Ken’s Music Pick: Anna Haas at Mercury Lounge

Anna Haas

Songwriter/Pianist Anna Haas makes it clear that she is inspired by and passionately loyal to both her hometown of Nashville and her adopted hometown of New York City. And it’s true that her compositions display the sweetness, storytelling and southern charm of Nashville, but also the spit, grit and danger of NYC.

Her debut album “Crazy Is,” has the proud vocals of a Carol King or Sara Bareilles, with the musical daring of Ben Folds or Mika. She peppers her songs with unexpected breaks, horn lines and chants, then ties them all together with a lot of soul.