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'Words We Mean'   

-  Label: 'Horton Records'
-  Genre: 'Folk' -  Release Date: '12th October 2018'-  Catalogue No: 'CD048'

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Historically, Annie Oakley was an American sharpshooter whose gunslinging skills won her a place in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1885.

Musically, Annie Oakley are a female indie-folk trio from Oklahoma City fronted by twin sisters Sophia and Grace Babb and completed by Nia Personette on violin and third-part harmony.

Losing their father at 14, the Babb sisters were given guitars by their mother to help cope with the trauma. Personette's father also died when she was young so, through grief, the three had a common bond. The chemistry between the three is there for all to hear on their excellent Kickstarter funded debut full length album.

These twelve songs trace the young women's formative experiences as they move into adulthood. The title track promotes the virtues of truth-telling; Sophia says "We tell stories that are quite personal that come out of real-life events and relationships". The most notable of these is If I Were A Ghost, about living with a grief-stricken mother.

Although sadness unites the trio the bright, breezy mood squeezes out any overly introspective or gloomy reflections. There's a purity and maturity to the songs, exemplified by Into The Light in which the focus is how love can provide comfort and courage.

The understandable desire to emphasize sweetness and light means there's not much place for the more shadowy side of life but for the most part, like the real life Annie Oakley, their aim is true.

Annie Oakley's website
  author: Martin Raybould

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ANNIE OAKLEY - Words We Mean