This self-titled release is the third album from Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin stones. It was actually released at the start of 2018 and is only now receiving a very belated UK release.
The band is fronted by Hannah Wicklund, a 22 year old from South Carolina who has moved to Nashville (as have many other musicians over the years, drawn to this legendary musical town). She plays guitar and sings and as you’ll hear on this album, she’s damn good at both skills.
The crazy part is when you find out she formed the band 14 years ago – at age 8, and has performed over 2500 shows. She’s one of the acts playing on Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the blues alive at sea mediterranean cruise this month and then Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin stones will be on tour in the UK in October with Piston and Gorilla Riot – a great lineup.
The album kicks off with “Bomb through the breeze”, a song which tells you exactly what to expect from the album. Check it out…
It’s a heavy blues-rock song with great guitar playing and powerful vocals, and that really is what this album delivers song after song.
The album ends with an acoustic ballad, “Shadowboxes and porcelain faces”. It’s a lovely song and the quiet acoustic guitar and her beautiful vocals make this a pleasure to listen to. Her vocals are more restrained on this song as she’s not competing with the electric guitars but it’s still clear that she has a powerful voice.
It’s a great album and I look forward to hearing more from Hannah Wicklund & the steppin stones.
1. Bomb through the breeze
3. Looking glass
4. Mama said
5. On the road
7. Strawberry moon
8. Too close to you
9. Meet you again
10. Shadowboxes and porcelain faces