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The Naysayer is the home of the bare songs of Anna Padgett.
Sadness and self-deprecating humor alternate with a rollicking “shove-it-up-your-ass” attitude.
Anna’s delicate guitar playing is complimented by sparse arrangements
of varied instruments.
The Naysayer was first born to Anna and Cynthia Nelson (Retsin, Ruby Falls).
For Deathwhisker (Carrot Top, 2000), and Heaven, Hell, or Houston (Carrot
Top, 2002), Anna was joined by Cynthia as well as Tara Jane O’Neil
(TJO, Retsin, Rodan). Rowdy
pop songs teamed up with minimalist ballads to tell Anna’s stories in
a concise, harrowing, and sometimes absurd voice.
Despite Anna’s Texas upbringing, the Naysayer loves country. Thus Pure
Beauty (Carrot Top, 2003), the band’s third release, was shamelessly
countrified, with pedal steel, tragic narratives, and a title track dedicated
to Anna’s then-boyfriend’s manhood. This EP marked the Naysayer’s
final collaboration with Cynthia, and the beginning of the “Dudu Nation” phase
of the band – featuring Karla Schickele (Ida, k.) and Miggy Littleton
(White Magic, Blood on the Wall).
In 2004, Anna discovered a scientific, measurement-based method for determining
when to get a new kitten, and documented her research on a new full-length.
Kitten Time (Red Panda) was engineered by James Jim Baluyut (+/-, Versus),
and included new Naysayers Elizabeth Venable (“the Bubble,”)
and Geoff Soule (“Tom,” or “Rosa, the Mexican Weaving Woman”)
from the band Fuck. It turned out that Kendall Jane Meade (Mascott, Sparklehorse)
also had extensive knowledge of this new science; Kitten Time was thus released
on her new label, Red Panda Records.
Today the Naysayer consists of Anna alone, with any combination of the people
above, and/or many other great players with their own bands. A new record
is in the works.
The Naysayer Downloads
The Naysayer's Downloads are available for download at Fina
Music, Other Music Digital here, or the iTunes Music Store here.
The Naysayer Recordings
The Naysayer Tour Dates
Cynthia's Disc and
Sophie Drinker Record Fort Necessity 2004
Heroines LP Silver Girl Records 1996
For the New Crop CD Heartcore Records 2000
Salt Lick EP - Simple Machines 1995
Egg Fusion LP - Simple Machines 1996
Ida Retsin Family -Muss My Hair Records 1998
Sweet Luck of Amaryllis-Carrot
Top Records 1998
Cabin In The Woods- Carrot Top Tecords 2001
Raven Days - Soft Skull Press 1994
Not Sisters - Soft Skull Press 1996
The Kentucky Rules - Soft Skull Press 1998
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