Born among great artists, Annie Guthrie had many options for inspiration. At a young age she saw a picture of her grandmother Marjorie, a Martha Graham dancer, that motivated her to become a dancer. Her stubborn personality meant nothing was going to stop her. Eventually a knee injury slowed her down; that’s when her mother, Mrs. G, put a guitar in her hands and taught her a few chords. It didn’t take long for Annie to reinvent her love — she still dances just a little differently now. She recalls her dad teaching her how to finger-pick Elizabeth Cotten’s song ‘Freight Train’. “My dad started off showing me the chords and saying, ‘Okay do this with your thumb,’ and he’d go away for a few months. He’d come back and ask me if I practiced. I was in love and couldn’t put the guitar down, so of course I practiced. Once he realized I wasn’t giving up, he kept adding a new finger and another string.”
Annie’s songs are honest, ranging from light and funny to gut-wrenching heartbreak (mostly gut-wrenching heartbreak); as Woody says, “you can only write what you see,” and she has taken that to heart writing songs that tell it like it is.
Making her recording debut on Arlo Guthrie’s Someday album at the age of four, Annie went on to contribute vocals on Woody’s 20 Grow Big Songs, More Together Again and joined her father Arlo & family on “All Over The World,” a track included on the Occupy This Album in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Dragonfly is Annie Guthrie’s long-awaited solo debut released in July of 2016. This collection of songs penned by Guthrie showcases her gift for directness and going straight for the heart. Annie’s honest approach to songwriting coupled with her soulful delivery makes Dragonfly a compelling and notable solo premiere.
“I’d like to thank you [Annie], for adding a whole new dynamic to folk music. One where we are not all sit- ting around reading our vegan cookbooks.” — David Amram (in response to hearing Annie perform Woody Guthrie Folk Festival).