“Lynne Hanson seems headed for that revered territory inhabited by seasoned songwriters such as Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary Gauthier or Lucinda Williams.” Penguin Eggs
“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.” R2 Magazine 5*
Primed with a mix of gritty ballads and roots-tinged guitar, Lynne Hanson follows an award-winning year as one half of The LYNNeS with her new solo album ‘Just Words’ set for release on February 7th 2020, including singles True Blue Moon and Just Words.
Lynne’s deep bluesy croon is pure and full of fortitude; too tough for folk and too blues influenced for country; her ‘porch music with a little red dirt’ can turn on a dime from a sunshine, blue sky ballad to a full-on thunderstorm of gritty Americana swamp from one song to the next. This hard-living style of music has drawn comparisons to Lucinda Williams, with a touch of Gillian Welch thrown in.
Lynne’s seventh studio album, Just Words, produced by Jim Bryson features several fellow established Canadian musicians including Kevin Breit, Catherine MacLellan and Justin Rutledge. Lynne describes the record as more than a break-up album –
“I still love a good heartbreak song, but I think the world is desperately in need of more kindness, more tolerance, less aggression, and more compassion”
The album addresses issues such as verbal bullying (Just Words); a desire to be more accepting of one another (Clean Slate) and wanting to rise above and find peace (Higher Ground). The first single True Blue Moon, is an infectious, uptempo, tongue-in-cheek response to the Jacques Brel classic ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas’, about the perils of falling for a poet and just how rare it is to find true love.
Known for her high-energy, roots driven guitar live performances, Lynne has performed across the US, Europe and the UK, toured in support of Grammy nominated artists Gretchen Peters and Steve Forbert, and opened for Grammy-award winning guitar legend Albert Lee. A closet standup comedian, Lynne often leaves the audience howling with laughter with her between-song-banter.
In addition to receiving 5 Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for the album Heartbreak Song For The Radio (winning English Songwriter & Ensemble of the Year) with The LYNNes – a collaboration with Juno-award winning songwriter Lynn Miles; Lynne is also a two-time Indie Acoustic Project Alt-Country album of the year winner (River of Sand 2014, Uneven Ground 2017), a past winner of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, and a two-time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk competition in Texas.
2020 LYNNE HANSON UK TOUR DATES
Friday 17th April – The Live Room, Saltaire Saturday 18th April – The Bulls Head, Alton Sunday 19th April – Cafe #9, Sheffield
Monday 20th April – Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham Thursday 23rd April – Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington Friday 24th April – Newbald Village Hall, Newbald Saturday 25th April – Jubilee Hall, Kirton-in-Lindsey Sunday 26th April – Royal Oak, Eccleshall Tuesday 28th April – Gullivers, Manchester Wednesday 29th April – Victoria Hotel, Menail Anglessey Thursday 30th April – Green Note, London
Friday 1st May – Town Hall, Bewdley
Saturday 2nd May – Hawth Theatre, Crawley Sunday 3rd May – Haile Village Hall, Cumbria Monday 4th May – The Gallery at Woodend, Scarborough Thursday 7th May – Glad Cafe, Glasgow Saturday 9th May – Little Rabbit Barn, Colchester