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Anne McCue is an alternative country singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer from Australia.
Early life and education
McCue grew up in Campbelltown, an area southwest of Sydney, Australia and graduated from Saint Patrick's college and the University of Technology, Sydney with a degree in Film Production and Film Studies. She is a Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer, Engineer and Video Director.
McCue's first band was based in Sydney and was called Vertigo after the Alfred Hitchcock film.
In 1988, McCue moved to Melbourne, Australia and took guitar lessons from Bruce Clarke. Answering an ad in the local press, she joined all-female rock band Girl Monstar as lead guitarist (1988–1993). The band had two Number One hits on the Australian Independent Charts and eventually received an ARIA nomination for best independent act.
Following her stint with Girl Monstar, she played acoustically around Melbourne, later performing in Vietnam for a year before returning to Melbourne to record her Laughing EP (1996). She then joined Australian female trio Eden AKA, who signed to Columbia Records in the USA. They released a self-titled album and performed in Canada and the USA at the Lilith Fair in 1998 and 1999.
After signing with L.A. based manager, Mike Gormley, McCue's first solo album, Amazing Ordinary Things, was released in 1999 in Canada and Japan, and she toured with a number of well-known musicians, including a U.S. tour with Lucinda Williams, who would often introduce McCue as "my new favorite artist... and an amazing guitarist". Williams later included McCue on her Starbucks' 'Artist's Choice' compilation alongside Paul Westerberg, John Coltrane, Ryan Adams, patti Griffin and Leonard Cohen.
McCue's success on the Lucinda Williams tour prompted the release of a live album, Live: Ballad of an Outlaw Woman, recorded at The Fillmore in San Francisco, California, and her first Messenger Records release, Roll.
Roll also received numerous critical accollades, with Los Angeles Weekly stating that the Australian performer had more "all-American authenticity than a dozen Martina McBrides" and Entertainment Weekly drawing comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Canadian alt-country singer Kathleen Edwards. Bob Harris from the BBC went as far as to call it his album of the year, and she toured internationally to promote the album.
McCue released her album Koala Motel on Messenger Records in 2006. She completed an international tour to promote the album. She relocated from Los Angeles to Nashville. In August 2007, McCue was invited by Deborah Conway to take part in the Broad Festival project, which toured major Australian cities including performing at the Sydney Opera House. With McCue and Conway were Sally Seltmann, Jade Macrae and Abbe May – they performed their own and each other's songs.
Her song "Stupid" (ROLL) is included in the Time Life Collection, "4 Decades Of Folk Rock." She was voted Folk Artist Of 2008 by the Roots Music Association. McCue recorded and produced her next album herself at her Flying Machine Studio. It was East of Electric, released August 2008. The first single from her next album, Broken Promise Land, 'Don't Go To Texas' was made available on iTunes and released in November, 2009. The new album 'Broken Promise Land' was released on May 18, 2010.
McCue produced and recorded two albums for other artists in 2009 - Tracey Bunn's "By The Wayside" and Denise DeSimone's "Pray Peace".
She also directed the videos for Amelia White's "Even Angels" and Tracey Bunn's "Shut Up And Let Me Breathe".
McCue was a finalist in the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album.
The DVD "Live In Nashville" was released on Flying Machine in 2011. In 2011 McCue released two cover version singles, Leonard Cohen's 'Bird On A Wire' and The Divinyls' 'Pleasure And Pain'. She formed the band 'Yeah No Yeah' with Simon Kerr and they released their first single and video, 'Happy Alone'.
- Laughing EP (CD EP) - self-released - 1996
- Amazing Ordinary Things (CD) - Relentless Records - 2000
- Live: Ballad of an Outlaw Woman (CD) - Nightshade Records - 2002
- Roll (CD) - Messenger Records - 2004
- Koala Motel (CD) - Messenger Records - 2006
- East of Electric (CD) - Flying Machine Records - 2008
- Broken Promise Land (CD) - Flying Machine Records -2010
- Pleasure And Pain (Single) - Flying Machine Recordings - 2011
- Bird On The Wire (Single) - Flying Machine Recordings - 2011
- Born To Run (Single) - Flying Machine Recordings - 2013
- Artist Choice: Lucinda Williams - (CD) - Starbucks/Hear Music 2002
- East Nashville Vol.3 - (CD) - Red Beet Records 2009
- 4 Decades Of Folk Rock(CD Box Set) - Time Life- 2007
- Between Days - Meryl Bainbridge 2001
- Rock'n'Roll Pony - Gina Villalobos 2004
- Mexican Standoff - Michelle Shocked 2005
- Miles Away - Gina Villalobos 2006
- By The Wayside - Tracey Bunn 2011
- Happy Alone - Yeah No Yeah 2011
- Pray Peace Denise DeSimone 2009
- By The Wayside Tracey Bunn 2010
- East Of Electric Anne McCue 2008
- Broken Promise Land Anne McCue 2010
- Pleasure And Pain Anne McCue 2011
- Resurrection Moon Audrey Auld 2012
- Born To Run Anne McCue 2013
As Video Director/Editor
- Money In The Morning Anne McCue 2008
- My New Piano Anne McCue 2009 Short Film
- All I Need Anne McCue 2008
- Even Angels Amelia White 2013
- Happy Alone Yeah No Yeah 2011
- Elliott, Tim (19 August 2008). "Lady's Night at the Beckoning Microphone". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 5 June 2011.
- "Broad 2007". Broad Festival. Retrieved 5 June 2011.