The Gospel of Tree Bark

Please consider checking out, and supporting, Anna Fritz‘s kickstarter campaign to release a new album, The Gospel of Tree Bark. Anna Fritz’s Wake was totally and phenomenally awesome. Send her all your money.

 

 

“Most of the songs that will be on this record were written in an old growth forest in southern Oregon where I holed up for a couple weeks last year. But really, this album has been a very long time in the making. I haven’t released a solo album since my first (Wake) in 2005. My creative energy has fueled many other projects in the last seven years while these songs have been waiting for their moment. And now is the time!” [via]

 

 

“Say Hello to the Songs!

Well, assuming you watched the video, you’ve heard the title track already, but let me introduce you to everybody else:

  • Breath and Bone is a song that asks what we’ve lost as we’ve given our lives over to our techno-gadgets.
  • Mean Mind is about joining the ranks of creative women who have struggled through the ages to carve out a place for their work. It moves back and forth between blues and classical melodies.
  • TransMan is a funky, sexy, frustrated song about loving someone who’s transgender.
  • On Wisconsin was inspired by the massive protests in Madison, Wisconsin in early 2011 in response to the governor’s effort to crush public unions. It’s a bluegrass tune.
  • The Gift is the most recently written song on the record. It’s about having a body. Learning to love it, appreciate it, use it.
  • Water is Wide uses the melody and chorus from a 17th century English ballad. My version tells the story of a person finding their way to their true gender identity.
  • Jess’ Song This is a straight up love song, y’all.
  • Caleb Meyer is actually a cover of a Gillian Welch tune. This one has called to me for years. As a pacifist, it’s pretty intense to sing a song about murder in self-defense. And the cello really lends itself to such material.
  • Into the Fire is a prayer in the form of music with tons of vocal harmonies.” [via]

 


KickstarterVideo from Anna Fritz on Vimeo.

Walking Home at Red & Black on Dec 18th at 6pm

Walking Home will be playing with other bands on Fri, Dec 18th at Red & Black Cafe as a benefit for Gender Free For All

Anna and Sami are home, after our six-week tour with the Portland Cello Project, and we’re excited to announce our first performance back in town. We’ll be playing at the Red and Black Cafe this Friday as part of the Gender Free For All fundraiser. The event begins at 6 pm, and we’ll be the last of four musical acts, so we’ll go on around 9. Also featured will be Nicole Sangsuree, Felecia and the Dinosaur, and Lindsey Walker.

Here’s a little more about the organization we’ll be supporting:

Gender Free For All (GFFA) is an organization that works to defend the right of every individual to identify however they desire, visibly and proudly, whether it’s male, female, other, somewhere in-between, none at all – whether a person varies in their gender identity from moment to moment or if they’ve known how they identified since birth. They hold a march and rally annually in August (formerly the Trans March) and worked with the City of Portland and Multnomah County to establish August 1st-7th, 2009 as the first Transgender Awareness Week! For more about GFFA: http://gffapdx.com/

And here are all the details for the show:

Friday December 18th, 2009 at 6:00 PM
$5 dollar donation
At The Red and Black Cafe
400 SE 12th Ave., Portland

Walking Home at Waypost on May 1st at 8:30pm

Walking Home is going to be playing on May Day at Waypost. So that’s May 1st at 8:30pm. And, it’s all ages, but there’s wine and food.

Anna Fritz and Sami Kushnick are happy to announce that we’ll be playing a show as Walking Home, our cello-playing, songwriting, folk-singing duo, at the:
Waypost
3120 N Williams
Friday, May 1st
8:30 pm
The Waypost is a sweet little spot with yummy soups, sandwiches, beer and wine. The show is all ages, and the door charge is on a sliding scale, $5-12 suggested donation.