You are Mia Dyson and you’ve worked your ass off the past
decade to be heard on the Australian continent. That work
has paid off. People know your name. Writers gush about
your whisky-tinged voice and liken you to Lucinda Williams,
Bob Dylan and the Boss. You’ve headlined shows, played the
festivals, cut three records and received plenty of radio play.
You’ve been nominated four times for an ARIA, winning one.
You’ve toured with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Nicks
But there is this dream you’ve had since you were a child
listening to your parents’ vinyl collection and later reading E
Annie Proulx. Get to America. Tour across the States playing
music, soak into the American culture and ultimately, make a
So you sharpen your teeth and sink into that dream.
Well, Mia Dyson, welcome to America. It’s 2009 and nobody
knows your name.
In the next three years you’ll separate from your long-time
partner, you’ll go broke, lose your band and your management
will try to change your name and sell you out to reality
And what is your response to it all?
You make the most gutsy and revealing album of your life. You reclaim the helm of your career,
building a community of players and friends, touring through the vast cities and big sky country you’ve
heard achingly described in your favourite songs, enjoying America the way you dreamed of.
“The Moment” frames that three-year journey into a chaotic American landscape and the depths of
uncertainty. It is an album about grabbing hold of what scares you most and letting go of trying to
control your own fate. Each song holds up a piece of broken heart and examines it through the fresh
eyes of a woman who’s found her place, and is suddenly aware that not much in life can be planned.
From the chronicle of an imploding relationship (“Pistol”) to the life-affirming heart-pounding joy of
forging ahead (“When The Moment Comes”) to the empathetic gaze outward into a dark canon of
Australian history in “Jesse”. This is the kind of album America meant for Mia Dyson to make all
And now it’s time to bring it all home.
THE MOMENT is released August 2012 through MGM Distribution