Now referred to a rather obscure, cult 60’s lounge outfit, the J Ann C Trio gained themselves a rather select following after the release of their one and only LP in 1966. At Tan-Tar-A was released on Missouri’s Burdland Record and buoyantly mingles the twangy sounds of jazz, rockabilly, surf and folk.
Featuring Texas-born singer/bassist Ann Delrene (née Andrea Arnold), the J Ann C trio also featured guitarist Carl Russell and drummer Jerry Dugan. Dalrene’s vocals are sassy and playful, but her voice packs a punch and possesses a very unique power of its own – which clearly lends itself perfectly to their rendition of Wanda Jackson’s Funnel of Love !!
The band regularly appeared at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri, where they recorded At Tan-Tar-A before falling into relative obscurity. In 2021, the album was reissued by the Sundazed label, which may come as a relief to anyone seeking a copy of this record, as the original still fetches in the realms of £400+! Voodoo Doll struts on a taught bass tightrope with cutting guitar trickles that rattle at the edges with their spooky resonance. It’s a little bit playful, a little bit tense, but truly marked by Ann Delrene’s monster vocals! Check it out above.