Descendants of musical royalty have certain advantages, but must shoulder heavy pressure as well. Hannah’s father, Walt Aldridge, is an iconic Muscle Shoals and Nashville writer/musician/producer. From her early years as a classical pianist to her college years as a sound engineering student, Hannah Aldridge knew that music was in her future. However, the 26 year-old didn’t start writing songs until she was 21 and signed up for an elective songwriting class. Not surprisingly, Aldridge found that she had a natural gift for writing, began performing at Nashville’s renowned Bluebird Café and got a break when her song “Lonesome” (album’s last track) was featured on the “Hart of Dixie” TV series.
Hannah creates a fictitious and darkly carnal, rebellious character, pitted against the “real life” soft-spoken single mother. Backed by stellar Nashville studio musicians, Hannah delivers self-described “Dark Americana.” While there is plenty of rocking, Hannah settles into acoustic tunes like the title track and ballads such as the gorgeous “Black and White,” written about her son. From howls and growls to quiet whispers, she’s in total vocal command. On her standout cover of fellow Muscle Shoals native Jason Isbell’s “Try,” Hannah is backed by his band, The 400 Unit. Hannah says, “This album is about learning to be a grownup, learning to face the world alone. It’s about being brave enough to look people in the eye and just say ‘This is who I am — imperfections and all.’” The fearless Aldridge has delivered a very auspicious debut.
– Jim Hynes