Praise for our 2016 releases!

The Savage Hearts: Playing It Forward

New CD!

Annie’s debut album, “Playing it Forward” took the #1 spot on the International Folk DJ charts upon it’s release and features former  bandmates Greg Blake and Jeff Scroggins in addition to the award winning fiddler Becky Buller. The tracks were recorded at Etown Studios and mastered by David Glasser at Airshow. Check out our review in Bluegrass Unlimited: HERE

New Book - Join The Jam

New Book! 

“Join The Jam!” expands on Annie’s first method book with a goal of giving string players a thorough understanding of thinking in terms of chords, back up and harmony parts; all in addition to teaching the licks and skills needed to play like a fiddler with authentic style and accurate technique. Read our review in Bluegrass Today here: HERE

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“Annie Savage’s band proves how much joy we can get from not only listening to bluegrass music but becoming musicians ourselves to get in on the fun.”

-Matthew Bjorke​ for Roughstock​ in a review of “PLAYING IT FORWARD”

“Annie Savage’s passion for her art glows with such fierce intensity that it isn’t surprising she’s drawn likeminded artists into her orbit. The remaining four members of her band The Savage Hearts include other teachers like herself and artists simmering with the same boundless desire to renew and preserve great forms of Americana music like bluegrass and western swing for future generations of musical artists.”

-Vents Magazine

“Annie is an asset to any educational facility. She has patience, intelligence, talent and most importantly a passion for teaching music.”

-Steve Kaufman (Kaufman Kamp Supervisor, 2011-current)

“Annie Savage has the best method of teaching of anyone I have worked with. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to study under her.”

-Sharon S. (Student at Nimblefingers Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, BC)

“Annie Savage is an excellent music teacher and communicator. She combines her impressive musical knowledge and education with her many years of experience in performance and the classroom and delivers them to the student in a clear, concise and very understandable way.”

-Jeff Scroggins (Bandmate, 2011-2015, National Banjo Champion)

“Annie and Kevin are not only experienced Wernick Method teachers (with lots of great feedback from satisfied students), they are caring and talented people with the know-how to teach bluegrass to uncertain beginners as well as more experienced players. Between the two, their knowledge of all the bluegrass instruments make their combined teaching a potent combination in any bluegrass setting.”

-Pete Wernick (Hot Rize/Wernick Method)


“The Savage Hearts have made a memorable impact with their first release.”

-Band Blurb

“Playing It Forward’s noble mission of passing knowledge of this music on to a new generation is far from a purely academic affair; this is a vibrant collection of performance art full of soul, skill, and life-affirming spirit.”

-Skope Magazine CD Review

“Playing it Forward features standard favorites, traditional tunes, Latin-fused sounds and good old honky-tonk. Add in some Western Swing, and this is the perfect album for bluegrass lovers.”

-Elmore Magazine

“Though these songs play like highly structured performances, Annie Savage’s belief in spontaneity’s value gives the eleven recordings in this collection a rare organic quality.”

-Gas House Radio

“I enjoyed listening to Savage Hearts’ new release, “Playing It Forward.” Wonderful, tender harmonies complement stirring instrumentals that often feature superb twin fiddles. Add a well-selected variety of material and musical styles that exhibit the band’s exceptional talents, and you have a sensational recording that you will enjoy for years to come.”

-Ken Seaman (Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival and Bluegrass Patriots)-Gas House Radio