She's been compared to artists like Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Bob Dylan, Allison Krauss, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, and Emmylou Harris. If those names peak your curiousity, check out Annie Keating's live concert video from June 4th at The Bowery Electric in New York City. The concert was the record release for "Bristol County Tides" - her 8th full length album.
Annie Keating’s latest is her most accomplished, inspired, and ambitious to date. A pandemic album of awakenings and inspirations that feels both universal and deeply personal, "Bristol County Tides" tells an evocative story of love, loss, and finding what matters most in uncertain times.
Keating is a gifted storyteller, one who can evoke a joyful summer afternoon one moment, and break your heart open the next. The "Bristol County Tides" album offers up authentic, soulful, intimate, bittersweet and expansive songs that take the listener on an emotional journey, full of joy and heartache. These songs have a wide-open feeling and an honestly that demand attention.
The upbeat tunes like Marigold, Hank’s Saloon, Third Street and Lucky 13 offer swagger, grit, good time feelings and seductive soul while ballads like Half Mast, Kindness and Goodbye strike directly to the heart with poetic lyrics and warmth. Kindred Spirit may be one of Keating’s strongest songs ever, with a sound both soulful and arresting. The album feels like a warm summer night with the tide coming in, waves lapping on the dock, cold beer in hand.
The album cover offers a painting of the road the artist and her family retreated to during the early months of the pandemic (in Bristol County, Massachusetts). The inspiration for all songs was born there, amidst the rising and falling tides in an idyllic farm to coast New England town, where deep connections were forged amidst times of isolation. Taking us on a journey from Brooklyn to the coast, the river to the sea, an artist awakened delivers fifteen beautiful, tender songs that capture a heart slowly lit up on the inside, and feel as true as the tides themselves.
The band includes: Annie Keating - lead vocals, acoustic guitar; Teddy Kumpel - acoustic, electric, 12 string guitar, bass, baritone guitar, banjo, mandolin, vocals; Steve Williams - drums and percussion, background vocals; and Todd Caldwell - organ, piano, melodica and accordiaphone, background vocals. Additional musicians on the record include: Richard Hammond - electric and acoustic bass and background vocals; Charlie Giordano - accordion; Gerald Menke - pedal steel; Chris Tarrow - pedal steel and baritone; and Adam Podd – Piano.