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New releases by guitarists Toby Hay, Marisa Anderson, Steve Dawson and Nathan Salsburg make up Aaron “Neddy” Stein’s latest edition of RecommNeds.
Recent records issued by Marisa Anderson, Elkhorn, 75 Dollar Bill and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith make up this week’s installment of RecommNeds.
About Marisa Anderson
Combining boundless creative imagination with a deep reverence for American folk, blues and country music, Marisa Andersons guitar playing is fluid, emotional, dexterous and original. National Public Radio says Andersons playing exposes and hides the mysteries of American music. Pitchfork calls her recent record, Mercury, Brilliant and Wire Magazine says, Her sound has strength in restless variety Andersons playing is heartfelt and utterly American, free from grandstanding and steeped in respect for the old tradition.
Andersons work features improvisations and compositions inspired by Delta blues, West African guitar, Appalachian mountain music, vintage country and western, gospel, noise, rhythm, cycles, mortality, and praise. In performance, Anderson channels the history of the guitar and stretches the boundaries of tradition.
Anderson has toured throughout Europe and the United States and opened for artists including Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sharon Van Etten and The Devil Makes 3. She can be found accompanying Beth Dittos solo acoustic performances and recently contributed guitar to Sharon Van Ettens new record Are We There ?.
Before landing in Portland in the late nineties, Anderson dropped out of college at age nineteen to walk across the United States and didnt stop traveling for fifteen years. Her music is a direct result of this peripatetic existence, reflecting years of living in cars, tents and buses, traveling to Mexico with a circus, walking, hitchhiking and always playing guitar.
Andersons music has been featured on soundtracks including Smokin Fish, For the Love of Dolly, Girls Rock, and Gift To Winter. Recent festival appearances include One Man Band Fest, Le Guess Who, Festival of Endless Gratitude, Creative Music Guild Improvisation Summit, Portland Experimental Film Festival, Sound & Music Festival, NOFest, Electrogals, Festival of Endless Gratitude, and PICAs TBA Festival. Her writings on music and activism have appeared in Bitch Magazine, Leaf Litter, and in Rock n Roll Camp for Girls, the book. Her collaborations with filmmaker Jodi Darby have shown in galleries and film festivals throughout the US.
In August 2013, KBOO Community Radio released a split 7″ featuring Anderson and Elizabeth Cotten. She was KBOOs 2013 Artist in Residence and in 2012 Anderson was one of six artists selected for Signal Fires Afloat Residency. Andersons debut solo recording Holiday Motel was a 2006 Outmusic nominee for Best Female Debut Recording. Anderson spent 2003-2011 working at the RocknRoll Camp for Girls in Portland.
Umphrey’s McGee dusted off Paul Simon’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” for the first time in nearly five years last night in Cleveland.
Spafford dusted off an Eagles cover and delivered their debut of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” during their first of two from Terrapin Crossroads – watch full show pro-shot video.
Trey Anastasio sat in with Mike Gordon’s solo band for the first time since 2014 last night at The Sinclair in Boston joining his Phish bandmate for the majority of the second set and encore.
Umphrey’s McGee teamed with Big Something’s Casey Conrad on a Rolling Stones cover and unearthed a true rarity last night at Stage AE.
Widespread Panic returned to The Capitol Theatre for the first time in 27 years kicking off their first-ever headlining run at the historic rock palace on Friday night.