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Anna Schulze & Jackie Myers (Pop/Rock/Blues/Soul) $5
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Anna Schulze is a Minnesota native singer-songwriter and guitarist whose music oscillates between raw pop and indie rock. Schulze has been writing and performing since she picked up her first (nylon string) guitar at age 9. At 24, she has released two albums and two EPs to date. In 2010, she set west to study Popular Music at the University of Southern California, and over the next few years was given the opportunity to open for the Beach Boys, work with mentor and Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter, Glen Ballard, and perform at the legendary Troubadour with her band.
Schulze currently lives in Los Angeles where she frequents the local music scene both solo and with her band. Her recent single, “Closer” has been featured on MPR’s The Current and is the second single release from her upcoming album Pickford Market.
As a songwriter, Schulze aspires to create songs that resonate universally: “I write because I want to make people feel. I want to give people the permission that they don’t give themselves; permission to cry, to laugh, to question, to wonder, to escape, to smile, to be alone, to dance, and to lose and find themselves in the moment.”
The sound of blue-eyed soul. Beautiful, captivating, complex, and always with an edge. That’s the sound of the Jackie Myers. Some call the style “groove” or “funk.” Others don’t try to name it and just like to listen to the flavors of blues, jazz, funk, and soul. It’s a sound that Patrick Dennis of Austin’s Mix 94.7 called “fabulous.” The Austin-based Jackie Myers can sometimes be found packing the best venues in Austin. At other times this travelling troubadour can be found in San Antonio, Dallas, or relentlessly touring all across America, playing all manner of clubs, venues, and festivals. Jackie’s creative talent is showcased on the band’s three cd’s: Count to Three, released in 2010, and Ten Foot Twins, released in 2012 and Third. The band is reportedly working on a fourth album with the famed and talented Paradise Winds, a classical wind ensemble out of Pheonix, AZ. Count to Three shows a blossoming talent exploring musical boundaries. This is on display in, among others, Clueless and Penniless, an emotionally riveting portrayal of love gone awry, as well as the irreverent and tempo-jumping Jimmie B. Here is the song Too Close, performed live, from the album ‘Ten Foot Twins.’
Ten Foot Twins shows the evolution of a songwriter. Jackie Myers shows off her vocal prowess and piano-playing chops on All for You. She explores moods from love to indifference to human compassion in Love Song, Not Now, and the socially-conscious Left Behind. Instrumentation on both cd’s includes the best from Austin’s rich musical community including, on Ten Foot Twins, guitarist Mike Brinley and the nationally-renowned trumpeter Ephraim Owens, who has played with Mumford & Sons, Sheryl Crow, and Austin-based Black Red Black. Here’s what Lafayette, Louisiana musical writer Dominick Cross had to say about Ten Foot Twins: “My initial reaction to the recording was that in some ways its Michelle Shocked meets Amy Winehouse. And several listens later, I’d say the same thing with more emphasis on Winehouse. I’d also mix in smooth R&B and fine jazz stylings, old school soul and funk, hip keyboard play, and there’s great horn work punctuating and soloing, too. And all of this carried along by the vocals of Jackie Myers herself. Add this recording to your collection, and catch these guys/gal next time they come through.