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Anna Vogelzang - "The Wisconsin troubadour has a penchant for playfulness when it comes to her music; however, when she gets serious, few craft a better folk song." - The Huffington Post

Anna Vogelzang, unavoidably soulful singer/songwriter and newly-transplanted Midwesterner sings the best kind of songs, the ones about feelings. Her latest full-length venture, Canary in a Coal Mine, was created completely through fan funding and is being independently released on September 20, 2011. Amongst the album's cast of professional musicians are Brian Viglione (the Dresden Dolls) on drums, Todd Sickafoose (Righteous Babe) on upright bass, Franz Nicolay (the Hold Steady) on accordion, Emily Hope Price (Pearl & the Beard) on cello.

Featuring up-beat, robust crowd-favorites "Die Trying" and "Heart Beat Faster", the album has also been called Vogelzang's riskiest venture to date, toting sweet love songs on kalimba & ukulele, a girl group stomp-and-clap summery singalong, a rip roaring barroom bluegrass tune, banjo dirges of pining sincerity, and a haunting piece featuring only a cello quintet and voice. Anna will be touring nationally in the fall of 2011 in support this new project.

After releasing her college thesis as a CD in 2007 and following up with home recordings that sold out of their handmade sleeves, Anna released her 5th album, Paper Boats, in April 2010. The widely recognized album was met with invitations to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and National Women's Music Festival Emerging Artist Stages, as well as receiving play on over 200 radio stations nation-wide.

Vogelzang has shared stages with Regina Spektor, Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady), Mirah (K Recs), Wye Oak (Merge Records), Deer Tick, Nat Baldwin (Dirty Projecters), Amanda Palmer, Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio), and a laundry list of other friends and mentors. She also spent some quality time performing as a vocalist with The Dresden Dolls, notably at Lollapalooza 2006 & on NPR's World Cafe.

Based in Madison WI, Anna has been on 11 DIY tours since 2008 and is probably on tour right now. Anna is a member of ASCAP.

Rebecca Loebe - Armed with an effervescent personality and sharp wit, award winning singer/songwriter Rebecca Loebe (pronounced LOW-BEE) is both candid and self-deprecating, attributes that shine through in her songwriting as well as in her storytelling. Last spring Loebe took a break from her 200-show-per-year tour schedule to appear as a contestant on Season 1 of NBC's "The Voice," with a performance of Nirvana's 'Come As You Are' that inspired Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine to offer her mentorship and charted on iTunes worldwide. She is touring now with a brand-new release CIRCUS HEART, produced by fellow Austinite Matt the Electrician.

Whitney Mann is an old soul with a child's glow. Her story is only beginning. It's the story of a poetic farm girl from Michigan who grew up to open for Loretta Lynn. It's the story of a young woman whose voice will break your heart but whose songs will bring you back for more. Her new package of country ballads and barn tales is called The Western Sky.

"Whitney Mann is the best kept secret in Wisconsin," says Willie Nelson Production Manager John T. Selman, who watched 26-year-old Mann open for Nelson. "She's raw, she's real. Whitney sings and writes from the heart. You can't ask for more than that from a musician."

Listening to The Western Sky is like admiring a spread of framed photos arranged on top of an old upright piano. It's a harvest of emotions and devotions to all things home.

"Home" is The Western Sky's second track. Comfort food of the highest order. "The song describes a place where everything feels easy and comfortable," says Mann. "The song is about finding a place that leaves you feeling at peace." It's a jaunty track that Dolly and Porter would have felt at home with in 1971.

Mann says she doesn't intentionally write country music. "My songs just turn out that way." The reason may be because she has no choice in the matter. It's in her bones. Mann grew up on her father's farm in southern Michigan. Township population: 400. Country music on the radio. Mom on piano at church on Sunday mornings.

These are the kinds of experiences that lead people to good things. They've led Mann to a country voice that is growing in strength by the hour.

"Whitney has one of the most pure and emotionally charged voices I've ever heard," says Don Kronberg, promoter for Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and George Jones tours. He's the guy who booked her to open different programs for all three country giants. "Her ability to immediately connect with audiences is a rare quality that will allow her to build a very large fan base... quickly."

It's only a matter of time before those with talent as large as her own will be opening shows for her. Meanwhile Mann headlines all around the Midwest. She and her band also continue to be a go-to opening act for some of the Midwest's most treasured contemporary singer-songwriters, artists like gifted Chicago troubadour Joe Pug.

Mann is captivating as a soloist but she's smart enough to surround herself with musicians who seem to understand, to the note, the consequences of what she sings about. Adam Cargin's snare drum inserts an evocative, sad military feel to "Miss You on the Farm." The song is Mann's ode to her grandpa, a World War II vet.

Husband and wife team Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines keep it all in the family on mandolin, fiddle, cello, accordian and supporting vocals.

There's a great photo of Whitney and Loretta chatting in the dressing room before their show last winter. Two generations of country girls shooting the breeze. It's the kind of picture that's destined for a piano top. No one would ever claim looking at it that Whitney will be the next Loretta. But damn. She may be the next best thing.



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