Listen up, Seattle! It is now time to bear witness to some serious artistic greatness right here in our town (OK, Ellensburg, but close!) Star Anna is the real deal, and if you haven't seen her or her amazing band yet, now is the time.
Jenny Jimenez Star Anna performs at ZooTunes in the Round on Sunday, July 18. Duff McKagan's column runs every Thursday on Reverb. He writes about what music is circulating through his space every Monday (unless Monday is a holiday).
I don't often throw out this kind of jargon, either spoken or written. But this woman from Ellensburg has so much originality and soul in just her left pinky--especially live--that I just can't help but be in awe. It's a musical inspiration, a mix of Merle Haggard, Mark Lanegan and Patsy Cline. Do yourselves a favor and catch her locally soon -- before it's just too damn late.
Here are a few places to get started:
"Spinning My Wheels," The Only Thing That Matters: A sweet and melancholy take on woes of the heart. One can sense a real loss somewhere in her voice.
"Burn," The Only Thing That Matters: To say that this song is a 'shit-kicker' would maybe mislead that this is close to country music. I'm still not quite sure WHAT kind of music this is, and I hate stiff categorization. For the sake of illumination, let's just say that this music could probably not originate anywhere outside of the U.S. Either way, I love this song.
"Running Man," The Only Thing That Matters: The thing that a 7-minute song on a record shows to me is that an artist has confidence. Running Man could be longer if you ask me. I wouldn't complain.
Yeah, this record is real, real fucking good. Godspeed, Star Anna.