Annie and the Hedonists do female blues artists

WELLS -- The Virginia Hosley Free Library here announces its 2014 arts program: "Keeping It Alive: Songs and Styles From The Past."

The first program will be Sunday, Jan. 26, starting at 2 p.m. at Wells Community Hall on Route 30 in Wells. There is no cost but donations will be accepted. The program will feature Annie and the Hedonists.

The band interprets the songs of the great female blues artists of the 1920s, '30s and '40s: Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holliday, Rosetta Tharpe, Blue Lu Barker, Ella Fitzgerald and others.

Sara Craig of Café Lena says, "On their new album, 'Women Be Wise,' Annie struts right to the heart of each sassy, nostalgic cong and gives us a piece of her mind in a voice that sits comfortably alongside the greats of the American jazz tradition. The album is packed with flawless, seemingly effortless playing and singing."