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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 10/5 – Hannah Aldridge / Emi Sunshine & The Rain
October 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Years ago Rolling Stone named then 15-year-old EmiSunshine among “10 new country artists you need to know.” There is no better way to get to know this young singer/songwriter than “Family Wars.”
“Family Wars” was EmiSunshine and The Rain’s most personal project. With ten songs and one bonus track, the album addressed domestic violence, dysfunctional families, political corruption, mass murder, lost love, and freedom—those who have it, and those who seek it.
“The album is about working through different types of conflicts,” Emi says. “I’m just voicing my opinion about what I see going on in the world, but hopefully in a way that won’t offend. I’m looking at problems and trying to make something beautiful out of them.”
Fast forward past the pandemic and the collaboration with the one and only Bootsy Collins, a short but sweet string of American Idol Performances and a Co-Publishing Deal with her Writer Mother Alisha Hamilton and we now find EmiSunshine with a recent Solo Album “Diamonds” getting stellar reviews! A Upcoming Children’s album “Universe” has a nice bundle of brand new, freshly written songs. Both endeavors have a broader range of instrumentation and a crisp edge to them which is both whimsical and serious at the same time! Currently resuming her beloved touring schedule EmiSunshine is also embarking on a budding art career in her spare time and producing albums for other artists. But don’t let all of this “new” fool you into thinking she has left her love for her Appalachian roots. Emi has already started pre-planning her brand new bluegrass project and has opened her home, studio and writing room to writers and artists to share her love of the creating process with others.
Emi has been attracting national attention since the age of nine, with appearances on “The Today Show,” NBC’s “Little Big Shots,” “Pickler & Ben,” the Grand Ole Opry and elsewhere. In 2018, she was featured in the Grammy-nominated Elvis Presley documentary film “The King,” alongside Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Ashton Kutcher, Alec Baldwin and other stars. At 17 with 10 years of touring and writing under her belt there is a world of possibility ahead and EmiSunshine has the skill and determination to carve a very deep path!
Hannah Aldridge grew up on the muddy banks of Muscle Shoals—her birthright is music and Alabama. A reckoning between her coming-of-age in the South and a lifetime of trying to create an identity outside of it, her songs strike a delicate balance between rebellion and self-discovery. These two themes weave through Aldridge’s gifted storytelling, making for records that soothe like a lullaby and crack like a whip. For those raised in the Bible Belt, Aldridge’s music sounds like the voice of an old friend who understands. For those not in the know, her music is an initiation to the dark side of the South, Christian fundamentalism and the struggle to forge a future in a place haunted by its past.
Daughter of Muscle Shoals legend Walt Aldridge, Hannah started her musical journey as a classically-trained pianist. It wasn’t until her early twenties that she first picked up a guitar and began using music as an outlet to grapple with her demons. With a voice equal parts gritty and melodic, the emerging artist took to the road, entertaining crowds in ten countries and three continents with her acclaimed debut album Razor Wire, superb follow-up Gold Rush and Live in Black and White – a beautifully captured live album recorded in London, England.
Aldridge has expanded her artistic vision with the ambitious, cinematic Dream of America, which is set to be released in 2023 on Swedish alternative indie label, Icons Creating Evil Art. A highly collaborative project, produced in three corners of the world with renowned Melbourne based artist/producer Lachlan Bryan, producer/engineer Damian Cafarella and Swedish mix engineer Frans Hägglund, the record peers through the lens of fading Hollywood starlets, charming psychopaths and weary vagabonds – navigating society’s underbelly through dark, romantic vignettes. Hannah’s haunting vocals, assisted by her father’s expert vocal production, deliver a cathartic message of defiance.
Hannah Aldridge’s fierce Southern energy reaches through every speaker, whether it’s in a dashboard doing 80 down I-65, a rock club in Amsterdam or a Honky Tonk in her adopted hometown of Nashville. The new album treads a fine line between the genial charm of Americana, and the raw, hypnotic and occasionally electronic stylings of what some might like to call ‘noir indie pop’. It is music for those looking to confront their demons without remaining tethered to them.
Deploying a charming blend of power and vulnerability, Aldridge delivers her stories with all the conviction of a church bell ringing out through the streets of a small Alabama town.