HannaH*s Field’s latest recording, Warriors of Love, is a ‘gypsy reggae’ homage to the optimist in us all, carrying the torch of the free love generation into a new era. Crafted in the fertile artistic landscape of the Pacific Northwest, an area argued by many to possess the last true remnants of the hippie movement, the album’s organic feel urges listeners to embrace the same sort of free spirit and open mindfulness championed by the counterculture of flower children. After being discovered singing in a nightclub, HannaH started her career as a back-up singer with renowned R&B/Funk band The Brothers Johnson. Now she headlines HannaH*s Fields with Andy Ardensk and an array of accompanying musicians and performers. Warriors of Love is the second release by the band, along with a solo project by HannaH entitled Psychedelic Woman. Since its inception, the band has been enamored with critical acclaim, collectively they were recently awarded three Marijuana Music Awards for their track “Puff, Puff, Give”, and individually, HannaH received a nomination for best female vocalist by the Hartford Advocate.
As a music journalist, I rarely come across a new musical coinage, but Hannah*s Field’s gypsy reggae is both fitting and unique, described as a blending of uplifting roots, acoustic fairy folk & African Earth Beats. The resultant sound is an ideal accompaniment for HannaH’s earthy, acutely spiritual, and introspective songwriting. The aforementioned track “Puff, Puff, Give” along with “Weed and Meditation” provide voice to the pro-legalization stance, a refreshingly artful declaration on a significant social issue often marginalized by a misconceived stoner stereotype. For those who find fault in the industrial complex and the forty-plus hour workweek, “Boss Man” and “Work Song” speak of our essential freedoms and the danger of our misguided plunge into wave slavery. In “Lost Children”, HannaH goes a cappella to showcase her award winning voice, evoking of a blending of Joan Baez and Grace Slick or a somewhat subdued Janis. Hannah*s Field’s sophomore album Warriors of Love will likely resonate most with a particular earth loving, contemplative crowd, but the sultry vocals and smooth rhythmic beats may even bring the most steadfast conservative listeners into a free-spirited whirlwind of dance.
HannaHs Field: Press
HannaH*s Field is a group that I met at the Emerald Empire Hempfest this summer in Eugene, Oregon. I think I had met them before then as well, but I didn’t recall that at the time.
I was really impressed with how much music this duo puts out. While Hannah plays the acoustic guitar and sings, Andy is often playing drums and guitar simultaneously. Hannah runs her guitar through some effects boxes that provide a very diverse set of sounds from one instrument.
The duo once called Portland, Oregon their home but have since moved on to Connecticut. You can check them out at their website, http://hannahsgroove.com. Today’s tune is called “Weed and Meditation” and it comes from their “Live at Javapalooza” CD.
By Nancy Dunham
It’s always interesting when musicians define their music as one genre or another. Sometimes it’s in keeping with standard classifications; many times it’s not what readily comes to mind for the listener. One case in point is Hannah’s Field, which bills its sound as gypsy reggae. The strong drums, including bongos, occasional violin and upright bass, and various other instruments including pots and pans, certainly hint toward what one might think of as gypsy music or reggae music. To me, though, the music often highlighted by poetry, maracas and acoustic guitar is not that easy to pigeonhole.
Warriors of Love is a collection of lovely music with a mix of various genres. Some harken back to pure country such as the title track. Other songs, such as "Angel Land," are just lovely, lilting numbers strung together on folk melodies played on acoustic strings, and highlighted by strong, clear vocals. "Puff Puff Give" is the standout track of the album, with a catchy chorus and reggae/Caribbean sound that stays in your head long after the song has ended.
It’s easy to understand why this album will appeal to folkies, rockers, reggae lovers, and just about everyone else.
Artist Website: http://www.hannahsgroove.com
Oscar? Grammy? Pulitzer? Nobel Prize? Perfect Attendance?
With all due respect to the winners of those respective awards, we cough at these achievements. (*cough*cough*cough) Because, you see, one-time Portland band HannaH*s Field has bested them all, winning what is probably the most prestigious, most noteworthy, and most diggity-dank award on the planet. Actually, HannaH*s Field (it is not my caps lock, that is how it is typed, complete with asterisk) won, not a measly one, but a grand total of three AMMAs.
You've never heard of the AMMAs? What are you, a narc? (Seriously, are you a narc? You need to stop harshing me out, man.) The AMMAs are the legendary American Marijuana Music Awards, and HannaH*s Groove, who are now based somewhere in New England (I'm gonna say... Vermont) took home the trophies for: Best Music Video (for their song "Puff Puff Give"), Best Acoustic Song (also for "Puff Puff Give"), and Best Funk Song for a remixed version of their slyly subtle paean to herb, cryptically entitled "Smoke a Little Pot."
Check out the AWARD-WINNING video for "Puff Puff Give," which includes scenes at the Saturday Market, the Burnside Skate Park, and the Columbia River Gorge
Hannah’s Field - Warriors of Love CD is the type of album that is filled with free spirited, free minded music...
