Anne Louise Genest

Anne Louise Genest

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Anne Louise Genest is a roots/americana musician and songwriter from Whitehorse, Yukon. She performs solo or with a trio. "We love to play - when we're not on stage you can usually find us jamming somewhere!"

Biography

Yukon’s Anne Louise Genest (pronounced jha-nay)was raised in Toronto but her music comes from the Yukon hills she now calls home. Folk, old tyme, and bluegrass influences underline Genest’s lyrical gift for rendering the joys and sorrows of the human experience. Genest delivers it all with a rich, evocative voice and solid guitar work that carve imagery and song into tales of love, longing, betrayal, hope and redemption. Anne Louise’s live show includes Bob Hamilton on resophonic guitar, mandolin, and vocals, and Matt King on upright bass and vocals for a tight, dynamic sound that takes the listener down into the valley and back up into the hills.

Born and raised in downtown Toronto, Anne Louise took flight from the urban landscape and landed on the marge of Lake Laberge in Canada's Yukon, where the brief but brightly lit summers and long dark winters feed her already vivid imagination. Inspired by a wide range of Roots music traditions including folk, traditional narrative country, old tyme music and bluegrass, Anne Louise draws on influences ranging from Gillian Welch and Johnny Cash to Bill Monroe and Bob Dylan.

Anne Louise released her second album, Big Dream, on the Caribou Records label in the spring of 2004. Big Dream, an alchemist's brew of the best of roots, old tyme, and country, has been getting rave reviews in music publications such as Penguin Eggs and the Georgia Strait, as well as extensive radio play in Canada and Europe.
Her song "Fire Safety" was featured in the fall 2004 issue of Geist Magazine, and "Down On My Wheels", from Anne Louise's first release Trouble, is an audience favourite on the soundtrack of the award winning indie film "The Elvis Project", by Adam Green.

This year Anne Louise is one of ten artists selected nationally for an official Folk Alliance Showcase at the 2005 Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA's). She is also one of four artists chosen to participate in SOCAN's "Songs and Stories" event at the WCMA's, along with Randy Bachman, Corb Lund, and Kyle Riabko.

Anne Louise is one of fifteen Canadian independent artists selected by the National Campus and Community Radio Association to appear on their 2005 "Dig Your Roots" compilation CD. Her song "Paradise Road" will be featured on the album. She was also selected to present an official showcase at Folk Alliance Canada's 2004 Rendezvous Folk! Conference in Halifax this and she was invited to perform at the Industry Awards banquet at the 2004 Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA). She was one of ten northern artists to showcase her music on the 2004 CBC True North Concert, which was broadcast nationally on CBC.

Anne Louise is a veteran of the Yukon festival circuit and a regular favourite at the Frostbite, Alsek, and Dawson City Music Festivals. She has also headlined at the Edge of the World Music Festival, and she has appeared at the Blue Skies Music Festival, the Islands Folk Festival, and Kispiox Valley Music Festival.

Lyrics

Paradise Road

Written By: Anne Louise Genest, copyright 2003

It was not my intention
to leave you alone
I meant to be steady and
happy at home
but the days are so dreary
and the nights are so long
and darlin’, I’m drinkin’
on Paradise Road

CHORUS:
Paradise Road, on and on it goes
I thought I found heaven
but I found a hole
and the longer I linger
the deeper I go
and darlin’ I’m drinkin’
on Paradise Road

You once had a shine on
sweet shady from the grove
apples and peaches and
bare feet on the floor
well I urge you, forget me
and go knock on her door
cause darlin’ I’m drinkin
on Paradise Road

Paradise Road, on and on it goes
I thought I found heaven
but I found a hole
and the longer I linger
the deeper I go
and darlin’ I’m drinkin’
on Paradise Road

It was not my intention
to leave you alone
but darlin’ I’m drinkin
on Paradise Road
darlin’ I’m drinkin
on Paradise Road

The South Side of Town

Written By: Anne Louise Genest, copyright 2003

There is a road north of the city
it runs right through
the middle of our town
and somewhere
someone’s got a secret
on that road one night
they ran somebody down

her name was Sally John
and she lived on the south side of town
she had four kids
in a two room shack
and she didn’t know she wouldn’t be back
when she left home for
eggs and a pound of ground
on the south side of town
the south side of town

where the river and the laneway meet the road
Sally turned and headed for home
when out of the night
a green lincoln came
picked Sally up and tossed her away
she flew like an angel to the ground
on the south side of town
the south side of town

by twelve o’clock when
Sally wasn’t home
her biggest boy
got on the telephone
a constable took the call
but he did fuck all
he thought he knew exactly
what went down
on the south side of town
the south of town

he told her boy she’s prob’ly in the bar
but her boy said she’s been sober since last fall
the cop he laughed and said
yeah right
I’m sure she’s out on a tear tonight
but if she ain’t home by morning
I’ll come round
to the south side of town
the south side of town

we found her in the morning
past the bridge
she’d made it halfway
out of the ditch
and god knows how many folks drove by
while sally john was left to die
I guess I’ll never forget the sight
sally john in the morning light
she lived on the south side of town
the south side of town
the south side of town

My Love My Wheel

Written By: Anne Louise Genest, copyright 2003

steel rail winding down the line
still i’m far from home
i’m gonna look into the night and
think about you

my love my wheel
been a long time gone
train gonna take me home

all in rows, all asleep
while lights across the window sweep
all alone my vigil keep
think about you

my love my wheel
been a long time gone
train gonna take me home

village green, children watch
town go by, train don’t stop
how many miles left on the clock
to think about you

my love my wheel
been a long time gone
train gonna take me home

Discography

2004 Big Dream (Caribou Records)
2002 Trouble (Caribou Records)

*Anne Louise's music has also appeared on the following recordings:
2004 Yukon Women In Music Compilation CD
2000 The Yukon Collection II (Caribou Records)
2000 Ancient Wisdom (Yukon Women In Music)

*Anne Louise has appeared as a guest artist on the following recordings:

2004 "Streetcar Heart" Kim Beggs
2001 "Gingerbread" Kim Barlow
2000 "Sanctuary" Barbara Chamberlin
1999 "Humminah" Kim Barlow
1995 "The Yukon Collection I" (Caribou Records)

Set List

I play from 1 to 3 sets, combining original material along with covers. What I play depends on the venue - is it a soft seater where people are quiet and listening? If so I'll play a variety of material including quieter, gentler songs that the audience can have the space to really listen to. If it is a noisier, busier venue (pub, club, etc.) then i lean more towards upbeat material that can keep up with the crowd!

Original Songs:
The Well
Wallflower Blossom
You Like Leaving
Albert Road Revisited
My Love My Wheel
Paradise Road
In The Early Hours
Lavina Brown
The Smoky Hills
In Canada the Winters Are Long
The South Side of Town
I'm the One
Fire Safety
Albert Road Revisited
One Moved Away
Caroline
Without the Whiskey
Trouble
Down On My Wheels
We Survived
Disappear
Chase Away The Demons
A Practical Mind
I Like It
Roses

Cover tunes:
S-A-V-E-D
The L&N
The Listening Wind
Dead Flowers
Harbour of Love
Close By
She's So Cold
High On a Mountain
Orphan Girl