The Savage Hearts see their mission as total world domination through vibrating wooden boxes...”

No Depression

Press for The Savage Hearts:

Feature in the Iowa City Press-Citizen:

Feature on The Savage Hearts Trio's bluegrass workshop at West Music in Coralville, Iowa:

Feature in Americana Rhythm Magazine: 

Review in Roughstock Magazine! 

Radio Features: 

Americana Rhythm with Greg Tutwiler:

Radio Nowhere with Joe Pszonek: 

Mostly Folk with Artie Martello: 

Small Time Radio with John Sillberg: 


"Annie is an asset to any educational facility. She has patience, intelligence, talent and most importantly a passion for teaching music."  

-Steve Kaufman (Kaufman Kamp Supervisor, 2011-current) 

"Annie Savage's band proves how much joy we can get from not only listening to bluegrass music but becoming musicians ourselves to get in on the fun." 

-Matthew Bjorke​ for Roughstock​ in a review of "PLAYING IT FORWARD"  

“Tracy Lynn is a top-notch singer, writer, and performer.  Tracy has the ability to pull you into a song with her writing and delivers everything she sings with conviction and heart.  She writes and sings everything from love gone wrong to gospel songs.  Tracy is the singer-songwriter who can entertain as a solo performer and also is a valued member and contributor to the Savage Hearts and her duo with Annie Savage.” 

-Keith Yoder, Multi-Instrumentalist; Performer; Teacher 

“Tracy Lynn delivers everything she sings with a deep and authentic emotion; the combination of Tracy’s sweet voice, ringing like a bell, with Annie Savage’s rich harmonies and gorgeous fiddling is very satisfying. Tracy says,”Follow the song in your heart…it’s there for a reason,” and she takes her own good advice!” 

-Kathy Kallick Singer, songwriter, performer, educator, Grammy winner

“Annie Savage’s passion for her art glows with such fierce intensity that it isn’t surprising she’s drawn likeminded artists into her orbit. The remaining four members of her band The Savage Hearts include other teachers like herself and artists simmering with the same boundless desire to renew and preserve great forms of Americana music like bluegrass and western swing for future generations of musical artists.” 

-Vents Magazine 

“Annie Savage has the best method of teaching of anyone I have worked with. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to study under her." 

-Sharon S. (Student at Nimblefingers Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, BC) 

“Annie Savage is an excellent music teacher and communicator. She combines her impressive musical knowledge and education with her many years of experience in performance and the classroom and delivers them to the student in a clear, concise and very understandable way.” 

-Jeff Scroggins (Bandmate, 2011-2015, National Banjo Champion) 

"Annie is not only experienced Wernick Method teacher (with lots of great feedback from satisfied students), she is caring and talented people with the know-how to teach bluegrass to uncertain beginners as well as more experienced players. 

-Pete Wernick (Hot Rize/Wernick Method) 

“The Savage Hearts have made a memorable impact with their first release.” 

-Band Blurb  

 “Playing It Forward’s noble mission of passing knowledge of this music on to a new generation is far from a purely academic affair; this is a vibrant collection of performance art full of soul, skill, and life-affirming spirit.” 

-Skope Magazine CD Review 

“Playing it Forward features standard favorites, traditional tunes, Latin-fused sounds and good old honky-tonk. Add in some Western Swing, and this is the perfect album for bluegrass lovers.” 

-Elmore Magazine 

“Though these songs play like highly structured performances, Annie Savage’s belief in spontaneity’s value gives the eleven recordings in this collection a rare organic quality.” 

-Gas House Radio 

"I enjoyed listening to Savage Hearts’ new release, “Playing It Forward.” Wonderful, tender harmonies complement stirring instrumentals that often feature superb twin fiddles. Add a well-selected variety of material and musical styles that exhibit the band’s exceptional talents, and you have a sensational recording that you will enjoy for years to come." 

-Ken Seaman (Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival and Bluegrass Patriots)-Gas House Radio  

"Annie Savage has that rare ability to produce a performance that has the right mixture of the best ingredients - the raw soul & passion you'd expect from an Iowa country girl, the edgy polish of an Ivy-league trained musician, plus the warmth & beauty that comes from a REAL person who has the same celebrations & struggles of your average wife and mother. I count it an honor to collaborate with her on this project and any live performance!" 

-Greg Blake (Bandmate in Jeff Scroggins and Colorado 2012-2015) 


Laughing Penguin 

P.O. Box 140396 

Nashville, TN 37214-0396