A quick look at the cover art hints of what to expect, and a run through the track-listing for Hannah Aldridge’s debut album Razor Wire offers another tantalising clue as it includes a cover of a Jason Isbell track – plus his band the 400 Unit (Derry DeBorja, Jimbo Hart, Chad Gamble and Sadler Vaden) feature on Hannah’s version of the cover-song Try.
The album certainly reflects those pointers and the 26 year old singer-songwriter has soaked up the sounds of both Nashville and Muscle Shoals inheriting her musical DNA from her father Walt – a songwriter, musician and producer who is a Alabama Music Hall of Famer and has racked up countless chart successes with songs recorded by Lou Reed, Reba McEntire, Travis Tritt, Ronnie Milsap, and Conway Twitty amongst others.
“Dark Americana,” is how Hannah describes her music and true to that the subject matter is mostly downbeat and distressed, songs of broken hearts, promises and dreams – the album channels the sounds of Lucinda, Lindi and Loretta combining country, rock, blues and a whole lot of that magical Nashville & Muscle Shoals sound.
The album was produced by Chris Mara and recorded at his analogue studio Welcome To 1979 in Nashville, alongside the cover there are nine original tracks penned by Hannah with co-credits, alongside the appearance of the 400 Unit in the studio Hannah was also joined by Andrew Sovine (electric & acoustic guitars/lap steel), Brad Pemberton (drums & percussion), Lane Baker (bass/background vocals), Andrew Higley (keyboards/saw), James LeBlanc ( background vocals) & Dylan LeBlanc (background vocals/lead guitar) on ‘Lie Like You Love Me’.
Hannah Aldridge – You Ain’t Worth the Fight
There a great series of individual song insights at The Music Room that’ll give you the lowdown on all the tracks on the album and better still you can catch Hannah live in the UK in June and get the stories direct from the lady herself.
Tuesday 17 Harrogate Blues Cafe Bar
Wednesday 18 London The Good Ship, Kilburn
Thursday 19 London The Fiddler’s Elbow, Camden
Friday 20 Liverpool The Zanzibar Club
Saturday 21 Nottingham The Guitar Bar at Hotel Deux
Sunday 22 Southampton The Talking Heads
Tuesday 24 Leicester The Musician
Wednesday 25 Oxford Albion Beatnik Bookstore
with Olly Wills (The Epstein) & Ags Connolly
Thursday 26 Matlock Bath, Derbyshire The Fishpond
Friday 27 Clun, Shropshire The White Horse Inn
Saturday 28 Grayshott,Grayshott Village Hall
with Maz O’Connor
Friday 4 Easton, Suffolk Maverick Festival 2014
Saturday 5 Easton, Suffolk Maverick Festival 2014