Anni Piper, Australia’s award-winning “First Lady of Blues,” makes her triumphant return with a two-month Canadian/U.S. Summer Tour kicking off Monday, July 28, with a one-week residency of shows at Blues On Whyte, 10329 82nd Ave. July 28-29-30, 9 p.m., free; July 31, 10 p.m., free; August 1-2, 10 p.m., $4.; August 3, 9 p.m., free. Info: (780) 439-3981 or http://www.bluesonwhyte.ca/
Anni Piper blends deep, sexy vocals with a high-energy bass playing style (often barefoot), making for a thoroughly enjoyable live experience.
On the recording end, Piper 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 was nominated in the “Female Vocalist Of The Year” category for the 2014 Australian Blues Music Awards.
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.
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