Trail Mix: Annie Ford’s City Life and Blue Ridge Sound

Multi-instrumentalist Annie Ford’s musical roots can be traced back to her childhood log cabin home in the mountains of Virginia.  Between rounds of stacking cord wood and scaring crows from the garden, Annie took up the viola; over the years, she has added accordion, banjo, guitar, fiddle, and clarinet to her instrumental arsenal.  Now living in Seattle, Annie spent some time in both New Orleans and California; each locale left an indelible mark upon her music.  This month, Annie and her band release their eponymously named debut record. Annie Ford Band is an outstanding collection of ghostly country ballads and honky tonk rockers.

Trail Mix recently caught up with Annie to talk about life in Seattle, the allure of the log cabin, and “Buick 1966,” which is featured on this month’s mix.

BRO – Latest song/musical obsession?

AF – “Should Have Known Better,” by Possessed By Paul James.  I believe there is a deep well inside most of us, especially for expressing ourselves.  You can just tell he has gone deeper into it by the range of emotion pouring out in his performances.  Paul has amazing passion and a powerful stage presence.  It is inspiring that he balances being a touring musician, father, and school teacher.

BRO – Best part about living in a log cabin?

AF – I think the best part of living in a log cabin is knowing where the materials came from and who built it.  The fact that the logs of the house were hewn from the surrounding woods was pretty special.  It was primarily my dad who build the house and that somehow added to the authenticity.  And you also cannot beat the glow of a wood stove at night in the winter time.

BRO – Favorite outdoor activity?

AF – My favorite outdoor activity is definitely hiking.  The better overall lay of the land I can get the better.  It provides a sometimes much needed break from the city.

BRO – What’s the story behind “Buick 1966”?

AF – It is based on a murder that happened in 1972 in Grand Canyon National Park.  I read it in a collection of stories about death in the Grand Canyon.  I wanted the song to feel like a Hitchcock movie, lots of images without saying exactly how the murder happened.  It ended up having three distinct feels based on moving through the varied landscapes and emotions changing.

BRO – Finish this in five words or less – The folk music scene in Seattle is . . .

AF –  . . . varied, thriving, collaborative, and authentic.

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