A Jameson gal
In a genre in which fashion practically forces allegiance to all things plaid, paisley and plain, folk artist Annie McQueen easily qualifies as a conscientious objector. Studying her from the soles of her black platform boots to the fur to the mystical, Stevie Nicks-esque accessories all the way up to her fiery, red hair, she rarely takes the stage without sticking out before she sings a note. But the clothes aren't nearly as big as her voice. Springing herself on the unsuspecting masses over the past year, this La Habra Heights native was one of a handful of pleasant local surprises toward the close of 2012. Flaunting a wall-rattling range à la Joy Williams of the Civil Wars, the anthemic "Burned"--off her latest EP, Cold Hearts--shows a promising partnership between her and lauded local producer Jon O'Brien; you can get a taste of it tonight during the second week of the live showcases for the Orange County Music Awards. We recently spoke to McQueen about her bohemian hillbilly aesthetic that refuses to be ordinary.