slim and Joy, and artists such as Patsy Cline, Buck Owens, Carter Family and Hank Williams, she also soaked up like the proverbial sponge the then-radical country-rock sounds while a university student and campus folk/blues club member in Sydney in the early 70s, with enthusiasms for people like Maria Muldaur, the Dillards, Linda Ronstadt, Jerry Jeff Walker, the Byrds and the Eagles. In time, songs from Gene Clark, John Sebastian, Gram Parsons, Paul Siebel, Kate & Anna McGarrigle and Neil Young would find their way onto her albums alongside hauntingly pure bush laments from the pen of her mother Joy McKean, one of the nation’s finest tunesmiths.
Anne’s deep affection for that on which she was raised was obvious in her fine renditions but, at the same time, rock (country or otherwise) didn’t intimidate her like it did so many others in the close, tradition-bound community. She recorded Daddy Cool’s Come Back Again as a 1987 album title track, as well as songs by Russell Morris, Paul Kelly, Bob Dylan, Don Walker, Kim Carnes, and 80’s British new waver Mickey Jupp.
Continuing to release albums at irregular intervals interwoven with the raising of a family , Anne teamed up in the late 80’s with producer Mark Moffatt. Mark went on to produce the pivotal album of Anne’s career, ‘Out Of The Blue’ in 1991.
‘Out Of The Blue’ was heralded as a watershed album in Australian country music .
, ‘Out Of The Blue’ melded the traditional country influences of her formative years with the contemporary feel she had grown to love. The result was an exquisitively crafted, passionately presented album that went on to win all the major awards in 1991, including ARIA Best Country Album, 2 Golden Guitars at Tamworth for Best Album and Best Female Vocal and a Mo Award. Critics labelled her……godmother of new country……..
“Showman’s Daughter” is Anne’s most recent solo album and was released after the passing of her beloved dad, Slim. An album of raw, authentic performances of insightful and at times deeply personal stories, music historian Glenn A Baker commented…..
“The most remarkable aspect of ‘Showman’s Daughter’ is it’s intertwining of generations. Multi layered and inter-connecting musical families are not unknown in American country music—the Cash/Carters, the McGarrigles and Wainwrights come to mind————-but it’s hard to think of another contemporary female artist able to front the microphone in a studio armed with high quality songs penned by herself , her father, her mother and her son,——as well as friends of them all, the ‘extended family’. all seamless in their integration into her personal story.”
Anne’s ‘Best Of’ collection “Annethology” was released in 2010, and most recently in 2015 “The Early Years 1974-1987” 5 CD box set, making available again her 1st five complete studio albums—all re mastered..
As a board member of the Slim Dusty Foundation, Anne is heavily involved in the continued establishment and running of the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey later —as well as working alongside her mother, Joy McKean, and brother David, to preserve the legacy of her late dad, Slim.
There’s been a myriad of accolades along the way for Anne—6 Golden Guitars, a couple of Mo Awards and an ARIA for ‘Out Of The Blue’.
Anne was inducted into the Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown in 2010.
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