Countrypolitan Duets named one of the Most Interesting Things of 2011-2012

September 21st, 2011

Nashville Arts & Entertainment 
2011-12 Edition

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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WSJ: Jazz Finds a Country Home

April 27th, 2011

 

 

Wall Street Journal
By WILL FRIEDWALD
posted 4/27/11

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.

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Anna Wilson Mines Nashville Gold for “Countrypolitan Duets”

April 26th, 2011

Posted Apr 25th 2011 1:00PM by Lorie Hollabaugh

The Boot LogoAnna 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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Nashville Country Club gives Countrypolitan Duets 4 Stars

April 21st, 2011

Music Reviews by: Megan Grindle: 4/19/11

Anna Wilson's Countrypolitan Duets mixes the styles of country, jazz, and blues with every song as famous country stars join her track by track. Anna features Matt Giraud in a song that comes to terms with the fact of being friends instead of lovers, called "You Don't Know Me." The bluesy feel from that track follows through to the next, featuring Lady Antebellum, where Anna sings the main vocals and Lady A supports with amazing harmonies. Other songs have a saloon type of feel, or a ballroom performance style, like "Just for What I Am" with Connie Smith, and "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" featuring Rascal Flatts and Ray Price. Keith Urban is another big name that joins Anna; it is a slower feel than most of his songs, but most of the CD has that vibe. Lloyd Green, Rick Braun, and Billy Dean are other artists that you may recognize on this CD, and though the style of the album isn't strictly country, if you enjoy them as singers then you will enjoy their work with Anna.

Anna Wilson does a good job at combining country with old time jazz and blues styles, and her music is great for a night in or a calm evening. Her vocals are soft, yet rich, and she takes some country classics and makes them her own! For more on Anna go to annawilson.com


FAB FUSION: Anna Wilson mixes Country, Pop and –yes–Jazz on an acclaimed new album, with some super friends on board

April 18th, 2011

Country Weekly
Published 4/25/11
By Bob Paxman

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Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum To Appear On Jazz Album

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.

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