Anna’s father is the legendary Alan Menken, who wrote the scores for Beauty And The Beast (yeah, I know), The Little Mermaid, and many other Disney movies, but whose personal music tastes run closer to Little Feat and The Stones. I mention this because 27 year old Anna Rose is a gritty soul blues rocker belter but, listening to her current album, the 2013 Behold A Pale Horse, it is apparent she plays both the bitter battering ram blues belter (“Because Your Mine”) and the singer songwriter with a bit more punch than most (“Drive”). The album zig zags effortlessly between the two, less vertiginous, more parallels.
Here is a quote I took off Anna’s website: “My name is very sugary, but my personality is very spicy. My mom used to call me a little ball of fire. I love hard. I hate hard. I play hard, but if you calm me down, I can be gentle. That’s what this album is. It shows the true essence of who I really am as a person, as an artist.”
The album doesn’t exactly coincide with my tastes, I prefer the more melodic stuff to the rough and tumble blues, but I bet she brings it hard live on stage, and Studio At Webster Hall is a great place to see a band, one of my favorite rooms in the city. Anna is performing there, opening for the Voice finalist Tony Lucca on April 16th, 2015. Get tickets here.
an old school New York feel
oedipal vulnerable and blue collar visceral
An emotional song with Miya’s acrobatic and vulnerable vocals
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1973 (Volume 4, Number 12)
From Robert Johnson to the Ramones – what a life!
one of the great top tens of the 2020
will mark their return to the road in early February, 2023 with a string of to-be-announced US arena dates
enjoyable and soulful romp
another full day of music
his weakest album to date
hoedown, snappy , country slappy