This album is dedicated to my mother, Judith Young Willis, whose musical talent, love, and years of dedication to my violin lessons provided me with a foundation for the beauty and language of music.
released December 2, 2015
All songs written and arranged by Annie May Willis.
All songs recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by Jay-J.
ⓒ & ℗ 2015 - Annie May Willis - All Rights Reserved
Annie May Willis - Vocals, Guitar, Guitalele, Violin, Percussion
Lily Eggers - Background Vocals on "So it Goes"
Alec Harrington - Guitar on "Learning to Let Go"
Jonathan Rossi - Guitar on "Mountain Tall" and "Turiya La Rue"
(Robert James Ryan III) - Banjo on "Learning to Let Go"
Tom Yoder - Mandolin and Violin on "Wildcat"
Design: Rose Goldthwait
Wet Plate Photo: Craig Taber
Artwork: Krystal Bell
Profile Photo: Suzette Karlak Hibble
It takes a village!!
I am profoundly grateful to Jay-J, whose talent, skill and patience were paramount in the success of this recording. To the musicians that offered their voice and brilliance to these songs, I thank you for your time and beauty. To my brother, Tom Yoder, it is an honor to have your violin and mandolin magic on "Wildcat" - thank you.
A very special thank you to my friends and sisters, Jen Katke, Rose Goldthwait and Eleanor Tara for spearheading this album into existence and continually having my back.
A deep bow to Ali Maya, Aea Luz, Eleanor Tara, Luke Anderson, and Lauren Arrow for inspiring and encouraging me to find my voice and share it.
Big thanks to James Kovacs and his mother, Mary Kovacs, whose beautiful classical guitar has provided the spirit and platform from which all of my songs have been written.
To my artistic and creative siblings: Jennifer Dejoy, Tom Yoder, Ted Yoder, and Hannah Willis, thank you for sharing your art and music with me and inspiring me from birth. To my talented nieces and nephews; Bella, Lucas, Tate, Aidan, Marlee, and Zeke, may you continue to grow, thrive, and remember that it’s never too late to follow your heart.
To my teachers, I offer my deepest gratitude for providing gentle and loving guidance as I walk in this world: my father, Art Willis; Ali Maya; Aea Luz; Luke Anderson; Wendy Luckey; Richard Geggie and June Nason.
And to all those who contributed to bring this project into fruition, may your generosity return to you a thousand fold and your creative endeavors flourish:
Joanna Fassl Penn, Jen Katke, Erin Needham, Brooke Barradale, Rob Adelmann, Rose Goldthwait, Kari Glass, Nicole Beckum, Kate Reed, Jonathan Will, Craig Taber, Chad Lester, Aaron Herrejon, Trever Pearson, Robin Drysdale, Bruce Penn, Galit Szolomowicz, Maria Martinova, Jonathan Rossi, Michelle Koert, Lisa Cohen, Eleanor Tara, Ben Hart, Gabe Metzger, Joli Kestano, Luke Anderson, Aea Luz, Diana Blank, Pilar Woodman, Amy Lamendella, Victoria Dudas, Claire Solomon, Jessica Auld, Peter Touchard, Joshua Alexander, Marcia Wieder, Zen Sawyer, David Mizne, Matty Morin, Lily Eggers, Chen Lehner, Sergio Lialin, Patrick Wyzorski, Matt Kelly and Ty Hammond.