New Release Rack: Annie & the Hedonists’ “Tonal Indulgence”

November 17th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

tonalindulgence

Review by Glenn Weiser

Tonal Indulgence
Annie & the Hedonists
annieandthehedonists.com, 2015

With their fourth CD, Tonal Indulgence, local favorites Annie & the Hedonists have shown us again that they are the ultimate acoustic music cover band. The quartet, consisting of Annie Rosen on lead vocals, husband John Rosen on guitar, Peter Davis on piano, clarinet, banjo, and tenor guitar, and Don Young on upright bass and guitar, eschews writing originals in favor of well-chosen songs in a mix of genres. And with all their combined talents, you can see why they don’t stick to any one style.

The Hedonists’ new release contains 17 songs encompassing swing, string band music, hokum blues, contemporary folk and gospel. The kick-off track, blues chanteuse Trixie Smith’s 1922 “My Daddy Rocks Me,” was the first song to use the phrase “rock and roll.” It opens with Davis’ clarinet playing slinky melodic lines over a slow, sensual shuffle groove before Annie enters with her sultry alto to tout her man’s staying power. Hazel Dickens’ “My Heart’s Own Love,” evokes the Appalachians with Davis’ five-string banjo and guest artist Jay Ungar’s fiddling. The traditional ballad “The Water Is Wide” receives a languid swing treatment as Annie and daughter Hannah Rosen harmonize over a jazzy chord line, vaulting the old folk classic forward into the 1940s.

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Five Firsts: Peter Davis of Annie & the Hedonists

November 19th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg
Peter Davis

Peter Davis

NAME: Peter Davis
BAND AFFILIATION: Annie & the Hedonists
INSTRUMENT: Tenor Guitar, Clarinet, Piano

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Gerry Mulligan, California Concerts, World Pacific label

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Alan Freed Rock and Roll Show, Brooklyn Fox

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Buffet Bb Clarinet

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Boney Maroni”

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Richie & the Debonairs

Multi-instrumentalist Peter Davis and his bandmates in Annie & the Hedonists celebrate the release of their new album, “Women Be Wise,” with a CD release party at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Saturday (November 24). Tickets are $16 in advance; $18 at the door.

Be Here Now: “The Songs of Malvina Reynolds” @ Old Songs, 9/11/10

September 9th, 2010, 11:58 am by Greg

Malvina Reynolds

Malvina Reynolds

Old Songs in Voorheesville kicks off its fall season on Saturday with a lasagna buffet dinner and a concert featuring some of Nippertown’s finest folk musicians performing “The Songs of Malvina Reynolds.”

A progressive topical songwriter of the ’50 and ’60s, Reynolds is best known for her satiric song “Little Boxes” (the theme for the Showtime series “Weeds”) and the wistfully nostalgic song “Turn Around” (which was a hit for Harry Belafonte. Her songs have also been recorded by Joan Baez, Judy Collins, the Seekers, Pete Seeger, the Limeliters and many others.

Selections from Reynolds vast songbag will be performed on Saturday by the eclectic Annie & the Hedonists, hepcats Addie & Olin, hammered dulcimer master Bill Spence, folksinger George Ward, singer-songwriter Debra Burger and singer-guitarist Roger Mock.

The evening will be begin with dinner at 6pm, followed by the concert at 8pm. Tix are $25; children 12 and under $12. Concert-only tix are available for $15/$5. Proceeds will benefit the Old Songs Capital Fund.

LIVE: Annie & The Hedonists @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 2/9/10

February 10th, 2010, 3:17 pm by Sara


For a number of years the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has presented a lovely series of free noontime family-friendly concerts on a monthly basis. Featuring a smorgasbord of different music styles ranging from classical to zydeco, “Music at Noon” is a wonderful way to enjoy lunch, take the kids out, start an afternoon of shopping or just take a break from the office.

On Tuesday, Annie & the Hedonists performed their trademarked mix of acoustic blues, swing, folk, old-time jazz and bluegrass, complete with a sing-along and lots of foot tapping. It may have been frigid outside, but inside the acoustically seductive Troy Music Hall, vocalist Annie Rosen, guitarist Jonny Rosen, bassist Betsy Fry and multi-instrumentalist Steve Fry heated things up and solicited smiles upon smiles with their four-part harmonies and instrumental prowess.

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