Marisa Anderson combines stunning instrumental skill with songs inspired by years of travel and performance with the Dolly Ranchers and the One Railroad Circus. Her guitar playing has been called “lightning fast and sweet as a peach” and her songs are known to bring tears to the eyes of even the most cynical listeners.
In addition to her work as a solo artist, Anderson performs with the Evolutionary Jass Band; an ecstatic jazz/noise ensemble, and the Illegal Guardians; a punk trio fronted by an 11 year old boy. She is Program Coordinator of GRI, the after school program of theRock and Roll Camp for Girls.
Anderson’s work with Mirah on the song NOLA, a benefit for Gulf Coast hurricane survivors, will be featured on the upcoming PDX Pop Now CD. She recently completed work on the soundtrack for the documentary film For The Love of Dolly. Anderson’s debut solo record, Holiday Motel, earned her a nomination for the 2006 OMA music awards.
Anderson has performed at festivals such as Ladyfest, Homo-A-Go-Go, the Michigan Women’s Music Festival, and the Thirsty Ear festival. She has shared the stage with artists ranging from Utah Phillips to This Bike is a Pipe Bomb to The Devil Makes Three.