Sara Storer has certainly lived the life that she sings about, from her formative years living off the land in Mallee to her time spent as a teacher in remote areas of Queensland and the Northern Territory. With 14 Golden Guitars in her cabinet there is no doubt she is a storyteller of great note. As loved as Storer is, it is hard to deny that her career started with two great albums and since then quality has somewhat dropped away.
Storer’s fifth album, Lovegrass, is a welcome return to form – whether it be the six years between albums of new material, or the headspace that has come from the birth of her three children and relatively recent nuptials. The title track is a song about a noxious weed, and is an ode to her husband. While it may sound like a premise that would be too corny for words, the lithe melody and tasteful fiddle make it Storer’s finest moment for some time.
There are the more serious moments like Pozie, a duet with John Williamson that reflects on the tales of a digger. Storer is able to mix these more typical country movements with spritely numbers that borrow the spirit of Frente in Canoe.
Lovegrass is an easy listen that finds Storer delivering on her reputation as one of the finest exponents of country music in Australia.