Country songstress Beccy Cole has delighted Australian listeners and concert goers for more than twenty years. The Adelaide-born star’s glowing warmth, honeyed voice, bawdy sense of humour and perpetual smile have helped make Beccy one of the nation’s best-loved and most celebrated artists.
With her stunning tenth release Sweet Rebecca, Beccy colours these winning qualities with bittersweet remembrance and reflection on her life thus far – both onstage and off.
With nine Golden Guitars to her name (including four for Female Vocalist of the Year), as well as multiple ARIA Top 10 Country and Top 40 Mainstream albums, a Top 10 DVD, three gold certified releases, and more than a dozen No. 1 Australian country singles, Beccy Cole is one of Australia’s most successful singer-songwriters.
Since 1997, Beccy has piloted a succession of stellar releases, including most recent ARIA nominated studio effort Songs and Pictures (2011), featuring the Golden Guitar-winning hits Waitress and Millionaires (with Kasey Chambers). Sweet Rebecca follows hot on the heels of Beccy’s phenomenal collaboration with Melinda Schneider, Great Women of Country (2014).
As the title promises, Sweet Rebecca is the most personal album of Beccy’s career. The release coincides with the publication of Beccy’s strikingly candid memoir, Poster Girl. It was the frequently gruelling task of penning this tell-all account of her life and career to date that inspired the intensely, grippingly honest songs of Sweet Rebecca.
“For me, every time I write songs it’s a very cathartic experience, because I write about my life,” Beccy says. “I think the more honest you are, the better the song is going to be. After I wrote the book, I was ready to write songs – or at least ready to write some words that rhymed!”
As Beccy’s remarkable story demonstrates, the truest measure of a life well-lived lies not in personal achievement, but in the people who choose to come along for the ride. Sweet Rebecca is a dedication to the people who have made Beccy the treasured artist she is today: from her musical parents Carole and Jeff, to faithful friends, colleagues, and confidants met along the way.
Having served an apprenticeship in her mother’s band Wild Oats, in 1991 Beccy joined Kasey Chambers and family in the Dead Ringer Band. Less than two years later, in 1993, Beccy took out the coveted Toyota Star Maker title. In the years since, Beccy has toured with Slim Dusty, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, and Glen Campbell, has performed as a Young Star with Felicity Urquhart and great mate Adam Harvey, and wowed audiences as a Songbird with dear friends Sara Storer and Gina Jeffreys.
Against a backdrop of paint-stripping guitars and popping banjo, pub stomper Damn Fool considers one of the more damaging mistakes Beccy counts among her “lessons learned” – falling under the spell of a toxic lover.
“The more wicked the witch, the greater the itch, the more lies that she tells.”
Precious Times finds Beccy sharing the microphone with unflagging friends Sara Storer and Gina Jeffreys – with whom Beccy has performed intermittently as The Songbirds since 2007. With the uplifting Happy 16, Beccy gives joyous thanks for her shared life with son Ricky, celebrating the generous spirit of the “not-so-little man” who used to sleep through his mum’s gigs swaddled in a velvet-lined guitar case.
See Beccy on Friday, November 27 at Sawtell RSL. Tickets on sale at sawtellrsl.com.au