AMY ANNELLE is a songwriter and folk musician whose work balances exploration with a reverence for America’s restless, divergent musical past. She’s been recording and touring for almost two decades, crafting “richly textured, exotic song-worlds that often bear little resemblance to standard voice-and-guitar folk songs” (Billboard). Over the course of ten albums and countless miles logged on the road, Amy has cultivated a rarefied voice and a repertoire that “blooms with open-hearted, lustful vulnerability and a harrowing naturalistic solitude” (Crawdaddy).
Since her first single appeared in 1998, Amy has released a stream of critically acclaimed albums, first using the moniker ‘The Places’, then her own name. After a few years in Portland, Oregon’s burgeoning music scene, she made a home on the road, touring as a soloist or with ingenious pickup groups which brought together friends from folk, jazz, country and experimental music circles. In between travels she stayed in different regions of the country, living rough, working odd jobs and immersing herself in the people, places and history around her. Her songs, photographs and essays bear witness to this journey, into forgotten eddies of America and deep within herself. Amy has touched many with her performances, which have taken place everywhere from art collectives and house concerts to folk festivals and rock clubs, from community radio stations and street corners to New York City’s Town Hall.
Amy's version of Townes Van Zandt's "Buckskin Stallion Blues" appears prominently in the final scenes of Martin McDonagh's Academy-Award winning film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri". In addition to her own work, Amy has worked with Bill Callahan, Michael Hurley, Daniel Johnston, Jolie Holland, Jandek and Bill Baird. She often plays a Big Hollow parlor guitar and resides in Montopolis, Texas.
Amy plays a parlor guitar from Big Hollow Guitars
"The Cimarron Banks" by Amy Annelle (The Cimarron Banks, 2010) click to stream song
"Wake Up, Little Dark Eyes" by Amy Annelle (The Cimarron Banks, 2010) click to stream song
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AMY ANNELLE writes the songs. She performs and records solo, and is often joined by guest musicians in the studio, and onstage by duos, trios, quartets and quintets. From 1999--2006, she worked under the retired moniker The Places.
some blurring in the mists of time, but still ringing true:
COOPER McBEAN (Devil Makes Three) guitar | JOHN ALAN KENNEDY percussion | Matt Kinsey (Bill Callahan) guitar | BRIAN BEATTIE (Bill Callahan) producer/recording| CRAIG ROSS (Lisa Germano, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin) RALPH E. WHITE |performing|(Bad Livers, Michelle Shocked, Jandek) IAN McLAGAN |recording|(Small Faces,Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan) PAUL BRAINARD |recording, performing|(The Sadies, Richmond Fontaine, Victoria WIlliams) ROY COON |performing| SARAH HENNIES |performing| MOLLY FISCHER |recording| WILL LANDIN |recording| MICHAEL HURLEY | performing | ANDY PIPER |performing, recording| (Reeks & the Wrecks) LINDSEY VERRILL |performing| JOSHUA HOUSH |performing, recording| JAY PELICCI |producer/recording| (Deerhoof, Erase Errata) JUDE WEBRE |performing, recording|(Dimestore Dance Ensemble, Nina Nastasia) STELLIN NEWSOME |performing|(Sweethearts of the Rodeo) JACK MARTIN |performing|(Kid Congo Powers, Knoxville Girls) SCOTT JARVIS |performing| (Mo Tucker, Jad Fair) RACHEL BLUMBERG |recording| (The Decemberists, Bright Eyes, M. Ward) JASON SANDS |performing, recording|(Reeks & The Wrecks) DYLAN REILLY |performing| TIMOTHY HORNER |performing, recording|(Grails, Jackie-O Motherfucker) JOHNNY SCHIER |performing, recording| (Last of the Juanitas, Truman's Water) RYAN STOWE |performing, recording| (Swords Project) JORDAN HUDSON |performing, recording| (The Thermals) ZAK RILES |performing, recording| (Grails, M. Ward) MIKE SCHORR |performing, recording| (Death Cab for Cutie) JOE HAEGE |recording| (31 Knots) ADAM KRINEY |performing| (Castanets) J. ALARIC TRUE |performing, recording | AMANDA LAWRENCE |recording| SIERRA COLLUM |recording|
2022 Bill Callahan Reality (arranging and singing of harmony vocals)
2018 Amy Annelle, various Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande)
2015 Amy Annelle, Surgery (High Plains Sigh)
2012 Amy Annelle, The Great Unveiling (High Plains Sigh)
2010 Amy Annelle, Rocky Mountain High (High Plains Sigh)
2010 Amy Annelle, The Cimarron Banks (High Plains Sigh)
2009 Amy Annelle, Live On WFMU (High Plains Sigh)
2009 Precious Blood (Amy Annelle & Ralph White duo) Top of the Holler (High Plains Sigh)
2009 Precious Blood (Amy Annelle & Ralph White duo) KVRX Local Live Compilation
2008 Amy Annelle, Some From the Stream Tour Comp (High Plains Sigh)
2006 The Places, Songs for Creeps (High Plains Sigh)
2005 The Places, Fawns With Fangs: Seclctions from the Dark Heart of the Thicket (High Plains Sigh)
2005 The Places, Appetizers & Leftovers/Austin, TX Compilation (I Eat Records)
2004 The Places, Call It Sleep (Hush)
2002 The Places, Pop Life Vol. 9 Compilation (Contact Records Japan)
2001 Amy Annelle, A School of Secret Dangers (Hush)
2000 The Places, The Autopilot Knows You Best (Absolutely Kosher)
1999 Amy Annelle, Which One's You? (Hush)
1997 Amy Annelle (as Underwater Salvage Partners), Fuel Compilation (Arena Rock)