Hat Check Girl, the collaboration between veteran songwriters Annie Gallup and Peter Gallway, offers their stunning 3rd recording, "Road To Red Point" on November 20th, 2012. The album’s 10 songs, all but one new Gallup-Gallway cowrites, showcase the band’s literate songwriting, spooky ambiance, and hypnotic delivery.
Annie sings and plays guitars, banjo, dobro and lap steel. Peter is featured on vocals, electric guitars, baritone guitar, accordion, and keyboards. It’s an album with a symphonic unity to its themes of memory, survival and hope, depicting a shifting American scenery and the fragile nobility of human beings.
A lifetime’s dedication to her art has made Annie Gallup an icon among people who take songwriting seriously. She has performed throughout North America since 1994, including appearances at Winnipeg, Ottawa and Stan Rogers Folk Festivals in Canada, as well as concert venues coast to coast, including New York’s fabled Bottom Line. She was heard on NPR’s All Things Considered in an interview with Noah Adams.
Peter Gallway emerged from the Greenwich Village scene of the 60’s and had released three albums on Warner-Reprise by the time he was twenty-five. As a producer he’s been involved in over 50 albums and special projects including the Grammy nominated "Bleecker Street: Greenwich Village In The 60's" and "Time & Love: The Music Of Laura Nyro".
Most of the songs in this collection were written in October of 2011, in a little cottage near a remote stretch of the Oregon coast. It was late in the season, windy and quiet.
"We had driven up from Santa Barbara, stopping in small towns, looking at the world through the lens of a collection of depression-era photographs we had seen at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, specifically “Boys on the Road” by Hansel Mieth. And we had Julie Cleveland’s haunting photo, “Road To Red Point”, which appears on the album cover, as our inspiration."