** See also, Annie Bacon's Folk Opera: www.thefolkopera.com **
Born, (and almost not born), in Maine during a blizzard, and reared musically in San Francisco through the aughts, Annie Bacon sings sad songs in the major key.
With her band Annie Bacon & her OSHEN, Annie creates lush, emotionally-driven folk rock. Always bursting with honest, earnest energy, and often hinting at Americana, the particular style has been deemed Sweet Rock by some of the OSHEN’S excellent side players (who have included guitarists James Nash (The Waybacks), Henry Nagle (eightbelles/Emily Jane White), and Chris Pickering, and violinist Savannah Jo Lack (Ruth Gerson)) Comparisons include Stevie Nicks, Feist, and Neko Case, and these talents clearly have lent inspiration to Annie as well.
The most recent recording, Stranded Songs (EP), brings the Americana elements to the forefront with acoustic instrumentation and arrangements that pit Death, Wisdom, Love and Nature against the playful levity of a ukulele. Infectious melodies are earworms after a single listen. Emotional landscapes are built in entirety in under two minutes. The 6 songs, which include a cover of Léo Delibes classic aria “The Flower Duet,” are set to be released in March 2015.
Annie’s musical suite, The Folk Opera, carries the listener through a day in the life of a few small town folks as the forces of love and loss (of memory, people and places) rewrite their plans. Haunting folk melodies and harmonies meet operatic hyperbole, creating an indelible, visceral, musical experience. It was written in 2009, recorded in 2010 and was most recently adapted as a verse puppet play by Alphabet Arts for Brooklyn's Puppets & Poets Festival in 2013.
Annie lives in a tower in San Francisco with her sweetheart and young son.