Annie Bacon wants you to feel. Something. Anything.To that end, she creates lush, emotionally-driven folk rock bursting with an honest, earnest energy that easily convinces you to lash your heartstrings to her dock. Comparisons include Stevie Nicks, Ingrid Michaelson, and Neko Case, and these talents have clearly lent inspiration as well.
After cutting her teeth in the SF scene as bassist for the renegade country/rock band Sweet Crude Bill, a band steeped in its own oil-soaked mythology, Annie stepped out on her own, with a lust and longing for absolute truth. What she has found, and keeps finding, is that truth is a shape shifter whose form depends on the eyes that behold it. She’s turned instead to telling stories – some from her own past, or retelling the past as she wished it had happened, some stories dropped in her lap by strangers who have always found in Annie a curious and empathic listener. She dives deep into the soul of the stories, divining the universal through the personal.
To hold steady the tide as she weaves emotional and literate lyrics with a flirtatious performance style, Annie brings her OSHEN of stellar musicians Tal Ariel, Omar Cuellar (Facing New York, Adam Haworth Stephens), Meryl Press (Marc & The Casuals) and Jeremy Mulder.
The most recent recording, Stranded Songs (EP), is Annie's best work to date. It brings the Americana elements to the forefront, with acoustic instrumentation and arrangements that pit Death, Wisdom, Love and Nature against the playful levity of the ukulele, born from a life well-lived. The 6 songs, which include a folk cover of Léo Delibes classic aria “The Flower Duet,” were 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. More on the Folk Opera at www.TheFolkOpera.com