It’s little wonder that Anne Weiss is considered an outstanding multi-genre singer/songwriter. She studied classical piano, joined a street gang, became a mountaineer, developed a guitar obsession, worked as a political organizer, learned to salsa dance, became addicted to delta blues, sings with a 100 voice gospel choir, and recently started playing funk ukulele; and yes, you will hear it all in her music.
Combining contemporary folk, blues, acoustic funk, gospel music, and smatterings of classical phrasing and Latin rhythms, Anne is known for her enormous bluesy voice, great guitar chops, and striking stage presence.
Anne’s first recording work was with Shawn Colvin and Patty Larkin. It wasn’t long before she was opening concerts for Richie Havens and Dar Williams. A decade later, Anne has performed with everyone from power folk singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco to country blues heroes Cephas & Wiggins. She has toured internationally and has appeared at folk, blues, world music festivals, and week-long music workshops.
For many of her fans, Anne’s lyrics are ultimately what set her aside. Poetic, political, humorous, sensual, full of characters and stories, Weiss came to lyrics through her poetic craft. She has received the Allen Ginsberg Award for poems in her recently published poetry book, Making Paper From Leaves (2002).
Anne performs with equal ease as a soloist, with her unusual 5 piece funky-folk “Feel This Band”, or in duo or trio style with supporting musicians. Audiences are drawn to Weiss’s engaging, warm, spontaneous performances, her obvious joie de vivre, and her love of walking out on new musical and cultural edges.
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Where Folk Gets the Blues CD Release March 10, 2012 at the Alberta Rose Theatre
Day of Celebration – Anne Weiss and the Just Add Soul Gospel Choir
It Hurts Me Too – Anne Weiss with Mary Flower on lap steel
Looks Like Satin Acts Like Steel – Anne Weiss with the Just Add Soul Gospel Choir, Mary Flower on lap steel, David Jacobs Strain on guitar, Donny Wirght on bass, and Spank Hokins on drums
Have Some Peace – Anne Weiss
Love In Vain – Anne Weiss with Mary Flower on lap steel, David Jacobs Strain on guitar, Donny Wright on bass, and Spank Hopkins on drums
Shadow of Doubt – Anne Weiss with David Jacobs Strain on guitar, Donny Wright on bass, and Spank Hopkins on drums
Come On In My Kitchen – Anne Weiss with the Just Add Soul Gospel Choir, Mary Flower on lap steel, David Jacobs Strain on guitar, Donny Wright on bass, Spank Hopkins on drums, Scott Docherty on keyboards, and Bill Oskay on fiddle
The Whale Joke – Anne Weiss
Women Be Wise – by Sippee Wallace – Anne Weiss with Alice Stuart and Mary Flower at Portland’s Tabor Space Coffee House March 26, 2011.
Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream – by Anne Weiss – Anne Weiss with Alice Stuart and Mary Flower at Portland’s Tabor Space Coffee House March 26, 2011.
Love in Vain – by Robert Johnson – performed by Anne Weiss and Alice Stuart at the Bipartisan Cafe in Portland, OR.
Snowbound - by Anne Weiss – Performed by Anne Weiss at the Bipartisan Cafe in Portland, OR.
Oregon Art Beat for January 12, 2012
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Blues in Britain Magazine
A record review by Richard Greaves
Anne, originally from New York but now based in Portland, Oregon is an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist. The clue is in the album title as the music is folk-blues in the 60s/70s style. Vocally she sounds akin to Joni Mitchell on the folk material but she can put some bite into her voice when the song needs it. This is a two CD set with one labeled ‘Folk’ and the other ‘Blues’ but there is a fair amount of crossover.
On the Folk album, where all songs are originals, ‘Down To The Garden’ is a ragtime-style song where Anne shows off her guitar chops, which she also does on the instrumental ‘Walker’s Rag’. The ‘Blues’ CD has a mix of covers and originals. There are two RJ songs with ‘Come on in My Kitchen’ being particularly fine, as it is up-tempo, with a funky beat, horns and harp – a very different interpretation. ‘Walk Down the Road’ has a jazzy edge and 60s-style protest is evoked by ‘Hop in the Truck’.
Unlike the solo ‘Folk’ CD the ‘Blues’ CD has guests including Mary Flower on three songs. This is as much a folk album as a blues one but with musicianship of the quality on display here that really doesn’t matter. A most enjoyable listen and well worth checking out.
Where Folk Gets the Blues
A record review by Barry Gorden
Where Folk Gets The Blues, by Anne Weiss, 2 CD set, Anne Weiss/Potter Street Records
Anne Weiss lives at the intersection of folk music and the blues. On the cover of her new
2 CD set, she looks into a mirror where she looks back at herself in her blues hat at her
folk self covered in a grey shawl. Or is it the other way round?
In these songs, Anne Weiss combines the testifying fury of Rev. Gary Davis, the
showmanship of Ray Charles, and the anger against injustice of Buffy Sainte Marie,
and she imbues them all with the precise musicality of her classical training. Her voice
growls, it swings, it soars, it shouts, and it pleads.
Disc 1 contains 11 original compositions, two of which were recorded live on River City
“Mountain” is powerful testimony that “there’s a way”, no matter how difficult, to achieve
freedom, and creates a gospel feeling that lasts through to the end of the album.
In “Down to the Garden” – “that’s where I’m better known”, we find a place of peace that
rejects the obvious and the simple. The exquisite contrapuntal phrases of “Compass”
suggest that you can “bring the North Star” near. Backed by Mary Cole, the voices
weave together to suggest that harmony is possible in a broken world.
“Cherokee” subjects stereotypes about Native Americans to the critical gaze of their
victims. “The Good Fight” is an insistent challenge to resist the numbing effects of
inequality and injustice. “Let me be your sin” is Anne’s invitation in “Quenching Ground”,
in which an offer of love also becomes a rejection of war by a soldier (and a country)
that has had enough. “Walker’s Rag” is an instrumental where a repetitive walking bass
figure drives a reluctant melody along, followed by a plea to all nations to “Have Some
In “Tomorrow’s Gate”, she looks at the constraints imposed by making a living: “I wonder
where our freedom lies beyond tomorrow’s gate”. “Particles of Rain” evokes the wisdom
of the natural world.
Disc 1 ends with the remarkable “Day of Celebration”, in which gospel-style harmony
becomes a prayer that “every day we work for change is a good day just the same”.
Disk 2 mixes blues classics with original compositions that bear the same mixture of
intense musicality with anger against injustice. “Perpetual Blues Machine” is a jaunty
melody that taunts, and then laments, an unresponsive lover. “Hop in the Truck” attacks
immigration paranoia with some choral help from the Just Add Soul Gospel Choir and
some National steel guitar from David Jacobs-Strain.
