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12 Golden Greats

The Junes
12 Golden Greats

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The Junes
Country Con Queso

Brian Nankervis of Rockwiz, 2010

I have done a lot of kilometres, driving from Elwood to Donvale, Melbourne to Fish Creek, Cowes to Yarram ... and I’m happy to report that ‘12 Golden Greats’ by The Junes has kept me company when the road stretched into the hazy distance, made me smile when the gigs were tough and gave me 12 perfectly good reasons to jump back in the car, crank up the cd player and drive into the sunset. It’s a record filled to overflowing with the sheer joy and the occasional heartbreak of being alive and well in this topsy turvy world. Twelve toe tapping tunes with cheeky grins and sly giggles. Great singing! Great playing! From Jo’s Song to the Busker’s Lament and then simply start all over again.

Jeff Glorfeld - The Age June 2010

A TYPICAL night at the Grand Ole Opry will include a dozen artists in a two-hour program. Taking this idea to heart for their LP debut, the Junes roll out a country variety show (minus the Nashville slickness) in styles ranging from genial swing to gentrified honkytonkin', a touch of bright calypso, some lilting gypsy fiddle and a dose of Tex-Mex accordion. Of course, to call this a debut is misleading, as these folks are something of a super-group, marrying up former Git gals Sarah Carroll and Suzannah Espie with Gleny Rae Virus and fellow Tamworth playboy Dougie Bull. Apart from the superb musicianship and dazzling vocal harmonies, what is most enjoyable is the songwriting modern updates of the classic country music canon. Opening track Jo's Song is a timeless tale about burying one's regrets; Sorrytown puts a contemporary spin on Tammy Wynette's DIVORCE story; Hopeless is a 21st-century bar-room drinkin' song, in which the singer namechecks "slaves to the bottle". Work For Me is funny and downright lascivious forget standing by your man; these women want their blokes horizontal and sweaty.

The Junes (Vitamin Records) 4/5

Rhythms Magazine June 2010

You have to love the gumption of The Junes in naming a new album of original songs "12 Golden Greats". But you gotta back yourself, huh?
Sarah Carroll, Suzannah Espie and Gleny Rae gather their considerable singing and writing talents again, with rhythm section Dougie Bull and Chris Tabone, to produce an album that coruscates with the band's genuine love of vintage roots music and also their great sense of fun.
You don't expect a po-faced purist record from The Junes, humour and fun a crucial ingredient to the band's enjoyment of their music... every song delivered with a winning smile and wink. Three songs in, Rae delivers an ode to all the hopeless alcoholics past and present, reeling off in a spoken word bridge a tribute to Townes, Gram, Bon, etc. Two songs later she and the group erupt into a tropical calypso, tongues firmly in cheek, in "Work For Me" which concludes a vignette about flirting with the pool cleaner and giving him a "tip" with the line "Daddy don't like me to open my purse"! Genius.
In the next track we're off on an Andrews-Sisters meets gypsy sea shanty bent, showcasing Gleny's violin skills, in an ode to Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum and another great line; "I'm not drunk, I'm only drinking (her eyes are red/her breath is stinking).
There is one cover tune amidst all the rib-nudging originals, a pretty straight, though no less lively, rendition of "You Can't Break The Chains of Love". Overall, though, "12 Golden Greats" is a guaranteed blues breaker.