Hi. I’m Annie Clements. If you’re reading this I’m guessing you saw me on stage with an artist whose show you hopefully enjoyed and maybe thought to yourself “What’s with that girl up there playing bass? Let’s have a poke around the internet and find out.” Or maybe you’re my mom. Who visits my website regularly. Hi mom.
Regardless of how you found me, THANK YOU for taking the time and I’m glad you’re here. I hope you will find this website to be a useful and deeper in-depth look at my body of work with some truly wonderful artists and a listing of the tour dates up ahead – the story of where I’ve been and where I’m going.
Speaking of where I’ve been, I’ll give you the short bio. I grew up in New Orleans, the daughter of a powerhouse attorney (my mom) and a brilliant blues guitar player (my dad) so I’m sort of this weird combination of responsibility and whimsy; controlled chaos or something like that. Dad started taking me out to play on gigs as soon as we both could get away with sneaking me into bars on Bourbon street (which in New Orleans, is like, age 13) and mom made sure I received an honest-to-goodness degree in my chosen profession of playing the bass from the Berklee College of Music.
Uncharted Territory: When I use charts, when I don’t, techniques to cut back on needing them & answering the question is it a GIG or a SHOW?
For me, whether or not I use a chart depends on the context of the performance. Is it a GIG or a SHOW? A show implies Hey you, LOOK AT ME!!! So if people are looking intently at me, I shouldn’t be looking at a chart. A gig implies Ok audience, LOOK AT EACH OTHER and talk to each other and socialize and enjoy the music as a backdrop to your own show. In which case, no one will be too concerned one way or another if anyone on stage has a chart.
Frederick, you’re probably asking, from a philosophical standpoint, if using charts makes you look unprofessional. I think it’s probably more unprofessional to get up on stage and mess up all the songs. So if you’re doing fill-in work or playing a 4 hour gig worth of cover tunes and you need a chart, use a chart. But if it’s your own band and you’re really trying to cultivate a religious experience for yourselves and for the audience, then learn the music to the point where you could play it even if you couldn’t hear the notes you’re playing or singing. Sugarland’s musical director Scott Patton gave me that advice a long time ago and it really resonated with me. Also, one day your monitor WILL blow up and you won’t have a choice anyway. 🙂read more