Hanna releases new CD
(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 Hannas 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.
He also plays frequently in Louisvilles Bearnos
Pizza on Main Street, Cliftons Pizza on Frankfort Avenue and Wicks
Pizza in the Highlands.
Im happy with the way my musical career is progressing,
and I think it can happen for me on some level as an original artist
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.
Hes 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 Bearnos 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 isnt Hannas 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
Hannas longtime friend and musical collaborator Scott Anthony
Hannas latest CD is available for $15 at ear X-tacy Records and
other record stores or at Hannas performances. Or visit his website
Hanna performs March 22-23 at the Broadway Hotel.
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