Who is Ann?
"Ann Armstrong's music runs the gamut from love songs to deep blues. If you're looking for a peg on which to hang the music of Ann Armstrong and her band, here's a clue - you'll need more than one.", says the San Antonio Express-News. Austin American - Statesman says "her talents, both as a songwriter and blues performer, are deep and diverse. Her constant companion and musical partner Steve Hughes spices up the proceedings with fine harmonica and flute work. If you haven't caught her act (check out her blazing bottle-neck guitar work), you're way behind the times in keeping up with the Texas blues scene."
Ann and Steve's two recordings, "I Go To Pieces" (Heads Up OXCD/MC 3007) and "Think About The Rain" (OXCD/MC 3012) have gained the group international attention. Radio and Press in the US, and from as far away as Poland and Hong Kong, has been very favorable. Ann toured England and Scotland recently with folk-great Carolyn Hester. She appeared on Country Music Radio in London. The show is syndicated all over Europe. Ann also guested on the BBC Glasgow.
The Scotsman of Glasgow compares Ann Armstrong to "both Mary Chapin Carpenter and
Ann Armstrong is currently working on her third CD with partner Steve Hughes and drummer Steve Babcock and bassist Lee Arden. Expect guest appearances. The new CD, has the working title LUCKY CHARM, expected release for LUCKY CHARM is summer/fall of 1999
Ann and Steve as a team, and their mutual love for the music, started more years ago than either care to comment on. One critic commented "It's scary to think of where Ann would be today if she'd been putting out records earlier in her career". They have, through the years, shared billings with Albert Collins, Jerry Jeff Walker, Hot Tuna, Arlo Guthrie, Guy Clark, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson and many more. Ann & Steve have perform at Festivals such as The Kerrville Folk Festival, Iowa's Rollin' on the River Festival and the Benson & Hedges Blues Festival. Ann and Steve have appeared on Tom Bodett's "End Of The Road Show" and Illinois' "Rural Route 3".
The Fayetteville, Morning News says of Armstrong and Hughes, "Whether with a full band or taking the stage as a twosome, the music they make always sets toes tapping and bodies swaying." Also, "Armstrong and multi-instrumentalist Hughes Deliver a delectable mixture of folk and blues, from classic covers like Robert Johnson's 'Come Into My Kitchen' to Armstrong's own gorgeous classic, 'Think About The Rain'."