Bree de Rome has an effortless style, letting her music hang in open air. It’s positive, atmospheric and unbothered by onlookers. After having graced the stage at the One Way Street Party, it seems the 2014 adventures have only just begun for this Gold Coast local.
Bree’s EP Bag of Bones released in 2013 marks a beginning for the singer/songwriter. Bree now has a much clearer idea of what she wants to do in the future musically, and cites the process being a big part of her finding out who she is as a musician and a person. Her musical roots are firmly planted in country music naming the likes of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and more contemporary artists such as Gillian Welch, as her biggest musical influences at the moment. Her love for country music is more than an alter ego, bringing all her musical influences to life in her music and summing up Johnny Cash as “humble and gracious but also a bad ass”.
It’s this youth and fun that comes across so strongly in Bree’s music that it makes it worthy to be the 21st century’s version of the broken hearted cowboy (or in this case cowgirl!). I Expected More is the narration of lyrics which resembles the contents of a note left on a kitchen table after a disagreement. Her lyrics strike a balance between being intimate and universal, straightforward and quirky.
The year ahead for Bree de Rome includes recording, a few shows in Europe and playing at the Gympie Muster in August. Pledging this year to be one of self-discovery, Bree de Rome is looking forward to a life of music, taking you along with her.
What is it about music that she loves so much? “Everything. Listening to a song written by a person I’ve never met and having that song completely sum up a feeling or situation you’re experiencing. It makes you realise that we’re all connected and we’re all similar,” she said.