We both became regulars at a couple of open mics around town. One was at the old Poor David’s Pub on Greenville, where Bill Seely was the host. The other was down in Deep Ellum at the Commerce Street Ice House, and was hosted byBob Ackerman.
Lots of folks drifted in and out of those open mics, but Annie and me were regulars. Later on, she and some of her friends from the band Chattervox started a songwriter group down on Greenville Avenue. We’d meet at a Starbucks there, once a month, to exchange songs we were working on, share writing ideas, and get critique.
That’s where I first metLisa Markely and Beth Cahill, Annie’s Chattervox mates. It’s also where I first met Bill Nash and Cary Cooper. It was quite a group. I think some folks still find it hard to believe we were all a part of it. And I still miss it quite a bit.
Annie’s a good friend, and a great person. She’s not just a great musician, but also an involved community activist. She sang on my first CD, lending her voice to “The Sun is Gonna Show,” and “The Peace.” And her last CD came out that same year. She’s been to a lot of my gigs through the years, and vice versa. She and some of those aforementioned songwriter friends came to my CD release and sang with me that night.
I mention all this because Annie’s new CD is now done. The CD Release Party for “Some Kind of Wonder” is this coming Sunday, April 1st. And if you are free, you should go.
Here are the details:
CD Release Party for “Some Kind of Wonder”
Sunday, April 1
5:00 pm until 8:00pm
no cover charge, bring donations
Bath House Cultural Center
521 E. Lawther Drive
You can get more info on Annie and her music ather website.
While there, you can listen to soundclips from the new CD, and find out more about this great performer.
I don’t see Annie nearly as much as I should these past few years. I bumped into her at the big peace rally, just before the war, andshe asked me to sing with her on one of her songs. But, good lord, that’s four years ago now! So, I see her now and then, but not nearly enough.
I understand that she’s resurrected the songwriter group here and there, and that’s a good thing. She works hard to book regular solo gigs, and gigs with her current band, “Rocketgirl.” She also sometime performs classical flute, and can sometimes be head at the DMA.
Annie has always been a great encourager of other artists, and I have always been proud to call her friend. She works hard at what she does, forges her own path, and always challenging herself to grow musically and artistically.
What I’ve heard of the new CD is fantastic. You won’t to miss it.
* meaning that I’ve known her the longest, not that either of us are “old.” Right?