Meet The Audreys Americana Fest Mixtape

The Audreys are a folk-rock Americana duo from Adelaide, Australia.

They are Taasha Coates, who sings and plays small stringed instruments and keyboards, and Tristan Goodall, who plays larger stringed instruments and doesn’t sing. They have released three full-length albums, all of which received a coveted ARIA Award (Australia’s Grammys) in the Best Blues and Roots Album category. They are stalwarts of the Australian touring scene and have played a smattering of club and festival shows in North America, the U.K., and Europe.

The Audreys released their first album Between Last Night & Us in 2006. The album, produced by prominent Melbourne musician Shane O’Mara, spawned two unlikely radio favourites in tracks Oh Honey, and You & Steve McQueen. This, coupled with extensive touring, pushed the album to gold status in their home country. The album was used as the soundtrack to Rainshadow, a popular six-part ABC TV-series that starred Rachel Ward, was nominated for both Logie and AFI awards and continues to screen around the world. In 2008 they released their second album When The Flood Comes to continued critical acclaim. The album debuted in the Top 20 on the Australian Charts and placed in Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 50 albums of that year. The song Small Things from the album was featured in an episode of popular teen-soap One Tree Hill. The band continued to tour extensively both in Australia and overseas. The duo’s third album was released in 2010. Sometimes the Stars, furthering the pair’s collaboration with producer Shane O’Mara, was their most ambitious yet. Recording for the first time without a band but with a who’s who of the Australian music industry as special guests, Taasha and Tristan reached further then ever beyond the folk and alt-country traditions of their earlier albums. An animated video for the albums title track continues to win awards and garner interest for the band all over the world. In 2012 they repackaged all three albums in a box-set called Collected in order to celebrate each album winning an ARIA award (Australia’s Grammys) and to give them more time to work on their new record. They also began to tour for the first time as a duo. This lead to a performance at SXSW in Austin, Texas, with a return to the U.S. planned for 2014. The pair are known on stage for graceful and impassioned performances, ramshackle impromptu cover versions and for their playful banter and disarming charm.

Their fourth studio album ’Til My Tears Roll Away was recorded in late 2013, again in collaboration with producer Shane O’Mara, and with current additional members Brett Canning (bass) and Ben Wiesner (drums). Released on March 14th in Australia to rave reviews, critical acclaim and a top 40 chart debut, the album was described by Rolling Stone Magazine in a 4-star write-up as “a record of abandon and grace.” All that’s left is to bring it down and dirty to a town near you to teach your little-uns how to weep into a whiskey glass and gather stars from the gutter, all without tearing a seam in their vintage thrift store duds. Folk Yeah!