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By Chyrisse Tabone, Tampa Correspondent
If Jane Russell (or even Jennifer Garner) could sing the blues like Billie Holiday and play the bass like Sting, you’d have Anni Piper. Rock At Night had the pleasure of interviewing Australian-born/Florida transplant blues singer Anni Piper at the Camping With the Blues Festival at Sertoma Ranch, Brooksville, Florida. We discussed Ms. Pipers’s start in the music industry, her experience in the U.S., her recent marriage in Las Vegas, her favorite pastime-yoga, being a female bass player and vocalist in the blues music industry, and her favorite charity Cristina’s House of Hope.
I was able to catch Ms.Piper’s set with her band members Dave Kury (guitar/vocals) and Frank Hetzler (drums/vocalsl). She and the guys have a lot of chemistry and camaraderie as they shimmy back-to-back, lay on their backs while playing, and mingle with the audience. She smiles and beams as she speaks to the audience, who clearly adore this Aussie chanteuse’s sultry, smoky voice and down-under charm. To be honest, her voice sounds better live than on the CD I have been playing in the car. Her voice is full, womanly with hints of huskiness at times which the recordings seem to have smoothed out.
The Anni Piper Band: Anni Piper – bass and vocal Dave Kury – guitar and vocal Frank Hetzler – drums and vocal; Genre: Blues, Blues Rock; Home Town: Cocoa Beach, Florida
Anni Piper – “Wonder Woman”
Jail Bait (2004)
Texas Hold ‘Em (2007)
Chasin’ Tail (2010)
Split Second (2013)
More Guitars Than Friends (Soon to be released in early 2016)
Best New Talent 2005 Australian Blues Awards
Best Album honors at the 2013 Canberra Blues Awards
Nominated-The Best Female Vocalist Category at the 2014 Australian Blues Music Awards.
Label: Blues Leaf Records(USA); Black Market Music (AUS), Blues Leaf Records
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I grew up in a household full of rock music, studied journalism in college, and then became a scientist.Although my science career has served me well, music has always played a major role in my life. I grew up reading "Creem" magazine; I play several musical instruments as a "hobby";and it seems a camera has always been in my hand. Now, I am combining what I love the most--music and photography--serving as editor of Rock At Night. My motto: life is short...no regrets. Chyrisse