A Needle in the Hay: Star Anna
A Needle in the Hay is our Bumbershoot Artist Profile series for 2008, provided to help you sift through the daunting schedule at our town’s flagship festival. In it were seeking provide insight into the diversity of great local talent being showcased and give you a few good bands to structure your schedule around. In other words: these are our recommendations for who to see at Bumbershoot.
Artist Name: Star Anna Hails from: Ellensburg, WA Gets her kicks playin’: Americana, Alt Country, just Country, or whatever YOU want to call it Latest Release: Crooked Path Other Bumbershoot acts you might know that she’s akin to: Neko Case, Lucinda Williams
Since the release of her album, Star Anna has been kicking around this side of the mountains quite a bit, sometimes solo, but just as often with her trusty band the Laughing Dogs in tow. My happenstance encounters with her performances over the past year have been downright pleasant and each time I come away more impressed with her singing and her band leadership. Injecting enough modern attitude and pop sensibilities into her music to not simply be any old country songstress, Star Anna’s voice is still filled with reverence for the tradition of the endeavor. She sings with intent and attention to detail, and is without question part of the vanguard of our area’s emerging alt-country scene, a list of bands that also includes another Bumbershoot act: the Maldives (who you’ll hear about next).
Here is the video for her single “If Wishes Were Horses:”
Star Anna plays on Sunday August 31 at the Mural Amphitheatre stage from 12 noon to 1pm.
Photo by Josh