Bio

Passionate, unusual and sultry are all adjectives thrown around to describe Anamieke Quinn performances, which draw comparisons to Ani DiFranco, Fiona Apple, Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks.  The Arizona songstress with a Dutch name (pronounced "Awn-uh-MEEK") is known for her unorthodox guitar style, carefully crafted lyrics and powerful vocal performances.

Songs feature a memorable melody woven into a quintessentially rhythmic and jazz-influenced guitar part, while the poignant and sometimes sultry lyrics range from intimate to grandiose, but always slice like a knife.  Vocals nimbly sweep between sweet, tender moments and soulful anthems, with a little twang of the prairie in between. 

Bearing an acoustic Martin or Taylor guitar, you’ll see her in small venues, festivals, streets and subways across the US singing her heart out with finger-picked accents and an occasional whistle break. 

Following a string of solo acoustic tours came the 2010 Ca Va Sessions EP, recorded in Glasgow, Scotland at CaVa Sound (home to Franz Ferdinand, Belle and Sebastian, Camera Obscura).  It features simple solo guitar/vocals and includes the single "Ain't No Better Man".

Since its release, Anamieke formed the rock band Treasurefruit, who released their first full-length album, Poisonous Dwellers of the Desert in October 2015.  She continues to write and perform as a solo artist, including outside collaborations.

When she's not fronting her own project, Anamieke moonlights as an upright bassist and backup vocalist for Ska artist Sara McAllister and runs Sidepony Music and its annual festival in Bisbee, AZ.


BACKGROUND
Raised in a musical family with heavy doses of jazz standards, symphonic music, Motown and psychedelic rock; Anamieke grew up playing piano casually and double bass competitively. In her early teens she began writing songs and eventually picked up the acoustic guitar to accompany herself. In college she put together a band called “Anamieke & The Elements” which survived several incarnations of exotic instrumentation and personnel for a few years.

As an independent singer/songwriter, Anamieke has opened for Brooklyn anti-folk heroes “Balthrop, Alabama” and Swedish jazz rappers “Movits!”, but will perhaps always be remembered in some circles for her participation in the infamous “Vegas ‘96” show where she joined Phish, John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde (Primus) and 4 Elvises as a yodeling cowgirl with an upright bass- an eventful night that is now available as a 2-disc cd/dvd boxed set.

The legacy of the yodeling cowgirls carried on to a new era in the mid otts when she was one-third of the vintage Western swing trio "Motel Arizona".  Specializing in obscure and classic Western swing and singing cowboy music (Gene Autry, Patsy Montana, etc.). Motel Arizona traveled far and wide performing at folk festivals, cowboy poet gatherings, old time music festivals, saloons, honky-tonks and even an opera house under stagenames Hap, Squeak and Smiley.  Eventually Anamieke (Squeak the yodelling cowgirl) put down the upright bass and jumped back in the saddle of solo-artistry, hitting the tour trail.

After a few solo tours and an EP release, Anamieke Quinn playing guesting with the Sara McAllister Band and other side projects.  She eventually teamed up with guitarist Matt Ventre to form the rock band Treasurefruit, for whom she pens the songs.  With the addition of drummer Ehren Stonner and bassist Brenden McBride, they released their debut album in late 2015.  In recent years, she's done a handful of songwriting collaborations and guest performances with the drum/bass anchored musical collective Scattered Melodies, including the songs "All That You See" and "Research and Destroy".

In 2010, Anamieke was one of 5 finalists in the Taylor/Elixir Test Drive Acoustic contest, where she earned a brand new 414 guitar (thanks in no small part to the community of fans who showed their support). During that time she was also the Paris Blues Artist of the Month. While busking in Austin during SXSW, her photo was snapped and included in a star-studded collection of 50 festival highlights by acclaimed photog Jay Janner. 

Over that last 6 years Anamieke, has cemented herself as a fixture of the Southwestern indie music circuit, and has performed at numerous festivals and special engagements, including a recent highlight of serving as musical guest for the final event of the celebrated SMoCA Lit Lounge series.

Credits

B&W Photos by Matt Robinson
Video "Ain't No Better Man" Directed by Monica Ansell
All Songs Streaming On This Site*** Copyright 2015 The Lion Rampant Publishing (ASCAP),  All Rights Reserved.

***With the exception of the Scattered Melodies collaborations, which are co-published with Deep Field Publishing (BMI)