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------ Since her days as the SG-wielding lead singer-songwriter of the all-girl
------garage-pop band ‘Girl Monstar,’ Sherry Rich has been a formidable part
------of the musical landscape in Australia and the US. Her singing style and
------attitude has been compared to an eclectic mix of female vocalists -
------Christine McVie, Bonnie Raitt, Peggy Lee, Debbie Harry, Joan Jett,
------Nancy Sinatra, Linda Thonpson and Rose Maddox.
------The daughter of Australian 60s country-folk singer Noelene Rich,
------Sherry grew up on beautiful Bribie Island in Queensland, often joining
------her Mum onstage singing harmonies and playing ukulele from a young
------age. Later, she played bass in her high school band-
------‘Obscure Alternatives’, which also featured some guy named Keith Urban.
------As a teen, Sherry's love of painting and punk rock led to a 4-year Art College
----- interlude in Brisbane. At the same time, Sherry and brother Rusty discovered
------their Mother’s country music vinyl collection and were inspired to form
------ the country/rockabilly band, ‘Cactus Fever’.
------Soon after they headed south to Melbourne with guitar cases full of
------dreams to work as the duo ‘Rusty and Sherry-Sue’.
------When Rusty ran off to join a barbershop quartet, Sherry formed the infamous
------female rock foursome Girl Monstar who topped the independent
------charts with their two singles on tasty coloured vinyl –
------‘He’s Hell/Surfing on a Wave of Love’ and ‘Joe Cool’. They performed
------as the opening act for legendary bands such as The Ramones,
------The Buzzcocks, Skid Row, The Divinyls, The Hoodoo Gurus, The Hard Ons,
------The Celibate Rifles, The Lime Spiders and Skyhooks, and were a vital part of
------the Australian independent pub rock scene.
------Girl Monstar released their LP Monstereo Delicioso in 1992 and toured
------ constantly from 1988–92 before going out with a bang at the first
------ ‘Big Day Out’ in Melbourne in 1992.

------Sherry’s next band ‘The Grievous Angels’ mixed up a country-rock
------cocktail and worked hard as a live act attracting a considerable following.
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------A song on her first EP about the death of Kurt Cobain entitled
------‘Beautiful, Talentedand Dead’ was widely played on radio and heralded
------her coming of age as a respected songwriter.

------On her first trip to the US in 1997, Sherry met Jay Bennett,
------ Ken Coomer and John Stirratt of alt-country darlings ‘Wilco’
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--- and recorded the album ‘Sherry Rich and Courtesy Move’ which
------ included songs written with Paul Kelly, Michael Thomas and Garth Porter.
------ The following year she paired up with Australian guitar-slinger Ashley
------Naylor on the critically applauded paisley-underground project
------‘The Grapes’ before touring Europe with future husband,
----- acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Rick Plant, then returning
-----to live and work in Nashville.

----- Since 2000, Sherry has been actively writing and performing in the US and
------her adopted hometown of Melbourne with a long list of superlative
------musicians including: Jim Lauderdale, Amy Rigby, Tim Carroll, Will
------Kimbrough, Fred Eaglesmith,Tammy Rogers, Gwil Owen, Bob Di Piero,
------John Stirratt, Rick Plant,Susan Shaw, Shane O’Mara, Rosie Flores,
------Jay Bennett, Ken Coomer, Dan Brodie, Walt Wilkinsand Buddy Miller.
------She is currently signed to BMG/UNIVERSAL/Chrysalis
------publishing with songs from her extensive catalogue featured in US TV and
------ movie soundtracks and recorded by other artists from Finland to Texas.
------Check out ‘Other Projectsfor the word on Sherry’s varied creative pursuits
------in music, art and writing.

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