Big Blues Bender promotes Anne Harris

 

Blues is an expressive art form and nowhere can you find a more expressive Bluesician than the mystic violinist Anne Harris. Rolling, blending and folding in a variety of musical influences from Celtic to Americana to Funk she embodies a musical genre-morphing Blues sound that is all her own. Anne is an Internationally recognized instrumental talent that has captivated audiences around the globe. Her command of the stage is punctuated with a free reeling and coiling whirlwind of sound and visual excitement. Her gypsy-like stage presence is truly unforgettable and revolutionary in the ever expanding Blues genre.
 - AJ Gross, Big Blues Bender, Las Vegas

 

ChicagoBlues.com likes "Come Hither"

 

Anne Harris Takes Blues in a New Direction with “Come Hither”

By Barry Kerzner / May 6, 2015 / Read at ChicagoBlues.com 

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For those of us interested in blues that follows a unique path, the search can be daunting. Yes, there’s Americana, rock influenced blues, even blues that raps. All of that is fine, and some of it is revolutionary. What about something that really stretches the boundaries of how blues can be expressed, especially as an element of another genre?

 

 

Blues.GR Posts interview with Anne Harris

 

Anne Harris - Journey to Dimensions
By Michalis Limnios

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Blogger Michalis Limnios posted an insightful interview with Anne Harris to the Greek Blues community website, Blues.GR.

Read the full interview with pictures here.

 

Tribune Likes Otis Taylor with Anne Harris at 2014 Chicago Blues Festival

 

THE BLUES FESTIVAL WAS ALL ABOUT FEELING, FROM HIGH TO LOW
By Kevin McKeough, Special to the Chicago Tribune

"The Chicago Gospel Music Festival still is two weekends away, but someone forgot to tell a few performers at this past weekend’s Chicago Blues Festival. 'Amazing Grace,' rather than 'Sweet Home Chicago' or some other blues cliché, was the song heard most often from the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park.

"Aaron Neville sang an ethereal version of it Sunday evening, and Chicagoan Anne Harris played the anthem as a haunting violin instrumental Friday. It just went to show that blues is more an expression of deep emotion than any one musical style, and the headlining acts who performed on the Petrillo stage Friday through Saturday explored a wide range of feeling, from despair to determination to exultation."
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"Earlier Friday [June 13, 2014], Otis Taylor showed how the blues can move forward even as it draws upon its past. Alternating between guitar and electric banjo, Taylor played hypnotic drones instead of standard blues chords, and his husky singing recalled the blues’ origins in field hollers and work songs.

Guest guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart, a blues star in his own right, added short, searing solos, and Harris literally bent over backwards to deliver keening fiddle solos. The music ranged across acoustic blues, Afropop, Hendrix and Harris’ Celtic instrumental interludes, which felt right at home amid the blues in their longing and exuberance."

Read the full festival review.

 

Golden Gate Grooves #17: The Golden Gate Blues Society Newsletter

 

ANNE HARRIS: MUSICAL DIAMOND
By Julie Jenkins

"The beauty of Anne’s ability to play the violin while dancing as gracefully as a swan and as powerfully as a shaman, moved me to joyful tears. Bearing witness to her performance left me completely awestruck and mesmerized. At times, she moves with a gentle ease, and then with sudden and wild abandon. Surely, it follows suit that she has had extensive training, but it appears to just spring naturally from her solar plexus. To watch her perform is hypnotizing. It was pretty much all I could talk about for several days."

Read the full interview by Julie Jenkins: http://tggbs.org/files/121757/golden-gate-grooves-issue-017.pdf

 

Blues Music Magazine #2

 

ANNE HARRIS - TRANCE BLUES FIDDLE
By Michael Cote

The contrast between Otis Taylor and Anne Harris couldn't be more striking. A burly man with a brooding presence, Taylor personifies the foreboding of his songs. While he may temper that seriousness with a “Hambone” harmonica workout, you could see how he would want to share the stage with a petite fiddler who augments her heartfelt playing with free-spirited dancing. Someone to remind you there’s joy on the other side of the darkness in Taylor’s tough tales. Over the past several years, Harris has become an integral part of Taylor’s sound both on stage and on record, adding another element to his diverse instrumentation of electric guitar, cornet, banjo, bass, and percussion and adding a visual element that takes the celebratory spirit up a couple of notches.

Read the full article on Blues Music Magazine

 

Blues411.com Interview

 

ANNE HARRIS: SIMPLICITY IS MOST COMPLEX OR FIDDLIN' WITH THE BLUES
By Jimi Patricola

Once again Bluescruisers were subject to the captivating sounds and exotic moves of Ms. Anne Harris, of the Otis Taylor Band. She danced and played her way into the hearts and souls of all who experienced her aboard the boat. Whether with the Otis Taylor Band, or jamming with Terrance Simien, Southern Hospitality or the Voodoo Women showcase, she was riveting both musically and visually. I cannot tell you how many people wanted me to interview her and learn more about her, so here is last years interview with Ms. Anne, it is as fresh and timely as it was then. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did doing it. There has been some editing done for this version of the interview to keep it current, but we did not change any critical information.

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On the October 2011 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise I was honored to witness the Otis Taylor Band. Within minutes the audience and myself were captivated by the fiddle playing of Anne Harris. A cross between Jimi Hendrix gyrations and Gypsy-like trills soon had the boat buzzing with her name and talent. I was besides myself when she accepted my proposition to be interviewed for Blues411 and, dear readers, here is Ms. Anne Harris.

Read the interview, with pictures, on Blues411.com:
http://blues411.com/anne-harris-simplicity-is-most-complex-or-fiddlin-with-the-blues/

 

Orange County Register: Review of 15th Annual Doheny Blues Festival

 

STEVE MILLER, BUDDY GUY AND MORE AT DOHENY BLUES DAY 2
By Robert Kinsler

Otis Taylor, at 63, brings to blues what bands like Radiohead and Arcade Fire do for rock.

Taylor may have been a bit under the weather (he apologized several times for hoarseness), but that didn't stop him and his mighty backing band from bringing their scorched-earth sound to the Backporch Stage. That area is normally a quiet place for people to relax and kick back while taking in acoustic performances, but Taylor would have none of that.

In songs that blended his intoxicating, open-to-interpretation stories with driving rhythms, he had fans cheering and moving. His self-penned "Rain So Hard," "Blind Piano Teacher" and a version of the rock standard "Hey Joe" were all potent this afternoon. Amazing fiddler Anne Harris (who plays violin like [BuddyGuy wields his guitar) and the rest of Taylor's band -- an ensemble diverse and strong enough to stand out at Coachella -- seemed to bring their A-game to this gig.

Read full festival review: http://www.ocregister.com/entertainment/fun-355183-guy-miller.html