The Writer's Cut: 10 Of the Best NZ Songwriter's Trust
By Mahinarangi Tocker
A compilation of the 10 finalists' songs of the Mataura Licensing Trust Songwriting Awards 2004. The trust was established in Gore just last year to administrate the songwriting aspects of the annual NZ Gold Guitar Awards and this is a lovely example of NZ country and rock. My favourite singers are Mark Parry and Steve Doyle. They sing their emotions in expressions that are purely 'theirs'. I'm a sucker for a good love song and this album is packed with them. All of the songs fit easily into my singing psyche. I'm hooked on Down By The Clocktower, (Parry), Save Your Heart, (Doyle), I Heard About Cowboys, (Lynn Walters) and Raining, (Lisa Cruickshank-Ulrich). Recorded under the guidance of Ross McNab at Streetways Studios in The Catlins, there are some very good and experienced musicians on this recording - John Dodd on bass and Ross McNab, percussion and keyboards, just to mention a couple. How can this not be anything but very good? Send $25 to NZST, PO Box 233, Gore for your copy.