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Aly Cook releases 'Caught in the Middle' today, featuring guest performance by Sharon O’Neill

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Aly Cook releases 'Caught in the Middle' today, featuring guest performance by Sharon O’Neill

New Zealand singer-songwriter Aly Cook today releases her new album Caught in the Middle, featuring some of Australia’s top session musicians and an appearance by Sharon O’Neill.

Touching on country, blues, roots and acoustic genres, the album includes nine original works and three selected covers. Recorded and mixed by Buzz Bidstrup and David Nicholas at Asquith Studios in Sydney, and produced by Graham ‘Buzz’ Bidstrup, Cook raised the funds to record this album, as she did her previous two, through crowdfunding and an extended pre-sale period.

Aly Cook

Aly Cook

The pre-release track, Steal your Love was launched on 6 September, and the first single and music video to be released off the new record was Red Dirt Road Trip on 20 September.

“I first got the idea for Red Dirt Road Trip when I was travelling the road from Sydney to Mildura across the Hay Plain and remembering the many red dirt roads I’ve travelled over the years singing to the radio,” Cook says. “We worked up the song in the lounge at Asquith Studios with my co-writers Buzz and Kay. It’s a really fun, upbeat song.”

Caught in the Middle was recorded in Australia by Buzz and David Nicholas, a multi-ARIA award-winning producer/engineer whose resume lists credits on hit Australian and international albums including INXS, Jimmy Barnes and Sir Elton John.

The musicians on the record include members of ‘The Tracking Crew’ with Buzz on drums, Rick Melick on keys, James Gillard on bass, and the late Glen Hannah on guitar. Others who helped out were Dean Ray on acoustic guitar, Clive Harrison on bass, George Washingmachine on violin, and John Kaldor on pedal steel.

Aly Cook, a New Zealand-based multi award-winning recording artist, has had one foot either side of the Tasman for many years, touring the length and breadth of Australia as she has in her homeland. While touring the East Kimberley region, her passion for ancient lands led her to write Kimberley which was used in a television promotion for the region. Kimberley was a single from her sophomore album Horseshoe Rodeo Hotel which was produced in New Zealand by Alan Jansson.

The album entered the Top 40 Official New Zealand album charts and also enjoyed six number one hits on Australian independent airplay-based charts. Over the past three years while Cook has been touring Australia, she established a writing partnership with producer and former Angels member Graham ‘Buzz’ Bidstrup and his wife Kay Bidstrup, who were both founding members of iconic 80s band GANGgajang. The songs from these sessions are the basis of her new album Caught in the Middle.

Cook plans to continue travelling to support the release of Caught in the Middle with festivals appearance and performances in the coming months.

For more information, visit www.alycook.com.au and http://alycook.com.au/the-new-cd