MARLENE CUMMINS RELEASES HER DEBUT ALBUM June 12
Despite a stellar career as a saxophone player and blues musician with hits like Pension Day Blues and Pemulwuy, Marlene is only now releasing her full debut album, Koori Woman Blues.
“This music comes from so deep in Marlene’s heart that it’s been really traumatic for her to let it out and let it go. When you listen to this album you’re looking right into the core of who Marlene Cummins is – and that takes enormous courage and honesty. She is completely vulnerable,” says her producer, Richard Field.
The album presents a biographical journey comprised of a mixture of original and traditional blues numbers. The album’s centrepiece is the stirring epic blues anthem, Koori Woman. Marlene dedicates this song to Aboriginal women everywhere as they were, in her words, ‘the backbone of the struggle’. Boomerang Alley is a biographical song about life growing up in the town of Winton, the birthplace of Waltzing Matilda and QANTAS. You Can’t Win is an anti-gambling song. Marlene is a recovered alcoholic & drug addict and admits this unashamedly. She insists on being a role model for anyone who may come against this problem and feel they can’t get past it. You Can’t Win is her musical expression of this struggle.
The album features a sterling cast of some of the world’s finest blues musicians including Gil Askey on trumpet, Fiona Boyes, Buddy Knox, Ray Beadle, Jerome Smith on guitar, Mark Atkins on didgeridoo, Joel Davis, Murray Cook on keys, Stefan Sernak (accordion), Andy Baylor (mandolin), Shannon Barnett on trombone, Paul Williamson on baritone sax and Marlene herself on alto sax.
The album is available from June 12 on iTunes and CDS can be purchased at the GoSet Music Store online.
Photo by Dean Wilmot. Coverart by Jack Bumbledum.
May 9th, 2014