Annie Nero

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Born (1980-10-09) October 9, 1980 (age 43)

Annie Nero (born October 9, 1980) is an American musician [1] who has contributed vocals and/or played bass on more than 34 studio albums. [2]

Musical Career

Nero attended State University of New York (SUNY) in New Paltz, NY where she met collaborator and future husband Josh Kaufman. They became founding members of the country-pop band Balthrop Alabama in 2006 and appear on the 2007 album Your Big Plans And Our Little Town and the 2010 EPs Country Songs and Subway Songs. [3] Nero also joined the alt-pop band Ladystein in 2006 [4] which released the album It's Ladystein in 2008. [5] In 2009, she joined the band Yellowbirds and played bass and sang back-up vocals for singer-songwriter Dawn Landes on the album Sweetheart Rodeo. [6] Nero, Landes, and Balthrop Alabama member Lauren Balthrop formed the pop trio The Bandana Splits; their debut album was released by Boy Scout Recordings in 2011 [7] followed by a holiday album in 2015 which was borne out of their annual performances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's tree lighting. [8]The trio also sang back-up on Bob Weir's 2016 solo album, Blue Mountain. [9] In 2015, Nero and Kaufman, along with other collaborators, formed the band A Nero and released the album Hysterical Fiction. [10] In 2016, Nero formed the Brooklyn-based ensemble I Get Wild which performs the work of The Talking Heads. [11] Kaufman has recruited Nero as a session bassist and vocalist on a number of albums he produced [12], including the Hold Steady's 2019 Thrashing Through the Passion[13], 2021 Open Door Policy[14] and 2023 The Price of Progress[15] as well as Fruit Bat's 2020 The Pet Parade [16]and Muzz's self-titled 2020 album. [17]


  1. "Annie Nero". Discogs.
  2. "Annie Nero Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic.
  4. "What Ladystein Got for Christmas on New York City: Get Tickets Now! | Theatermania - 128685". March 8, 2023.
  5. "It's Ladystein!". September 15, 2008 – via
  6. "Dawn Landes - Sweetheart Rodeo Album Reviews, Songs & More | AllMusic" – via
  7. "The Bandana Splits - Mr. Sam Presents The Bandana Splits". October 18, 2011 – via
  8. "Holiday Dream: Dawn Landes Paints a Pretty Picture Using Her Voice, Music". HuffPost. December 18, 2015.
  9. Legaspi, Althea (August 4, 2016). "Bob Weir Details New Solo Album 'Blue Mountain,' Tour". Rolling Stone.
  10. Silbert, Jack (September 30, 2015). "Album Review: 'Hysterical Fiction' by A Nero".
  11. Brendlen, Kirstyn (March 4, 2022). "BP Weekender: Six things to do in Brooklyn March 4-6 • Brooklyn Paper".
  12. "Relix 44: Josh Kaufman and Annie Nero". Relix Media. October 25, 2018.
  13. "THE HOLD STEADY NEW ALBUM OUT TODAY!". Frenchkiss Records. August 16, 2019.
  14. Blistein, Jon (December 1, 2020). "Hold Steady Preview New Album With 'Family Farm'". Rolling Stone.
  15. Donohue, Shawn (March 30, 2023). "The Hold Steady Go Fully Locked In On Powerful 'The Price Of Progress' (ALBUM REVIEW)". Glide Magazine.
  16. "Annie Nero | Credits". AllMusic.
  17. Krol, Charlotte (December 9, 2020). "Hear Muzz's renditions of Bob Dylan and Mazzy Star on new 'Covers' EP". NME.

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