Ann Wilson, of Heart, has released her second solo EP, The Ann Wilson Thing! #2 – Focus, on Rounder Records. Featured tracks on the EP include live recordings of Jimi Hendrix’ “Manic Depression” and Peter Gabriel’s “Don’t Give Up”, as well as two Wilson-penned tracks, the folk-inspired “Fightin fer Life” and the bluesy “Anguish.” Guitarist Craig Bartok co-wrote both of these original songs with Wilson.
“Manic Depression” sees Wilson and the group paying homage to Hendrix, while introducing Wilson’s own vocal flair. One of my favorite tracks on the EP is “Fightin for Life,” which recalls some of Heart’s folk and acoustic inspired tunes, but with a harder edge. Wilson’s interpretation of “Don’t Give Up” – featuring soaring, soulful vocals – is fantastic! It’s packed with emotion and a feast for the ears.
Wilson has also announced a mini-tour of Florida with her solo band: The Ann Wilson Thing! It will take place after Heart’s Rock Hall Three For All tour concludes in mid-September. The first show will be at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, FL on September 25 and will be followed by shows at Plaza Live in Orlando, FL and the Pointe Vedra Concert Hall in Pointe Vedra, FL on September 27 and September 28, respectively.
Whether you’re a fan of Heart or simply someone who loves rock music, The Ann Wilson Thing! #2 – Focus is a high-quality release from a music legend that’s worthy of your attention. It demonstrates that Ann Wilson’s voice is as compelling as ever and that her artistic creativity continues to push new boundaries.