Photo by: Irene Young
Annie Staninec (fiddle, vocals) started playing bluegrass at the age of five, began performing professionally at the age of 12, and has since made her living performing, recording, and teaching internationally. She joined the Kathy Kallick Band in 2008, and has become an integral part of the band, inspiring many original songs specifically suited to her uniquely rhythmic and lyrical style. Annie brings boundless energy and a joyful spirit to every performance, and has delighted audiences the world over with her creative musicality and her winning smile. Annie received the 2015 IBMA Instrumentalist Momentum Award, the 2008-2010 Fiddle Player of the Year awards from the Northern California Bluegrass Society, and the 2006 Dudley Hill Award for Outstanding Young Musicians at Djangofest Northwest. In 2015, she released both an acclaimed instructional book for traditional bluegrass fiddle and her self-titled solo album, Annie Staninec, which showcases her fluency across multiple genres. That same year, she also became a member of the Rod Stewart Band, and has completed several tours with them.
Annie is also an experienced teacher, whether though private lessons or as part of music camps including the California Bluegrass Association Music Camp, Kamp Kaufman (Tennessee), Darol Anger's California Fiddle Retreat, Rockygrass Academy (Colorado), Nimblefingers (BC, Canada), Puget Sound Guitar Workshop (Washington), and Walker Creek Music Camp (California).
DISCOGRAPHY (in addition to KKB and Cut To the Chase):
Photo by: Anne Hamersky