From: Steven Levine <;>;
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 1995 14:35:48 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Little Annie Raines

I had the pleseure of seeing Annie Raines with Paul Rishelle twice this
weekend. She and Paul played at the Full Moon Saloon in Baltimore on
Saturday night (they opened for Daryl Davis - whos is one of the best
living boogie woogie piano players). They played two very nice sets as a
duo on Saturday, playing both acoustic and electric. Paul is an excellent
guitar player and singer (he plays a Narional and a Strat) and Annie is a
wonderful harp player. Most of the praise for her I've read was about
here tone. She does have great tone, but it doesn't end there. She is a
very creative player, with great phrasing and technique. One tune that
really stood out was an electric instrumental version of "John Henry."
That night (for you equipment junkies)she was playing through an astatic
mic (if you've seen publicity photos of Paul and Annie you've seen the
mic) through a Maxi Mouse amp, with a reverb pedal. The only thing I
didn't like about her playing was some of the Little Walter stuff she did
- - some of it was pretty much note for note just like the recording (even
the solos). Don't get me wrong - I wish I could play Little Walter solos
note for note! But I prefered what she played on the non-Little Walter stuff.

Paul and Annie also came to the DC Blues Society jam on Sunday.
Unfortunately, there were some other special guests there - Roy Carrier
showed up and played a rocking zydezo set, and OC Nunn (who is playing at
the society's upcoming holiday party) played a longer than normal set
with his band. Paul and Annie managed to find room ona tiny stage next
to the drum set, barely overcome pa and amp problems (Annie has curly
hair - it got much curlier when she touched a vocal mic while holding her
harp mic which was plugged into my ungrounded Gibson Scout amp! Sorry
again about that Annie!) and play a very nice set of four or five songs.
The guitar was a little bit too loud, but they played great and the
audience loved it.

It was great to finally meet Annie (I've been talking to her via harp-l
for a few months) and to hear this great duo. Check them out if you get a

- -Steve

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