Midnight Risers - September
“Singer Anna Denbo of Midnight Risers may have a sound and delivery reminiscient of Neko Case, along with other feisty female belters, but you’d be wise to look past the obvious and get off on the blissful swirl of soul they so powerfully call forth. Splitting members between Birmingham and Atlanta, I’m the Sparrow, You’re the Stars is the trio’s debut album, recorded in Norcross. They’ve been playing around the region for a few years now, but I don’t see any nearby gigs on the immediate horizon. Too bad, they’re my discovery of the month.”
— Jeff Clark (Stomp & Stammer)
In the summer of 2008, Birmingham native Anna Denbo, while attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta placed an ad in the Creative Loafing searching for a rhythm section. It was answered by drummer Shawn Collins, an audio professor at The Art Institute of Atlanta and live sound engineer at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. Shawn brought in bassist Matt Moffitt the managing music director of Roswell’s Thunder Road Studios. Matt and Shawn had played together in numerous groups and were searching for something new. The trio immediately booked some shows and began recording their debut album I’m The Sparrow, You’re The Stars with engineer/producer John Holmes at Goodwood Sound in Norcross, GA. After receiving her Masters in Graphic Design in ’09, Anna returned to Birmingham. The trio continued to perform throughout the Southeast and now tour with a rotating cast of supporting musicians from Auburn, Birmingham, Athens and Atlanta.