Annie Gallup

A lifetime’s dedication to her art has made Annie Gallup an icon among people who take songwriting seriously. Unabashedly imaginative and sensual, her elaborate song-length works of fiction crackle with wordplay and pulse with insistent rhythm. Borrowing forms from ancient folk tales to modern poetry, Annie sings over her bluesy guitar figures as if sharing secrets. Not many songwriters take the kinds of risks that Annie does, and barely any can pull them off with such deft, startling mastery.

Annie grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, daughter of a printmaker and a woodworker. She studied dance as a child — dancing and performing came to her naturally — but music, country blues in particular, was her secret obsession. As she taught herself to play guitar (hiding in her room after school, copping licks from old Mississippi John Hurt, Doc Watson and Dave Van Ronk albums that she found at the public library) it never occurred to her NOT to write songs for herself to play. So by the time she began performing publicly in the early 90s (after attending the University of Michigan School of Art and then moving west to chase her incurable wanderlust) she had internalized a songwriting style that was very distinctively her own, and that had evolved from her fascination with country blues, her love of words (Alice Munro, Grace Paley, Margaret Atwood, Stephen Dobyns), a dancer’s sense of rhythm, and the sort of playful inventiveness that comes from doing something purely for its own reward.
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CDF 105 Annie Gallup - Cause And Effect album art Annie Gallup Cause And Effect (Album) Flyaway Hair CDF 105 US 1994 Sell This Version
PCD020D Annie Gallup - Backbone album art Annie Gallup Backbone(CD, Album) 1-800-Prime-CD PCD020D US 1996 Sell This Version
PCD38 Annie Gallup - Courage My Love album art Annie Gallup Courage My Love(CD, Album) 1-800-Prime-CD PCD38 US 1998 Sell This Version
PCD63 Annie Gallup - Steady Steady Yes album art Annie Gallup Steady Steady Yes(CD) 1-800-Prime-CD PCD63 US 1999 Sell This Version
PCD75 Annie Gallup - Swerve album art Annie Gallup Swerve(CD, Album) 1-800-Prime-CD PCD75 US 2003 Sell This Version
FFM104 Annie Gallup - Pearl Street album art Annie Gallup Pearl Street(CD, Album) Fifty Fifty Music FFM104 US 2005 Sell This Version
WBG70 Annie Gallup - Half Of My Crime album art Annie Gallup Half Of My Crime(CD, Album) Waterbug WBG70 US 2006 Sell This Version
none Annie Gallup - Half Of My Crime album art Annie Gallup Half Of My Crime(CD, Album, Promo) Not On Label none Canada 2007 Sell This Version
WBG0093 Annie Gallup - Weather album art Annie Gallup Weather(CD, Album) Waterbug WBG0093 US 2010 Sell This Version
WBG105 Annie Gallup - Little Five Points album art Annie Gallup Little Five Points(CD, Album) Waterbug WBG105 US 2012 Sell This Version
GBM108 Annie Gallup - Ghost album art Annie Gallup Ghost(CD, Album) Not On Label GBM108 US 2015 Sell This Version
GBM 111 Annie Gallup - Lucy Remembers Her Father album art Annie Gallup Lucy Remembers Her Father(CD, Album) Gallway Bay Music GBM 111 US 2017 Sell This Version
none Annie Gallup - Bookish album art Annie Gallup Bookish(CD, Album) No 'Label' none US 2019 Sell This Version