Anne slips into high gear with some searing covers, first of Elmore James’ “It Hurts Me
Too”, which features some outstanding work on the lap steel guitar by Mary Flower. Next
comes Robert Johnson’s “Come On in My Kitchen”, which attains a level of frenzy that is
the undoubted high point of the album.
Next come two original compositions in much the same vein. “Snowbound” explores the
possibilities of double entendres involving snow and cold. “Looks Like Satin” exposes the
sharp knife underlying an abused exterior.
Based on an old English ballad, “Too Long at the Fair” takes a hard look at the plight of
the defeated, alienated, and forlorn. In “Walk Down the Road”, a polite request turns into
a heartfelt plea. Richard Shindell’s “The Ballad of Mary Magdalene” puts a delightfully
subversive twist on the theme of “Jesus loves me”. It forms an interesting segue to
Robert Johnson’s iconic “Love In Vain”. “Love Is the Dagger” puts a unique twist on the
topic of guilt and original sin.
“Shadow of Doubt” explores the depths of agony in a doubt that can never be relieved.
“John Muir’s Brook” renews the gospel element, there from the beginning, but now on a
secular level that evokes moral and political heroes like John Muir, Walt Whitman, Mark
Twain, and Sojourner Truth, as well as the obligatory Jesus, and turns it into a plea for
the sacredness of all life:
One million candles in the night,
One million stories shining bright,
And each one part of the whole.
This is a song for all souls.
This review would not be complete without mentioning the musicians who back up
Anne, who plays some soulful piano and guitar. Billy Oskay on violin shines on several
numbers, including Compass. Donny Wright on bass and Spank Hopkins on drums
underline every beat. Will Healy on trumpet and Mike Brown on accordion and mandolin
distinguish themselves on Hop in the Truck. And there is some very tasty harmonica work
on Love In Vain that is not credited.
This set is remarkable for the high level of cohesion between the individual cuts and
themes of love, alienation, redemption, and injustice. Every cut is worth listening to and
contributes to the whole.
Anne Weiss hits the high notes, the low notes and all the other notes in between. And she
does it with such a soulful fervor that it makes you believe that there is still hope for the
world to become a better place.
From Blues Review Magazine
Anne Weiss has a beautiful voice, especially when she is singing folk music. She sings it with longing, hope, wistfulness, sorrow, and humor as the songs dictate. There are hints of Joni Mitchell here and there, but her voice is her own.
She also accompanies herself very nicely on guitar and piano. More than all this, though, is her songwriting. Her folk tunes are everything you want from the genre, from the reflective “Have Some Peace” to the poignantly political “Cherokee.” Weiss’s songs explore the traditional canon of folk subject matter and emerge with a CD of remarkable variety.
They all work at various levels, but some tracks are stand-outs. “Compass” is an ethereal lament for a love who is about to go off into the world. If the harmonies of Weiss and guest Mary Cole don’t make the hair at the back of your neck stand up, you had better check your wrist for a pulse.
“Quenching Ground” is a beautiful song that ultimately is a guide to our quest for personal and, in many ways, societal redemption. It is particularly haunting with Ms. Weiss providing her own subtle and intricate harmonies. Its beauty lingers like the dissipating reverberations of a church bell echoing away to silence.
The intensely personal and evocative “Particle of Rain” is not so much a song as it is a poetic exploration expressed by music and Ms. Weiss’ clarion voice. It is the most intimate song on the CD and it made me want to take her by the hand and walk along an endless shore.
This is followed by the anthemic “Day of Celebration.” Elton John was once asked how to write a great song. “Write a hymn,” he answered. This song is a wonderful hymn, secular though it may be, sung by a small choir consisting entirely of vocals by Ms. Weiss.
This is beautiful folk music that pays homage to the golden years of the Greenwich Village folk scene of the late 1950s and early ’60s while maintaining a sound that is very much of the 21st century. It is a tour de force.
All this makes reviewing the blues half of this two-CD compilation so difficult. It is excellent blues-inspired folk music.
She does a wonderful take on Elmore James’ “It Hurts Me Too,” accompanied only by Mary Flower’s lap steel guitar, (done) with such wonderfully original arrangement.
You have to love a blues song in which the first few lines reference John Muir, Walt Whitman, and Jack Kerouac. “John Muir’s Brook” is a even more of an anthem than “Day of Celebration” thanks to the superb Just Add Soul Gospel Choir.
Anne Weiss is a talented singer-songwriter.
- Kim O’Brien is a contributing writer at BluesWax.
“This 2 CD set shows two sides of the singer-songwriter and guitarist: on the first CD you find folk music, on the second blues music. Accordingly she called it “Where Folk Gets The Blues”. On both CDs she comes with several extraordinary accompanists including blues guitarist Mary Flower and in some songs top bassist Kenny Passarelli (et al. Stephen Stills, Joe Walsh and Elton John)
“Two excellent CDs. Overall we personally prefer the second CD, although ‘Compass’ on CD 1 is an unrivaled highlight. Anne Weiss is a highly enthralling character living around us at the present time. ‘Where Folk Gets The Blues’ gives us the opportunity clear a blind spot in our fragmented knowledge of American music”.
- Antoine Légat www.rootstime.be, Belgium Radio
Folk Gets the Blues and a Day of Celebration! 08/01/12
From the SE Examiner
Anne Weiss is a local vocalizing treasure. Shes a songwriter, blues belter, gospel wailer, singing teacher and very much alive and kicking with an enormous voice. After 6 independent releases, many life-miles and gigs, shes just released a new double CD, Where Folk Gets the Blues, an ambitious project in these days of disappearing CDs.
Weiss is political, poetic, a funky, folky, fingerpicker and expressive impressive pianist too. Originally from New York, she was part of the 80s and 90s New England songwriters community. Shes sung and hung with Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams and Patty Larkin but its not who else was there as much as where she has gone with it all since.
Disc one is Weiss contemplative side, both energetic and sombre. The songs are moving, the writing illustrative, tender and wise. Recorded at Billy Oskays Big Red Studio, the spatiality is clearly musical here too.
Disc two is bluesy and brazen, a rave up with classics, originals and guests Mary Flower, Billy Oskay, David Jacobs-Strain and the Just Add Soul Gospel Choir. It took two discs to catch this waterfall of tunes! www.anneweiss.com .
Her next local show is Tuesday, August 21- A Secret Garden Summer Concert at the International Hostel, 425 NW 18th Ave., 6:30 – 9:30 pm. 7:30 pm. 503.241.2783 / www.nwportlandhostel.com .
“Great Album – love the combination of folk and blues. Thanks for the music.”
