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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.
Watch The Disco Biscuits debut a Blondie cover, bust out “The City” and more at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Umphrey’s McGee brought out Here Come The Mummies and Southern Avenue’s Tierinii Jackson and played their album ‘Anchor Drops’ in full Friday at Summer Camp.
The String Cheese Incident sprinkled a two set performance at DelFest with guest appearances from Del McCoury, Robbie and Ronnie McCoury, Billy Strings and more.
Watch Bob Dylan perform at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 1998 to celebrate the singer-songwriter’s 78th birthday.
The Allman Brothers Band tribute act The Family Peach featuring Butch Trucks’ son and daughter played their first concert together on Wednesday night in Buena Vista, Colorado.