Following in the footsteps of the folk tradition, but decidedly veering down a new path, Anna Gordon (Seattle, WA) writes ethereal folk songs laden heavy with storyful lyrics. In an effort to express utmost vulnerability, Anna’s writing speaks of intimate truths and deep, dark waters. Her life story is told through her lyrics, dealing with the muddiness of love and relationships, the struggle for self-actualization, processing death, poverty, sickness, and finding home. Her voice is hauntingly beautiful, waxing and waning between brutal power and extreme delicacy, curving artfully through the landscapes her lyrics evoke.
Though her songs are deeply personal, they are widely resonant. Feeling most at home in the natural world, her experiences are often steeped in metaphors of forests, bodies of water, and the star-studded heavens. She is influenced by her traditional folk predecessors and other folk-influenced musicians like Joanna Newsom, Joni Mitchell, Karen Dalton, Nick Drake, and Townes Van Zandt. At the age of fourteen, she picked up a guitar and began adapting the poems and lyrics she’d been writing for years into sweet little folk tunes. One year later she began playing shows, and hasn’t stopped since. Based out of Seattle, Washington, she has performed at the CMJ Music Marathon, Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle Acoustic Festival, and in-studio at KAOS Olympia and WERS Boston. Her discography includes her 2015 EP, Tuck Your Bones In, while her debut full-length album, Fern Canyon is out Fall 2018 on Spirit House Records.
Anna Gordon is known for the magnetism of her live performances. Her solo performances are captivating and immersive, able to harness the attention of an entire room with just her voice and acoustic guitar. In the realm of recording, Anna is able to manifest the scores and lush compositions heard in her head, layering vocal harmonies and other instrumentation.
Her most recent effort, Fern Canyon, is her debut full-length album, out Fall 2018 on Spirit House Records. Named after a lush and beautiful fern-carpeted canyon in the California Redwoods, Fern Canyon encourages the listener to envision one such place while listening. Through the eye of the natural world, the songs expand on universal and common experiences that happen within our tangible worlds - coming of age, inevitable death, love and heartbreak, mental & chronic health issues, homelessness, and addiction. Recorded in little wooden cabins in the Pacific Northwest, Fern Canyon is as naked and honest as they come. Anna’s delicate fingerpicked guitar is masterful, and her mesmerizing voice weaves through the instrumentation with ease and grace.