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Uneven Ground

by Lynne Hanson (April 2017)

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Stronger 03:37
Dead Weight 03:07
Just For Now 04:11


We all carry a little bit of weight on our shoulders, but being compelled toward songwriting is a welcome burden for Lynne Hanson. 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.

"She's made the only roots rock record of [the year] to hold a candle to Rosanne Cash's "The River and the Thread" ~ M. Barclay, Cambridge Times

In her brand new release Uneven Ground (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.

Growing up in Ottawa, Canada, Hanson started playing guitar as a teenager, eventually working her way to her award-winning debut, Things I Miss in 2006. Two more albums quickly followed, Eleven Months (2008) and Once the Sun Goes Down (2010). Each new release garnered critical praise, earning Hanson a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination in 2009, an invitation to the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the prestigious Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, administered by the Ontario Arts Council. After a few years hiatus, Lynne Hanson returned with a new approach to songwriting, releasing her fourth studio album River of Sand in 2014 with producer Lynne Miles; a JUNO-award winning artist in her own career. River of Sand stands out as the creative output of the personal journey endured over her four-year break, and saw her writing mature into a more intuitive and visceral style.

Lynne Hanson has toured across Canada, the US, Europe and the UK, either solo or with her band The Good Intentions. She’s showcased in Austin, Phoenix and Memphis, toured in support of Grammy nominated artist Gretchen Peters and Steve Forbert, and performed at the legendary 100 Club in London England and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville to name a few. She continues to tour throughout her established areas and expand into new realms with tours across Canada and Europe planned for 2017.


released April 7, 2017

April 20 | Haile Town Hall | Haile, UK
April 21 | The Back Room | Cottingham, UK
April 22 | The Bank | Eye, Suffolk, UK
April 23 | Town Hall Live | Kirton in Lindsey, UK
April 24 | The Met Studio | Stafford, UK
April 25 | The Greystones | Sheffield, UK
April 26 | Biddulph Up In Arms | Staffordshire, UK
April 27 | Cosmic American | Nottingham, UK
April 28 | Music in the Hall | Bewdley, UK
April 29 | The Hive | Shrewsbury, UK
April 30 | Green Note | London, UK
May 1 - travel to Amsterdam
May 2 - OFF
May 3 | Kulturcafe Lichtung | Köln, Germany
May 4 | Die Erbse | Dillenburg, Germany
May 5 | Altes E-Werk | Blankenburg, Germany
May 6 | Grand Cafe Zuidlaren | Zuidlaren, Netherlands
May 7 | TBC
May 8 | Podium Cafe | Steendam, Netherlands
May 9 | Crossroad Session | Het Zwijnshoofd | Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands
May 10 - Oss Railroad Roots
May 11 - OFF
May 12 | Theatre Dina | Dedensvaart, Netherlands
May 13 | House Concert | Brussels, Belgium
May 14 | De oude Veiling | Aalsmeer, Netherlands
May 15 | Jugendzentrum KARO | Wesel, Germany
May 16 - OFF
May 17 | Peter en Leni Papenvoort | Papenvoort, Netherlands
May 18 | Music Star | Norderstedt, Germany
May 19 | Parchim Street Festival | Parchim, Germany
May 20 | LomaLoma | Elmshorn, Germany
May 21 | Backyard Theatre | Schwabisch Hall, Germany
May 22 - OFF
May 23 | Bark's | Rosenheim, Germany
May 24 | Kulturgasthaus Bierstind | Innsbruck, Austria
May 25 | Circolo SantaMaria | Roverto, Italy
May 26 | Cafe Praxmair | Kitzbuhel, Austria
May 27 | Labororium | Stuttgart, Germany
May 28 | House Concert | Marburg, Germany


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