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United States - Minnesota

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Mel Annala

I was born at a very early age in Duluth, Minnesota. I moved to Minnesota's Iron Range much later in life than Bob Dylan. In about 1961 my brother Dale was visiting from Washington state. He borrowed a guitar from somewhere and entertained us for hours. I was captivated. I first picked up a guitar and learned a few chords when my other brother, Bob (not Dylan), got one for Christmas 1963. I think I was about twelve at the time (you may be doing some arithmetic about now). My brother really didn't find time to play and ended up giving the guitar to me. It was a Stella. Once the Beatles hit it was all over. Our first band "The Agents" (007 was big at the time) was formed with friends Darrel Maki and Lorry Stratioti when we were in eighth grade. I have recently uncovered a picture of this fine trio and have included it with the photos on this site (I am playing the Stella in the photo). Throughout high school I played with my friends John Sorensen and Phil Jewell in a folk trio called "The Scarcity of Time" (cool name for some protest singers). After high school I joined the Navy and another opportunity to play came in the form of a country group (I can't remember the name). They needed a bass player, and I had just bought a Fender Precision bass out of curiosity for the instrument. After the service I ran into another opportunity to play bass with Charlie Pelto, Larry Anderson (guitars) and Ken LaFave (drums) and did a few bar gigs with them in a band that was sometimes referred to as "MadDog 20/20" Even played "The Palace" a few times (the one in Oliver, WI..not New York or Cesars Palace in Las Vegas). For a short time my son Jesse on drums along with guitarist Danny Jenner and myself had a band called "Moonburn" that played weddings and such. In 2003 an injury and subsequent surgery prompted and early retirement from my "day job". I now had more time to pick up the guitar. A few years ago I played a home made recording of some acoustic tunes for Bill and Kate Isles one evening after we'd been out to dinner. Both Bill and Kate seemed to ask at about the same time.."have you thought about playing out?" Well that got me thinkin'. I got together with a fellow named Jeff Berg. Jeff and I had similar musical interests playing acoustic rock, folk and Americana type tunes. Jeff and I did a few shows together, and then he had to leave the area for work. I decided to set out on my own in the summer of 2006 and have been keeping busy ever since playing traditional folk songs and rural roots music (with the occasional acoustic rock number thrown in). I now find myself performing at resorts, the local bar and grill venues, county fairs, coffee houses, private events, house concerts, a few retirement communities, and anywhere folks would like to hear me play. And let's not forget gathering around the campfire to sing a few tunes. Lots of shows and great people out there. Thank you for letting me share my music with you.