Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Gig Preview: Lynne Hanson St.George's Hall, Bewdley. Friday 28th April 2017

Somewhere in the heartlands, in a town called 'Americana USA,' nestles a particular variety of singer-songwriter. Someone who views a melodic sensibility through the bottom of a whiskey glass. Canadian songstress Lynne Hanson could run for mayor of that town.”

Bewdley’s Music in the Hall are delighted to welcome back to headline their next event on Friday April 28th Canadian songstress Lynne Hanson, together with her band The Good Intentions. Lynne featured at St Georges Hall last year, receiving a standing ovation and rapturous show reviews. Now she is back with a European tour promoting her brand new album “Uneven Ground”.

At first listen, her warm, gritty, boot stompin’ music leads you through the southern USA, though Hanson hails from Ottawa, Canada. Her sound is born honestly through a lifetime of experience and influence, expressed through the rock, blues and roots that bleeds from her very being. With a liberal amount of Texas grit and a polished Nashville sensibility, Lynne’s songs are familiar and comfortable, yet fearless and strong. She likes things a little rough around the edges, but her deep bluesy croon is pure and full of fortitude. No matter what the song, there’s a weight and a warmth to her expression.  

In her brand new release Uneven Ground (April 2017), produced by Winnipeg’s Scott Nolan, Hanson explores the realm of giving sound advice through songwriting, and fighting back against the devil within us. Permeating the recording is a restrained intensity, elevated with a finger picked beat, beautiful piano accompaniments, dobro and wind instruments. The album leads out with the lush electricity of “Carry Me Home,” winding into down-home roots ballads like “Stronger” and “Just For Now”. The title track “Uneven Ground” is a full-on blues assault, conjuring images a glamorous chanteuse stretched out in front of a baby grand in a smoky nightclub. “Counting Heartbeats” and “Every Honest Misstep” each have a unique, driving, rain-on-the-windshield quality; with a pace that leans in on the gas just a bit. All together, Uneven Ground is an authentic expression of Hanson’s rustic style, brimming over with imagery and cleverly penned lyrics, and a crystal clear production. It steps proudly into the next generation of roots and blues music, while still respecting traditions.   

The regular support slot is filled by Bewdley based Malar, whilst Wyre Forest Young Musicians of the Year Mayfli are featuring in the opening Youth act spot.

Tickets (£10.00) are selling very quickly, and are available at or over the counter at St Georges Hall Cafe. Doors Open at 7.30pm.

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