Today we continue with a great new feature on Belles and Gals – “Your Voice, Your Choice”. We introduce one of our favourite songs from a country artist and then the artist tells us in turn about a song that has inspired them and has a special place in their heart. Today we feature UK country artist Hannah Johnson.
I first featured Hannah Johnson on Belles and Gals last month with her brilliant new single ‘Your Girlfriend Hates Me’ (review here). Today I’ve chosen ‘Not in Birmingham’, another fantastic number from Hannah’s debut album ‘Shaken’. I’m particularly taken by Hannah’s style, with her smoky, almost bluesy voice, influenced by spending much time in Austin, Texas. An excerpt from Hannah’s bio on her website states:
‘At a time when it is fashionably cool to be “americana” and dressing “vintage” is de rigueur, it is easy to feel tired of the cliches around the modern country scene. Much of the music coming out of Nashville today seems to be either watered down country pop, or stylistically affected Americana with chanted choruses and stomping bass drums. However, there is also reaction against these extreme ends of the industry machine and artists like Hannah Johnson are approaching their music with a refreshing honesty and commitment to the core principles of ‘old’ country music, celebrating the heritage and history rather than diluting it.’
It’s always a joy to feature Hannah – to find out all you need to know about her music, her upcoming gigs and more, click here
Hannah Johnson has chosen ‘Analog’ by Brennen Leigh
“I was lucky enough to meet Brennen Leigh many years ago in Nashville, my sister, dad and I got to jam with her and I was utterly bowled over by her immense talent, we all were. Brennen’s songwriting is from the heart; she understands acutely how to unravel complex emotions of the human condition and yet still communicate to her listener in an everyday and somehow universal language. I can relate to so many of her songs, whether they explore heartache and unrequited love or the tensions of modern day life and our struggle with vices. Not only is she an astounding songwriter, Brennen also has an incredible voice, which clearly demonstrates her influences with regard to vocal style and delivery. I would strongly argue that Brennen Leigh is modern day Hank Williams; her music is poetry and should be respected as some of the best that contemporary country music has to offer the world.”