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RARA’s Six Pack with Brooke Annibale


Brooke Annibale Interview

Singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale is set to release her new EP, Words In Your Eyes, on February 5, 2013. Annibale, a Pittsburgh native with a fantastic voice has relocated to Nashville and is offering up six new tracks on this follow-up to her 2011 full-length release, Silence Worth Breaking.

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We caught up with Brooke on the eve of her release and shared a six pack, RARA’s style. Here’s the RARA’s Six Pack with Brooke Annibale:

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RARA’s Farm: How has the move to Nashville helped you develop as an artist?

Brooke Annibale: I think Nashville has been really good for me. I went to college here and met a lot of people I still work with in music now. I’ve also been able to discover so many other artists that I may not have if i wasn’t following the scene here. There are just so many resources here for an independent musician. It’s a community where everyone is always being creative in someway, and that is really inspiring. It definitely pushes me to try and be better at what I do.

RARA’s Farm: You’ve received accolades both for your writing and your performing, which mean the most to you?
Brooke Annibale: Probably writing, since that’s really what got me started in music. I started writing lyrics before anything else.  I think that writing a good song is what is most important and rewarding to me. Of course I love when the song really gets to come to life in front of an audience though!

RARA’s Farm: What’s your favorite place to play live?
Brooke Annibale: Well, I always enjoy playing in my hometown, Pittsburgh and Club Cafe is a great spot for a singer-songwriter. I just got back from something called 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida (on the Panhandle). It is definitely up there on my list of favorite places to play.

RARA’s Farm: Being from Pittsburgh, is Primanti Brothers really that good?
Brooke Annibale: Haha! I’ve honesty only been to Primanti’s a handful of times in my life. But yeah, it is pretty good.

RARA’s Farm: I’ve seen you compared to Natalie Merchant? Was she an influence? Who has been?
Brooke Annibale: I was definitely really flattered to get that comparison, though I feel its more of a vocal rather than a genre/style comparison. I’ve had a lot of different influences and I always find that to be a hard question to answer, especially cause I’m not sure that who influences me actually shines through in my music all the time. I’ve always really liked artists like Brandi Carlile, The Swell Season…etc. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Kathleen Edwards, and I can definitely tell her music has had an impact on my writing a bit.

RARA’s Farm: What’s next for Brooke Annibale?
Brooke Annibale: I’ve got my new EP coming out on February 5. It’s entitled Words In Your Eyes, and features 6 new songs I worked on over the past year. Now I’m trying to write and record more, and get out on the road a bit too.

RARA’sFarm: Keep your eye out for Brooke’s new album, Words In Your Eyes, available on iTunes via the link below or at her website: brookeannibale.com

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Bobby Long Concert in the ‘Burgh

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So, after some prodding from the editor, I finally have a show to write about for RARA’s.  I recently moved back to the Pittsburgh area, so am in the process of developing a social life and finding fun places to go for live music.  Going into this show, I didn’t have any intention of writing an article about it, as I knew very little about Bobby Long. A friend of mine asked me to go to the show with her as she had stumbled across his music while wandering around the internet one night, and I agreed, because I love discovering new people and I adore British singers for some reason.

I was optimistic… the location of the concert was absolutely my speed, a small bar in the South Side of Pittsburgh called Club Cafe. It only holds about 100 people max, and was set up with small tables and some bar stools. We sat in the second row, and I love having the chance to be up close and personal with musicians.

After the opening act, Bobby Long got on stage. Just him, his guitar and harmonica. The best description of his music that I can come up with is a cross between rock, blues and folk. It’s not a hard rock sound by any stretch, but his faster songs will have you tapping your foot to the beat. His lyrics are heartfelt and seem to hint at experiences beyond what a normal 24 year old should have. He told stories in between songs that were funny and gave some insight into his personality. His guitar playing is impressive both live an on cd.

Two of his songs really stuck with me, one titled “Who Have You Been Loving” and “Penance Fire Blues” (video of it live from a different show. The second is the most he rocked out during the evening and is just a great song overall.

At the end of the night, after playing for about an 90 minutes straight, he was done for the evening, and went to a small table to sell shirts, posters and CDs. After that show, I knew I wanted a CD, so after a brief wait in line, I bought my copy and Bobby signed my CD and posed for a picture.

This young musician is just starting out, and I personally think that this is someone a lot of people will be talking about in the next one to two years. So I’ll hold on to my picture and autographed CD (that also has my name spelled correctly on it!) so that I can say that I saw him before he hit it big.

Kari