Anne Weiss

Anne Weiss

 Portland, Oregon, USA
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"Vocal flights suggesting a cross between Aretha Franklin and Joni Mitchell, bluesy acoustic chops, & poetic lyrics that transcend generic limitations... Portland powerhouse Anne Weiss is like 3 singer-songwriters in 1.”
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Biography

Anne Weiss unleashes her new double CD, "Where Folk Gets the Blues," on the world! Funky, folky, blues, political, poetic, sensual, Anne’s music and songwriting have been called “a meeting at the crossroads of Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, and Aretha Franklin”.

Originally from New York City, Anne now resides in Portland, Oregon. With 6 CDs and book of poetry that gained her an Allen Ginsberg Poetry award, Anne’s first recording work was with Shawn Colvin and Patty Larkin. It wasn’t long before she was opening concerts for Richie Havens and Dar Williams.

A decade later, Anne has performed with everyone from power folk singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, to Taj Mahal, and country blues heroes Cephas & Wiggins. She has toured internationally and has appeared at folk, blues, world music festivals, and week-long music workshops. Anne Weiss is known for her enormous bluesy voice, great guitar chops, emotional piano work, humor and striking stage presence.

Anne performs with equal ease as a soloist, with her unusual 5 piece funky-folk “Feel This Band”, or in duo or trio style with supporting musicians. Audiences are drawn to Weiss’ engaging, warm, spontaneous performances, her obvious joie de vivre, and her love of walking out on new musical and cultural edges.

www.anneweiss.com

*Selected as a 2012 winner for Falcon Ridge's Emerging Folk Artist in Hillsdale, NY.

*Selected feature artist for Lancaster Music Festival in Lancaster, England for October 12 - 14, 2012.

"2nd place winner at Telluride's Blues and Brews Blues Competition, September 15, 2012."

ANNE HAS SHARED STAGES WITH:
Alice Stuart
Ani DiFranco
Dan Fogelberg
Dar Williams
Richie Havens
Greg Brown
Catie Curtis
Cheryl Wheeler
David Jacobs-Strain
David Keller
Guy Davis
Jonatha Brooke
John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
Laura Kemp
Mary Flower
Sapphire: the Uppity Blues Women
Gabrielle Louise
Ellen Stapenhorst
Lauren Sheehan
Steve Cheseborough
Guardabarranco
Toshi Reagon and Big Lovely
The NW Gospel Choir with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra
***Solo appearance at NW Gospel Choir with the Oregon Symphony in December 2011

ANNE HAS RECORDED WITH:
Shawn Colvin
Geoff Bartley
Jim Infantino
Patti Larkin
Keith Greeninger
Mary Flower
David Jacobs-Strain
Kenny Passerelli
Connie Cohen
Juliette Wyers
Burlington Ecumenical Gospel Choir
CD compilations with the Indigo Girls, Greg Brown, Karen Savoca, and others

ANNE HAS PERFORMED AT:
Aladdin Theater (Portland, OR)
Alberta Rose Theatre (Portland, OR)
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Portland, OR)
Artichoke Music (Portland, OR)
Berkley Art House and Cultural Center (Berkley, CA)
Flynn Theater (Burlington, VT)
Kwummbwa Jazz Center (Santa Cruz, CA)
Ketchican Tribal House (Ketchican, AK)
Blue Loon (Anchorage, AK)
Outpost in the Burbs (Montclaire, NJ)
Barre Opera House (Barre, VT)
The Wild Duck (Eugene, OR)
King Cat Theater (Seattle, WA)
Seattle Folk Society's Pinehurst Community Hall (Seattle, WA, Feb 2011)
Triple Door, Seattle, WA (special guest with Dar Williams, 2011)
Unity of the Valley (Eugene, OR. Oct 2011)
West Side Theatre (Newman, CA, 2009, 2011)
The Secret Society (Portland, OR. May 2012, Oct 2012)
Walnut Room (Denver, CO 8/2012)
Westcliffe's Summer Music Concert Series (Aug, 2012 Westcliffe, CO)
Blues and Brews Music Festival, 2012 (Sept 2012, Telluride, CO)

