Annson have signed singer / songwriter Sally Barker. Sally is a well known solo artist and member of The Poozies.
Work is underway to re master and release Sally‘s 2003 album ‘Maid In England' which was not commercially released at the time but certainly deserves wider attention and a fully promoted release. The album features full band arrangements of songs that Sally has been featuring in her live sets and with The Poosies. The album will be released on Annson in early 2012.
Dawson Smith, Annson house producer has recorded his third solo album ‘Took The Night' to be released on Annson early 2012.
The album features 11 roots rocking songs all written by Dawson so expect hard rocking bar room blues, Americana and some classic rock & roll! The album features Dawson‘s live band The Dissenters with the red hot Howard Smith on lead and slide guitar, Steve Cooke on bass and Graham Summers on Drums. There is a host of guest players featured on the album including the wonderful Sally Barker on backing and duet vocals, Lee Spreadbury on organ and piano, Mick Ridgeway on blues harp, Caroline O‘Donell on Accordian and an all star brass section featuring Gaz Birtles on alto sax (Beutiful South) Drew Satnstall on tenor sax (The Specials) and John Harris on trumpet (Welsh Champion). The album will be released at a special gig at The Musician in Leicester on Friday 20th January , 2012, featuring many of the guest artists from the recording.
Annson are now officially working with the wonderful Leicester based band, Grace & The Magic Roots. Following some positive meetings with the band and discussions about songs and production a plan was agreed and work has begun on selecting and rehearsing a set of songs for a full album scheduled for early 2012. More »
The plan is to capture the ‘organic' sound of the band playing Grace's wonderful songs. The band are predominately an acoustic line up featuring acoustic guitars, cello and violin. Grace's songs are rich in melody and lyrical content with distinctive rhythms that twist and turn in which ever way Grace wants to take them. Variously described as Dub Folk, New Age Roots, Acoustic Poetry, the songs are always at the centre of great ideas and musical freedom. This musical freedom and great songs will be the basis of the album matched with quality production and some adventures in cosmic sound scapes. » Less