1) Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?: The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music by Charles Hirshberg and Mark Zwonizer.
I started getting into the Carter Family when I moved to NYC in 2006… ironically while I was immersed in the anti-folk scene of the lower east side. I related to their simplicity of melody and straight forwardness of lyric. My boyfriend at the time (now husband and major rock history aficionado), recommended this book to me. It’s fantastic and now, years later, I still think about the family it painted so well. If you have any interest in the Carters or in the beginnings of American music, this is a must read.
In high school, I worked part-time at a mom-and-pop ice cream shop along the Erie Canal. It was a great job… everyone’s happy going out for ice cream. The husband and wife owners were young and corky. My boss had left Car Wheels laying out on the candy-colored counter. She said it was great and she herself was pretty cool, so I figured I’d take her word on it and put it on… and that was that. I was in love, obsessed, crazy for Lucinda Williams. This kind of love doesn’t come around often — thus she makes my Pick Three list.
3) The Royal Tenenbaums by Wes Anderson
Cleverly written, visually beautiful and a killer soundtrack. Ample Nico, fanciful characters, animated wallpaper and childhood portraiture. Most people either loved or hated this movie. I loved it. I watch it at least once a year, usually when it’s cold outside… the past three years it’s been on a sick day.
And that’s my three. Thanks for reading! Now, “Let’s shag ass.”
Annie Crane is an east coast Indie Folk singer/songwriter, NY native, whose voice and songs have been acutely compared to watercolor and pen line. Her sophomore album Jump With a Child’s Heart has been applauded by major US and Canadian media and has been described as ideal listening for traveling, pondering, rainy morning contemplating and deep woods hiking. As epically put by The Denver Advocate, “The album feel likes memoirs of a traveler and an explorer. This is what Christopher McCandless of ‘Into the Wild’ had to feel like while traveling across the country”. Go *here* or *here* to take her home with you.