There are no broken promises on Anne McCue’s latest record, Broken Promise Land.
With her authentic, Lucinda Williams-flavored vocals, guitar chops and a near-live recording process without extra layers that would be difficult to replicate on the stage she charges full speed into a bluesy, swampy, slightly psychedelic mix of rock ‘n’ roll that she describes as “cosmic biker rock.”
The single, “Don’t Go To Texas (Without Me),” is a sharp love/hate song. The accompanying video has Anne and another girl (played by Tonya Watts) fleeing from the law after apparently some sort of gun-related incident. Anne studied film so it’s no surprise that her music videos have an element of mystery and intrigue that escapes many music videos.
The strong bass lines on tunes like “Lonesome Child” come courtesy of Bones Hillman (Midnight Oil) while Ken Coomer (Uncle Tupelo, Wilco) handles drums. Anne plays guitar, keyboard and vibes.
The title track, while almost old-school punk, has undertones of blues while singing the refrain of no more milk and no more honey. Ameila White’s “Motorcycle Dream” on the other hand is erie, disillusioned by the reality of life wanting a “pocketful of truth.” And that man in “The Old Man’s Talking?” He could very easily be the same wise man from down in the quarter in Levon Helm’s “Hurricane.”