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  • No Depression
    ``Just consider Annie Savage something of a fiddle expert.``
  • Americana Music Magazine
    ``She sees her mission as total world domination through small, vibrating wooden boxes.``
  • Roughstock in a review of ``PLAYING IT FORWARD
    ``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.``
  • Ken Seaman (Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival and Bluegrass Patriots)
    ``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.``
  • Pete Wernick (Hot Rize/Wernick Method)
    ``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.``
  • Elmore Magazine
    “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.”
  • Vents Magazine
    “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.”
  • Skope Magazine CD Review
    “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.”
  • Indie Music Reviews
    “The band has done a terrific job of utilizing other musicians and realizing the creative goals they set out for themselves. Playing It Forward isn’t attempting to remake any wheels, but that isn’t the point behind this sort of music. The Savage Hearts are keepers of the flame and their work ensures that the desire to create this music will always burn within some.”


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