ANNE HAS HEADLINED, PERFORMED, LED WORKSHOPS, CLASSES, AND WILD RUMPUSES AT:
American River Music Festival (Lotus, CA)
The Clearwater Festival (NY)
Port Townsend Blues Festival (WA)
Rocky Mountain Folks Fest (CO)
Spiral Rhythms Music Festival (WA)
Champlain Valley Folk Festival (VT)
Burlington Women’s Music Festival (VT)
Davinci Days Festival (OR)
Vancouver Folk Festival (BC) (special guest appearances with Utah Phillips and the Rose Tattoo, Dar Williams, Rebecca Riots)
Puget Sound Guitar Workshop (WA)
Port Townsend Blues Workshop (WA)
Spontaneous Choir
Wild Women Get the Blues
Blues Guitar Workshop
Singing for the Vocally Challenged
Multicultural Choir
Wild Mind Poetry Workshop
Songwriting Workshops
Gresham Arts Center & Metro East's Summer Concert Series
Kern's Art Center's Music School Outreach Program / Visiting Workshop leader
Hawaii Music Adventure Camp on the Big Island 2009-2012

Lyrics

Day of Celebration

Written By: Anne Weiss

I come down here all by myself
let me go on with some one else

Chorus:
and I'll make each day
a day of celebration
and I'll make each day
a day of celebration

Sometimes we work, sometimes we play
sometimes it's only the attitude we take

Well you're telling me
that you have only learned to hate
in the book of love, study's never too late

Well you're telling me that you can't stop a war
what were we given voices for

Some of us hurt, some of us cry
some of us are filled with all sorts of lies
some of us are hungry, some of us live in pain
but every day we work for change
is a good day just the same

I come down here all by myself
let me go on with everybody else

Concrete World and the Lover's Dream

Written By: Anne Weiss

Two birds sitting in a tree
neither one wants to sing to me
one won't speak and one won't say
and this is the world that we have made

Chorus: This is the world that we have made
this is the world that we have made
world that we have made
don't ask me if it's too late

Two birds sitting in a tree
one is blind and the other can't see
one has a bow and one has a blade
and this is the world that we have made

Bridge:
Take these wings and mend these things
take these wings and mend these things
take these wings and mend these things
the concrete world and the lover's dream

Two birds up on that hill
one won't fly but the other one will
one will fly and one will fall
but what happens to one will happen to all

Braille

Written By: Anne Weiss

I have gathered all this distance
from the height called falling down
and from this lowland place I can
reach mountains hidden in my hands

although the falcon has her point of view

she can never know the land the way the blind do


Chorus:
I'm going to take this chance with my eyes closed
and the let the Braille of the wind be the sign to every road


'cause every path comes to that part
where there's the old growth and the new start
that's where the sky has skin like incense
and that makes all the difference



You want to know what I've been weeding
in the lowland garden's lonely years

his eyes full of love that lost
their way and never found me here

although the bittern has her point of view 

I've looked into that cage and I've rattled in that rage



You want to know what's so important
about reading maps raised up like hills?


You can memorize each contour line
and still get lost in touch like a true lover will



I saw a hummingbird at five thousand feet
tempted by the trumpet vine and blinded by the heat



Juanita

Written By: Anne Weiss

That Juanita, she sure looks good when she's out on the dance floor 
she's the queen of the neighborhood
when she's out on the dance floor she says



Take me dancing- I can spin with the equator at my hips 
and the San Andreas fault is my fault the way I shake this ship 
all you girls with your high heels, well I bet you wish that you were in 
my ay ay ay 
Overalls



That Juanita, she is not tall, not close to thin, 
no shade of white that Juanita has got it all, on this and every other night:



Take me dancing- I can spin. What do you think makes the moon go by? 
and the San Andreas fault- that was just a little something I 
did on the sly all you girls in your high heels,
I bet you're wishing that you were in my ay ay ay
Overalls



That Juanita, she can't sit down, she's worn out everyone in town
teases the women, laughs at the boys 
the sound of her feet is a joyful noise



Take me dancing, I can spin: here comes the horizon now
and all this sweat that's on my skin is juke box rain from its happy cloud 
all you girls in your high heels bet you're wishing now that 
you were in my ay ay ay Overalls

Roof of Rain

Written By: Anne Weiss

Well I'm out here in the rain
With a little sign where
it says, "family of four-
have you got money to spare?"
she drives up like red mud
then drives away fast
and leaves me here
with two dollars in my grasp, 
in my grasp



The highway is full
just one car per green
I watch her red tail lights
as they're spreading like a stain
and her good luck wish could drown me
as though good luck still remained

I turn my back a little
its hot under my shirt
where the anger is rising
and the shame is like dirt
and the dirt is beneath
every fairy tale wheel
where the government blames you 
or signs some new deal



She must've turned off the next exit
and took the overpass
all green and gray and ugly
and then she took it back
well my husband stands on that side
black hair matted in the rain
with a stop sign saying "4 of us-
can you spare some change?"



