RIP: Anna Price, singer of ‘gorgeously danceable retro-pop’ band the Silver Lining


Sad news to report this morning, as Anna Price, singer for mid-2000s Boston band the Silver Lining, unexpectedly passed away on Friday, December 26. Price, who was living in Rochester, NY, with her bandmate and husband Matt Rhodes and their three small children, was reportedly hospitalized recently with kidney failure. She had been battling illness for the past year, and was 37 years old.

We’ll relay more deals as they become public and/or available.

The Silver Lining released a 2006 album, Well Dressed Blues, to local acclaim. The Boston Globe described the band as “gorgeously danceable retro-pop,” and many on Facebook last night and this morning wrote about Price’s powerful and emotional singing voice and tender personality.


Wrote the Boston Phoenix at the time of the release of Well Dressed Blues: “It’s rare to hear a debut album that sounds as fully realized as The Silver Lining ‘s note-perfect, Tony Goddess-produced Well Dressed Blues, which already has folks describing them as the US’s answer to Magic Numbers. The group nails joyous ’60s pop like no one we’ve heard in years.”

Added the Metro: “The Silver Lining recall those Saturday afternoons driving around in your parents’ slant-6 Dodge Dart with that glowing A.M.-radio pop kicking out of the single front speaker. Matt Rhodes’ tasteful guitar panache and Brill-bent songwriting prowess, along with Anna Price’s harmonies and full-on wails, will propel their forthcoming debut Well Dressed Blues, produced by Tony Goddess (Rudds, ex-Papas Fritas), to local — if not national — breakout status.”

The band performed at the 2007 Rock And Roll Rumble at Harpers Ferry (now Brighton Music Hall), reaching the semi-finals. Last night, during Boston Emissions on WZLX, Rumble organizer Anngelle Wood uploaded the Silver Lining track “Crimson Scarf” to Soundcloud, and you can listen to it below.

Be sure to also check out the Silver Lining “Flophouse Session” podcast with Band In Boston, as well as their ReverbNation page for additional music.


Memorial graphic by Laura Evonne Steinman