singer-songwriter relocating to Nashville
By Charles Cassady
Published March 5, 2008
is a movie theater in Lorain County (which shall remain nameless)
where all former employees sign their names on the concessions-stand
door. They should perhaps put extra security on guarding that door
(or donate it to the Rock Hall or something) because of one especially
prominent signature: Anne E. DeChant.
DeChant, an Avon Lake native, most recently a resident
of Lakewood, went from a youthful gig working the popcorn stand
to a career headlining as one of the North Coast’s most prominent
and visible singer-songwriters. Both solo and as a member of the
group Odd Girl Out, she’s appeared at countless street fairs, clubs
and coffeehouses, as well as major stages and local radio and TV.
But lately her appearances have taken on the vibe
of a farewell tour. That’s because Anne E. DeChant is relocating
to Nashville, to take her career to the next level.
Why Nashville, instead of NY or LA? “I’ve been to
all three of those cities,” she said, “and the one that is the most
about these things is Nashville. To me it is Music City...As a writer,
it’s the place where I need to put myself.”
In her official statement on the move, DeChant wrote,
“In Nashville I’ll be able to attend workshops on songwriting every
week, do an open mic any night of the week and have access to the
music industry in a way that I cannot here at home. I’ve never felt
ready until now to make any sort of move. But now I feel I’m ready
and I’m heading out to chase some more fun and adventure. I’ve had
19 years to prepare.”
It was in 1989 that DeChant began performing professionally,
as a backup vocalist for singer-songwriter Craig Robertson. She
logs her first professional performance at the Barking Spider in
University Circle. Since then she released six independent CDs (the
latest entitled “Girls and Airplanes”), and - in imitation of the
Nashville scene - founded a “Songwriters Circle” that convened regularly
at the Winchester Tavern and Concert Hall in Lakewood, hosting other
acoustic-minded solo artists for nights of performance and conversation.
“They’ve been very successful,” DeChant said of the
Songwriters Circle, though she said there are no plans to continue
it under a successor.
“When I do come here - and when I come back because
my family lives here - I’ll try to do one of those shows,” she said.
But the next time the Winchester hosts DeChant it
will be her official farewell performance. She takes the stage at
the Winchester on Friday, March 21, at 9 p.m., in a full-band show
with an all-star lineup of guests that include her Odd Girl Out
bandmate Alexis Antes, Chris Allen (formerly of the band Roosevelt
and a frequent Songwriters Circle guest), Brian Bretton, Chris Hanna,
and others, for an evening of music, reminiscing and looking ahead.
The $10 tickets to this show should be purchased in
advance. Call the Winchester at (216) 226-5681. The club is located
at 12112 Madison Ave. in Lakewood.
DeChant said that many have expressed fears that she
will forget all about northeast Ohio, but she vows that will not
be the case. You can follow her adventures (and also purchase tickets
online to the Winchester show) via her Web site journals at www.anneedechant.com.
IN OTHER local news, Michael Stanley has announced
he’s departing town too, to share live appearance and TV-hosting
chores in Hollywood with Drew Carey. The Cleveland Orchestra is
moving to San Jose. Dick Goddard is relocating his Woolly Bear Festival
to Florida, to be shared between Disney World, Universal Studios
and Six Flags Orlando in alternating Novembers. And team mascot
“Slider” is signing on with the New England Patriots.
No, just kidding about all those. Early April Fools.
We think. Somebody hide the SUV keys and the roadmaps from LeBron