Caroline Aiken, Hannah Thomas
201 F St. NE
Washington, DC, 20002
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM (event ends at 10:00 PM)
This event is all ages
"Born in Atlanta, with the early years on the GA coast, singer/song writer and multi instrumentalist, Caroline Aiken's earliest musical influence was Emma Lee Ramsey of the Ga Sea Island Singers.
A gifted musician, Aiken began traveling across the globe 1969, performing as a teenager. After years of touring: NY, California, South America, Seattle/NW, and Europe, she moved back to Atlanta in 1986, where her bluesy voice, masterful finger picking guitar style, and hypnotizing stage presence anchored the city's acoustic and folk scene and influenced up and coming artists like the Indigo Girls.
She releases her music independently, tours nationally/internationally, and teaches "ZEN and the ART of PERFORMANCE", "Song Writing In Your Sleep" and "Guerilla Guitar Works", She is touring to support her 8th and newest recording, "Welcome Home." -- GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Hannah Thomas has a style of her own that is hard to define, a little too rock to be country, a little too country to be rock. Amy Ray, half of the Grammy winning duo Indigo Girls, probably describes her best when she calls Thomas an “outlaw songwriter.”
Hannah began performing in 2006 at 16 when she wasn’t even old enough to be in most of the venues, but they recognized her talent and drive and decided to support this up and coming super star of tomorrow and she has been honing her craft and building a loyal fan base ever since.
Hannah is already a force to be reckoned with, having won the several music awards including the 2012 Georgia Lottery’s All Access Music Search. This award, something like the Georgia version of American Idol, started out with a field of thousands of contestants and led to Hannah getting to record an EP in Los Angeles at Capitol Records.
Those “outlaw” roots can be heard in her music. With influences like Johnny Cash and Terri Clark, Heart and even Aerosmith it’s easy to understand why Hannah’s music can be so hard to label. But there is no mistaking the power in Thomas’ voice.
“No auto tune needed for that voice” says Grammy winner Shawn Mullins.
Hannah has performed all over the East Coast, sharing the stage with some of music's most respected performers including Amy Ray, Sonia Leigh, Beautiful Small Machines (Bree Sharp & Don DiLego), Anitgone Rising, Michelle Malone, Don Dixon & Marti Jones, Marshall Chapman, Jen Foster and Mother’s Finest. She has also already had numerous television appearances including live morning and afternoon TV and the Georgia Lottery competition.
No words describe Hannah better as an artist than those said by Clay Cook of the Zac Brown Band-“When you came out on stage I had no idea we were going to witness about 3/4 badass.”
The last few years have proven to lead Thomas to many firsts, from headlining and releasing a live CD at Eddie’s Attic, headlining at Eddie Owen's newest venture The Red Clay Theater, playing the 30A Songwriter's Festival, playing a round at the famous Bluebird Cafe with some of Nashville's most accomplished songwriters to playing in Greenwich Village in NYC.
Hannah Aldridge is an Americana/ Folk artist originally from Muscle Shoals, Al. She is the daughter of the #1 hit songwriter and Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee, Walt Aldridge, who has written and produced for such artist as Lou Reed, Reba McEntire, and Conway Twitty and has been named songwriter of the year twice by Billboard. Early in Hannah's writing career, she was recognized for her astounding ability to capture emotion and ability to stun with her sultry vocals. Progressive folks bands like Travis, Mumford and Sons but also soulful songwriters Ray Lamontagne or Jackson Browne are her inspiration.
At 19, she was chosen for "Hot on the Row" in Nashville 3 times and also had the honor of playing Bluebird showcase with writers like Pat Alger, Brett James and her father Walt Aldridge. With the release of her progressive folk EP, "Wanderer" in April 2011, Hannah's career has picked up at lightening speed.
This young artist has caught the attention of press and media and has captivated audiences all over the country.
In July 2011 Hannah was chosen as an upcoming artist of the year in the popular southern magazine, No'Ala and "Lonesome" was featured on the CW show Hart of Dixie alongside Rascal Flatts and Head and the Heart in December 2011. She will also be featured in the April 2012 issue of Relix Magazine.
She recently came back from from Europe where she played 5 countries (France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England and Germany) in front of 1500 people on a two weeks period. While in France, she was spotted by the TV channel France24 for an interview on the cultural show. The documentary "Rails to Ride" was recorded while on tour and Hannah will be returning to Europe in May 2012.
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