Artist Interview: 1-on-1 with Annabella

Where did you guys all meet?

Terri and I met in 1996 at a rock show my band was playing.

Where did the name come from?

We kind of modeled the name after Mazzy Star, we wanted a pretty girl name that described the mood of the music.

How long have you all been playing?

(Tim) I have been playing since I was a young teenager. (Terri) For about ten years.

Who is the ringleader of the band?

Tim is definitely the ringleader. Terri is definitely the talent!

Who writes all the lyrics?

(Tim) Terri used to let me write some lyrics. Now, Terri writes all the lyrics.

Where do you get inspiration for a new song?


Where are you all originally from?

We are all from Texas.

You guys are currently unsigned. Any leads on a label any time soon?

Although we aren’t signed we do have a couple of labels that help us out: Popsicle distributes us in Scandinavia, and Six Gun Lover records distributes us in the U.S.

What is the largest crowd that you have played for?

One to two million.

The smallest?

We played a show in Jackson, Mississippi to the opening band. So, two people.

Ever been booed off stage?


Do you ever forget the words to your own songs?

Terri for many years had all of the lyrics written and taped to her Fender Rhodes piano. She still takes notes and lyric sheets, just in case, to shows.

If you could be any cartoon character who would you be?

We are already cartoon characters.

What super power would you hold if you could only have one?

Telepathy would be fantastic. You would always say the right thing and you would always know what the other person / people were thinking.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

The Pixies, The Sundays, Innocence Mission.

Where can I get a copy of your latest album?

Lots of places. To name a few: CD baby, Apple iTunes, Amazon, emusic, Independisc, Popsicle.

What was it like being featured in a Disc Makers catalog?

The best promotion a band could get. We have had a lot of people come to our shows because of that catalog. It definitely didn’t hurt our career!

How did you guys get that connection?

They helped us with our first record, too. When I sent them our new record, Say Goodnight, they asked us if they could use the artwork for their new catalog. Lauri (Combest) Johnston has done all of our artwork stuff. She is awesome!

Do you have any thoughts on a tour this year?

We already toured for the new record. Just playing a few shows while we complete our new record.

Who does all of your graphic design?

Lauri Johnston.

Is there any song that you play in ever set?

Sun is King.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

The Sundays, The Pixies, the ocean, the mountains, red wine.

Do you guys all have jobs outside of music?

I am a professor at Austin Community College and UT. I teach audio engineering. We also own and operate a recording studio. Terri recently started working full-time again. Indie rock bands don’t pay the bills!

Is there meaning behind “terri+tim+andy= 3x-4”?

Wouldn’t you like to know.

Where do you guys see yourselves in five years?

Still writing, playing, putting out records.

What do you want to be remembered for when this is said and done?

For putting out some consistently fine, mellow, and beautiful music.

I always let the artist get the last word. Go.

Annabella is about good relaxing vibes and friends. Terri and I are married, our guitarist was our best man, and our bass player is one of our best friends, too. Speaking of, Anderson Bracht plays guitar live with us and Joshua Zarbo often plays bass.
Finally, CHEERS!