- Bob Brown, Music Director from WNMC, 90.7, in Traverse City, MI
“This is a great collection of music from Anne that spans so many styles, it’s wonderful and so very interesting. Of course, Disc 1 is my favorite, being fully acoustic, it fits perfectly into my show’s format and I got 2 songs on the show last weekend. I also love the cover of Richard Shindell’s song on Disc 2… very catchy interpretation of what I consider a classic folk song.”
- Mark Michaelis, Acoustic Harmony, WGDR-WGDH
“‘Where Folk Gets The Blues’, showcases two sides of Anne Weiss’ artistry: warm summery folk and scorching blues. ‘Love in Vain’ is a sultry take on a Stones classic!”
- Joe Pszonek, Radio Nowhere, WMSC 90.3FM
“Her folk AND her blues are at the top of their game.”
-Dar Williams, Singer/songswriter
“Anne Weiss has beautifully and strongly realized the connection with folk and blues by immersing herself in their soul, both as an original artist and creative interpreter”.
- Mike Meyer, KRVM-fm, Hope Chest Productions
Anne should be getting a Grammy
There really isn’t anyone else out there like Anne. Her last album was phenomenal, this one is even better. There are so many mediocre bands and artists, a few very good ones and lots of bad ones getting serious airplay, why isn’t someone with all the talent a household name? Anne’s music should be in heavy rotation all across the world. Every song on this collection is a real gem! Incredible vocals, amazing songwriting and her covers are incomparable. Everyone needs a copy of this album! Help get the word out to the powers that be so Anne can take her rightful place among the legendary blues soul and folk royalty.
- Enrico – CDBaby.com fan review
A MUST -HAVE!
Have been awaiting this 2-CD album for quite some time, and I am proud to have been the very FIRST to purchase a copy, the day they arrived. I AM LOVING THIS RECORDING SO MUCH! This is TRUE Anne Weiss, at her absolute finest. Every song rocks my world. The only hard part is choosing which disc to listen to…began with “Blues” this morning, then moved on to “Folk”. Such perfection. Enjoy!
- Tami R – CDBaby.com fan review
The Best of Anne, Ever
Welcome to the best Anne Weiss CD so far. I’m a long-time Anne Fan and Where Folk Gets the Blues captures her every dimension and talent. Spend the afternoon rockin’ to the belt-it-out-blues-mama cuts that leave one awestruck wondering, “just how does she do that with her voice?” Or close your eyes and listen deeply to the poetic, provocative and politic lyrics that create images of a better world. Across each and every tune, Anne delivers amazing range, originality, purity and huge heart. Thanks Anne. You inspire.
- Margie – CDBaby.com fan review
“Anne Weiss,The god-child of Aretha Franklin…4 octaves of goose bump and grind soul stylings that will haunt you long after the songs are sung”.
- Amazon.com review
Song Review:Sunday River
Anne is a poet and a wordsmith. Anne’s latest CD, Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream, features David Jacobs-Strain and was produced by rock great Kenny Passarelli. It received a Radiolndy Gold Artist award and has been receiving national and international accolades. Anne combines her story-telling technique with her song-writing talent to create a combination of a gospel, blues, funk, folk ballad in this song, “Sunday River”. The listener is immediately taken with her imagery and passion. The audience is pulled in by her vocal ranges and harmonies and by the end one can see the girl at the bank, playing innocently in the sun, while around her war rages on. This song, “Sunday River,” is timeless and appropriate for today’s political climate. It is also the kind of song that needs to be sung not only on Sunday, but everyday, for all people, all over the world!
- Indie International Songwriting Competition
“Ain’t Got No Reason To Lie To You” is one of my top ten new tracks for 2011, aired on three shows, and not for the last time. No filler on this CD—highly recommended. Great voice that commands one to listen and superbly produced. Lot of fine, underexposed new artists out there but Anne Weiss is distinct and deserves greater exposure. Send us your other releases and I’d be proud to add them to our station library and recommend them to fellow DJs. KGLT Country Folk Show Bozeman, MT.”
- Larry Newman KGLT Community Radio Bozeman, MT – Country Folk Show
“Very, very innovative, listenable and with just that right edge to maintain one’s attention. Great that there are artists like you around still. A+”
- Tony Bates 101.3 OAK FM, Australia
Graham J Barclay
“Hi Julia Many Sincere Thanks for the CD” Concrete World ” that you sent us recently. BRILLIANT – EXCELLENT We have enjoyed it immensly, and have added tracks from it to our playlists. Your presentation of music, inside the style and personality reflected in the tracks is very refreshing. Keep it up. Many thanks again, and please stay in touch. Kind regards Graham J Barclay firstname.lastname@example.org ( Broadcasting Since Oct 3rd 1997 ) P O Box 3103 Onekawa Napier 4142 New Zealand Ph: 0064-6-845-3888 Cell: 027-206-7191 http://www.soundwavefm.co.nz This Message and any attachments are confidential, for the exclusive use of the addressee and may be legally privileged.”
- Graham J Barclay Soundwave FM, New Zealand
(From announcer’s transcript – Butch Kara, host of “Kaleidoscope” scheduled for broadcast on 9/8/10 on KZGM-FM, Cabool MO as well as other Pacifica stations.) “When you hear our next artist, Portland-based Anne Weiss, you’ll probably be impressed as much by the poetry in her songs as you will be by her vibrant singing style. An accomplished poet who studied with Alan Ginsberg, the metaphorical imagery in her songs can be both exotic and bitingly to the point. With a voice that soars, belts out a bluesy wail, and even growls like Janis Joplin, Weiss’ singing puts a sharp edge on a lyrical message that reflects not only her poetic sensibilities, but her social activism. “Anne Weiss has three albums out, and we’re going to sample some tracks from her most recent CD, Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream. While this collection includes original takes on classics by blues icons like Robert Johnson and Mississippi Fred McDowell, as well as Marvin Gaye, Jackson Browne and others, what’ll really captivate you are Weiss’ own originals, ranging from love, to war, to the the walls and boundaries that she’d like all of us to tear down. Here’s Anne Weiss…. ++++ Fall; The Song About the Affair I Am Not Having; Sunday River; Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream Anne Weiss, with the title track from her album Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream. We also heard three other Anne Weiss originals from that album – Sunday River, The Song About the Affair I am Not Having, and we started off with Fall. And if you’d like to know more about the songs and poetry of Anne Weiss, her website is anneweiss.com – and by the way, her name is spelled a n n e w e i s s. And I notice on that website she’s also got an intriguing instructional CD called Singing for the Vocally Challenged – might have to check that out myself.
- Butch Kara Real Community Radio, Cabool, Missouri
“Feedback: Excellent album! Everything is very good in it – melody, accompaniment, arrangement and, of course, Voice! I think the album can be put on the “shelf” with the best rock and folk-rock albums of the century! THANK YOU VERY MUCH! It will surely get the widest airplay in Yerevan!”
