GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World now through April 17 at Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Anna Morsett has never been in one place for too long. Whether traveling in her mind or in actual transit, she has always been searching for the steadiness that her band name implies: The Still Tide—they have an upcoming performance in Denver at Summit Music Hall on Saturday, May 14.
Her latest release, Between Skies, is her first for mod y vi Records (the label responsible for releasing two of Nathaniel Rateliff’s critically acclaimed folk albums) and was produced by Morsett and long-time collaborator Joe Richmond. A major step forward both sonically and artistically Between Skies was mixed by Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens).
With the use of alternate tunings, uncommon capos, and a sea of reverb as the signature underpinning for her dynamic voice, Morsett has carved out a space that seems as much for herself as it is for us. “Writing and playing music has always made me feel like I belonged to something other, something beyond myself. It always had the answer before I could think of the question and settled me in the world, made sense of it, of myself. I feel like I’m still making music for my own heart just as much as I am for the hearts of others, hoping they might be carried by it as much as I’ve been”.
From her early days of playing deserted open mics in Portland to years spent singing along with the echoes of stairwells and bathrooms of converted factory buildings in Brooklyn, Morsett has indeed been carried by music, much of it her own. Having sung her songs from west to east, over to Europe and back again, she has come a long way from those youthful beginnings. Whether playing out now with the full band or soulfully on her own, Morsett’s engaging live performances are evidence of miles traveled and of the seasoned musician, she’s become along the way.
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