September 21st, 2011
Nashville Arts & Entertainment
Mention Anna Wilson's name around town and you will likely hear, "THE Jazz singer." Arguably Nashville's most acclaimed jazz singer, Wilson has produced a unique musical offering this year fusing a little bit of country and a whole lot of Jazz in her new project, Countrypolitan Duets. The word "countrypolitan" originated as a Nashville sound--a type of country music engineered by Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley incorporating string sections instead of banjos and fiddles. It was revolutionary then and remains so now.
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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 1st, 2011
Some of country music’s biggest names are lending to their voices to a new album from popular Nashville Jazz artist Anna Wilson. Countrypolitan Duets will feature appearances by Keith Urban (“Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues”), Rascal Flatts (“You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me”), Lady Antebellum (“Walkin’ After Midnight”), and Kenny Rogers (“For The Good Times”). You can preview the new collection and order it HERE.