"Road of the Winds" out now!
Anya will release tracks for her first full-length album under her own name this year on Organic Records. The first single, “Road of the Winds” debuts April 2020, features an all-star cast, including Billy Cardine on dobro, Julian Pinelli on fiddle, Thomas Cassell on mandolin, Johnny Calamari on bass and Mary Lucey on harmony vocals.
“Before I began singing, I was in graduate school studying botany. I was researching ancient Polynesian migration in the South Pacific and the plants that people carried with them on their journeys. More than a thousand years before Columbus, Polynesian people departed the Asian continent in great voyaging canoes, sailing thousands of miles before eventually reaching tiny islands in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean like Hawaii and Tahiti. It boggles the imagination to think of the courage and faith it would take to get in a boat and sail toward a new homeland that you hadn’t ever seen and didn’t even know existed. Yet they got in their boats and sailed east, into the sunrise.
Similarly, we are constantly moving closer toward our own homeland, a place we sense is there, somewhere, if we can just pay attention and listen closely to our inner voice. It takes tremendous bravery and tenacity to believe that we can grow to become the person we were meant to be, doing the work we are meant to be doing. We are embarking on a great journey with each sunrise, with each day we are alive. This song helps me feel free to move ahead in new directions with boldness and conviction even though I don’t exactly know where it will all lead. But like the ancient mariners of the Pacific, once you leave the shore you are committed to the journey—there is no turning back.”
Anya Featured in Bluegrass Today
Live from IBMA 2019
Our late night set (separated into Part 1 and Part 2 below) at the D'Addario/Fishman suite with Julian Pinelli (fiddle), Thomas Cassell (mandolin), Billy Cardine (dobro), Johnny Calamari (bass) and Adam "Smoochie" Williams (drums). Many thanks to all involved for putting this on!