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A New Folk & Roots Label Based in Leicester, UK

Annson Records is a collaboration between Dawson Smith and Annie Smith aimed at providing a specialist folk and roots label based in Leicester UK. It was formed as a result of long-held ambition to provide such a label for the many talented artists we have seen and heard and often worked with, both new and experienced.

Annson Records also offers an opportunity for Dawson to display his very particular and inspired talent for producing high quality recordings of acoustic and electric artists, resulting in that distinctive live-performance quality which, can be so often be elusive. For Dawson, the song is everything – a mantra that has guided his own extensive musical career, from his Pink Cadillac days to his current repertoire extending across the full range of roots music – blues, folk, Americana, and all stations in between performing in: Dawson Smith and the Dissenters; The Notorious Dawson Bros and The Cordell Project band. As a singer songwriter himself, Dawson understands the drive to make the songs the centrepiece and then use sensitive and precise arrangements to make them shine.

Annie shares this vision about and love of roots music. A singer and occasional songwriter herself performing on the local scene in the Smokey Grass Mountain Boys, her role in Annson records is to make the vision become real by administering the recording / production / distribution / publicity process and by working closely with the music business to encourage the greatest opportunity for Annson artists to fulfil their potential. Her aim is to get the artists' music heard and available to the widest audience possible.

Annie Smith
Label Manager & Administrator

Dawson Smith
Production, Business & Artist Development