- Armen Manukyan City-FM, Armenia
Jake J. Halverson
- Jake J. Halverson WIPZ Radio, Racine, Wisconsin
“Anne Weiss wears many hats. In addition to performing over 100 dates per year, the Portland, Ore.–based folk singer-songwriter is a choir director, political organizer, mountaineer, salsa dancer and award-winning poet who studied with, and worked for, Allen Ginsberg. Elements of all these diverse talents can be heard in her latest release, Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream.”
“The title track finds Weiss musing on seemingly disparate aspects of reality. “Special Delivery” incorporates a human beat box with an off-kilter look at the lighter side of passion. “Fall” incorporates B3 organ into a commentary on prejudices and social progress while the playful “Song About the Affair I Am Not Having” poignantly captures longing in lyrics like “Give me one star to wish upon, 100 summer nights / Or give me enough snow to cover this thing that is so bright.”
“With a little help from fellow Northwestern indie musicians like David Jacobs-Strain and Keith Greeninger, Weiss has brought her lovely dream into a spectacular concrete reality.”
- Mary Wakefield, Performing Songwriter Magazine
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
Man, it’s been a while since I’ve seen Kenny Passarelli’s name crop up. He’d been a founding member of (Joe Walsh’s) Barnstorm and later involved with Dan Fogelberg, Hall & Oates, and others, but has been, at least to the general public, pretty much dormant for a while, so, like the similar re-emergence of Terry Sylvester recently, catching his sobriquet as producer and bass player here was surprising. It also signified the probability that there’d be some informed music-making going on…and there is.
Anne Weiss is a ground-level singer somewhat in the vein of Maria Muldaur, Martha Velez, and others but a good deal gutsier, earthier, and more believable. She crafts her own songs well, then pulls in some great covers, including an unusually upbeat take on Robert Johnson’s Come On in My Kitchen. The session players, presumably gathered by Passarelli, provide excellent backing, and Weiss herself, in the liner notes, makes passing reference to the old A&M days, which Concrete World very staunchly revives. An indie figure since 1994, she’s supported such names as Taj Mahal, Richie Havens, Anne DiFranco, Dan Fogelberg, and others, which should give more than a little indication of her integrity in others’ eyes.
I’ve no idea what her three earlier releases sounded like, but this one received the royal treatment, and the singer shows herself to be every inch equal to the requirements for such fortune. Concrete Worl is summer music and, right now, that may be just the prescription to invite the listener to dive in, what with all the biting cold in much of the country. Once broached and its heat begins to seep throughout your wintertime burrow, the hip-swaying finger-snapping delta boogying that follows might be just about all you’ll need to keep spirits up and the blood thrumming. Start with the swingin’ take on Mississippi Fred McDowell’s Write Me a Few of Your Lines and find yourself irresistably caged into the whole disc.
- I Ain’t Got no Reason to Lie to You (John Twist)
- The Song About the Affair That I am not Having
- Special Delivery
- Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream
- Come on in my Kitchen (Robert Johnson)
- What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye)
- Write Me a Few of Your Lines (Fred McDowell)
- Liar’s Day
- Sunday River
- Shadow of Doubt (Gary Nicholson)
- These Days (Jackson Browne)
All songs written by Anne Weiss except as noted.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
Anne Weiss – Concrete World And The Lover’s Dream
2008, Potter Street Records
I put this CD on the player with a heavy sense of duty, in the full, unhappy expectation that it would be yet another drearily self-absorbed, inner-gazing singer-songwriter effort. I quickly learned otherwise. Anne Weiss, who works out of Seattle, is a whole lot more like Bonnie Raitt than Joni Mitchell or any of her abundant, narcissistically sensitive progeny.
Like Raitt, Weiss counts r&b, rock, country blues and the folk revival among her defining influences. Unlike Raitt, Weiss has not had to face the commercial pressures to sanitize her sound, and thus Concrete World & The Lover’s Dream will hold your — or anyway holds my — attention more than any Raitt disc I’ve heard in a while. For one thing, while this is definitely a band record, acoustic, not electric, guitar is the foundational instrument. The result is a surprisingly original, captivating approach that will grab you at the first cut, John Twist’s “I Ain’t Got No Reason to Lie to You,” a knockout.
At least to the extent that my imperfect memory informs me, Weiss’s musical vision is not quite like anybody else’s. Her pipes are deep ones, but she employs them intelligently, resisting perhaps understandable temptations to turn them to various forms of excess. There is not a note oversung here; there is, on the other hand, plenty of restraint, nuance and vocal artistry.
Though a gifted songwriter, Weiss is not so focused on her own compositions that she neglects other people’s work, which she exhumes tastefully. Few artists have the imagination, knowledge or guts to put songs by Mississippi Fred McDowell, Marvin Gaye and Jackson Browne on a single disc. Her cover of Browne’s “These Days” — which I will always associate with the 1970 Tom Rush version — is done in a fashion so inventive that on first hearing I almost didn’t recognize it. “Write Me a Few of Your Lines” is an impressive extrapolation from the classic McDowell original, likewise “Come on in My Kitchen” from Robert Johnson’s.
Also in common with Raitt, Weiss has a keen social conscience, and her music addresses social ills like war and poverty, albeit too adroitly to come across as mere sermonizing. Even the protest material, in other words, works first as music and as finely crafted lyric. Not just the same old same old, Concrete World thrills with unexpected delights.
Anne Weiss – Concrete World And The Lover’s Dream
2008, Potter Street Records
I know Anne as a songwriter with sharp instincts and songs that’ll blow your hair back. I had no idea she was such a gifted blues singer too. That little rasp in her voice is perfect for classics like Robert Johnson’s “Come on in My Kitchen” as well as her own songs like the title cut. Her band doesn’t sound like a bunch of side players thrown together, but like a group who hangs out in their spare time, sharing tunes and swapping stories. There’s a great mix of covers and Anne’s originals. She does nothing half way, from the bitterness in “Liar’s Day” — about the futility of war, particularly this one we’re in — to the lustful tone of “Special Delivery,” delivered with beat box, a slappin’ acoustic guitar, funky horns and a gospel choir. Amen and pass the chocolate. It takes ovaries to tackle Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” but she does it well, giving us enough of that great melody but making it her own with an earthy percussive arrangement. “Fall” is a wonderful anthem about keeping what’s good in this world and willing the rest to fall. She’s a talented lyricist, painting with vivid colors and texture. In “The Song About the Affair I’m Not Having” she sings, “This house of winter / Has no right to call your name / Thirty below wind chills the bone / And I’m bursting into flame.” “Sunday River” is a spiritual piece with a gospel flavor. There’s more classic blues in Mississippi Fred McDowell’s ” Write Me a Few of Your Lines.” Wrapping up the release is one of my favorite Jackson Browne tunes, “These Days.” She slows it down, making the words mean even more. Her expressive voice is accompanied by some damn fine acoustic guitar from David Jacob-Strains.
