Magic Woman, Ann Wilson

music musings, beaverdamusa.comWow.  After seeing many shows over my 51 trips around the sun, it takes a lot to knock my socks off. Ann Wilson did the other night when The Ann Wilson Thing (TAWT) rolled through the City Winery in Nashville.

If you don’t know, Ann and her sister Nancy formed Heart several years ago and have had numerous hits through the decades and still perform to this day.  Ann wanted to get out and do some different things that she couldn’t do in Heart.  She set out to do less than ten cities and luckily, Nashville was one of them.

ann wilson, beaverdamusa.comThrough the years, Ann has been known for her tremendous vocal chops and she didn’t disappoint.  As she went through the set of classic rock and soul tunes, there wasn’t a note she feared.  Her voice is still as pure and powerful as the day she started Heart.  She used the TAWT shows as a chance to sing classics that she has loved through the years.  She covered songs from artists as diverse as Buffalo Springfield to Lennon to Aretha Franklin.  The lady did them all justice.

As the show progressed, you could tell that she was really enjoying singing these songs and interacting with the sold-out crowd at the City Winery.  Speaking of winery, they had tastings of the Ann Wilson wine (cab/merlot blend) available and you could even buy a bottle to take home.  However, about a few songs into the set list, Ann mentioned the wine.  She also mentioned that she had been sober for almost six years, but heard that the wine was very good.  I didn’t get a bottle.  Didn’t seem right.

ann wilson, beaverdamusa.com, zach clayton

Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris joined Ann Wilson on stage during The Ann Wilson Thing tour’s stop at The City Winery in Nashville.

Remember, there is always a Nashville moment.  The moment this evening was when Ann brought out “two of my musical heroes” in Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss.  Emmylou sang three songs with Ann and Alison on backing vocals.  It was quite the treat.

In summary, it was a special night.  Ann has been vocal in the past about record company suits making them look and sound a certain way.  On this night, she got to do what she wanted to do.  She looked great and sounded even better.  The pipes are still there and I would put them up against anyone half her 65 years.  Thank you Ann for choosing to come to Nashville.

Zach

P.S.  Here is the set list:

  • For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield)
  • I Put A Spell on You (Screamin’ Joy Hawkins)
  • Fool No More (new song)
  • War of Man (Neil Young)
  • Every Grain of Sand (Bob Dylan)
  • Isolation (John Lennon)
  • We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place (Eric Burdon)
  • Don’t Give Up (Peter Gabriel)
  • Your Lone Journey (Doc Watson) – with Emmylou and Alison
  • Strong Hand (Emmylou Harris) – with Emmylou and Alison.  Emmylou wrote this for June Carter Cash
  • Orphan Girl (Gillian Welch) – with Emmylou and Alison
  • I Want Someone Badly (Jeff Buckley)
  • You Caught My Eye (Judy Boucher)
  • River Deep, Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner)

Encore

  • Ain’t No Way (Aretha Franklin)
  • The Danger Zone (Ray Charles)
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