I watch her pass him and turn up the bridge
with her wishes and her well
as she pulls over by these on ramp lights
that let you know you've entered hell
"there's a shelter near" she tells me
green is go and red is plain
"just three weeks and you're out" I say
and then your roof is made of rain



Behind her is her Starbuck's
Computer Land and McDonalds
the land of milk and excess
where we have been forsaken
there's a little tent under the freeway
hidden by black plastic
where my kids can't have it their way
and only pray for traffic



The highway is full 
full of rain and caught
like red wine spreading
on a white table cloth
and after dinner she'll pause for me
pour the salt for clean and luck
brush the crumbs and move the memory
and then she'll fold me up

Fall

Written By: Anne Weiss

To every rock & wall
Made by some loving hand
Made with some loving plan
To every rock & wall
I say stay, won't you stay



To every rock & wall
That keeps a farmer from their land
That keeps a loved one from their kin
That keeps a friend from a friend
To every rock & wall
I say fall, fall, fall

To every rock and wall
That holds a foundation down
And helps a strong soul stand their ground
To every rock and wall I say stay,
Won't you stay

To every rock and wall that keeps the system in its place
That keeps racism in its race
To every rock and wall I say fall, fall, fall

One more hand reaching over
Build the House together, plant for summer
Come build the temple come build the cathedral
That holds the whole night sky
And all of its people

Tomorrow's Gate

Written By: Anne Weiss

It’s another cup of coffee
in another lonesome town
and it’s me looking for something maybe
someone else has found
all I know is this longing
that has me tied and bound
to a dream that wanders on
ever time I settle down

Chorus:
And I watch your lives as painters
and I watch your lives as saints
and I watch your lives as servants
smiling prisoner to complaint
and I watch your lives as prostitutes
and I watch your lives constraint
and I wonder where our freedom lies
beyond tomorrow’s gate

There’s been no rain in two weeks
but in me there’s been a flood
I’ve awakened to a human kind
that doesn’t speak a word
my own mother and my father
were swept in the daily tide
and my sisters and my brothers can’t tell me
where justice hides
It’s another cup of coffee
in another lonesome town
my white skin gets me by
while years track my body down
it’s harvest time in Nicaragua
where a child my age cries
there’s a pistol on her hip
but her dream is in my eyes

Snowbound

Written By: Anne Weiss

Some people like it hot
down in the Bahamas
sipping on a cool drink
in their Hawaiian pajamas
but they ain’t got no passion
for warming up their skin
like we do way up North
when the snow comes rolling in

Chorus:
You know I’m snowbound
I’m snowbound for you’re love

Now all throughout the summer
the sun feels pretty good
and all throughout the fall
we’re gathering the wood
but come the end of autumn
when real winter begins
I need a human fire
to warm up my cold skin
you know I’m snowbound
I’m snowbound for your love
At 20 degrees above
the lovin’ is alright
at 10 degrees above
you know it last for most the night
and 10 degrees below
you fill my lovin’ cup
at fifty below
there is no reason to get up
The first layer is my hat and coat
the second is my scarf
the third layer is my gloves and boots
three sweaters is enough
then there is my long johns
union suit and lingerie
it’s gonna take a long sweet time
to get next to me
When we get up at my house
water’s frozen in the sink
light anything on fire
just melt me some snow to drink
open that old brandy
leave the car stuck in the snow
come on over here baby
there’s no where else that we can go

Cherokee

Written By: Anne Weiss

Well I’m standing here
feathers and hide
leggings long
the sky is hot and wide
eagle feather
in long dark hair
beads and moccasins
they come to stare

