Annie McIntyre (Lead Vocals): Deeply sensual and proudly powerful, Annie's voice is a revelation that commands the microphone. Wisdom, wit and unabashed love flavor her lyrics and her Janis Joplin-meets-Nina Simone presentation, proving to the audience that "this woman's been there!" In fact, Annie's been there since age three when she first started singing in Mill Valley, Calif. While growing up, she was surrounded by the influences of Bay Area rock, soul and rhythm and blues. Mentored by San Francisco great Johnny Nitro, Annie also studied with amazing voice teachers Claudine Spindt, Bob Miner and Judy Davis. As a headline-making upstart, she opened for Tommy Castro and has played with Danny Uzilefsky of Chrome Johnson, Chuck Day, Preacher Boy, the Natural Blues, James Henry of Pablo Cruise, and Jeff Pevar of CPR fame. To Annie, music empowers, strengthens and spreads joy. Rooted in the blues that gave Annie her voice, she considers her songs a tribute to those who have come before her and an expression of solidarity with those who have suffered and have then found joy through music.
Joe Diehl (Guitarist): Joe was 16 when he joined his first garage band, a Northern California outfit called Ocean Side East that played Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Allman Brothers and other classic rock covers. Three years later, Joe began studying with Tower of Power guitarist Bruce Conte. A variety of projects followed in the 1980s, including a soul review, blues bands, punk-influenced art rock, and many singer-songwriter undertakings. In 1989, Joe moved to Mill Valley, California, where he formed Skyclad. An experimental original band that performed all over northern California, Skyclad opened for the likes of Counting Crows, Jefferson Starship, Michael Franti and many others. The 1990s found Joe a regular featured artist at Mill Valley's famous nightspot, the Sweetwater. There he played with Jenni and Maria Muldaur, Bob Wier, Gregg Allman and Steve Kimock, and opened for Train and Linda Perry.
John Lingafelter (Bassist): Born in Washington, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and settled in Southern Oregon, John has been playing bass up and down the West Coast for over 35 years. Versed in all styles, John plays both electric and upright bass.
With a bachelors degree in music (UCSC) he has a solid understanding of the structure and theory of music. He also completed a one-year program at MusicianÔøΩs Institute in Hollywood, California. John has worked with producer Kim Fowley (Runaways & Steel Breeze) on an original album for Parallel, a California band.
John has enjoyed playing with many excellent musicians in a wide variety of situations including many weeks on the road and extensive recording sessions. He has backed recording artists such as Roby Duke and Daryl Mansfield in live performances.
Jim Sitter (Drummer): Growing up in Rochester, NY, Jim was playing drums before he could walk. At least that's what his mom tells him. He began formal training in the third grade and continued in various music programs and percussion sudies through high school. Jim also studied with the late Dave Accorso, star pupil of master drummer Steve Gadd, and has now been playing music for 34 years.
In addition to drumming, Jim enjoys hanging out with his beautiful family, and teaching both guitar and drums to his own students in Jacksonville, Oregon.
Jim looks forward to his goals of playing Austin City Limits and large stadiums with AnnieMac.
Allen Crutcher (Keys and Harmonica): Born in Los Angeles to musical parents, Allen started playing piano at age 10. He studied theory and improvisation throughout his childhood then had a musically formative experience in high school when he discovered the music of Freddy King, Jimmy Reed and other legends. Before he was old enough to drive, Allen had made a record with his band, the Delaney's, on ABC Paramount. He has recorded at several studios in Hollywood, rubbing elbows with Richie Valens and Bobby Blue Bland. Allen moved to Ashland, Oregon, in 1999. He has since played with various Southern Oregon groups, including Heart and Soul, Jason Johnston, the Blues Dusters and the Generic String Band.
AnnieMac's first CD, Ignition, was released in July, 2008. AnnieMac's Ignition is currently in rotation on several NPR stations and Starbucks Radio. The tracks "Clear Water," "Forget About Love," and "Dissatisfied," are getting air play.
The band was in the studio under the tutelage of legendary guitarist and producer Jeff Pevar and Sylvia Massy Shivy owner of RadioStar Studios and engineer and producer of many gold and platinum records.