Karrie Pavish Anderson schreibt ihre Alaska-Soul-Songs
unter der ständigen Herausforderung, ihr Leben in einem kleinen Dorf zu meistern, in das keine Straße hinein- oder herausführt und in dessen Umkreis von 300 Meilen (ca. 480 km) kein Starbucks-Café zu
I can still hear (and feel) those beautiful words washing over me. Song after beautiful song probing stinging subjects with
the softest touch of understanding. Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Hopeful.” - Alaskan playwright Anne Hanley
Galena, Alaska, a remote village on the Yukon River might seem an unlikely locale for a singer-songwriter with an active touring and recording career. Karrie Pavish Anderson flourishes in this remote
locale accessible only by plane, an indigenous Athabascan community where resilience and fortitude are rooted in the frozen darkness of winter and the glorious arrival of the midnight sun.
There are no Wal-Marts or Starbucks in Galena and no recording studios, so Karrie tracked her 2012 CD Once Blind and 2013 Twice as Nice in Los Angeles, and her current work Corner of 17th & Faith
in Sacramento. Over a one-week span each, a cast of empathic musicians and vocalists breathed life into the tracks. Strings, a gospel choir and rich acoustic instruments illuminate the richness of
Karrie’s expressive voice and luminous song craft.
With the release of these CDs, Karrie performed shows in a variety of locales between Los Angeles and Seattle, traveled east to Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Ontario, to Louisiana
and Nebraska, and performed many shows in Germany.
On Karrie’s website is an area designated “World of Good,” which links to various endeavors that are committed to helping others. In 2012, the Alaska Governor’s Office posted the music video from
Karrie’s single “Let Love In” on their Choose Respect: Breaking the Silence website to help end domestic violence and sexual assault.
“Where the bears and the ravens feed/That’s our mall,” sings Karrie of her chosen environment. “It doesn’t matter where you are or what limited resources you have, you can do what’s in your heart,”
she concludes. “You can still live in a place like this, and achieve your goals.” As the transcendent artistry of Karrie Pavish Anderson beams across the tundra and the glaciers, it echoes the sound
of endearing warmth and the providence of welcome assurance.
- Dan Kimpel
The photographer of that icy photo is Adrian Johnson.