Chorus:
Isn’t it a grand old town
it doesn’t bother me at all
the Indian head amusement park
and the pow wow mall
the tee-pee restaurant
has a sign that say “live squaw”
and a the sacred pipe lounge you’ll find us every night
no we don’t mind at all

I’m the paid live fumy
waving them in
to buy up what’s left
of my great grandparent’s wisdom
and my face looks just like
my great grandfather’s did
when the trail of tears
taught him to keep this heart hid
So I say “how” to the white faces
as they pay me to pose
beside winnebagos and family cars
I can use the money so I wear the clothes
and the kids call me chief
and they think it’s fun
and they call me Tonto
our word for dumb
The feathers are plastic
the hide is from cow
and in this heat
we wouldn’t have worn this stuff anyhow
and I try to remember
what they say about sin
and how the white man’s God has saved me
from what my fate would’ve been
At night I take off the plastic feathers
and the fake long hair
I get a drink in me
as I put on my jeans
and before I go back
to my trailer home
I look down the streets of Cherokee
and this vision comes to me

Isn’t it a grand old town
it doesn’t bother me at all
the God’s hand motel
and the priest’s head pool
he’s just trying to make a dime
that’s why the white man stands
holding a fake bible
and a fake rosary in his hands
and Jesus is there
half price on sale
and he winks at me as I walk by proud
and we shake our heads
and we laugh out loud

And before we go home
we’ve other been heard to say
what a shame they have to live that way
it’s too bad they have to live that way

Particles of Rain

Written By: Anne Weiss

Well the rain comes and
surrounds the town
like a murky peace
you almost find
and a man stands there
with a seamless past
polished like a watered stone
and the air’s like a silk banner
brushed against your skin
and the cars’ lights are like flashlights
there to usher you in

This is where you meet the wise ones
this is where you leave the fools
this is where you see the children
who see all the way through
this is where you talk with trouble
this is where you loose the pain
this is where you get the trophy
wisdom like particles of rain

From inside this steaming night
the bar is full and clear
and someone raises a glass and laughs
though they can not see me out here
tonight the streets are my rainforest
and the mist’s my toast to you
and the drunken leaves beneath my feet
well they know a thing or two

Fall

Written By: Anne Weiss

To every rock and wall
Made by some loving hand
Made with some loving plan
To every rock and wall

I say won’t you stay – won’ t you stay

To every rock and wall
That keeps a farmer from their land
Keeps a loved one from their kin
Every rock and wall that
Keeps a friend from a friend

To every rock and wall
I say let it fall – fall – fall
To every rock and wall
That holds a foundation down
And helps a strong soul stand its ground

I say won’t you stay – won’t you stay

To every rock and wall
That keeps the system in its place
That keeps racism in its race
To Every rock and wall
I say let it fall – fall
To every rock and wall

One more hand reaching over
Build the house together
Plant for sunrise
Build the temple
Holds the whole night sky

To every rock in wall
I say let it fall - To every rock in wall
I say let it fall
I say let it fall – to every rock n’ wall
I say let it fall – to every rock n’ wall

Discography

New CD Released June 2012!

Anne Weiss's sixth recording, "Where Folk Gets The Blues," is a double CD set and was re-leased this summer 2012. One CD is an all acoustic folk CD with many of the songs live and solo, with one instrumental and Anne's signature songwriting featured on all the songs. The second CD of the set is an all-blues compilation of new and best of/ best loved Anne Weiss blues tunes along with several covers.

Some of the finest musicians of the Pacific Northwest collaborated with Anne on this current CD, including renowned blues guitarists Mary Flower and David Jacobs-Strain, gold recording artist Billy Oskay (Nightnoise). Several of the selections also feature Kenny Pasarelli (bass, Elton John, Joe Walsh, and Stephen Stills).

"Where Folk Gets the Blues," 2012. Currently charting on AMA and 3A radio and receiving international press and airplay.

"Concrete World and the Lover's Dream," 2009. More info/listen: www.anneweiss.com

"Braille," 2004

"Crossing the Border," 1998

"Tomorrow's Gate," 1994

Set List

Typical set list is mostly original folk, funk, and blues with some traditional Delta, Piedmont, and Chicago blues mixed in. Sets are usually 2 sets of 45 minutes each with a 15-minute break between.