Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones are fronted by a 21-year-old powerhouse guitarist, singer and songwriter. The South Carolina-born artist, who formed the band as an eight-year-old, has developed a powerful and sublime synthesis of skills and makes it clear that her future is hers to write.
On the self-titled album, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones, the band - who've played over 2,000 shows - digs to their core and leaves it all on the floor. The album is an aural kaleidoscope of blazing guitars and searing vocals.
On the 10-track album, Wicklund taps into the fury of loneliness ("Ghost"). She resurrects specters of Hendrix and Joplin ("Looking Glass") as well as power ballad intensity ("Strawberry Moon"). Then, just as she's supercharged you with about as much raw energy that you can handle, she lets you down gently with the acoustic intimacy of "Shadow Boxes" - all the while her vocals achieving a raw intensity that is rarely found elsewhere. It all comes together in a perfect blend of old-school rock 'n' roll as viewed through the eyes of a new generation's urgency.
Hannah credits her father with instilling the lesson of never losing the intensity that music requires. Her first guitar was a gift from him, an atonement for getting rid of her backyard trampoline. That very night, he taught her to play "Rockin' In The Free World" and Tom Petty's "It's Good To Be King."
She grew up knowing that her life would be consumed by music. And somehow it feels as though it is only the beginning...