June 25th, 2011
Anna Wilson Voice of America Interview
Wilson taps into Nashville’s so-called “Countrypolitan” era with the help of past and present country stars and two contemporary jazz giants. She gives a big band treatment to “Walkin’ After Midnight,” featuring the Grammy-winning trio Lady Antebellum.
Wilson explains that Countrypolitan is rooted in “The Nashville Sound,” a style introduced in the late 1950s by artists like Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline and Eddie Arnold.
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June 21st, 2011
This is an album of huge cross-over potential. Anna Wilson's vocals are spot-on and entirely suited to the style, the arrangements are terrific, and if you've ever heard a Dinah Shore record you should like this.....Lady Antebellum sounds even more Manhatten Transfer on the Patsy Cline classic 'Walkin' After Midnight'...Keith Urban joins Anna Wilson on the much recorded 'Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues,' and for me, it's his finest work since being with The Ranch..." ---- DUNCAN WARWICK
April 27th, 2011
Wall Street Journal
By WILL FRIEDWALD
Even today, the singer-songwriter Anna Wilson says, "There are two kinds of people out there: Those who believe that there could never be any common ground between jazz and country music, and those who know that they've shaken hands, at least, in the past."
Ms. Wilson's new album, "Countrypolitan Duets," is one of five recently released records that aim for common ground between the two venerable American music traditions. The most high-profile of these is "Here We Go Again," the second recorded meeting between two dominant figures in each medium, Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis. But Ms. Wilson's album also boasts a pantheon of Nashville stars both classic (Ray Price, Kenny Rogers) and contemporary (Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts). Also new on shelves are two mostly instrumental sets by musicians on the east (Bucky Pizzarelli's "Back in the Saddle Again") and west coasts (Cow Bop's "Too Hick for the Room") that are deeply inspired by the Western Swing of the 1940s. And the most unlikely of them all, "Pretend It's the End of the World," by saxophonist Bryan Murray, explores the conjunction of Merle Haggard and Ornette Coleman.
April 26th, 2011
Posted Apr 25th 2011 1:00PM by Lorie Hollabaugh
Anna Wilson's name may be new to country fans, but her songs aren't. As the writer behind songs such as Chuck Wicks' 'All I Ever Wanted' and Lady Antebellum's 'If I Knew Then,' she's enjoyed plenty of success behind the scenes, but she's also made a name for herself vocally as part of the jazz world.
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April 18th, 2011
By Bob Paxman
April 10th, 2011
BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES
Published in ToledoBlade.com
COUNTRYPOLITAN DUETS Anna Wilson & Friends (Music World Music/Transfer Records)
Released Tuesday, this disc is a fascinating experiment: Can a Nashville-based jazz singer such as Anna Wilson successfully create an unlikely marriage between country, jazz, and pop?
The answer is a resounding yes, a testament to Wilson's immense capabilities as a diva and music visionary/interpreter.
There's a lot of good ol', down-home swing, but it's mostly a collection of lush duets and ballad-like covers in which Wilson is paired with some equally fine singers and groups, from American Idol finalist Matt Giraud to Ray Price, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Ray Price, Rascal Flatts, Rick Braun, and Kenny Rogers.
You can hear the sultry jazz, the impassioned country -- but, by whatever name, the common denominator is romance and lots of it. Songs covered include hits from Patsy Cline, Price, and others.
-- TOM HENRY
April 9th, 2011
Anna Wilson and Connie Smith on NPR
Anna Wilson and Connie Smith are interviewed on NPR Weekend Edition, April 9, 2011
Visit the NPR Site to hear this interview and select songs from Countrypolitan Duets.
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by NPR Staff
Patsy Cline probably never imagined that "Walkin' After Midnight" could sound quite like it does on a new CD called Countrypolitan Duets.
Jazz singer Anna Wilson, working in collaboration with country group Lady Antebellum, twists Cline's original from a bouncy country ballad into a full-throated swing number. Wilson has brought together an A-list roster of other country music performers to reinterpret classic songs with a touch of jazz.
April 8th, 2011
MUSIC ROW Magazine - April 8, 2011
Jazz chanteuse Anna Wilson and country singer Connie Smith pictured at Spotlight Studios in Nashville where they taped NPR’s Weekend Edition, scheduled to air this weekend. Smith appears on Wilson’s new album Countrypolitan Duets, produced by Wilson’s husband Monty Powell. Guests on the project which was released this week include Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Ray Price, and Billy Dean. The album offers country standards like Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight,” Price’s “You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” recorded with jazz flair.
(L-R): Anna Wilson and Connie Smith