Annie Oakley at The Factory Showroom, February, 2018
(Photo by Michael Duncan)
Annie Oakley is a folk band fronted by twin sisters Grace and Sophia Babb, paired with the violin and one-liners of Nia Personette. They are keen on telling stories, finding the sweetest harmonies possible, and playing shows where they meet the listeners they're playing for.
They started writing songs after the deaths of their fathers when they were middle school students. Nia lost her dad just a year before the Babb sisters lost theirs. This mutually-shared grief made them closer than friends – they became three sisters instead of two. During this period of recovery and self-discovery at the height of adolescence, they wrote songs, played countless shows, and began touring.
Now they’re graduating from college and the grief that first brought them to music. Once their remedy for pain, folk music has become their recipe for joy. The recent release of their first full-length album, Words We Mean, chronicles their transition from youth to young womanhood, from grief to happiness, narrating the first chapter of their story.
Here's what other people are saying about them:
"A warm cascading sound, allied to thoughtful emotive lyrics, Words We Mean has set a high benchmark for Annie Oakley, and I await this band’s growth with anticipation."
Folk and Tumble
"Folk-Americana language that eludes most others at their tender age [ . . . ] their pristine but pillow-soft voices folding into immaculate harmonies the envy of even the most vetted musical collaborators out there.” Joshua Boydston, The Norman Transcript
“These sisters harmonize like fresh made bread and home churned butter, sweetened with just a touch of molasses. I hear strains of Mindy Smith here, and the comparisons could go on. But why make comparisons when you can just listen to them? To see and hear such magic when it first comes to bloom, to watch it grow and spread smiles and wonder across a wider world is indeed a privilege and pleasure. Don't miss them when they come to your area!”
Rick Reiley, Corridor Magazine