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By Sally Bailey
Wed, 04 Jul 2012 13:21:36 +1000

Sherry Rich has been busy. When she's not recording with her family to produce the "Rich Family Album" of classic country tunes or co-writing with Ash Naylor for their Grapes project, she has found to time to release "Dakota Avenue" an album of songs recorded with Jay Bennett of Wilco between 1999-2001.

That's a long time ago when you consider the nature of the fast paced digital world where music is chewed up and spat out quicker than the time it takes to write and record an album. Having said that, "Dakota Avenue" could have been recorded yesterday. The only giveaway to how old the songs are is the lyrical content that points to a much younger Sherry Rich. " Dakota Avenue is the place in Nashville where I lived, where all these songs were written," says Sherry "The songs were written in a very prodcutive period when I first moved to the U.S in 1988." 

The album is a standout for the musicianship that takes simple songs with thoughtful lyrics to another level. Featuring on the album are Glenn Kotche, Pat Sansone and Leroy Bach who have all played in Wilco at some time or another and the legend Al Perkins (of Flying Burritos) playing some of the most sweet pedal steel you will hear. Of course, most of the album was not only co-written by Jay Bennett, he also played on the album as well as producing it. Dakota Avenue was originally recorded in Wilco's loft in Chicago and there is something very Jay Bennett about the mood of this album. As Sherry states;

" I see this record as a time capsule of my early days in Nashville and also a tribute to Jay and his incredible musicality,... he was at his creative best during these recrordings and put in many hours of tireless dedication."

There is a huge amount of detail on "Dakota Avenue" with a virtual feast of sounds all in league with each other to make every song a delectable meal containing all the healthy ingredients for great country/pop. 

Lucky punters in Melbourne will have the opportunity to attended the launch of "Dakota Avenue" on July 14 at Caravan Music Club 95-57 Drummond St Oakleigh VIC. Sherry will also be performing an instore at Basement Discs on July 19th.

"Dakota Avenue" is available right now here:

Here is a taste of what this great long lost album has to offer. Sherry Rich with Hotel Song.

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