London-born, Melbourne-based musician Alison Ferrier is a prolific songwriter, talented guitarist and an active player in Melbourne’s vibrant music scene. Ferrier’s voice is unadorned and inviting, singing songs of nostalgia and the human condition, with observations on the universal emotions of everyday life.
She has delighted audiences at Port Fairy and Woodford Folk Festivals as well as numerous venues along the east coast. Her third studio album 'What She Knows' is an evocative and emotive slice of folk, country, blues and rock 'n' roll and has established Ferrier as a force to be reckoned with.
Opelousas is Ferrier's latest project with the legendary Kerri Simpson and Anthony Shortte. A distillation of Melbourne's finest, Opelousas draw inspiration from their friends and contemporaries. The legendary Simpson's New Orleans pedigree and Shorty as the back beat and bedrock of the original Collards Greens and Gravy, this powerhouse plays pulsating rhythms from the belly of the blues.
What She Knows, Ferrier's third solo release is a crafted collection of atmospheric folk, laid-back country and rockin’ blues is boosted by Ferrier’s clever electric riffs. The album taps into her early British blues and rock influences, including Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, while her lyrically rich, slow-build numbers are reminiscent of Lucinda Williams or Christine McVie. Her lead fuzz guitar in the spacious track Once had a Love (think, Dylan's Time out of Mind) and in country-punk remake of trad folk song The Cuckoo, take her playing to an impressive new level and perhaps hint at a new rockier direction for Ferrier. Joining her on the record are the equally impressive Jeff Lang (who also produced and recorded the album) Ben Franz on bass, Danny McKenna and Ash Davies on drums.