SINGER/SONGWRITER ANA EGGE LAUNCHES “THE SHIP,” A SEA SHANTY-STYLE SONG THAT RESONATES IN TODAY’S WORLD
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Sometimes a sea shanty isn’t just a sea shanty. With “The Ship,” the heralded singer/songwriter Ana Egge has taken the traditional shanty and transformed it into a modern-day parable. Soft but still clearly defiant, “The Ship” portrays sailors, fed-up with being robbed of their personal power, realizing they have been complicit in their captain’s greedy, ruinous ways, so they stand together against him and stop participating in burning, to quote the song, “the sides of our own ship.”
StorySound Records will unveil“The Ship”on March 19, 2021on all digital platforms.
A reflection of our times, the single was written during the pandemic by Egge with her friend, Irish troubadour Mick Flannery. “2020 stopped us in our tracks,” Egge explains. “We had more time than ever to consider our priorities and confront the results of our actions, personally and collectively. It is in our hands to put this ship on a new course. We can and we will."
To Egge and Flannery, the ship is the Earth and the captain represents greed and waste. The song speaks to the need of the sailors (and, in 2021, working people of all types) to do the right thing, not only for themselves and each other but also for the future of their children.
Because both Egge and Flannery are parents to young daughters, the song’s concern for the future and future generations is a very personal one for each of them. The video for “The Ship” further reinforces this theme as director Ingrid Weise has constructed it by utilizing beautiful and haunting imagery of her own daughter in nature.
Egge and Flannery composed “The Ship” in a uniquely COVID-era fashion — via Facetime. During the quarantine, the two friends starting doing nightly songwriting sessions, even though Egge is based in Brooklyn while Flannery lives across the ocean in Ireland. “The Ship” stands as one of the earliest results of this transatlantic collaboration, which they have continued into this year.
“I loved writing this song with Ana, as I have with all our collaborations,” shares Flannery. “I’m proud to have been a part of it.” Egge likewise raved, “co-writing with Mick has been so much fun and such a mind meld. Sometimes it feels like we’re finishing each other’s melodic sentences."
Egge and Flannery met a few years ago while they both were performing at a music festival in Kansas City. Becoming fans of each other’s music, the two singer-songwriters met up over the years in New York City and New Orleans to do some writing together; however, their collaboration really took off once they began their quarantine project.
Flannery continued this musical partnership by singing with Egge on “The Ship.” Egge co-produced the recording with Stewart Lerman and Dick Connette, who both have won Grammys. Rob Moose, a Grammy-honored multi-instrumentalist/arranger, composed the song’s beautifully haunting string arrangement along with contributing the violin, viola, and octave viola accompaniment. Big Thief’s Buck Meek and Egge each play guitar on the track, which also features Robin MacMillan (Aoife O'Donovan) on drums, Scott Colberg (Calexico) on bass, and Connette on Roland synth.
“The Ship” follows on the heels of Egge’s single “This Time,” a politically charged broadside that StorySound Records put out in January. PopMatters praised how that song transcended “its particular moment, reminding us that change is always within our reach.”
About Ana Egge:
Egge was born in Canada and raised in North Dakota and New Mexico. As a teenager, apprenticing under the renowned luthier Don Musser, she built her own guitar and moved to the music mecca of Austin, Texas. In 1997, she recorded her first album, River Under the Road, backed by Western swing legends Asleep at the Wheel. The following year, the Austin Music Awardsnamed her “Best Singer/Songwriter” and “Best Folk Artist.” Since then, Egge has toured the world and worked with such producers as Steve Earle, Martin Terefe, Jason Mercer, Joel Plaskett, Alec Spiegelman, and Stewart Lerman. Her unifying 2017 single, “We Are One,” has gathered more than six million spins on Spotify.No Depression deemed her 2017 album, White Tiger, “nothing less than a balm for the soul.” Egge’s 11th album, 2019’s Is It the Kiss, was a collection of beautifully honest and soulful originals that attracted rave reviews from Rolling Stone, No Depression, and Billboard.