© Jamie Anderson
February 4, 2009
Anne Weiss – Concrete World And The Lover’s Dream
2008, Potter Street Records
Anne Weiss is the consummate professional. From recording with such luminaries as Shawn Colvin and Patty Larkin to performing with the likes of Ani DiFranco and Cephas & Wiggins, Weiss is a performer that other musicians look to with respect. She’s also an Allen Ginsburg Award winning poet, a former street gang member and political organizer. Weiss’ fourth CD, Concrete World And The Lover’s Dream is a collection of pop, country, blues and rock and roll that will surprise and delight listeners with Weiss’ ability to change character and presentation without losing the essential sense of her self. Let’s check it out!
Weiss opens with Ain’t Got No Reason To Lie in a deceptively bluegrass tinged rendition that is amazingly straight forward when compared to what comes later. It’s a refreshingly uncomplicated take on the song that is startlingly apropos. The Song About The Affair That I Am Not Having finds Weiss moving a little more in the Soul sound she is comfortable with, but still staying with a somewhat light, pop sound. It’s as if with the first two songs Weiss is leaving herself open to multiple genres (Country, Americana, Pop) whereas she later moves more solidly into a Soul/R&B sound. Special Delivery is built around a beat box core that ties everything else together. This is one of the more intriguing songs on the album as we get to see the real shading of Weiss’ voice here for the first time.
Anne Weiss drops any and all pretenses on Concrete World And The Lover’s Dream, bringing out every ounce of soul she possesses in a performance not to be missed. It just keeps coming on Robert Johnson’s Come On In My Kitchen, The Blues/Soul sound here is as thick as cream cheese. Weiss reminds me distinctly of one of my favorite female blues vocalists, Pamela Betti. There’s a Janis Joplin vibe here as well as Weiss opens up the throttle on a voice that has transformed from a vaguely sweet pop voice to a husky and worldly blues/rock sound in the course of five songs. Write Me A Few Of Your Lines is the highlight of the album. The classic tune from Mississippi Fred McDowell sounds like it was written for Weiss, and she does it full justice. Other highlights include Fall, Shadow Of Doubt and the cover of Jackson Browne’s These Days.
Anne Weiss fits equally well into the Country, Blues and Rock genres that she dances across on Concrete World And The Lover’s Dream. Her voice is a diamond in the rough. Not smooth or pretty, but hewn by life and effort and full of a natural beauty that can’t be crafted. Weiss owns the songs she sings and wears them like a favorite dress. The real Weiss is millimeters from the surface in each song, striving to break through and touch the listener like a breeze. Concrete World And The Lover’s Dream is a fine album.
Rating: 3.5 Stars (Out of 5)
Written by Skope Staff · Filed Under REVIEWS
Anne Weiss, Concrete World and The Lover’s Dream
January 23, 2009
Old-time blues, acoustic folk/funk, gospel, lite rock, soul-binding, southern-sounding, easy-listening, jazzy sensations and even a hip-hop element are all the styles of music associated with Anne Weiss and her latest work, Concrete World and The Lover’s Dream. Quite an array of arrangements on this record and that is what makes Weiss such a special/unique artist. Combine all of this together and you have yourself a full plate of THIS and THAT with plenty of SECONDS left over. So, I advise everyone to just eat this record up!
I can’t look past the fact at how poetic the album is. Weiss’ words are extremely potent and she sings each line with such conviction. The power and soul behind her voice reminds me of a Janis Joplin while her folky, poem-style verses resemble the likes of Dylan, Simon—both Carly and Paul, James Taylor and Joan Baez just to name a few.
Track three, “Special Delivery”, surprised me the most when a beat boxing effect was included within the song. When I think beat boxing, I think Doug E Fresh or Biz Markie; real hip-hop, beat-boxin’ cats. So, the fact that Weiss could blend this style of music into her own work and pull it off nicely is just an amazing aspect!
Concrete World and The Lover’s Dream has no limitations as far as music boundaries go. Weiss proves that it’s all just MUSIC. Music that can be listened to by ANYONE and EVERYBODY is what Anne Weiss brings to the table here.
There are terrific renditions such as: Robert Johnson’s “Come On In My Kitchen”, Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and Jackson Browne’s “These Days”. Weiss brings you back to the great sound of the Delta by paying tribute to blues legend, Robert Johnson. The classic, Delta Blues sound is prominent and the harmonica playing adds that extra element of a real blues sensation on “Come On In My Kitchen”. On Marvin Gaye’s classic, Weiss goes in a different direction by making the hit song more folk-like, but packed full with plenty of soul still. And finally on “These Days”, Weiss sings the song in such a sweet, soft and somber manner that would even make Jackson Browne proud.
To end, I wanted to include certain lyrics from Weiss herself on “Sunday River”: “I am just the country, I am just the land. I had no intention like what they have planned. I would live in peace, my soil is for good. I am so misunderstand”. This is Weiss putting her poetic skills to the test and inviting listeners to really contemplate on this thought. Ponder on that now, if you like.
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By Jimmy Rae
Posted by James on January 14th, 2009 No Comments
“I Ain’t Got No Reason To Lie To You” is a track that showcases Weiss’ strength, putting her in a perfect position between a Sarah McLachlan and a Natalie Cole. The track, easily single quality, gets listeners interested in what is to come on “Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream”, the latest effort by Weiss. “I Ain’t Got No Reason” also feeds well into “The Song About The Affair That I Am Not Having”. “The Song” is vital to “Concrete World” because it puts the guitar track as a focal point of the track, rivaling the vocals for dominance. The bickering back and forth between the instrumental and vocal sides of Weiss’ works forces each element to step up its game to the point that what results on the album is the best possible music.
Each of the album’s 12 tracks could easily be on rotation on alternative rock stations, and unlike many other efforts in the same genre, the album gets stronger as it plays on. This is perfectly shown during “Concrete World”‘s penultimate track, “Shadow of Doubt”. This is due to the fact that “Shadow of Doubt” is a track that will speak equally well to those just getting into alternative music as to those that have been listening in for decades; the composition created here by Weiss is just that impressive, linking together instrumental with vocal and atmospherical into something that is decidedly greater than the sum of its constituent parts.
The disc ends with “These Days”, a song that is stellar both in its role as a disc closer as well as a transition to parts unknown, possibly giving listeners clues to what path Weiss will ultimately take in regards to the follow up to “Concrete World”. Without a flaw, without a weak patch, what Anne Weiss does here during “Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream” is show to the world her vibrant soul and inimitable talent. Make it a point to pick up this and her earlier recordings, as well as make a sojourn to whatever venue that she may be playing in the months or years to come. Kudos, Weiss, for making a jaded reviewer smile.
