Annie Ford Band formed eight years ago when Ivan Molton, Matt Manges, Olie Eshleman, Robert Mitchell, and Annie Ford decided to collaborate after admiring each other’s previous musical projects. Ford admired Corespondents (Eshleman’s other band) and loves other local artists including Gus Clark and the Least of his Problems, Crying Shame, Dean Johnson, The Black Tones, Diminished Men, and Guayaba.
The quintet’s major influences include Gillan Welsh, EmmyLou Harris, Etta James, Otis Redding, Jean Shepherd, Loretta Lynn, Eileen Jewell, Townes Van Zandt, T-Bone Burnett, Hank Williams, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Al Green, Mississippi John Hurt, Sharon Jones, Little Feet. Ford says she could continue to go on and list even more.
During a typical Annie Ford Band set, the group usually plays all songs on the new record. They like to “keep a good balance of slower numbers and up beat ones,” and “keep a nice flow to the set.” When they first came together, they performed a lot more covers and, in present day, they still sprinkle a few in.
Ford and Matt Manges are the main writers of Annie Ford Band’s music. The themes are usually related to moving forward from loss. “Murder ballads come up now and again. Also traveling to find yourself,” Ford explains.
Ford notes that the group doesn’t have an end goal, and she instead chooses to “think about an ongoing goal. As long as we are enjoying the process of creating and growing the musical bond we have it feels like we are achieving it.”
They’re currently working on more song writing and will be recording their next album in the coming months. They’re in the process of expanding into other digital platforms but can currently be found on Bandcamp (Anniefordband.bandcamp.com), Pandora, iTunes,
Favorite thing about Ballard is, despite the rest of Seattle constantly changing, Ballard offers certain a certain feeling of hominess for artists and, “gives…bands a fighting change in a rough sea that is the music business.”