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Rattlesnake Annie Biography
the history of Country-Blues music there has never been a woman, alone with
her guitar, to accomplish what Rattlesnake Annie has done with her art.
She has spanned the globe fusing her music with ethnic music of the
world, singing and recording in many languages.
At 16, Rattlesnake was lured to Memphis, Tennessee, by the blues and rock sounds being created there and spent several formative years on the world famous Beale Street. She sang, played the guitar and was mentored by such legends as Ligtnin’ Hopkins, Memphis Minnie, Furry Lewis and Muddy Waters.
In the 1960’s, Rattlesnake moved to Texas where she began her friendship and musical collaborations with Willie Nelson. Rattlesnake continued to tour, write songs and produce her own recordings, one of which was her highly acclaimed Columbia-Nashville album, Rattlesnake Annie that resulted in three Billboard charted singles.
Riding on her success, Rattlesnake was invited to Europe and Asia and became an icon for southern American music. “Braided by ringing purity, her music restores a faith in the timeless strength and quality of American folk music,” wrote Gavin Martin in England’s New Musical Express magazine.
In 1982, Rattlesnake was invited to embark on a unique journey behind the Iron Curtain to record and tour with Czech recording artist, Michal Tucny. Their duet album, Rattlesnake Annie and The Last Cowboy, earned platinum. Jana Cerna with Sedmicka Pionyru magazine wrote, “Rattlesnake has captured the imagination of the youth of Czechoslovakia and become an American folk hero.”
In 1991, Rattlesnake became the first American recording artist to be produced in-house by Sony-Tokyo, and that has resulted in a continuing relationship with the release of multiple albums and concert tours. She has collaborated with some of Japan’s greatest artists including Kato Tokiko, Minami Kostetsu and Kosaka Kazuya.
Rattlesnake has lived for 18 years in southern Spain, the heart of the Andalusian Gypsy Flamenco music culture. There she has honed her skills as a Flamenco guitarist, singer and recording artist. “She has truth in the voice,” wrote renowned music journalist Angel Alvares Caballero for Caprensa - Spain.
“A wandering gypsy musician in the truest sense…a voice with the pathos of the Blues,” wrote Paolu Caru for the Italian magazine El Ultimo Buscandero. This woman of the southern culture is truly an international ambassador of Country-Blues music. Single-handedly, she and her guitar are teaching people around the world about Southern roots music – and her audiences are truly fascinated by her.
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