Annie and the Hedonists

acoustic blues, vintage jazz, & roots Americana

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Review by Dan Kuchta

Golden Link Folk Singing Society, Newsletter Editor, Golden LInk Folk Society, Rochester, NY

“I first saw Annie and the Hedonists in concert at Harmony House and enjoyed them so much that I bought one of their CDs that night.  So it was with some excitement and anticipation that I listened to their latest CD, Women be Wise … and I was not disappointed.

This is music that makes you smile.  Whether one of their upbeat toe-tappers like Cakewalking Babies or Tall Skinny Pappa, or one of their more bluesy, laid back tunes like Jealousy or Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl, this is music that’s full of life and grabs your attention.

Their blend of  western swing, jazz, blues, vaudeville, folk and country creates a unique stew with just the right spices.  The songs are pulled from the 20’s and 30’s, infused with well crafted vocals and harmonies, and punctuated with flavorful instrumental interjections from interesting directions such as the Ukelele, Clarinet, and Dobro.  I especially enjoyed the jazz Clarinet contributions!

If you get a chance to see the Hedonists in person, do yourself a favor and buy a ticket.  If not, their latest CD is the next best thing.  Women be Wise gets a big thumbs-up from me!”