Anna and the Ladykillers

Anna and the Ladykillers

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandRockPop

Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter Anna McGary fronts a Nashville-based Pop/Rock band with allusions to blues, classic rock, and funk.

Biography

Anna and the Ladykillers were formed in late 2011 when Anna felt oddly compelled to leave her Nashville apartment and walk two miles to the Gold Rush bar.

"It was bizarre...I had been having a lazy afternoon and all of a sudden I just knew where I needed to go. I walked in the door of The Gold Rush and ran right into Zack (Caro), who apparently had also left his house under the same circumstances. We hadn't been in touch for about a year, but I ended up showing him some of my new songs that night and we worked out some rough guitar parts. He was immediately on board, and of course I had wanted to play with Jordan [bass] for a while. Zack brought Grayson [drums] and Charles [keyboards] to the project shortly thereafter and we were on our way."

The Ladykillers come from a diverse musical background: Before diving into the Nashville music scene as a member of "Junk Train" and "Pappy Krakken", bass player Jordan Carpenter fronted the Fayetteville, Arkansas soul/rock group "Very Special Guests" and Anna met him when the two performed in a one-time Neil Diamond cover show. Drummer Grayson Whitlow has been a member of several Nashville groups, most notably "Juke Skywalker" and funk sensation "The Deep Fried Five." As well as creating his own jazz-tinged solo works with "The Charles Yarbrough Group" and "Snidely Incognito," Nashville native Charles Yarbrough has supported many acts from country/folk artist Janelle Faiman to rock and roll acts such as "The Look." Also from Nashville, guitar player Zack Caro was part of "The New Demographics" and the drum-and-bass/funk/psychadelic group "Bloody Sputum."

Born in Clarksville, Tennessee, Anna's relationship with music began early. Both sides of her family hold musical lineage, and holiday get-togethers always involved family jams. Both classically trained and folk musicians passed down not only their instruments but also an inherent love for all genres of sound. At age six, Anna's family moved to Bozeman, Montana, where she would play percussion and piano before graduating high school. Just before graduation, she picked up a guitar and immediately began writing songs. During a three-year stint at the University of Montana, Anna discovered that her love for writing, performing, singing, and playing guitar surpassed her dedication to schoolwork. During this time, she fronted a trio in Bozeman under her own name and recorded a full-length album as well as two demo's at Peak Recording and Sound. Later, as winner of the 2007 Trail Entertainer Awards "Vocalist of the Year" and first runner up for "Songwriter of the Year" Anna formed the four-piece group "Anna McGary and the Thirsty Three", which played all over the state of Montana, culminating in their opening spot for Third Eye Blind at 2008's Rockin' the Rivers Festival in Three Forks, Montana. In the Spring of 2009, Anna made the cross-country pilgrimage to Nashville to pursue a more vibrant writing and performing community. Since arriving in Nashville, Anna has been inspired by the likes of The Wooten Brothers, Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks, The Mars Volta, Vince Gill, Jack Pearson, and Adrian Belew, to name a few. Some earlier influences include The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Incubus, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Norah Jones. She was also in several choirs between grade school and college, and explores classical guitar as a hobby.

Currently based in Nashville, Tennessee, Anna and the Ladykillers recorded a four-track demo in March 2012 at Red Dirt Music Company, looking to secure future performance opportunities and expand as a regional act. Anna's well-structured rock/pop songs provide the perfect platform for her guitar work and for the Ladykillers to shine. Hints of blues, classic rock, funk, and soul blend together to create an appealing live show that engages from start to finish.

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Lyrics

Fight It Out

Written By: Anna McGary

FIGHT IT OUT By Anna McGary
Copyright 2012 Anna McGary

Today I started driving
I think I’ve lost my mind
Midnight, I’m caught in the weather
I can’t see in front of me or behind
I can’t see...
They tell me I’ve got angels
To guide me where I’m bound
They don’t seem to answer me when I ask them
Why I should stick around
Why should I?

Here we go, don't you know,
Where you won't I will go,
Here we go, down this road,
Don’t you know - I’m gonna fight it out...

Fear is like a fire,
Fire’s got to feed
You gotta let it rise enough to get you hot
And give you what you need
What you need?
Here I stand before it all, everything feels good
The candle’s lit and the mood is right
So danger, do you think we should?
I think I should...

Here we go - don’t you know
Where you won’t, I will go
Here we go, down this road,
Don’t you know I’m gonna fight it out...

I got somebody comin’ up behind me, and I’ve got somebody that I’m trying to catch
I got a couple friends I could do without, and a couple I could count on at the drop of a hat
I got somebody tryin’ to steal my thunder, I got somebody tryin’ to build it up
Just when you think that I’m goin’ under, you realize that I am still lit up
I’m just gettin’ it up...

Here we go - don’t you know
Where you won’t, I will go
Here we go, down this road,
Don’t you know I’m gonna fight it...
Here we go - don’t you know
Where you won’t, I will go
Here we go, down this road,
Don’t you know I’m gonna fight it out...

