My Town My Music’s Local Artist Spotlight
We’re throwing the spot on local artist Annie Mack, Rochester’s foremost blues vocalist. She spends much of her time between here and the Twin Cities, performing at numerous venues and festivals in both areas. Ms. Mack is a wearer of many hats: “mom, wife, musician, booking agent, marketing executive…and psychiatrist,” she adds with a laugh.
Mack is currently pushing her newest project to the masses, a four-track EP titled Tell It Like It Is. “I have been very fortunate to work with some very talented artists that I respect and admire and that push me to work harder.”
Though it is her foundation now, Mack wasn’t always drawn to the genre. She truly believes the blues found her at a time in her life when she was ready to appreciate it. Growing up, her home was filled with the sounds of soul, R&B, funk, and country. Blues was in the mix, just not the main focus. “I always associated it with ‘grown folks’ music,’” she says, laughing.
It was during the time of her mother’s death that she was looking for a creative outlet, and a friend turned her on to the blues. “I felt like I had come home. I listened with my heart and felt a connection. It’s the same feeling I have with gospel or any other music that tells the truth. My spirit was looking for truth.”