By Stuart Coupe.
Kelly Brouhaha, South Australian award winning songwriter, is one of those artists who's unique style simply cannot be put into a box. From big blues to soulful country, it is music that is real and raw and vulnerable.
"Campfires", the first single from her new live album "Unplugged", articulates Brouhaha's life on the road, living in her much loved 1992 Toyota Hiace affectionately known as "Pamela Anderson". The album came to be after Brouhaha was forced into a seaside shack on South Australia's Yorke Peninsula while Covid 19 swiftly shut down the music industry overnight.
Brouhaha found herself contemplating an immediate and uncertain future with no touring and live performances.
Turning to digital membership platform "Patreon" during lockdown, the album was funded through the patronage of a handful of Brouhaha's most loved fans and she says has helped her keep on-top of the mental overwhelm from being forced to sit still.
The result is Campfires, a live acoustic album that captures the show that Brouhaha is currently touring whilst she works on her next studio album which is due for release in the first half of 2022.
Campfires contains three new songs (Poets Troubadours & Me, Watch Fires Burn and the title song).
Of the new songs Campfires is in fact inspired by the camaraderie on the road and the simpleness of living in the dirt. Poets Troubadours & Me was inspired by the actual pandemic and Brouhaha’s love of travel. And Watch Fires Burn draws on thoughts of the family travelling artists meet on the road and the safe places they can return to.
The album also contains a cover of The Beatles classic Blackbird, along with reworking's of two tracks from the 2017 EP Mama Didn’t Raise A Quiter (As Long As There’s A Smile, and Audrey’s Song) plus four songs from Brouhaha’s self-titled 2019 album (Benjamin, 40,000 Star Motel, Cassidy’s Blues, and I’m Gonna Miss Ya).
More at home on the road, she's spent the last three years touring with country music legend Beccy Cole, releasing her debut album in 2019 to much success on ABC radio playlists, Community Radio Charts and even a nod from Shania Twain on a personally curated Spotify playlist "Kick Ass Women Of Country".
Unplugged captures the essence of Brouhaha's impressively emotional vocal is a perfect snapshot of an artist on the rise.