Anne McCue with special guest, Dan Navarro on Sat, June 8, 2013

Roots Music Association’s Folk Artist of the Year Anne McCue is set to release her new single, a folky version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.” Given her unique voice and impressive guitar chops she has been described as a combination of Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and Susan Tedeschi. Australian native McCue chose Springsteen’s anthem to young rebellion because it resonated with the rebellious spirit she possessed as a teenager:

“I first started singing the song over 15 years ago in Melbourne. Even though Springsteen had grown up in New Jersey, USA and I had grown up west of Sydney, Australia, the characters and the mood were the same. To me it was like ‘Rumble Fish’ and ‘The Outsiders.’ We were those kids and those kids are in this amazing song. This was, and still is, our song.”

McCue’s distinctive vocal style showcases the emotion of Springsteen’s lyrics. Her version unwraps the rock classic and delivers it as a ballad, plunging deeply into the essence of the song. As McCue explains, “Springsteen captures all the longing in the teenage heart, all the dreams in the teenage mind – the fog of the overwhelming present which tried to steal away the passion of our future and tie us down to an ordinary life. That is what we longed to escape and some of us ran – I know I did. And perhaps I’m still running.”

Dan Navarro: As a songwriter for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more…

As a recording and touring artist with longtime partner, Eric Lowen, in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro and since Eric’s retirement in 2009, as a solo singer-songwriter increasingly in demand on the national concert circuit…

As a singer and voice actor in major motion pictures, television series, commercials and recordings…

Dan Navarro‘s new album, Shed My Skin, is slated for release in Summer of 2013.

He is the father of a 16-year-old son and a known abuser of acoustic guitars.

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