Annie Keating

Annie Keating

 Brooklyn, New York, USA
DuoAmericanaFolk

Keating’s twang infused songs tell stories of hope and struggle with refreshing honesty, grit and timelessness. The Village Voice raves, "Keating is a wise mix of Lucinda Williams songwriting, Gillian Welch guitar and a vocal all her own… a cross between Willie Nelson and John Prine and you don't get any better than that.”

Biography

Lucinda Williams. John Prine. Allison Krauss. Willie Nelson. Gillian Welch. Bonnie Raitt. Emmy Lou Harris. Patty Griffin. This is a short list of the musicians Annie Keating has been compared to over the last 10 years.  With her 7th independent release, "Trick Star," Keating proves herself even more worthy of that list, releasing her strongest album to date. The songs on this record are tender, raucous and raw, all of them shot through with intelligence and feeling.  Keating, who picked up a guitar at age 12 and taught herself a few chords and never stopped playing, writes and sings like a woman who knows deep down that heartache is the price of hope, and she can make us believe — in that way that only the best artists can — that all of it is worth the cost.  Annie Keating just keeps on making songs with her 8th release, "Ghost of the Untraveled Road" due out this spring, 2018. A hugely impressive body of work - 8 albums over 14 years - culminates in this acoustic mini-masterpiece by Brooklyn-based songwriter Annie Keating.  An intoxicating mix of poetic and raw, tough and tender - Keating’s songwriting is at the heart of meaningful Americana music. Ghost of the Untraveled Road features this seasoned songwriter at her best. The album delivers beautiful, engaging, honest and real songs. 

Talent spotted by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, Keating appeared live on his show twice and has performed at leading festivals, including Take Root (NL), the Brooklyn Americana Festival, Glasgow Americana Festival, NJ Folk Fest, The Brooklyn Indie Music Fest and NXNE.  

 "Honest, refreshing."  NEW YORK POST

"A cross between Willie Nelson and John Prine ... you don't get any better than that." THE VILLAGE VOICE

"A budding Americana star.”  R2 MAGAZINE

"Country rock with a renegade bite."  LA WEEKLY

“Keating is building the reputation her talent deserves." THE TELEGRAPH 

Her performances radiate warmth and honesty." THE IRISH TIMES 

"Disarmingly engaging."  FOLK RADIO 

​“Her talent and ability are profound.”  NO DEPRESSION

"She writes beautiful stories." AMERICANA ROOTS REVIEW

"One to watch."  BBC RADIO

"Lucinda Williams without the angst, Keating will enchant anyone but a deaf shoe-gazer."   ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE 

​"A rocker in the best sense." PERFORMING SONGWRITER

"Powerful singer-songwriter ... Deep and Provocative Songs." MAVERICK Magazine

"It’s lovely to see performances without nerves... Keating is a woman revellng in her art."  AMERICANA UK 

 

 

Lyrics

For the Taking

Written By: Annie Keating


I woke up from a stormy dream
With a clear and calm wide open feeling
And through the noise a stillness came
Through all the talk a voice so plain
With one simple phrase

CHORUS
This time (HOLD) won’t come again
This time is for the taking
This time (HOLD) won’t come again
This time is for the taking

And giving myself up to you
May be so very hard to do
It’s easy to start something new
So hard to keep it true yeah keep it true
I can’t remember what you said
The words have long ago left my head
But the way you made me feel it stuck
In my chest and it still does babe / It still does

Sometimes I wish I could free
To love like those with ease and purity
Free of doubt and free of pain
But that’s not really love now is it babe?

It’s frightening and enlightening
A hurricane a summer’s day
bright and ugly all once
A mess and then something wonderous

Belmont

Written By: Annie Keating

All I've got is in my pocket
except this guitar strapped to my back
I'm travelling light, no time for doubts no time for looking back
I was 12 years old when I learned to play guitar on your front porch
And I still remember how it felt staying up late trying out those first few chords
And listening to the vinyl spin around again while we drank beers we'd stolen
from your older brother Ray in the summertime he used to play the Rolling Stones

CHORUS
Growing up / on the other side of Belmont/ with Fear and fire in our hearts and hope for what might come
on the other side of Belmont

The smell of summer rain on pavement still reminds me of those days / hanging in your basement playing rock and roll dreaming of a better place
My daddy couldn't understand why I'd waste my time playing guitar
He said change your cloths get a job don't be such a bleeding hear CHORUS

We joined a band and played some shows and on the stage felt like heroes born again
Into the night out of the rain into the arms of strangers we'd go dancing
The music took us under wings of gold / we flew fast from where we'd come / my roots are wrapped around you ... you're the only home I've even know. CHORUS

You Bring the Sun

Written By: Annie Keating

You bring the Sun
You bring the sun
When you come to me

And you bring flowers
The way your hair smells sweetly
It’s like your bringing flowers to me

You bring a little mystery
You bring a little bitter and sweet
When you come over to me

CHORUS
You bring the Sun, You bring the sun
When you come to me
ah ah ah you bring the sun
ah ah ah OOOOHH here it comes

And you bring wonder
Likes a beautiful day in summer
When you come over to me

You bring a song too
One little song with you
When you come over to me

You bring the Sun
You bring the sun
When you come over to me

And you bring promise /
Promise of good things
When you come to me …

CHORUS
You bring the Sun, You bring the sun
When you come to me
ah ah ah you bring the sun
ah ah ah OOOOHH here it comes

You bring the Sun
You bring the sun
When you come over to

You bring a little springtime
Even when in the coldest season
When you come over to me

You bring a song too
One little song with you
When you come over to me

You bring the Sun
You bring the sun
When you come over to me

You bring the Sun
You bring the sun
When you come over to me

ah ah ah you bring the sun
ah ah ah OOOOHH here it comes

Discography

Make Believing (NEW January 2015 release) 

For Keeps, 2014

Water Tower View, 2010 
Belmont, 2008
Take the Wheel, 2006
The High Dive, 2004

Set List

All original songs. Can incorporate selected covers by request.  Set list ranges from 30 to 90 minutes. Duo, trio acoustic shows or full band, depending on the venue. Acoustic or more rock all possible.