Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

What Annie Brobst brings to the table is a delicious contemporary take on country music. But, you have to know, she doesn’t sacrifice the original recipe. It’s obvious Annie respects and admires those who led the way and set the table for her. But make no mistake, Brobst is an original. She’s the executive chef in charge at her kitchen creating unique dishes.

One listen to Annie’s popular single, “Red Wine on My Mind,” and you’ll know where she’s come from and where she’s going. This “red blend” is a bluesy bop with traditional country sensibilites and strong hints of modern spice. Annie knows how infuse the familiar with the unexpected and pour a savory glass of sass.

Brobst’s vocals could be described using three familiar artists: The strength of Ashley McBryde, the stylistic inflection of Jennifer Nettles and the sauciness of Miranda Lambert. Like those strong women before her, Annie works hard for her art and her brand. It’s appears to be paying off. She has a very large and loyal following, she’s a high-in-demand live performer and a popular streaming artist. Plus, Annie often gets recognition from local awards and media.

This award winning musical culinarian is clearly serving up inspired dishes hungry fans can’t get enough of. And I can’t wait to hear what Brobst brings to the table next.

  • A Brobst Bop

    According to Annie; “This is our little Red Wine drinking anthem, inspired by Tennessee Whiskey with a Miranda Lambert sass. At the time we wrote this song, red wine was pretty underrepresented in the genre. There were songs about whiskey, beer, tequila, and everything else…but at the end of a long week, I prefer to put my feet up and sip on a glass of red wine – this is the song I imagine playing in the background.”

    Take a listen to Annie’s original song, “Red Wine On My Mind.”

  • All About Annie

    • From: Danvers, MA
    • Grew up in: Columbus, OH
    • Current single: “Red Wine on My Mind” from our Where We Holler album
    • What lead you to music: I always loved singing, from a very young age. I vividly remember sitting in front of my stereo with a microphone, singing as loudly and as best as I could with the CD lyric jackets open to artists like Martina, Faith, Whitney, Christina, Mariah…all the female divas of the 90s and 2000s.
    • How old when you started: I sang ever since I was able to, but I didn’t started songwriting and performing more seriously until I moved out to New England roughly 15 years ago.
    • First country song you learned: I fell in love with Rascal Flatts first, and the flood gates opened. So it was probably “I’m Movin’ On” or something along those same lines.
    • Instruments played: Just my voice! But I promise you I have to tune that up and practice just like any other instrument. Just no gear to lug 🙂
    • How would you describe your sound: I’ve heard that my voice is a mix between Miranda Lambert and Jennifer Nettles, but I’d say our songwriting gives a feminine touch to a bro-country sound. We do also love to give nods to both traditional and pop country.
    • Who inspires you: Ashley McBryde, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Old Dominion, Lainey Wilson
    • If you are a band, how did you get your name: Since releasing our own music 8 years ago, we’ve just gone under my name.
    • Awards/accolades: Most recently I was named Female Performer of the Year across all genres by the New England Music Awards and nominated for Boston Music Awards Country Artist of the Year. In the past we’ve won Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Live Act of the Year, and New England Country Music’s Female Artist of the Year.
    • Dream duet partner: Most definitely Miranda Lambert.
    • All- time favorite country song: This is always such a tough question, so instead I like to go with what I’m playlisting right now… Wait in the Truck, Bible and a .44, and ABBY.
    • First country concert: Tim McGraw!
    • What songs do you like now on Country 1025: I love that Country 1025 always gives us the current hits but also sprinkles in other decades. I love hearing that whole mix of Shania, Hardy, Sam Hunt, Kenny, and more!
    • If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing: Well I was a full time teacher for 8 years, so I feel very lucky to have lived that other life already. But if I had to choose another (technically a 3rd), I’d love to be a detective or something like that.
    • Day Job: Full time musician here – and at this level, that requires many hats for sure.
    • Most proud moment: In the past it’s been some cool show we were part of or meeting my country heroes, but I can honestly say at this moment in time it is that we recently landed our very first manager. This is something I’ve been hoping for and dreaming of for a very long time. We’ve been picky and patient, as anyone should be when jumping into a new partnership with someone who is really going to represent you and your career moving forward, and we couldn’t be more excited to have finally taken this step with Dustin Labbe!
    • Crazy thing that happened in your music career: It was pretty surreal to be out in Colorado playing a big festival, just after our set we sat side stage to watch the headliner (Sam Hunt) do his thing and I was sitting right next to Walker Hayes and Kelsea Ballerini, literally bumping elbows. I’ll never forget how crazy that felt, no matter where this goes, those chills are priceless. Those are some of our favorites in the business paving the way for people like me.
    • Other things you like to do: I LOVE to cook, I lOVE snuggling my dogs, and I LOVE to nerd out with my favorite video game (currently hooked on PS5’s Horizon Forbidden West.
    • Fun facts: Ha, I think the answer above hit this pretty spot on, but I’ll also throw in that I’m fluent in Spanish!
    • Mantra: Oh I’ve got a few… “Don’t get bitter, get better.” “Go big or go home.” and “Don’t be afraid to celebrate your little victories.”
  • Annie Appearances

    • 3/22 – “A Song Is Born” Fundraiser for MS at Off Cabot, Beverly MA
    • 3/30 – Opening for Travis Denning at Six String, Foxboro MA
    • 4/20 – 4/23 – a 4-stop mini tour with Raelyn Nelson, Willie’s Granddaughter, at The Porch in Medford, Stanzys in Peabody, Off The Rails in Worcester, and City Winery in Boston!

    Annie Brobst local catch

     

     

  • The AB Network

    Connect with Annie Brobst on her social media. Keep up to date with new music (coming soon), gigs and more.

             

  • Are YOU A Catch?

    Every week, Kruser’s Local Catch highlights New England’s homegrown country music talent, and tells you where to catch them locally and in Nashville. Click here to view previous catches.

    *Singer/songwriters with original music: Please submit for consideration on The Local Catch by emailing: carolyn.kruse@bbgi.com

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