Artist info

Genre

Roots, Rock


Sounds like

Ani Di Franco, Nina Simone, Bonnie Raitt


band members

Cass Eager - vocals


Influences

Ben Harper, Turin Brakes, Jack Johnson


Bio

. . . so the television’s starting to show you stories that have no imagination and the silence tells you the rain’s gone for a while so you head out, looking for a smoky room and a strange crowd . . . it’s not the loneliness, it’s being alone. And as you walk the rain sweeps back in and you duck into a bar, smoke and noise and loud conversation and down the end on a small stage in a patch of light under a mass of wild curls, a girl sits, cradling a big-bodied guitar, like a still from The Bottom Line in ’68. And this voice, mixing Memphis soul and delta blues, husky from a thousand melodies with a touch of Bobbie Gentry, all strange to hear in this age of pale imitation and cynical polemic. And that voice, with a simple guitar strum, beats down the dull throb of self-obsessed conversation and breaks through to the other side and throws to images of a girl in a faded floral dress standing in the dirt by a house near the coast watching a storm roll in from the ocean. Those songs of hers take you somewhere, where good songs always take you. Cass’s success is a result of her inimitable sound, combining roots, soul, folk and blues. Her gigs are infused with sounds of inspirations as diverse as Bonnie Raitt to Jack Johnson, Nina Simone to Ben Harper...with a hint of Janis Joplin. Yet, despite these comparisons, ‘soul sister Cass is no pale imitation’ (NDL). She has been described as ‘one of Sydney’s most gifted singer-songwriters, whose refreshingly honest, raspy, almost Joplin-esque like voice is hers alone, and whose eclectic songwriting will spellbound the listener.’ (Drum Media) Along with an acoustic and lap steel guitar, Cass also plays an electric ukulele and stompbox during her shows. As Diesel said, ‘She has a voice so sweet she could sing the phone book to you and you’d love it.’ Cass has recently returned from a 21-date national Canadian and US tour (June/July 2006), where she showcased at the NXNE Festival in Toronto, and the Millenium Music Conference in Pennsylvannia, as well as several shows in New York City. ‘Beautiful Day’ had its official Canadian release (Festival), receiving national airplay on CBC Radio and charting at Number 8 in the first week added. The tour included 7 shows with American Singer/Songwriter Bob Egan (master of lap steel, pedal and slide guitar from Blue Rodeo/Wilco/Tragically Hip), where Egan and Eager joined forces on stage to deliver powerful harmonies together. After a near-sellout show at Whistler’s Millennium Theatre, Egan and Eager are set to embark on a duet tour in October 2006 across Canada. Cass also recently headlined a successful 17-date 5 week Australian East Coast tour in Jan/Feb 2006, as well as Darwin (Oct ‘05/Jan ‘06), both of which included performing live-to-air on over 10 radio stations. Her first US tour in late 2004, included 9 shows in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Cass has visited East Timor 5 times since 2002 (most recently Dec/Jan 2006) performing for Australian soldiers, international UN peacekeepers, locals and children in orphanages. In 2004, she performed with Paul Kelly and Peter Garrett to over 40,000 people at Dili Stadium for Timor’s Independence Day Anniversary Concert. Kelly was so inspired, he put together the ‘Timor-Leste Freedom Rising’ compilation in 2005 (EMI/Capitol), and included Cass’s single, ‘Beautiful Day’ along with the likes of John Butler, Missy Higgins, Paul Kelly, The Cruel Sea, Kasey Chambers & The Cat Empire. Someone else impressed with Cass’s sound was visiting royal Prince Harry who saw her perform at Kerry Packer’s polo property ‘Ellerston’ during international Spring Polo season. The Prince was so taken by the gig, he asked her for a repeat performance the following week which led to Cass giving him guitar lessons during his Australian stay. In Australia, Cass has performed with the likes of The Beautiful Girls, Alex Lloyd, Lior, Diesel, Paul Kelly, iOTA, Carus and Carla Werner to name a few. She has also appeared on 4 other CD compilations of independent artists, being named ‘Emerging Australian Artist’ on SBA Music’s international compilation.

Review

El Viejo

04 Dec 2006

50

A quick raggae with some vague hip hop undertones. Impossible not to feel happy when listening to this song. The best match between song and photo I've ever seen. What a smile!!!!!

A quick raggae with some vague hip hop undertones. Impossible not to feel happy when listening to this song. The best match between song and photo I've ever seen. What a smile!!!!!