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 TESS MCKENNA TESS MCKENNA takes a finely-honed roots sensibility and fuses it with a valve-driven shimmering pop-rock overlay.
The result: six unique solo releases and a significant amount of critical acclaim.


“One of the standouts ‘So Long’ is a textbook case of what can be done with attitude, space, mood, harmonica and slide guitar.”
ROLLING STONE

“There isn’t a song here that is less than brilliant; the playing and recording is outstanding and McKenna herself is one of the best singers in the country...uniquely now and Australian.”

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“10 tracks of punchy pop-rock-country struts...McKenna's accomplished voice leaps from gutsy pub rock to smoky jazz. Pop the Question is reminiscent of 4 Non Blondes' melodic belligerence while the overt sexual imagery and dark truck-stop foreboding of All You Need ouldn't be out of place in a David Lynch film...the album is the work of a gifted artist.' THE AUSTRALIAN

Sometimes the excitement derived from discovering an artist creates a special kind of fun; but you don’t always need to be there from the start. Tess McKenna gained national prominence when she independently released her debut album Make Me Wonder.  Awarded “Best Newcomer of the Year” by The Age, the album packed more than a dozen of McKenna’s songs onto an eight track reel to reel and was recorded by Barry Stockley in his bedroom attic in St Kilda.
Make Me Wonder marks the beginning of a new era in the country genre. It crosses the boundaries set by the previous generation and applies their essence to a contemporary setting.” IN PRESS

“It's five years since McKenna released March, & three years since The One Way. This is too long for a singer of this talent.” ROLLING STONE

The ignition point of an artist’s style often becomes clear once there’s a glimpse of what came before. After a year of performing solo-acoustic McKenna borrowed a friend’s bass and formed post punk three-piece, The Right Furniture. Soon they were playing McKenna’s songs at campus gigs and premium supports around Melbourne’s rock venues, including an opener for The Go Betweens at The Tote. Who really knows why a band described by The Sydney Morning Herald as,“...like The Cure, but more interesting...”discontinues. The truth is it happens all the time and when it did McKenna refocused her efforts into a solo career and independently released the EP, March.

If high profile fans are a good indication of a writer’s influence and reach, then it’s probably worth mentioning that Nick Cave has been noted to be amongst them. Apart from opening for The Bad Seeds and Lucinda Williams, McKenna has also shared the stage and recording studio with some of Australia’s most revered musicians. She has showcased her music from as far afield as; the East Coast Roots & Blues Festival to the Woodford Folk Festival; from the Myer Music Bowl to Austin’s SXSW in Texas, USA.

Tess McKenna has a fifth album in the works and performs regularly in and around her hometown of Melbourne.
 

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