"Concrete World and the Lover's Dream is the new tour de force CD from the Northwest's Anne Weiss. Impeccably produced and supported by an amazing cast of musicians, the diverse arrangements and choices of songs on this CD allows the many facets of this jewel to fully shine. Whether Anne is belting out a delta blues tune or singing an achingly tender ballad, every moment of this CD is filled with passion and conviction and reminds us all that if we can't dance...we don't want to be part of any revolution".
- Robyn Shanti, the Dharma Wheel, KBOO Radio, Portland Oregon
"I love your new CD. Wow! You are like Tracy Chapman, Eva Cassidy, Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin all rolled into one.You are my American Idol."
- Rachel Baldwin, vocalist
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"One of the freshest, most versatile voices I've heard... She ranges from folk to pop to swing to blues, all with a self-assured ease."
- Steve Bornstein, Mixx Magazine
- Dar Williams
It's little wonder that Anne Weiss is described as "unique." She studied classical piano, joined a street gang, became a mountaineer, developed a guitar obsession, worked as a political organizer, learned to salsa dance, and became addicted to delta blues; and yes, you will hear it all in her music.
Combining contemporary folk, blues, acoustic funk, gospel music, and smatterings of classical phrasing and Latin rhythms, Anne is known for her enormous bluesy voice, great guitar chops, and striking stage presence.
"Her vocal flights suggest a baby raised by
Aretha Franklin and Joni Mitchell."
- Jeff Rosenburg, Willamette Week
Anne's first recording work was with Shawn Colvin and Patty Larkin. It wasn't long before she was opening concerts for Richie Havens and Dar Williams. A decade later, Anne has performed with everyone from power folk singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco to country blues heroes Cephas & Wiggins. She has toured internationally and has appeared at folk, blues, world music festivals, and week-long music workshops.
"Quite the wordsmith."
- Quincy Johnson, National Public Radio
For many of her fans, Anne's lyrics are ultimately what set her aside. Poetic, political, humorous, sensual, full of characters and stories, Weiss came to lyrics through her poetic craft. She has received the Allen Ginsberg Award for poems in her recently published poetry book, Making Paper From Leaves (2002).
"Her risk taking [on stage]... creates moments
no strictly solo performer could ever touch."
- Neil Cleary, Good Citizen
Anne performs with equal ease as a soloist, with her unusual 5 piece funky-folk "Feel This Band", or in duo or trio style with supporting musicians. Audiences are drawn to Weiss's engaging, warm, spontaneous performances, her obvious joie de vivre, and her love of walking out on new musical and cultural edges.