Top Tracks: What’s Going On, Come On In My Kitchen
Alison Gillespie, Eugene, OR
Just want you to know that I found you quite by accident. I was with a friend and I saw the cover of the album, having no idea who you were. Went home , played it, played it again, and again. Still playing it 2 and 1/2 months later and bought 9 of them to give to my friends. Probably will buy more. Thank you , I love it , can’t wait for you to come to Eugene. Oh by the way one review wrote that you did a \”nice cover of \”What\’s going on?\” Not only nice but truely awesome , wonderful, and just the best . I play it to get inspired to be inspired ! Helps get me going on my ski machine. So thank you thank you. love you Anne.
RadioIndy is pleased to present Anne Weiss with a GrIndie Award for their CD “Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream”
“Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream” by Anne Weiss is a funk/blues solo female album with a poetic flair. Anne’s voice is one of the more well known in Oregon and for good reason. She sings with her heart and soul. She possesses that great blues quality of grit and grace, and her lyrics are great life stories. Big name artists such as Janis Joplin and Tracy Chapman come to mind when listening to Anne’s outstanding music. Anne’s musical background is quite diverse and she brings that influence to the arrangements. Hints of urban and latin music are sprinkled throughout the CD, as well as a few other surprises. The band ties the sound together nicely, and are superior musicians. Highlights include “Special Delivery” with its assortment of sounds. You get great vocals, blues, street beats and Motown horns on this track. The title track “Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream” makes “Blackbird” pop into your head in the beginning and then evolves into a dirge with a powerful message. Anne also does a real nice cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” on this CD. If you enjoy listening to outstanding songwriting and outstanding bluesy-rock female vocalists, give this CD a try.
Barbara Mitchell, Portland Tribune April 25, 2008
“Grass-roots sensation Anne Weiss’ gutsy, passionate voice is spot-on whether she’s crooning folk material, putting a unique spin on Marvin Gaye’s "What’s Going On” and Robert Johnson’s “Come On in My Kitchen” or delivering her own, blues soaked originals.”
Mike Meyer, “Mississippi West” KMHD-fm Portland, OR
“Anne Weiss’ new project is an acoustic music example of the best of both worlds. Her ‘Concrete World’ is solid, accomplished musicianship and excellent songwriting. Meanwhile her ‘Lover’s Dream’ is the artistry and creativity of someone with essential vitality that comes out in bursts of rich musical colors.”
Robyn Shanti, the Dharma Wheel, KBOO Radio, Portland Oregon
“Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream is the new tour de force CD from the Northwest’s Anne Weiss. Impeccably produced and supported by an amazing cast of musicians, the diverse arrangements and choices of songs on this CD allows the many facets of this jewel to fully shine. Whether Anne is belting out a delta blues tune or singing an achingly tender ballad, every moment of this CD is filled with passion and conviction and reminds us all that if we can’t dance…we don’t want to be part of any revolution”.
Micah Soloman, President, Oasis Disk Manufacturing
“Hey Anne! Your CD is FABULOUS! WOW! First I noticed how amazing it looks. Then I got to listen to it. Just incredible.”
Rachel Baldwin, vocalist
“! love your new CD. Wow! You are like Tracy Chapman, Eva Cassidy, Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin all rolled into one.You are my American Idol.”
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Heard you today on XM. Between you and Aretha I was turned to putty.
“Her voice is rich and powerful, with the ability to really belt it out, and yet it can be quiet, soft and clear, too. A lot of passion and soul…her songwriting is what excites me the most, though. The way she can say so much with such beautiful simplicity is what makes these songs really stand out.”
- Jeff Emery, KZSC Radio, Santa Cruz, California
“One of the freshest, most versatile voices I’ve heard…she ranges from folk to pop to swing to blues, all with a self-assured ease.”
- Steve Bornstein (Top 10 picks 1997), Mixx Magazine
“Powerfully crafted songs…Whether moving our hearts or making us move our feet, she delivers a unique experience that compels us to return again and again for another listen.”
“Anne Weiss has brought heart and soul back into folk music. Her new release, “Braille”, is a great accomplishment.”
-Mike Meyer, KRVM, Eugene, OR
Eric von Beck
“From the first cut to the last I can’t get enough. The desert island cd if I had only one.”
- Eric von Beck, reviewer
“Anne Weiss has created an album so lush and beautifully produced…unforgettable melodies, georgeous lyrics. Braille is pure Anne Weiss- all about life, life, life.”
“Braille is just amazing. So unusual, to love every song on a CD, but I do; this music is so perfectly alive.”
-Kasey Jueds, Poet
“On her third independent release, Braille, Weiss stirs her bountiful talents and eclectic musical passions into a sumptuous musical stew. It’s a meal rich with
emotional and sensual nourishment from fiery acoustic blues guitar, words flirty with the freedom and depth of the best poetry, and a vibrant voice, traversing easily from whispered intimacy to joyous gospel holler.”
-Jeff Rosenberg, Willamette Week, Portland Oregon.
“Braille, (Anne’s new release), is her strongest collection of songcraft yet. She is in full command of all of her talents: poetic lyrics, tender melodies, tough guitar work, and magnificent voice. Every style of music she touches on here — folk, blues, gospel, even salsa-soul — she makes effortlessly her own. What beautiful work!”
- Jeff Rosenberg, co-host, The Dharma Wheel, KBOO Community Radio, Portland, Oregon 11/7/02
Crossing the Border
“The album flows with excellent writing, sung with a voice reminiscent of Janis Ian spiced with the fire of Bonnie Raitt.”
- Nicki De, Victory Music Review
“One of the finest new albums I’ve heard in a long time.”
- Jeff Emery, “Folk Backroads” KZSC Radio
“Anne’s distinctive voice, guitar playing, songwriting, humor and overall stage presence far surpasses much of the ‘major label’ talent of the 90′s. Her new album, Crossing the Border, is a brilliant CD. I love the variety, arrangement, writing, singing, backup, and production. It just could not be better!”
- Mike Myer, Concert Producer, KRVM Radio, Eugene Oregon
With a powerful blend of vocal, instrumental and lyrical styles from new folk to blues and gospel, Crossing The Border pushes the boundries of personal, political and cultural assumptions. This album demonstrates Anne’s impressive range of vocal emotion and unique, poetic, and diverse songwriting ability.
Crossing the Border was one of those pleasant surprises. I had never heard Anne before, but this is becoming one my favorite recordings of late. For those who have not yet heard Anne Weiss, imagine a vocal style smack in- between Dar Williams and Shawn Colvin. In fact, upon closer inspection, you will notice Dar’s presence providing harmony to “House Where Everybody’s Home”. Her lyrics are deep, and sometimes dark. Sometimes she serves them up with great range, and power — other times gently, with beauty. Whichever way she chooses to take a song, her mastery is evident. She seems equally at home belting them out or gently pulling them along.
