Anita Cochran

Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
Artist Compilations: Anita Cochran (with Steve Wariner)

Biography

6 February 1967, South Lyon, Michigan, USA. A more self-contained and independent artist than many of country’s crop of female singers from the late 90s, Cochran’s acclaimed debut album saw her co-produce, write or co-write nine of the 10 songs and play all the guitar, banjo and mandolin parts ? a situation that was unique for a debut album within country music’s paternalistic major label environs. Cochran grew up in a music loving household, and started to practice guitar from the age of five. Her father, who played guitar and mandolin, was a keen student of music and took his young daughter to country and bluegrass festivals throughout the Midwest. Her own favourites were Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash, and by the age of 12 she was assembling her own recording equipment at home. After she took up the electric guitar at age 18, her influences changed to Ricky Skaggs and Steve Wariner. It was with Wariner that she first rose to prominence. They duetted...

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