Matt Hannah showed a lot of promise on his debut album Let the Lonely Fade. His new one< Dreamland, is the work of a musician whoi snow comfortable with being an country-esque Americana singer. He got a new band and enlisted two guys who can play bass, ensuring that the songs have a solid backbone - he needed that to ground all those guitars.
Hannah's gravely voice serves as a nice contrast for the sweet sound of Aaron Fabbrini's pedal steel. The songs have a lazy swing quality - drummer JT Bates playing with brushes certainly helps. Dreamland is an optimistic alum. His lyrics are straightforward and devoid of metaphors or hyperboles. Hannah knows where he is going: to an even better future, with his significant other by his side. That may sound superficial or even cheesy, but it's honest.
Matt Hannah; guitar, vocals
JT Bates: drums, percussion
Erik Koskinen: electric guitar, 12-String electric guitar
Ian Allison: bass
Aaron Fabbrini: pedal Steel, upright Bass
Matt Patrick: electric guitar, Hammond organ, accordion, vocals
Dreamland is released via Gamine Records.Tracks:
- Broken Hearts and Broken Bones
- Banks of the Mississippi
- Set Free
- The Night is My Home
- Different Kind of Light
- Something in the Air
- Morning Song
- 04/09 House of Mercy, St Paul, MN
- 06/02 Coffee Hag, Mankato, MN
- 06/16 The Root Note, La Crosse, WI
- 07/09 Art Fair in the Square, Madison WI
- 07/28 The Interchange, Albert Lea, MN
- 08/10 Minnehaha Falls @ Music in the Parks, Minneapolis, MN
HCTF review of Let the Lonely Fade.