One of the simpler songs on the recording is also the most personal. “Dad’s Pocket,” which is dedicated to her father, is a beautiful reminiscence — “I crawled into the pocket of your flannel shirt still hanging on the wall. It’s still got tractor grease on it — I come here when I’m feeling small”.
The title cut, Crossing The Border, is the other side of Anne. It begins with a thumping beat, reminiscent of Hendrix’ “Foxy Lady,” giving way to vocals which sound like Ani DiFranco in a tin can. With lots of slide guitar and driving bass,Weiss sings of the racism, however slight within our selves. — “In America, riding on the bus, a girl from Nagasaki suddenly turns and smiles at us. If love sees no color, if justice is blind, if there’s a fence in your conscience — maybe you better jump your mind.” — All of Anne’s lyrics hold this kind of power. There are many incredible aural moments to enjoy as well, such as her addition of a full gospel choir on “Mountain,” as well as the bonus track “He Will Answer Prayer,” a live cut from Gospel Fest 94 recorded at the Flynn Theatre in Burlington, Vermont.
Anne Weiss also explores blues territory on another live track called “Looks Like Satin, Acts Like Steel,” incorporating horns and her incredible range to the mix. She doesn’t stop there, but delivers a beautiful version of “Mi Luna,” sung sweetly in Spanish. It keeps growing on me. I wanted to write this three months ago, but new windows into it continue to open for me. The CD is dedicated to Ngawang Choephel who is serving 18 years as a political prisoner in Chinese occupied Tibet for making a film of traditional music and dance. Don’t pass this one up.
- Jonathan Colcord,WNEC FM, Henniker, New Hampshire
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Crossroads Magazine “Bluegrass Breakdown” and Editorial Team
- Robyn Shanti, KBOO Radio, Portland Oregon
“Crossing the Border is one wonderful, rich, and incisive piece of work!- BEAUtifully performed!”
Live Performance Reviews
Portland Mercury – March 2012
“(Anne Weiss CD release)…Best show I’ve seen in a long time. Incredible musicianship, amazing voice and stage presence, a very fun show showcasing one of the most talented vocalists in the country with a cast of supporting stars who are also among the best in their fields.
-Portland Mercury, March 2012
Greg Johnson – Women with the Blues March 22, 2013
“What an outstanding show last night at the Alberta Rose Theatre. This has to be one of my favorite shows of the year so far. Women in the Blues was put together by Anne Weiss and featured LaRhonda Steele, Janice Scroggins, Mary Flower, Anne Weiss, Arietta Ward, Nafisaria Scroggins Thomas, Lauren Steele and Sarah Steele. Multigenerational display of extremely talented women!!”
-Greg Johnson, president, Portland Blues Society, March 2013
Fan Review – Where Folk Gets the Blues CD Release March 10th, 2012
“Anne Weiss’ CD release was the best show I’ve seen in a long time. Incredible musicianship, amazing voice and stage presence, a very fun show showcasing one of the most talented vocalists in the country with a cast of supporting stars who are also among the best in their fields. Thanks for a great time!”
-fan review, Portland Mercury, Portland Oregon
Jeff Douglas – Where Folk Gets the Blues CD Release March 10th, 2012
I heard about Anne Weiss the best way–by word of mouth. The Portland musicians I respect the most kept telling me I had to hear her music. They were right. Anne has a voice that goes from warm and soothing on a folk ballad to big and powerful when she sings the blues (kind of like Janis Joplin but with more versatility). And Anne also has a way with words, writing most of her own fine songs.
Anne’s music doesn’t fit neatly in one section of the music store. Sure it’s folk and blues. But it’s also gospel and R&B, with occasional hits of Latin, funk and even classical. Her new double-CD “When Folk Gets The Blues” has some of all her styles. It will find a comfortable place on your CD player. Better yet, catch Anne Weiss in person. She’s an engaging performer whether she’s playing solo or backed up by her band and gospel choir.
One more thing. Anne is incredibly generous with her talent. She performs with the NW Gospel Choir for the annual Oregon Symphony “Gospel Christmas”, she teaches guitar and voice, and, best of all, she leads the “Everyone Welcome Community Choir” where people of all ages , abilities and backgrounds can come together and sing together for the simple joy of making music.
Now I’m a big fan of Anne Weiss’ music.
- Jeff Douglas, Founder KINK radio and Retired co-host, Oregon Art Beat
Concert Review – Where Folk Gets the Blues CD Release
What a fabulous, fabulous CD release concert last night – WONDERFUL music and synergy with so many talented musicians brought together thanks to you, your great, contagious energy and love for music – can’t thank you enough!! And now I’m getting to re-experience much of your beautiful songs on the CDs! deeply touching…tears..laughter…joyful singing along…and just rockin’ on!!
-Linda Silver, fan
Blues Legend in the Making Anne Weiss at Ballard Jam House
Don’t miss this chance to check out a woman whose music shouts out her life lived on the front lines of making good change in all the ways that matter – including the right to sing about it all. Songs of a rich life – lived on the edge. Anne will be presenting songs from her new CD Concrete World and the Lover’s Dream, produced by rock great Kenny Passarelli, which showcases Anne’s wide-ranging musical talents. Anne’s music collaborators have included Dar Williams, Ani DiFranco, Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, Cheryl Wheeler, Dan Fogelberg, and Greg Brown. Her songs draw on the richness of her life – daughter of an opera singer, classical pianist turned blues guitarist, NY street gang member, mountaineer, social activist here and abroad, and writer/performer of songs that will stay with you forever. This is a don’t miss night as Anne will be accompanied by local favorite Sarah Allen Pella/Radio Antoinette (formerly http://www.supermodelumberjack.com). Only $7!
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Bi-College News October 29, 2008
Returning from a tour around Ireland in the afternoon and performing in Lunt Basement at night is, to say the least, a busy day. Anne Weiss did just this the Thursday before break, which affirmed her position as a performing veteran. Weiss’s style is approachable and emotionally raw, allowing the audience a glimpse into her soul.
Weiss came to Haverford after an invitation from her relative, Chris Healy ’09. He even performed with her for a few of the songs. The two shared good stage chemistry, and Healy’s improvised violin and vocal parts complemented Weiss.
Weiss opened with a song about being late for a show and stranded at this gas station. The song included images of a Honduran truck driver laughing at her and a woman making her an unwanted arugula sandwich. With this song, we were introduced to her styles: talky vocals with soaring falsetto accompanied by her guitar, which she also used percussively. Her voice was at times reminiscent of Melissa Ethridge when she tried to surpass her comfortable register. Her scratchy, cool voice complemented the funny song very well.
