Anna Tivel has spent some quality hours in a dodge caravan repeating lyrical lines over and over until the words fall in time with the windshield wipers, or until the gas light comes on.
A nationally touring artist with a deep love of quiet stories, Anna is beginning to carve a place for herself in the songwriting world. She was a winner at the Kerrville Songwriting Contest, and has shared the stage with heroes and friends like Gregory Alan Isakov, Anais Mitchell, Jefferson Hamer, Peter Mulvey, Matt the Electrician, Devon Sproule, Darlingside, Steve Poltz, Jeffrey Martin and more.
Anna was raised in the forest and farmland of rural northern Washington and currently calls Portland, OR home. Her songs reflect both the stark colors of small town life, and the hard, sharp lines of the city. Anna’s last album, Before Machines, was hailed by No Depression as “raw, yet superbly composed and executed, intelligent, personal and deeply expressive.” Her newest album, Heroes Waking UP, is produced by guitar mastermind Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter, Anais Mitchell, Kris Delmhorst). The album will be released on Portland’s well-loved Fluff and Gravy Records this spring.
“To be sure, these are organic songs that freely reveal the poetry of the mind, heart and soul, the sharp imagery of the world translated into sound, and both the simple and complex things represented sentimentally and at length.” – Examiner
Nels Andrews has spent the last decade wandering, gathering songs, and touring nationally and internationally. He recently relocated from New York to Santa Cruz, Ca. His latest record “Scrimshaw” is his second collaboration with producer Todd Sickafoose (Anais Mitchell, Ani Difranco, Andrew Bird), and debuted at #1 on the Euro-Americana charts and drawn high critical praise, including best of 2012 WFUV's John Platt, NPR's Folk Alley, WFMU, WMNF and Americana UK.