Miles Of Texas
© AB Music 2001
Annie B was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she was introduced to the sounds of Western Swing and Cowboy music. Singing from a young age, she learned to play guitar and began writing her own songs. Annie made her move to Nashville in 1990, where she has regularly performed at the famed Bluebird Café and Billy Block's Western Beat at the Exit Inn. In 2000 Annie made her international debut, touring with Karen Flynn and Britain's Niki Dean on the Honkytonkified tour.
"Miles Of Texas" is a self financed album on which she employs the services of legendary steel guitarist Buddy Emmons, fiddle player Glen Duncan, guitarists Kevin Bryant, Curt Ryle and Troy Lancaster, pianist Jim Brown and Annie's husband Ralph Friedrichsen (a member of Jo Dee Messina's band) who sings background vocals.
From the moment the CD starts with the lively Western Swing of Spade Cooley's "You Can't Break My Heart" and the title track, "Miles Of Texas," a song I remember by 'Asleep At The Wheel,' you know you are in for a good time. Western Swing lovers will be pleased to know there is plenty more of the same with fine songs like "If She's Movin' In, I'm Movin' Out," the foot tappin' "In And Out Of Love" and the frantically paced "When, Where, You And I." The smoky voiced Annie shows that she is also equally at home with slow songs, with a great version of Roy Rogers' trail song "Blue Shadows," the jazz influenced "Eventually," the wonderful, "Maybe Not In Those Words" a very catchy love ballad and the reflective "The Blue Tail Fly." Strangely, although Annie writes herself, there are none of her own songs on the album, although husband Ralph Friedrichsen provides "In And Out Of Love."
All in all, this is a fine album of Western Swing and Cowboy music, something that is very much a rarity these days. The album is well produced by Annie with her husband Ralph and should achieve much airplay for this talented young artist on radio stations who are still prepared to play the 'Real Stuff.' "Miles Of Texas" is very deservedly, one of Metro Country's "Albums Of The Month" for December 2001.