“Shadow of Doubt” was a bluesy tune that she prefaced with the fact that when listening to the blues, at least you know that someone out there was feeling as bad as you. Healy’s improvised violin for this song was surely impressive.
Weiss played a fun song about Juanita, a 200-lb., over-alled 55-year-old woman she came across in a dance club. It included lyrics emphasizing everyone’s attraction to her despite her unconventionally beautiful appearance and her fashion choices, some of which became sing-alongs: “oooo-ooooover-allllls.” Another song was about the affair she wanted to but did not have entitled “The Song About the Affair that I am Not Having,” in which her voice reminded me of the lead singer of Heart.
My favorite as “Sorels,” named for the hefty, furry boots fit for the Arctic. This humorous ode to the boots that saved her from losing a limb to frostbite was evocative of a Kimya Dawson song, but without the underlying sadness.
Weiss performed “A Day of Celebration” with the S-Chords. My impression of Weiss included the notion that college a cappella was the polar opposite of “her thing,” but she was up for something new. Rob Harbison ’10 started singing “MMMBop” for a moment, but then got serious. His vocal percussion kept the at times cacophonous song together. Not only did the S-Chords help Weiss out, she encouraged the audience to sing along. And to my surprise, most everyone there sang along. In fact, it was the first time in a while where I didn’t feel like an idiot during audience participation, which I suppose is a testament to Weiss’s sincerity.
At times, Weiss reminded me of Norwegian pop singer Maria Mena, in the best possible way. Remember her song “You Are the Only One”? No? Whatever. Watch the awful music video if you care. Or you can just listen to Anne Weiss and enjoy an experienced, learned, excellent artist.
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-Genna Cherichello, Bi-College News October 29, 2008
- Alan, Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Anne Weiss is one of those rare artists that has it all: powerful emotionally stunning vocals, fantastic guitar work that is tastefully executed, and songwriter extrordinaire.
Few artists end up with this much talent in so many areas. A masterpiece!
- Smitty Beckstein, KSER Radio, Everett, WA
Friday October 15, 2004
One of the only performers who excels at every style of music out there, with incredibly well written lyrical craft, super cool guitar chops and a voice that stops you dead in your tracks, she belts out mind boggling blues, out of body experience gospel, superb singer/songwriter craft that pulls every emotion imaginable out of the innermost recesses of your mind, extraordinary political insight and social commentary, Anne is in a league all by herself. An absolutely extraordinary experience to hear Anne’s music.
-Fan Review, Folkweb.com
Friday June 6, 2003
If you haven’t seen Anne Weiss perform, you’ve been missing out on one of the most transcendent musical experiences in the Northwest. Rarely is an artist able to combine such intelligent, impassioned songwriting with vocal abilities of such stunning beauty and staggering skill. Her words will capture your mind, her voice will steal your heart, and her music will move you to very depths of your soul.
- Kristin Valinsky, Portland Oregon concert promoter/publicist
Phil Shapiro, Bound For Glory Live Performance Radio
“Anne is contemporary, Anne is political, Anne is one of the liveliest performers ever to grace the Bound for Glory stage.”
Ray Pieters “Somewhere Between”, Belgium Radio
“A little genius!! A great talent!!”
I loved your songs, your voice, your presence. The crowd loved you and I hope you got some new fans. For sure, I’m one now!
- Walkin’ Jim Stoltz
“Her vocal flights suggest a baby raised by Aretha Franklin and Joni Mitchell”
- Jeff Rosenberg, Willamette Week
Neil Cleary, Good Citizen
“Her risk-taking [on-stage]… creates moments no strictly solo performer could ever touch.”
“You know right from the start that Weiss will fly out of any pigeonholes. This woman is versatile!”
- Rich Warren, Sing Out Magazine
“A must-see performer… an exceptional writer with a stunning voice!”
- Jeff Miller, Burlington Coffeehouse, VT
Pat York, fan after hearing Anne Weiss on the national radio program, River City Folk
“Hey, woman – you rank right up there for me with Bonnie Raitt, Ella Fitzgerald, and several other female musicians that have served to inspire me throughout my life.”
“Anne’s distinctive voice, guitar playing, songwriting, humor and overall stage presence far surpasses much of the ‘major label’ talent.”
- Mike Meyer, KRVM Radio, Eugene, OR
“Pure poetry, pure voice, bluesfunksoulfolk guitar goddess.”
- Jeff Rosenberg, KBOO radio, Willamette Week, Portland, OR
“Anne Weiss is a human dynamo. There is nobody I would rather hear, whether live or on CD. She is a tiny bundle of energy, incredible vocal ability, and great songwriting. From authentic gospel to the most plaintive acoustic music to the most timely topical songs, she truly rocks.”
- Micah Solomon, President, Oasis Duplication
“Quite the wordsmith.”
- Quincey Johnson, National Public Radio
VT Free Press
“A stunning voice.”
- Paul Kaza, Burlington (Vermont) Free Press
“Anne’s been an inspiration to me ever since we met. She’s funny, she’s insightful, and the power of her performances brings people together in the best way.”
- Dar Williams, singer/songwriter
- Gus Ziesing, New England Performer Magazine
Sunday April 27, 2003
Aside from Janis Joplin, I can think of no other female vocalist who emits anything close to the power, grace, beauty, sorrow, strength, artistry and passion of Anne Weiss. Music is so subjective that I shy away from proclaiming any musician “the best” at their craft – but there is no singer living today who has impressed me more deeply than Anne Weiss. Her performances are nothing short of stunning, and I have seen the enormity of Anne’s talent and expression move audience members to tears on several occasions.
- Kristin Valinsky, Portland Oregon concert promoter/publicist.
Jaime Morton, singer/songwriter
“Hearing Anne Weiss sing is like listening to a gospel choir rolled into one Voice. honest, soulful, and deeply moving…’
- Gerrie Blake, KUNV Radio, Las Vegas, Nev
Making Paper From Leaves
“In Anne’s poems, the language is always so alive, so surprising and just right… and where they go, the feelings they express, always make me feel like I’ve been on a wonderful journey, an eye-opening one… I always feel I’ve been somewhere deeply good after I read her poems. They shift something inside me, happily, and the day is always different afterwards.”
-Kasey Jueds, winner, Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize 2012
“In the presence of a true voice, you find someone understands how it has been for you. She has helped your story by telling her own. That’s how it is in this book. This is a concert of road stories from Anne’s life that will summon a concert from your soul.
You travel with her- her grandmother suddenly your own, her holy stranger your own lucky friend, her anger and compassion your own made visible, audible, memorable. Now you are at the beginning, that place where all wrongs are ‘transposed to innocence’ and the world is about to happen from scratch.”
- Kim Stafford