About Mick Flannery:
A native of County Cork, Flannery was just 19 years old when he became the first Irish songwriter to win at the prestigious Nashville-based International Songwriting Competition. He has gone on to become an award-winning, double-platinum-selling artist and one of Ireland’s most popular musicians. Last year, he released “Run a Mile,” an anti-domestic violence song whose proceeds benefited the Women's Aid charity organization.
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ANA EGGE DELIVERS A POWERFUL STATEMENT ABOUT TODAY AND THE DAYS AHEAD WITH HER THOUGHT-PROVOKING NEW SINGLE, “THIS TIME”
“I believe in an inclusive democracy, the opposite of the white nationalist agenda. And I believe in the power of music to unite people across space, time, and all imagined or real divides.” – Ana Egge
NEW YORK, N.Y. — This past August, months into the COVID-19 lockdown, the Brooklyn-based musician Ana Egge heard from her friend, producer/songwriter Dick Connette, about collaborating on a song concerning the ongoing social upheaval. “I jumped in with both feet after our first conversation,” Egge explains. For her, it was an important way to use music to bring people together.
“This Time,” the result of this unique collaboration, will be available from StorySound Records on all digital platforms January 12, 2020.
Inspired by the national public demonstrations that radiated out of the murder of George Floyd, “This Time” addresses the catalysts behind this broad social movement, and the important changes it can make. “I see reasons to believe that something new is going on,” shares Connette, “and that what’s behind and inside this uprising tide can and will make a critical difference, true and lasting.”
This stirring, highly relevant message is poetically epitomized in the song’s refrain:
Something is happening here
We all know the old road’s a dead end
Over and over is over
And again will be never again
Produced by Egge, Connette, engineer/producer Stewart Lerman, the song starts off with Egge singing on her own, but she is joined by backing singers Lucy Wainwright Roche and Grammy-winner J. Hoard as the lyrics mention a crowd gathering in the street. The song’s arrangement also reflects this sense of a growing social movement in its arrangement as the initial spare guitar accompaniment expands with a swell of strings. The string arrangement is by Rob Moose, known for his work with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Paul Simon, and many others, and most recently celebrated for his collaboration with Phoebe Bridgers. Moose has worked with Connette on various projects for the last 12 years.
The song’s lyrics provide Egge with an opportunity to further explore connecting her work in music with her personal values. “I believe in an inclusive democracy, the opposite of the white nationalist agenda,” she says, “and I believe in the power of music to unite people across space, time, and all imagined or real divides.”
This isn’t the first time Egge has utilized music’s ability to unite people. She did so on her 2017 single, “We Are One.” That tender, unifying tune, co-written with Nashville songwriting legend Gary Nicholson, resonated deeply with listeners, attracting more than 7 million streams internationally. Egge struck a similar uplifting tone in her subsequent album, White Tiger, which No Depressiondescribed as “nothing less than a balm for the soul.”
Since the start of her musical career, Ana Egge has been accumulating accolades. She was barely in her 20s when she put out her debut album, River Under the Road, in 1997 (backed by the legendary Western-swing band Asleep at the Wheel, no less) and earned “Best Singer/Songwriter” and “Best Folk Artist” honors at the 1998 the Austin Music Awards. Since then, Egge has toured the world, worked with highly respected producers (such as Martin Terefe, Jason Mercer, Joel Plaskett, Steve Earle,Alec Spiegelmanand Lerman), and made ten more albums. The most recent release, 2019’s beautifully honest and soulful Is It the Kiss, received rave reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone, No Depression, and Billboard.
Dick Connette has done just about everything in the music business over the past 35 years. Devoting himself to writing music and songs based on American folk and popular traditions, he has recorded five albums, including 2017’s American Folk Fantasies Vol. 1: Oysters Ice Cream Lemonade(which featured Egge among the guest vocalists). As a producer and arranger, he has collaborated with Geoff Muldaur, Suzzy & Maggie Roche,Rachelle Garniez, and Loudon Wainwright III; his production work on Wainwright’s High Wide & Handsomeearned him a Grammy. Additionally, Connette runs a small independent label, StorySound Records, which supports the efforts of artists who share his interests and enthusiasms, such as Rayna Gellert, Margaret Glaspy, and Gabriel Kahane.
For both Connette and Egge, “This Time” represents a way to support 2020’s grassroots social movements while also offering a unifying message to take into the future.
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