Brother

Written By: Anna McGary

"BROTHER" by Anna McGary
Copyright 2011 Anna McGary

Far out of sight...
Blind to the fight...
A calloused reception this night, this night

Choices are made...
Blood begins to fade...
If the world would allow,
I just know I need my brother now

You were my brother long ago
And though I wished it, I couldn't keep you close.
I'm scared that I couldn't tell your face now from any other,
Hey, yeah - we've gotta change that brother
Hey, yeah - we've gotta change that brother

Caught in our prime...
Distance the crime...
We've got to take back the time, the time
So up from your aching feet...
We've got promises to meet...
My conscience cries aloud...
You see I only want to make you proud.

You were my brother long ago
And though I wished it, I couldn't keep you close.
I'm scared that I couldn't tell your face now from any other,
Hey, yeah - we've gotta change that brother
Hey, yeah - we've gotta change that brother

Every day this silence advances...
We gotta break it somehow
We're running out of chances...
We gotta do it now

'Cause you were my brother long ago
And though I wished it, I couldn't keep you close.
I'm scared that I couldn't tell your face now from any other,
Hey, yeah - we've gotta change that brother
Hey, yeah - we've gotta change that brother

In It For Love

Written By: Anna McGary

IN IT FOR LOVE By Anna McGary
(Copyright 2012 Anna McGary)

You've been workin' like the devil's at your tail
Still, you say you'll come if I need you - Say you'll never fail
This can't be right...
You've got the drive to come alive in the early hour
But I have no power over you...

I'm in it for love
Now I can see
You don't care one way or the other
What happens to me
You had the wrong idea from the get-go
You say you want me, but you don't know
Who I am, what I need
Where I come from, or what I believe
Why I speak the way I do
Why I've got to get away from you
If you knew any of these things,
You would know I'm in it for love
I'm in it for love

I've been sleeping with these demons in my room
They've got a warning I can't rest through,
And the morning comes too soon
They say I'm wrong for bringing you along,
I gotta turn my heat to someone sweet who can meet the fire...

I'm in it for love
Now I can see
You don't care one way or the other
What happens to me
I want to care but I feel unable
'Cause you won't let me bring anything to the table
You want this - why the rush?
Why not a kiss? You don't like it too much
You want me to come to you
Give me one good reason to
If you knew any of these things,
You would know I'm in it for love...
I'm in it for love

You had the wrong idea from the get-go
You say you want me, but you don't know
Who I am, what I need
Where I come from, or what I believe
Why I speak the way I do
Why I've got to get away from you
If you knew any of these things,
You would know I'm in it for love
I'm in it for love

I Feel It Tonight

Written By: Anna McGary

I FEEL IT TONIGHT by Anna McGary
(Copyright 2012 Anna McGary)

How many times can we try before we die?
How many times can I try to get my love to you?

How many ways can I say that I’m here to stay?
How many ways can I say that the world couldn’t move me from you?

I feel it tonight - there’s somethin’ in the air, I swear
I feel it tonight - there’s somethin’ in the wind - this night is gonna end so good,
I feel it tonight - there’s gotta be a way to get to you
I feel it tonight - I feel it tonight...

So many souls in this place...
And I just keep coming face to face with you
So many souls in this place - convince me that mine is for you...

I feel it tonight - there’s somethin’ in the air I swear - it’s just there
I feel it tonight - there’s somethin’ in the wind - that you can’t fake and I can’t pretend
I feel it tonight - there’s gotta be a way to get to you
I feel it tonight - I feel it tonight...

I feel it tonight - there’s something in the air, I swear
I feel it tonight - there’s something on the wind...
I feel it tonight - oh...
I feel it tonight...

I feel it tonight - there’s somethin’ in the air, I swear
I feel it tonight - there’s somethin’ in the wind - that you can’t fake and I can't pretend
I feel it tonight - there’s gotta be a way to get to you
I feel it tonight - I feel it tonight...

How many times can I try to get my love to you?

What If I Don't Love You Anymore

Written By: Anna McGary

WHAT IF I DON'T LOVE YOU ANYMORE BY ANNA MCGARY Copyright 2012 Anna McGary

It's late...Or maybe it's early...
The sun has long since gone to hide away.
I sing...
But the lines won't come out easy
As my body tries to hold these words at bay:

What if I don't love you anymore...
What if I don't love you anymore?
I don't want to hear myself speak those words in truth...
'Cause what if I don't love you anymore?

We met in the full moon of December...
Loving eyes reflecting simple truths
And now, I wish I could remember
How it felt to see that light inside of you.

What if you don't love me anymore...
What if you don't love me anymore?
I don't want to hear you speak those words in truth...
'Cause what if you don't love me anymore?

Moonlight on the stairway
Memories in my tears
They fall in an instant
I've held them for years...but it doesn't matter
If you don't love me anymore...

What if I don't love you anymore...
What if I don't love you anymore?
I don't want to hear myself speak those words in truth...
'Cause what if I don't love you anymore?

Discography

Anna and the Ladykillers:

"Red Dirt Demo" - 2012
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Anna McGary and Associated Acts:

"Midnight Dream" - 2011
"Espana" - 2010
"Javelina" Demo - 2009
"The Badlander - Open Mic Volume 1" - 2008
"A Simple Turn" - 2007
"Anna McGary" Demo - 2006

Set List

12 originals:

Before The Dark Comes Calling
Brother
Fight It Out
Funkynasty/Superpleasure
I Feel It Tonight
In It For Love
Just Lovers
Kristi
Midnight Dream
On Top of the World
Only For a Minute
What If I Don't Love You Anymore

...also various covers...