Since moving from her hometown of New York City to the UK eight years ago, singer-songwriter Annie Dressner has been working on her craft and garnering rave reviews for her recordings and live performances. From her debut Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names, her EP East Twenties and her second full-length Broken Into Pieces produced by Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore), Dressner has gone from strength to strength, her songs delivered with a such a conversational ease that it often seems as if she is reading from an intimate letter set to music. Shire Folk called her latest “one of the freshest and most enjoyable releases of the year.” Her straightforward lyrical style, sharp ear for wordplay and crisp, lilting vocals offer listeners a front row seat to her stories. Her music has drawn comparisons to an up-tempo Mazzy Star or an understated Jenny Lewis.
Annie’s songs have received considerable airplay on Radio 2 and 6 Music (Tom Robinson, Steve Lamacq, Gidoen Coe, Tom Ravenscroft) and on other local BBC radio stations. She is currently recording her third studio album with her husband producer Paul Goodwin (a singer/songwriter in his own right) which will be out in the Spring of 2020. Along with a set of new original songs, the album with include a Magnetic Fields cover and a co-write with Matthew Caws of Nada Surf. Ahead of the album’s release, first single ‘Nyack’ has received a wealth of airplay, such as Gideon Coe (BBC 6 Music), Adam Walton (for Janice Long Show, Radio Wales) and Roddy Hart Show (Radio Scotland). Since landing on these shores, Annie has performed at the Green Man Festival, Secret Garden Party, Cambridge Folk Festival, Cluny2, O2 Academy Islington, Norwich Arts Centre, Cambridge Junction, Night & Day among countless other venues and has shared stages with Emily Barker, Simone Felice, Kirsty McGee, Juan Zelada, Lucy Wainwright Roche & Fossil Collective.
‘Fly,’ a song from Annie’s debut, can be heard in the trailer music for the upcoming indie film Drive Me to the End directed by Richard Calvert (Crucilbe Films). “Come Back” is also on the soundtrack. In addition to recording and performing on her own, Dressner is one half of The Pollyanna Band with Polly Paulusma. Having just come off a ten-date UK tour with friend and fellow musician Luke James Williams, Annie is currently planning another co-headline tour, this time with Polly Paulusma, for Feburary of 2020.