Hannah Aldridge w/ Steven J Push
In literature and in songwriting, the American South is where writers go to face their fears. Hannah Aldridge doesn’t just dip her pen into the well of the South, the Muscle Shoals native embodies it. With every song, she’s facing down demons of a life once lived from substance abuse to failed relationships and scars from the lashes of the bible belt.
“Gold Rush” is Hannah Aldridge’s second album, a follow up to her 2014 debut “Razor Wire.” While that album launched her career, drew the attention of music writers and sent her touring across the world, “Gold Rush” shows a more mature and introspective artist with more life experience -- and music experience -- under her belt.
The honesty Hannah Aldridge crafts into each track is off-set by her stubborn, maybe defiant, nature, which gives her music a hopeful silver lining.
“I start writing with ‘this is how I’m feeling and I need to talk about it.’ Doing that helps me sort out my own thoughts on it. My music is an introspective look at the things that happened in my life. It’s me trying to sort through and put feelings into words,” she said.
Hannah Aldridge is the daughter of Muscle Shoals legend Walt Aldridge. An Alabama Music Hall of Famer, Walt Aldridge is a prolific and decorated songwriter of countless Number One and Top Ten hits recorded by the likes of Lou Reed, Reba McEntire, Travis Tritt, Earl Thomas Conley, Ricky Van Shelton, Ronnie Milsap, and Conway Twitty.
Mixing her personal life and the sounds of her hometown, Hannah Aldridge’s new album also draws in influences from across the rock genre. Working with people with one foot in country music and one foot in rock, Hannah Aldridge makes a fresh kind of Southern Rock styled by Southern Gothic storytelling.
Recorded at Creative Workshop in Nashville, Hannah Aldridge worked with Muscle Shoals writers such as Mark Narramore, Tosha Hill, Matt Johnson and Brad Crisler and artists such as Andrew Combs, Ashley McBryde, Don Gallardo, Ryan Beaver, and Sadler Vaden on “Gold Rush.” She teamed up with Jordan Dean and M. Allen Parker, who were instrumental in working on her new album, and finally finishing by calling on her Dad, Walt Aldridge, to master the record. In total, Hannah Aldridge compiled a team of distinct talents to work with her. With their help, Hannah Aldridge has put together a progressive, creative and memorable body of work.
“It’s about being self destructive,” Aldridge said of her new album. “That is the underlying tone. The album goes back to when I was younger, and after touching on that, to now. In ‘Aftermath,’ the very first line is: ‘I was born in a crossfire.’ It starts from day one.”
Steven J Push
This Nashville-based singer-songwriter has a simple but key message: you’re not alone in this world so look up, get outside, and start living. In 2016, Steven quit his life as a middle school literature teacher in Saint Louis, packed his bags, sold his house, and moved to Music City.
Steven has come to Nashville with plenty to say. He weaves rich soundscapes of music while telling stories of human connection with a witty and warm eye. Influenced by a childhood raised on classic rock and a love for singer-songwriters with a soulful and passionate edge like Martin Sexton and Ray LaMontagne, Steven’s blues-pop songs are simple, but gritty. The ten tracks in his self-titled album, produced in 2015 by David Beeman at Native Sound Studios out of St Louis, channel Steven’s intimate vocals through stories of eclectic encounters, past relationships, and the life he lived during his eight years of teaching in St. Louis. At each song's core are his reactions to the ever-changing world we live in and the fight to remain optimistic and hopeful in spite of all evidence to the contrary.
Says Mike Penard of SA Radio, France, "Steven J Push...a very good discovery ...the kind of newcomer who gives you the feeling you are lucky to know a little earlier than the others ...some infectious melodies and very good musical arrangements ..the kind of melodies you need to hum while listening"
|Event Date||09-15-2018 8:00 pm|
|Location||The Stage at KDHX|