It’s the kind of music that evolves when like minded friends come together to have fun and just make music. Not for fame or money or recognition but because it’s something that they love to do. It’s this kind of music that is raw and innocent that you don’t come across on a mass produced CD and it’s the kind of music, for the sake of keeping all those involved from turning into uniformed jerks, that you pray fails. The album took me back to when music didn’t really matter to me, just that it was fun, like second nature.
Now what I’m about to say next probably goes against every fiber of this album because, lets face it, Hannah’s Field states some pretty obvious inclinations about conformity. With that being said though it has to be pointed out that even though this album will work well in the subculture settings it’s painted in or a friend oriented atmosphere it pretty much crosses out universal appeal. The messages within the album are strong in, for lack of a better word, “Hippy” and not all of the messages are going to bode well with working class stiffs who have crap jobs and know it. Still, having an open mind and listening to the album has its rewards.
Angel Land is a beautiful song which starts off the album and there is no doubt that Hannah’s vocals and guitar work are well practiced and that the band is extremely capable of creating moods and ambiances to heighten the vocals and to some point the messages behind them. The tone is very earthy and organic as it would be as well as some tracks creating a full on band setting. Even the following track Puff Puff Give, even though I found it to be the very epitome of the projects double edged raw innocence, the music is superb and the vocals smooth and confident. One of the stand out tracks for me on the album was Zen Mind in which the track begins with an easy going guitar driven number with sharp vocals and catchy lyrics that features a haunting chorus of voices simply harmonizing. It had an eerie capturing effect. Another stand out track simply for its pure unadulterated attitude is Work Song which reminded me a lot of the carefree Ska era even though it was absolutely not Ska (lol).
The album totals 13 tracks which I think has a mixed approach to it. It will be a love it or leave it affair with most listeners who do not keep an open mind but well worth it if you give it a shot. You can catch some of Hannah’s Field at www.hannasgroove.com. Enjoy.
-AJ Garica has been a writer for Shakefire.com since 2007.
astoria coffee House
sat., Jan 26, 7pm
Get ready for a reggae treat.
and duo percussion partner andy
ardenski “bring love, light and
spirit” to the river city with their
Gypsy Reggae sound. Now a Northwest
“thing” apparently Hannah’s
Field came west from Connecticut,
of which she was nominated Best
Female vocalist in the Hartford advocate
5 years straight. and before
heading to the Northwest, Hannah
worked and recorded with Louis
Johnson of Brother’s Johnson
notoriety, singing backup in their
band at the House of Blues and
First avenue in Minneapolis-the
club that Prince enshrined in the
movie Purple Rain.
Described as an “updated Janis
Joplin” by one critic and “a little
hummingbird of a girl that could
hold a note forever”, music mag
Hogmamma wrote in 007, “when
those guys worked those drums .
. . all hell was breaking loose. the
audience was going wild.” On that
note, although it sounds like the
kind of thing where you may want
to dance barefoot in the street,
you’ll probably at least be able to
work up a good sweat in the middle
of January. a solid music pick o’
the month. No Cover!
Warriors of Love
Hannah's Field produces an interesting mix of reflective rasta music that covers topics from politics to pot smoking. The 13-song collection Warriors of Love is penned primarily by lead singer/guitarist Hannah Freidenberg, with one song by her drummer, Andy Ardenski.
The collection's eclectic and the mix takes unexpected turns, which definitely keep you listening. You never know whether Hannah is going to be singing about Zen or zinging the bossman.
The instrumentation's a great blend of roots rock and reggae. Ardenski plays everything from guitar to an African djembe to pots and pans. The engineering is excellent for a small production, the sound is clear and crisp. The only addition I could wish for would be lyrics. I definitely think this talented young singer-songwriter has something worthwhile to say.
"Keep up the great sounds you provide it makes me feel good."
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Review: Hannah's Field
This review started out as a "Live Show" review, however it's so much more than that. We make it our business to seek out new, cutting edge talent, the best of the best. We had heard of Hannah's Field some time ago, but our busy schedule had just made it impossible to catch their live show. We finally had our chance on Saturday, Oct.16th, and we were not disappointed!
Hannah's Field is a show I would recommend to anybody who loves great, moving, wonderful female vocals, and talented, well crafted veteran musicians as back up make their show an absolute, put it on your calender, must see!
The only thing I could possibly recommend is that they play more music off their new cd "inside a song". I bought their new cd for a mere $10 while at their show, the whole band was kind enough to autograph my cd not knowing who I was, I later introduced myself.Like most music lovers I find it very nice when artists or bands do that, it shows they care about their fans! I then took the cd home and gave it a spin Sunday morning. I was so impressed by this cd, I called my entire staff and asked them if they would come over and join me in listening to this fantastic new cd!!!
