Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Fiery redhead Anna Haas excites the senses instantly with a powerhouse voice and arrestingly honest lyrics, enhancing each line with wildly dramatic stage antics and thunderous, intricate piano playing.
Anna Haas describes her musical genre as Soul-Pop-Cabaret, it should really be Talent-Talent-Talent.
This young lady has talent to go round. Just one song and you will be hooked.
She is a real fireball, her hometown is Nashville,TN but she is currently residing in New York bringing some mid-west moxie to the big apple.
When listening to "Crazy Is" her newly released album, one can expect to hear the lyrical wit and quirky piano technique of Regina Spektor, the angst of Fiona Apple, the emotionally compelling and climactic songwriting of Jeff Buckley, and the soulful vocal reflections of Janis Joplin. But Haas's voice is all her own: the crux that a legion of instrumentation swarms around. The rawness in her voice and in the heavy, soulful piano, ripping guitar solos, bluesy pedal steel, horns, and symphony of strings gives the record life, integrity, and strength.
Anna Haas's Crazy Is is a timeless yet modern tapestry of stories and musings blending sarcasm, metaphor, and absolute vulnerability. Haas writes from an honest and sometimes controversial place as her lyrics shift in subject matter from a loving homage to a secret relationship, to emotional dependence on love and drugs, and the imagined loneliness of Marilyn Monroe. The collection of eleven songs was recorded in multiple studios throughout her hometown of Nashville and New York, and took nearly two years to complete.
The last song on the album is the first song you will hear right here. This first video has a great story behind it. After her grandmother died, the family discovered boxes of turn of the century 8mm and 16mm film reels. They converted the reels to digital and were astounded by what they saw. Having the rare opportunity to see footage of her grandmother from the 20's, 30's and 40's in Brooklyn and Manhattan, she was inspired to write 'Find Your Home' and to pursue the process of making this music video.
The rest of us, even if we never knew her grandmother, will also enjoy this terrific song and the beautiful video that she has made.
Find Your Home
"Find Your Home" written by Anna Haas
Produced and mixed by Mark Galup at Reel Recording, Nashville
Engineered by Erik Thompson
Mastered by Mark Galup and Erik Thompson
Piano and Vocals- Anna Haas
Viola- Renae Truex
Pedal Steel- Adam Ollendorff
Guitar- Mark Galup
Of course when a song is that good, it is also great to find a live performance, so here we have Anna live @ 3rd & Lindsley.
Find Your Home
Here's something a little bit more upbeat also performed live @ 3rd & Lindsley, Nashville
The Real New York Featuring:
Anna Haas- Vocals
Will Medders- Drums
Cheyenne Medders- Bass
Doug Gross- Guitar
Renae Truex- Fiddle
Leif Shires- Trumpet
Justin Carpenter- Trombone
Craig Swift- Sax
Cristina Taddonio and Matt Lovell - Background Vocals
OK, so you have a few beers on the beach at night and write a song with some guy she just met. Who hasn't done that? Most of us.
Eyes Open Fresh Traveler's Anna Haas decided to scope out the musical talent at Geneva on the Lake. She met the amazing local Geneva on the Laker, Rob Covert, and co-wrote the song "Eyes Open," a sandy shanty song.
About a year ago Anna made this beautiful cover of a classic. It was so good it required an official video, and this is it.
Take Me To The River The official music video for "Take Me to the River", a cover by Anna Haas.
Shot in New York by Mungo Bros Productions.
Directed by Quintin Xavier Roper, and filmed and edited by Michael Crain and Matt Hayes.
Original song by Al Green, also covered by David Byrne.
From earlier this year a beautifully stylized video of a great song, track four on the album. Way way too good for MTV, which is why you won't see it there.
Maypole Conceptualized and Choreographed by Anna Haas
Directed by Jon Tee and Anna Haas
Produced by Matt Sullivan
Finally today we get a beautiful Patsy Cline cover. Featuring Matt Lovell live @ Mercury Lounge NYC
She's Got You
Well not quite finally, you know I wouldn't leave you without the chance to hear "Crazy Is".