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NYC Singer-Songwriter Annie Dressner Unveils New Single 'Dance We Do' + Announces UK Headline Tour Dates

By Megan Routledge.

NYC singer-songwriter Annie Dressner kicks off 2024 with news of her brand-new album - I Thought It Would Be Easier out 5th April via Dharma Records and releases another track from the record, the contemplative  ‘Dance We Do’.


In the new single, Annie finds herself unable to read into how another person feels about her. Do they care? Do they not? ‘It’s like a dance we do,’ she sings with her signature crystal clear harmonies atop some gently understated guitar lines. Speaking about the track, Annie says: ‘This is a love song about someone who has put themselves out there over and again, but only to be turned down and let down. There are some people with whom you cannot tell where you stand.


The single arrives with the announcement of her upcoming new album, I Thought It Would Be Easier. The singer-songwriter conveys a multitude of emotions with songs that feel open, welcoming and understanding of how complex being human can be. The album ranges from soothing gentle ballads to fast-paced Americana, showcasing her skill in crafting relatable songs.


Annie Dressner: ‘“I Thought It Would Be Easier” encompasses the theme of the record. I didn't realize how hard life could be and would be at certain times. I hope that the record will resonate with people. Perhaps they have gone through similar things and therefore feel heard and comforted by the songs. Maybe the songs can express the listener’s emotions that they couldn't articulate themselves. Or maybe people will just like the way that they sound! I guess I just hope people like the record… I know I do!’ 


Born and bred in the heart of NYC, Annie picked up her family’s guitar for the very first time on the night of her high school graduation, and discovered a hidden passion that would change her life. Inspired by icons like Simon & Garfunkel, Carly Simon, and Ben Kweller, she began crafting her own melodies, often humming her thoughts like a secret soundtrack to city life.

Annie's artistic odyssey led her to countless open mic nights in the bustling streets of New York, which became her training ground, cultivating not only her craft but also a vibrant community of fellow songwriters and musicians. She eventually played her debut solo show at legendary NYC venue The Bitter End in 2008, and thereafter began collaborating with the likes of David Ford, Polly Paulusma, and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), who would go on to work frequently with Annie.

Over the years her music has been played on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6Music, and has seen support from titles such as American Songwriter, The Line of Best Fit, God Is In The TV, Folk Radio UK and AmericanaUK, while gaining a nomination for Female Artist of the Year from FATEA. She has graced the stages of multiple UK festivals, including the Green Man Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Black Deer Festival, Secret Garden Party and Manchester Folk Festival. With hundreds of gigs under her belt, sharing stages with the likes of Echobelly, James Walsh and Emily Barker, Annie will once again be hitting the road and embarking on a headline tour around the UK in spring 2024.


17th April – Cumbernauld Theatre, Cumbernauld

18th April – Cape To Cairo, Shildon

19th April – The Old Schoolhouse, Robin Hood’s Bay

20th April – St Mary’s Church, Purley on Thames

21st April – Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham

24th April – The Greystones, Sheffield

25th April – The Green Note, London

26th April – Vestry Hall, Cranbrook

27th April – The Junction, Cambridge

28th April – The Hive, Shrewsbury

1st May – Sound & Art, Worcester

2nd May – Chapel Arts, Bath

4th May – The Met, Bury


She will also be supporting legendary Suede guitarist Bernard Butler for a sold-out show on 9th February at St Nicholas’ Church, Beverley.


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