A staple of the contemporary Americana scene, Annie Keating writes and sings like a woman who knows deep down that heartache is the price of hope, and she can make us believe — in that way that only the best artists can — that all of it is worth the cost.
Talent spotted by BBC Radio‘s Bob Harris with the release of her breakthrough album, “Belmont” in 2008, Keating has been growing in stature and reputation ever since with each of the ten studio album and EP releases to date, drawing formidable comparisons to artists including Lucinda Williams and John Prine along the way.
In 2021, Annie released her eighth studio album ‘Bristol County Tides’, a record that told an evocative story of love, loss, and finding what matters most in uncertain times, on a pandemic journey from Brooklyn to the coast, through fifteen beautiful songs. Standing as her most accomplished and ambitious to date, the record was praised by Folk Radio UK as “personal and universal… unequivocally Keating’s finest hour yet.”
Annie’s 2023 release “HARD FROST” is another superb collaboration between songwriter Annie Keating and brilliant guitarist/producer Teddy Kumpel, who last produced the 15 song “Bristol County Tides” album in 2021. On this new album, Keating shows her range and depth, with no two songs sounding alike, ranging from raucous rock to tender acoustic storytelling.
With grit and grace, humor and heartache, the album keeps the listener spellbound for ten tracks including one stunning co-write with songwriter Lynne Hanson (“Lies and Dynamite” ) and a crackling cover of “So Lonely” written by Sting (of the band The Police).