“Once you have witnessed Anne Harris play the violin, you aren’t likely to forget the experience any time soon. It’s not just the wondrous music she makes drawing her bow across the strings, it’s also the way the spirit of the music emanates from her physically. She inhabits the music, or maybe the music inhabits her, but it is impossible not to be drawn under her spell.” (BluesWax)
Chicago-based singer-songwriter and fiddle player Anne Harris has been crafting and evolving her unique sound for over a decade, spanning five indie studio records and countless live performances. She’s also played fiddle live or in-studio with numerous other artists, including blues harp virtuoso and 3-time GRAMMY nominee Billy Branch, GRAMMY winner Terrance Simien, Southern Hospitality, GRAMMY nominee Cathy Richardson, breaking rockers Beware of Darkness, and occasional stints with hippie legends Jefferson Starship.
But her highest profile to date has risen from her work with trance-blues innovator and multi- Blues Music Award winner, Otis Taylor, with whom she’s currently touring internationally. “Over the past several years, Harris has become an integral part of Taylor’s sound both on stage and on record, adding another element to his diverse instrumentation … and adding a visual element that takes the celebratory spirit up a couple of notches.“ (Blues Music Magazine) Expounds Julie Jenkins in The Golden Gate Blues Society Newsletter, “The beauty of Anne’s ability to play the violin while dancing as gracefully as a swan and as powerfully as a shaman, moved me to joyful tears. Bearing witness to her performance left me completely awestruck and mesmerized. To watch her perform is hypnotizing. It was pretty much all I could talk about for several days.”
Harris’ highly visual performances have understandably been garnering much attention in the photography world, earning her the cover of a popular blues calendar, a feature in renowned photographer Marilyn Stringer's seminal book, Blues in the 21st Century, and placement in several gallery exhibitions in France and Poland.
Although it’s been reported that “Anne Harris plays violin like [Buddy] Guy wields his guitar,” (Orange County Register) and her recognition within the Blues community notwithstanding, she is decidedly not a straight-ahead Blues player. “I’m a true hybrid; I guess I’m a true American. I’m influenced by myriad genres,” Harris said. “To me, whatever particular kind of music we’re playing, whatever bin the music is supposed to fit in at the record store; it’s sort of a nebulous thing. Soul music is soul music, and that can come through a classical format, a blues format, a Celtic format, or a bluegrass format.” (Blues Music Magazine)
Harris has just released her fifth studio album, Come Hither, featuring contributions from Otis Taylor, drummer/producer Steve Gillis (Filter), sacred steel guitarist Chuck Campbell (Campbell Brothers) and Billy Branch.