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Michigan-based Annie Bacon loves humans. That love, in the context of a rich emotional life, gives her access to a pulsing humanity, which she inscribes in song. The result is a lush and earnest Americana/folk-rock sound reeling between the pure tones of Stevie Nicks and the emotive storytelling arcs of Tracy Chapman. Music that means something and makes you feel. Her work has been lauded by No Depression, Earmilk, The Bay Bridged and more. She also composed a Folk Opera which was adapted as a verse puppet play, and writes about music for SF Critic, KQED, She Shreds and others.
MIDWEST is a Dark Folk band from Chicago. Their songs reminisce heartbreak hangovers and cradle the listener with whiskey-soaked lullabies; music born out of cornfields, cold winters and rust belt love letters. The sound is heavily inspired by Americana, Singer/Songwriter, and Motown music, with influences that can be traced from Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris to Heartless Bastards and The Lone Bellow, the sound remains uniquely northern backwoods. Employing violin, upright bass, keys, harmonica and pared-down percussion, the songs are built around the foundation of sweet, swelling 2 and 3-part vocal harmonies and driven by the aching heartbeat of the bass. The energy created is electric, heart-pulling and captivating -- you can't help but stomp your feet along with them.