My Victoria – Anne E. DeChant (2007)

Posted: January 6, 2014 in 2007
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I just found this finely-crafted tune and am very pleased to add it instantaneously to ‘The List’. I first saw Anne E. DeChant back in 1991 at The Gazette, a small bar in suburban Cleveland. I frequented this unheralded club way too often because it was close to home and one of the only places on my side of town that hosted original bands and played alternative music (when alternative music was really alternative).

Anne was the lead singer/guitarist for Odd Girl Out, an acoustic-rock band much in the vein of the Indigo Girls, who enjoyed a strong following in the area. At the time, there were many popular local original bands on the scene but much of the songwriting did nothing to peak my interest. But there was an under-developed charisma and ability I could sense when watching DeChant front OGO that night and then she sang ‘Green Hand’ (a song also on ‘The List’) and her songwriting potential became apparent.

Fast forward almost 23 years later, I stumbled across this DeChant solo track ‘My Victoria’ last week and am pleasantly stunned to hear her maturity as a songwriter and performer. I had read she moved from Cleveland to Nashville several years ago and recently landed a song on the soundtrack for the movie THE HOT FLASHES, but honestly I have not heard any of her material since the 90’s.

‘My Victoria’, from the 2007 release GIRLS AND AIRPLANES, grabs you immediately with its upbeat country-rock feel, catchy lyrical phasing and DeChants’ magnificently toned voice and harmonies. I just envision this song performed in a comfortable concert theatre-in-the-round setting with the audience fully embraced by Anne’s storytelling and the warm, crisp musicianship of her band. The Hammond B-3 style organ is the key element that really elevates the song (not sure if it is an actual B-3) — I have to find out who the musicians are on this track. I will definitely be digging deeper into her song catalog. Check out Anne out at http://www.anneedechant.com.

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