Anni Piper, Australia’s award-winning First Lady of Blues, kicks off her three-month Winter 2013 Canadian/U.S. tour with seven consecutive nights of shows at the same venue she concluded her Summer 2013 tour: Blues On Whyte, 10329 82 Ave., Edmonton, Monday, December 16 through Sunday, December 22. Monday-Wednesday, 9pm-1am; Thursday-Saturday, 10 pm -2 am; Saturday, Matinee Jam; Sunday, 7 pm-11 pm. Admission $4. (Friday and Saturday only; all other nights, no cover). Info: (780) 439-3981 or https://www.facebook.com/blues.whyte.
Piper recently won “Best Blues Album” at the 2013 Canberra Roots & Blues Awards in Australia, for her collaborative effort with Nicole Hart on the critically-lauded Split Second (Blues Leaf Records).
Piper first started playing electric guitar at age twelve, but switched to bass at age fourteen. In 2004 Anni released an album entitled “Jailbait” in her native Australia, for which she won “Best New Talent” at the 2005 Australian Blues Music Awards. Subsequent album releases include 2007’s “Texas Hold ‘Em,” 2010’s “Chasin’ Tail” (released by Blues Leaf), and her newest, 2013’s “Split Second.” Blues Leaf also released “Two’s Company,” a compilation from her two Australian releases. Throughout her burgeoning career, Piper’s charismatic stage presence and sultry vocals have garnered her both great reviews and multiple music industry awards nominations.
Released earlier this year, Split Second continues receiving extensive international radio airplay (including charting on Living Blues) and was a recent “Pick to Click” on SiriusXM’s popular Bluesville show while earning terrific reviews from music critics everywhere. Dr. Blues writes, “When two hot mama blues divas get it together, you can assure that fireworks are in store. Piper and Hart lead and follow, harmonize and highlight each other like sisters from another mother while the band provides all the heat needed to keep things at a boil.”
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