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Genres You Will Love
Folk: Folk-Rock Folk: Singer/Songwriter Rock: Americana Rock: Folk Rock Moods: Mood: Upbeat

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United States - California - SF United States - Michigan United States - United States

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annie bacon & her OSHEN

Annie Bacon loves humans. That love, in the context of a rich emotional life, gives her access to a pulsing humanity, which she inscribes in song. The result is a lush and earnest Americana/folk-rock sound reeling between the pure tones of Stevie Nicks and the emotive storytelling arcs of Tracy Chapman. Music that means something and makes you feel.

Though she was born and raised in Maine and resides now in Michigan, Bacon was reared musically in San Francisco over nearly two decades. But like her band, the OSHEN (a rotating cast of musicians), life offers change at a near constant pace. She and her family relocated to Ann Arbor in mid 2018. From that new perch, Bacon undertook the band's fifth project, Nothing stays the same. The 14 song album incorporates four existing singles with ten new tracks, and is the most finely expressed example of the sweet rock sound for which Annie & her OSHEN have become adored.

For seven of the ten new songs, Annie traveled to Nashville, working with producer and bassist Paul Defiglia (The Avett Brothers, Langhorne Slim) at his Sensitive Sound studio. For each song, she gathered a crew of dear friends and longtime collaborators including James Nash (The Waybacks), Omar Cuellar (Facing New York), Henry Nagle (eight belles), and The Singer & The Songwriter. She managed to bring nearly all of her favorite singers onto the album - Elizabeth Greenblatt, Meryl Press, Rachel Garcia, Erica Kane Fink, Jessi Phillips, Douglas Allen, Kira Hooks - stepping back to harmonies to feature Garcia and Press on “Long road” and “Next time you see me” respectively. Newcomer superstars Jon Radford (Lily Hiatt), Thomas Bryan Eaton (Miss Tess), Kevin Carducci (The Easy Leaves), Dan Ford and Steve Daly rounded out the team. Nine months, five studios, 22 musicians and one message: nothing stays the same.

Bacon’s work has been lauded by The San Francisco Bay Guardian, No Depression, Earmilk, and more. She composed a Folk Opera which was adapted as a verse puppet play for the Brooklyn Puppets and Poets Festival. In 2016-17, she appeared as a small part in Taylor Mac’s sold-out “24-Decade History of Popular Music” in New York and San Francisco. In addition to her work as a musician, Bacon also works as a freelance music writer, contributing to KQED, The Bay Bridged, She Shreds and others.