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Hat Fitz and Cara - After the Rain (Self Release)

Collision of two hearts, minds and continents reward with vintage take on universal language.

Meeting of Australian born Hat Fitz and Irish songstress Cara Robinson steadfast proof that love has no barrier. Husband, wife and musical partnership making Australia home base for career that reaches fourth album release AFTER THE RAIN, rooted in fusion of timeless gospel and blues, with firm grasp on the Mississippi delta. 

Vocal duties shared by both musicians although Cara takes lion's share of lead, harmonies in the main by Fitz who stands centre stage for two of the nine songs present. Cara also plays 'vintage drums' and washboard, while Hat plays electric guitar, resonator guitar, and mandolin. Dave Stephenson augments CD line-up with trombone and trumpet on title cut After The Rain. All songs credited as originals by Hat Fitz and Cara appropriately "inspired by true events of our lives past and present." 

Lead song Going Home casts gaze to England's shores, the opening guitar line recalling Albatross hit for early incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, additional of lyric and powerful vocal from Cara flips the early reflection into blues ballad.  Solid instrumentation throughout the disc, Hat's electric guitar driving Cara's vocal on After The Rain, the military march like tempo of  snare drum accompanied by sparse brass. 

Tank Man its boogie styling a dance card invite allows Hatz gritty vocal to escape while story song Rosie Hackett delights with delicate slide at times at one with the harmonised vocals.  Harder edge returns in Try, the fake call and response ending descending into wall of sound destined to be live favourite.

Hatz vocal snarl lays claim to Won’t Bow Down, the fuelled groove aptly steadied in the slower Running Man finds Cara vocals and expletive underscored by blues guitar. Closing with duo led vocal Keep 'n On  the stripped back After The Rain perfect introduction to ears new to the Australian blues scene and precursor of forthcoming 2017 UK tour. Short visit lands early May, the itinerary within my and hopefully your easy reach, date made. 

Tony Wilding
Northern Sky