With a master's degree from Harvard, a resume that includes working for the U.S. Department of State and helping launch the Tennessee Promise program which made community college free in Tennessee, Anne Buckle does not have your typical Nashville singer-songwriter story. But as the great, great niece of A.P. Carter and a cousin of June Carter Cash, she has music running through her blood. Originally from Peachtree City, Georgia, Anne is a singer, songwriter, and fiddle player with passions not only for making music, but also for seeing the world and helping make it a better place.
Anne grew up spending summers in the mountains of Virginia learning to play music with cousin-in-law Johnny Cash and other Carter Family relatives. She recorded her first album of fiddle tunes at age 15 at Classic Recording Studio in Bristol, VA, which was owned by her uncles Mike and Bugs Cornett. Throughout high school, she learned French and gained a wild desire to live in Europe and travel the world. At age 19, she spent a semester studying at The Sorbonne in Paris, France and later returned to the city to work at the U.S. Embassy at age 22. Her songs are profoundly influenced by both her Appalachian musical heritage and her experiences in 17 countries, ranging from Western Europe to Southeast Asia.
In her latest project, Anne has re-invented herself as WILDWOOD, digging into her Appalachian roots and honing a dark indie-Americana sound. Her new single "Moonrise" has been called "a juxtaposition of haunting and hopeful" and "a refreshing take on a legendary family" by the Nashville Music Guide. Nashville's own Bluebird Cafe describes her as "honest, vulnerable, and completely original. Haunting and beyond category." As WILDWOOD, Anne is signed to the Nashville-based indie label South x Sea, which is administered by Kobalt Music Group.
Anne moved to Music City in July 2012 to chase her dreams. She released an EP and a few singles under her name in her first few years in town, played festivals like Bristol Rhythm & Roots and CMA Fest, and toured with Augustana and the Dixie Chicks. She shared the stage with Charlie Daniels in a fiddle duel and loves finding her own place as the next generation of Carter Family songstresses in American music. To catch her at a show, check out her tour schedule here.
Anne's passion for music is only rivaled by her passion for social justice issues, and in 2016, she started a non-profit called 3 Chords which aims to help refugees learn to play guitar and write songs in order to tell their stories. When she isn't writing or performing music, traveling or working with refugees, Anne is a museum educator and teaching artist at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, helping K-12 students learn about country music history and songwriting. She also teaches private violin, piano, and guitar lessons and is a freelance writer.
To get to know Anne even better, read her inner-most thoughts on life in her blog, Life According to Annie B.