Making an honest living is a typical ambition of a ripe college graduate, but when it comes to Charlotte folk singer Anna Bullard, honesty is perpetuated through every facet of her music. “I write songs because I have no other way of expressing those feelings,” she said. A dedicated artist with high ideals, Bullard quotes author C.S. Lewis in regards to her musical persona and temperament:
“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of 10, become original without ever having noticed it.”
To Bullard, music is a window for organic expression of true feeling. Less an opportunity for sonic experimentation, her delicate odes bleed warm rivulets of emotion.
Using her talents on the keyboard and guitar, Bullard originally intended to create music for fun, until she was found by Zeno Gill of Durham’s Pox World Empire. Bullard is currently working on her first album, to be released on Pox.
“I have 10 songs recorded,” Bullard said. “Five I’m happy with and five that need work. I’m hoping to get in there and finish it up this spring.”
Along with Gill, Nathan Oliver and Schooner and Organos’ Maria Albani have aided Bullard on her debut effort. Expanding from her routine acoustic guitar, Bullard is looking to amalgamate a number of new instruments into an upcoming release. But when it comes to promotion, Bullard is not one to shamelessly push her own work.
“I don’t look for shows,” Bullard said. “Every show I have done has been because venues have asked me or bands that wanted me to open for them.”
From her first show in 2001 at a Concord coffee shop to her upcoming Saturday performance at the Nightlight, not once has she pursued a gig. The fact that she maintains regular performances is a testament to her impact on other artists.
With a debut album in the works, this N.C. native is looking ahead to a career in music. And if Bullard’s efforts mirror her sonic ethic, she’ll establish her name with the same folk sincerity that characterizes her output thus far.
–Joe Faile, The Daily Tarheel