There is not one bad song on the entire cd! Right from the very first song "Lovers Trance" Hannah embraces you with her vocals, she has the perfect voice for her style of music, a bluesy rock sound. I was absolutely amazed at how good the actual songwriting was for someone so young. Yet her songwriting teamwork with veteran guitar player John Bolduc is unbelievable. They have their own Lennon/McCartney thing going on, and we can only see greatness in their future!
Hannah's Field new cd "inside a song" is an absolute must have cd. Their live show is a chance to catch budding greatness, Hannah will one day shine!
Change is Good - Hannahs Field rocks.
- by Thomas Pizzola - July 15, 2004
Hannah Freidenberg of Hannahs Field.
When asked how the new version of Hannah's Field differed from earlier incarnations of the band, lead vocalist Hannah Freidenberg said the new version was a little bit more rock 'n' roll and a lot less jam-orientated. Adding that when she started writing songs for the band's soon-to-be-released debut CD, Inside A Song, she made a conscious decision to move away from the jam and move closer to the rock, in terms of more traditional song structures, that relied on the standard verse-chorus-verse structure to get their point across.
Judging from the band's performance at the Zen Bar last Friday, it seemed as if Freidenberg has made the right decision. The songs they played from the new CD were punchier, catchier and more to the point, with several making a solid impression after one play. Freidenberg also benefited from the ace band backing her. Bolduc is the perfect combination of technique and emotion, as each note he rings from his guitar is fluid and expressive. The rhythm section, which consists of bassist Bob Hemingway and drummer Cody Morrison, is extremely tight, expertly handling the shifts in mood and tempo with style and grace. So, for now, it looks as if Hannah's Field is heading in the right direction.
HannaH*s Field brings 'gypsy reggae' to the North Coast
HannaH*s Field plays "gypsy reggae," an acoustic folk-rock sound that seems to appeal to all kinds of music lovers, from folkies to reggae snowboarders to rock 'n' rollers. HannaH*s Field will play from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Astoria Coffeehouse. There is no cover charge.
HannaH, also known as Psychedelic Woman, performs lead vocals with acoustic guitar and djembe and is accompanied by Andy "Gypsy Rasta" Ardenski on djembe, bells, percussive vibrations and acoustic guitar. Their stated influences include Jack Johnson, Janis Joplin, Slightly Stoopid, Ani Difranco and Ben Harper.
HannaH has been nominated for best female vocalist in the Hartford Advocate for five years, and HannaH*s Field has shared the stage with such great acts as The Average White Band, Brother's Johnson, Gov't Mule (members of the Allman Bros. Band), Derek Trucks, The Samples, Percy Hill and Sound Tribe Sector Nine. They have performed at such venues as the Eugene Hempfest, House of Blues in Chicago, Mississippi Pizza, Toad's Place, 9 Muses Acoustic Tavern, Pearl Street Nightclub and the Spiral Rhythms festival. HannaH recently released a solo CD, "Psychedelic Woman."
Reviewers have been ecstatic about the look and sound of HannaH*s Field.
"With flash garments, long hair, and clamant, vociferous strains, vocalist and percussionist HannaH reminds me of an updated, confident Janis Joplin with an optimistic edge."-Dagmar Noll/Eastern Newspaper.
"When those guys worked those drums... all hell was breaking loose. The audience was going wild." -Hogmama, 2007
"Here we have this little hummingbird of a girl and a voice that can hold a note forever... it was awesome." -Smoking Pig John, 2007
"The Little Girl that Sings Big. With a blues man's warmth, a bad girl's passion and a Buddha's enlightenment." -John Bolduc, music producer, 2005.
Astoria Coffeehouse is located at 243 11th St. For more information, call (503) 325-1787 or visit www.astoriacoffeehouse.com. For more information about HannaH*s Field, visit www.hannahsgroove.com
Shitters for HippiesJeff Kirby
Sat Feb 16.
Driving by, you might not recognize Cafe Yeshi as an Ethiopian restaurant at first, as it is an actual house that has been transformed into an eating establishment. The "Bad Doctors Party" they're hosting is a benefit for a three-day hippie-music free-for-all in the high desert of Christmas Valley, Oregon, called the One Family Gathering. In the living room, an acoustic-guitar/bongo duo is singing a song with the chorus, "Puff, puff, give." A girl is walking around with a donation jar and I ask her what I would be supporting. She tells me they're raising money to get some "shitters in the desert for us hippies."
I find the benefit organizer, Weather, who is sporting blond dreads and a white lab coat. He explains that the Tonasket Barter Fair has been going on in Oregon for 35 years, but many of the younger hippies think older hippies have too many rules. As a response, they have decided to hold their own festival with 70 musical acts and all-night raves. I buy a couple beers to help support their noble cause.
Walking down Roosevelt, I see a man standing in the middle of the street, pretending to have diarrhea. His friends are yelling at him from down the block. We make eye contact, and without words he asks me, "Can I have a little privacy here?" I keep walking. They don't need shitters in the desert; they've got plenty right here.
Hippies and Ethiopians know how to get down. Do you? E-mail the date, place, time, and party details to firstname.lastname@example.org.