Last Saturday night I had the opportunity to hang out with Frank Yamma, David Bridie, and Phil Wales at the Nannup Music Festival, have a curry and a beer, and take in their twilight set at the amphitheatre by the river.
It’s been over 2years since Frank’s last album, Countryman, was released to popular and critical acclaim. Produced and recorded by David Bridie (Not Drowning Waving, My Friend the Chocolate Cake), for the Wantok Musik Foundation, it introduced a beautifully acoustic Frank Yamma to a whole new audience.
This year we’ll get a new album from Frank. “I’ve been writing new songs, and I’ve got some old ones too, all mixed up. We’re gonna make the sounds different to the old album, change it around, slow it down a bit. I just can’t wait to work over the new album”
Frank and David will return to Taralga in the southern tablelands of NSW to record the album. David moves his recording studio from Melbourne into an old farmhouse ‘Cranekelly’, owned by good friend Richard McGrath, and they settle into this place to record in peaceful isolation. “We did the first album at the farm. It’s really easy to work there. Get away from all the noise and humbug you know. Not too many people. You can just focus”.
Frank’s musical association with David started about 12 years ago “with a couple of bits and pieces here and there. Then we got serious. He said to me, when are we gonna do an album together? And I said, I’ve just been waiting for you. Turned out really good.”
Watch the video for ‘She Cried’ here. Shot on location at the farm.