Hannah Aldridge with Wonky Tonk and Nellen Dryden
Wed, Mar 20 9:00 pm
Hannah Aldridge: Americana is the perfect concoction of American roots music that comprises our musical ethos as we know it today. It is something so ingrained in our history, folklore, tradition, and mythology that it is not as simple as just "becoming" Americana, but rather, it is something that you are born into. It's that old cast-iron Coca-Cola sign that's been in your neighbor's shed for 50 years, a banjo and a Fender Telecaster playing together, a 1955 Chevy with a modern stereo. There are few artists that can truly encapsulate the essence and true range of Americana like Muscle Shoals artist Hannah Aldridge, whose musical pedigree precedes her and speaks for itself. The worlds of punk rock and country music rarely collide. Even suggesting it is enough to draw ire looks from music lovers. But singer Wonky Tonk is out to break the rules with her unique style and sound. Wonky Tonk aka Jasmine Poole mixes country stylings with punk rock's brash attitude for a sound that's part Dolly Parton part tUnE-yArDs. Her debut album, Stuff We Leave Behind, shows Wonky Tonk as someone who's not afraid to take risks, break the rules, and do whatever a cowgirl needs to do. She takes a break from her current tour to talk about what it means to be a punk rock cowgirl and the new album.-By: Ashley Perez Nellen Dryden: Indie roots artist Nellen Dryden writes songs influenced by her R&B, folk, gospel and country music upbringing. Frequently backed by collaborator and pedal steel/guitar player, Jules Belmont, together they bring a cosmic, soulful sound to their listener's ear. A native of the greater New York City, she now makes home in Nashville, Tennessee.