Anne Heaton / David Rossiter – January 4, 2017
Anne Heaton is a singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist who has amassed awards and praise from critics, fellow artists and fans with her songs that are by turns “tender, barbed and spiritual” (Washington Post). Heaton has toured nationally, played the Sundance Film Festival, Lilith Fair (2010) and has played numerous times on NPR. Heaton has been a featured artist on the New York Times Music Podcast and has released six studio albums to date. She has shared the stage with artists such as Jewel, Sarah McLachlan and jazz drummer Max Roach. Recently Heaton moved to Ann Arbor, MI and this is her first time performing at On The Tracks Songwriter Showcase.
In 1999, following the sudden death of a close childhood friend, David Rossiter made a pilgrimage to Elderly Instruments and purchased a Martin guitar. It had been roughly 30 years since he’d last picked up a six-string to play music in public. What started out as an exercise in healing quickly became a long-overdue return to an obsessive first love. Four years later, David founded Hoodang as a collaborative vehicle for creating and performing an intensely original form of American roots music. Often writing in the first person, Rossiter wraps himself in a tangled thicket of darkly wry characters — a transformative sleight of hand made all the more directly palpable when he plays one of his rare solo shows.
In 2010, David briefly placed Hoodang on hiatus in order to focus solely on songwriting. Twenty-two songs later a revitalized version of the band started making appearances across the region releasing Blissfield, the long-awaited follow-up to the band’s 2004 debut recording.
Known for his impassioned sensibilities and humor, powerfully haunting vocals, intricate, thumping guitar parts, and unpredictable stage presence, David’s blend of narrrative, autobiographical, and politically-charged sonic storytelling defies easy categorization.