"A genuine American visionary strikes again, this time with smoldering allegorical heft...there’s just a lot going on here, and it’s an accessible complexity that’s sure to endure." (Crawdaddy, Best Albums of 2010)

"Folk music should speak about its moment in time and to the people of its time. The Cimarron Banks is certainly a folk album for a new generation…a unique voice that sounds as though it was built for musical storytelling" (TranscendentaLIST)

"Austin's prodigal daughter has returned…she and select guests will christen Ruta Maya's new folk-friendly back bar with performances every Wednesday" (The Austinist)

"Deep, dark and demanding dreams from the heart of America…pretentious it isn’t though, and the sparse instrumentation, whose purveyors include Paul Brainard and Ian McLagan, lets Annelle and her dreams take centre stage" (Jeremy Searle, Americana UK)

"On the first spin we really liked The Cimarron Banks. A dozen spins later we found that we had fallen head-over-heels in love with Annelle's peculiar sound…nothing but keepers" (Babysue)

"The Portland Cello Project hosts a tribute to Woody Guthrie, with special guest collaborators Peter Yarrow, Dan Bern, Rebecca Gates & Amy Annelle... Annelle has her own interpretation of Guthrie’s ballad “Belle Starr,” written about the famed Bandit Queen.  That’s called “the Folk Tradition.” And that’s what this festival is all about" (Tony D'Antoni, Oregon Music News)

"One of my favorite singer-songwriters…her songs go down paths, melodically and otherwise, that you never quite expect"  (Jason Morehead, Opus)

Austin Chronicle

Amy Annelle

The Cimarron Banks (High Plains Sigh)

Troubadour Amy Annelle has spent the better part of a decade sowing her rough and tumble folk tunes across the country, but the songstress returned to her Austin landing place to record her latest, The Cimarron Banks. For newcomers to her seven-LP career, her warbling alto commands most of the attention for the first few spins, but subsequent plays reveal intoxicating guitar lines and Bob Dylan's brand of lyricism ("I was but a waif just a-waitin' to be taken by a stiff breeze, a hellhound, or a full moon"). It's easy to appreciate the devastating delicacy of the title track, but most of the songs take extra spins to reveal their potential. Annelle's Austin residency allowed her to take the same care with this Craig Ross production as she did with her songwriting, layering together a rich album.