Rising Star

Singer Hanna releases new CD

By Don Ward,

(March 2002) MADISON, Ind. - Joe Hanna has been playing music and singing since he was a child. Now he does it for a living.
But he will be the first to tell you that singing popular songs at bars and restaurants throughout the area may be entertaining for those listening, but what is most rewarding for him is the opportunity to write and perform his owns songs.
After three years performing behind the mike professionally, the Louisville resident in January released a CD titled simply “Joe Hanna Machine. The recording has 12 of Hanna’s original songs, many of which he performs at Louisville bars and eateries, and at the Broadway Hotel and Tavern in downtown Madison, Ind., where he often is booked.

Joe Hanna

Joe Hanna

He also plays frequently in Louisville’s Bearno’s Pizza on Main Street, Clifton’s Pizza on Frankfort Avenue and Wick’s Pizza in the Highlands.
“I’m happy with the way my musical career is progressing, and I think it can happen for me on some level as an original artist” Hanna said.
The 31-year-old acoustic guitarist and harmonica player was born in New Jersey, raised in West Virginia and began singing in church as a child, along with his musician parents, John, a vocalist, and Arlene, a pianist. He has two sisters, and one, Nancy Hanna, works at Hanover College and occasionally accompanies Joe on stage.
Hanna taught himself to play the guitar and soon joined a band. He moved to Louisville to attend Bellarmine College, where he majored in voice.
“He’s good and everyone likes him here, so we book him often,” said Ryan Shaw, who manages Broadway Hotel & Tavern.
“He brings in a nice crowd for us and usually plays at least once a month,” said Rob Mooney of Bearno’s Pizza in downtown Louisville.
Hanna has become a local favorite in Madison and often has his original songs requested. “That really makes me feel good when someone wants to hear my own music instead of just cover songs all the time.”
“Machine” isn’t Hanna’s first solo CD. He recorded the independently released CD “Conversations” in 1992 and recorded two original records with Goodnight Maxine, one of his former bands. “Machine” was produced and largely co-written with Hanna’s longtime friend and musical collaborator Scott Anthony of Louisville.
Hanna’s latest CD is available for $15 at ear X-tacy Records and other record stores or at Hanna’s performances. Or visit his website at: www.hannalive.net.
Hanna performs March 22-23 at the Broadway Hotel.

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