Over the past 3 years New Zealand singer songwriter Aly Cook has been touring back and forth from her base in rural Nelson, New Zealand to Australia.
During this time she established a friendship and writing partnership with producer and former Angels member Graham ‘Buzz’ Bidstrup and his wife Kay Bidstrup, who were also both founding members of iconic 80’s band GANGgajang.
The songs from these sessions are the basis of Aly’s new album ‘Caught in the Middle’, a captivating mix of Country, Blues, Roots and Atmosphere, that includes a co-write with renowned Golden Guitar winner Allan Caswell.
Aly is in Australia until October 23 promoting the album, including appearing at Mildura Country Music Festival September 27 to October 6, the Canterbury Country Spring Fling at Canterbury Hurlestone RSL & Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards October 19.
Aly explains what the first track of the album means to her:
"I first got the idea for this song travelling the road from Sydney to Mildura across the Hay Plain and remembering the many Red Dirt Roads I have travelled over the years Singing to the radio."
"Worked up the song in the lounge at Asquith studios with my co-writers Buzz and Kay and really it’s just a fun upbeat song."
"The couple of times I’ve road tested it to an audience it's definitely appealed to the line dancers ... as well as those that like to rock!"
You can listen to Red Dirt Road Trip from the album above.