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Annalisa Tornfelt, the Alaska-raised musician best known as the singer and fiddle player for Black Prairie, grabbed her “Black Beauty” Arch Kraft guitar and an analog 8-track to record her unadorned, front porch solo album, The Number 8 (March 2015), and covers album of requests, Search Zero (October 2015 ) on Woodphone Records.
“In Alaska, I was raised on classical music, Disney, and Chuck Mangione’s Children of Sanchez,” says Annalisa, who began playing bluegrass decades ago. She recently discovered rock and roll, when Black Prairie asked her to sing “The Song Remains the Same” (for Laura Veirs’ New Year’s Eve show, “Two Beers Veirs.”) Some of the songs on The Number 8 go back 10 years, and the mysterious third instrument on there is the nyckelharpa, a Swedish harp formerly owned by Peter Buck. He gave it to Annalisa after hearing her play. “The sounds she coaxed from the wood and strings seemed to put her in a trance,” adds Scott McCaughey of the Minus 5. “She even taught us how to spell it.”
Annalisa’s solo work is beautiful and stirring. Tornfelt’s stunning singing and presence, reminiscent of Gillian Welch or Nora Jones, make her an important new voice in the region. Along with her talented sisters singing harmony, Tornfelt presents original folk and vintage country music that may just carry you away.