Hannah Thomas has a style all her own that’s hard to define. Amy Ray, one-half of the Grammy winning duo Indigo Girls, probably describes her best when she calls Thomas an “outlaw songwriter.” Touring the country since the age of 16 from Atlanta to NYC, and playing venues like Eddie’s Attic and The Bluebird Cafe, Thomas has shared the stage and opened for acts such as Michelle Malone, Amy Ray, Don Dixon & Marti Jones, Zac Brown, Antigone Rising, Jen Foster, Danielle Howle, Bree Sharp, and others. Coming up soon on February 2, 2013, she will release her latest album, “Goodbye On Wasted Time” at The Red Clay Theater in Duluth, GA with special guests Sonia Tetlow and Sarah Golden (from NBC’s The Voice) . Thomas took a few minutes out of her busy tour schedule to answer some questions for Butchieblog:
Name: Hannah Thomas
Occupation: Performing Singer/Songwriter
My companion animals (names and personality traits): Jessie (German Shepherd/Chow Mix) “Hard To Get”
The movie that best represents me right now: “The Runaways” always!
Obviously, my favorite musical of all time is: Spice World. Does that count? lol
Bucket list item that would surprise my friends: I’m not really sure anything I could say would surprise my friends.
My favorite road trip so far in my life: Charlotte to NYC . It was my first time in The Big Apple. A long way from Covington, GA I tell ya!
If I were independently wealthy I would: Probably build a home studio.
My weirdest hobby: Ebay at 3am when I can’t sleep.
My biggest fan: My Grandma
My most favorite veg food or restaurant: Veggie Sausage at Radial
I am most passionate about this cause: Women’s Rights
If I could afford it, I would want a painting or photograph by: Marti Jones
My (s)hero is: Too many to name… Any woman who dared to test the boundaries or pave the way for the rest of us.
Most of my daydreams are about: Music
My latest and most awesome project is: My new album “Goodbye On Wasted Time”
Well, yeah. Pretty much. And that’s just one more reason to love and support your local feminist bookstore – because they host events like the show I’m going to tomorrow night. That’s Thursday, Oct. 25th at Charis Books in ATL, where Atlanta Hollaback! is re-launching it’s efforts to end street harassment in ATL. I’ve talked about how much I like this grassroots movement before. The idea is genius, that individuals on the street can be empowered through ubiquitous social media to immediately report harassers.
The benefit includes a show by Baltimore-based feminist punk band War on Women.
All signs point to YES for this to be a good night.
I’m really, really hooked on Caroline Herring‘s new CD, CAMILLA. Prepare to be moved by the title track, Camilla, in the video above. Herring’s songs are haunting, and her stories have meaning. Trust me on this, you won’t just listen to this once.
Amy Andrews is a Baltimore-born, Decatur GA-transplanted, fierce feminist singer-songwriter. She is about to embark on a Feminist Bookstore Tour of North America to raise funds for the few indie feminist bookstores and community centers still in operation. She wants you to know about her many furry friends, and her encyclopedic knowledge of musicals, but MOSTLY about the Kickstarter campaign she just launched to get herself on the road to do good.
My companion animals (names and personality traits):
Lillian A. Cookie – “Lillian A. for ‘Angelic’ Cookie”
Freckles – “The Loveable Curmudgeon”
Hazel(le) – “The Maniac”
Lexi – “The Skittish Hedonist”
Louise – “The Big Ol’ Baby”
Magnolia – “The Misunderstood Misanthrope”
Ripley – “The Senior Stateswoman”
Tommy Boy – life on the road is just one adventure after another.
Obviously, my favorite musical of all time is:
As a kid I would sing “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” Mary Magdalene’s piece from JCS, “Aldonza” from Man of La Mancha, or “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from Sunset Boulevard for auditions. Auditions for kid roles. Totally age inappropriate audition material, but it was what I felt most natural performing. I think I’ve always been a bit on the mature side. And intense.
And with that I say, favorite musical? Maybe a tie between RAGTIME, TITANIC, & GYPSY? I could also throw in The Last 5 Years, Songs for A New World, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mame, Chicago, Cabaret, Evita, …
Bucket list item that would surprise my friends:
I don’t think I have a bucket list item that would surprise anyone, and I can’t really think of anything that would.
I’m an introvert, but I’m a performer (I think that’s a lot more common than people imagine), so I suspect people would assume that I have a desire to do something wild or ostentatious, but… I would just love to travel the world, live in many places, experience different cultures, but… probably just spend a lot of time alone in beautiful, natural landscapes.
Well, I would also love to sing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy alongside Bette Midler, but I don’t think that would surprise anyone either. I grew up with a, well documented, desire to become Bette Midler.
Here’s another, and maybe I’ve never said it aloud: I would love to host SNL. (Gosh, I hope Lorne Michaels is reading this.)
My favorite road trip so far in my life:
The last one always seems the greatest, doesn’t it?
Well, nothing exotic here, but, I recently went on a drive just through north GA for the day – passing small-town churches, withering buildings, seemingly long-forgotten cemeteries. Stopping at roadside antique shops, leisurely taking in historical markers, dropping in a small diner tucked away just off the road, taking an impromptu hike through the woods. It was unexpected, and beautiful.
My biggest fan:
The aforementioned Lillian A. Cookie, and my mom, of course.
My most favorite veg food or restaurant:
The Skipperdees (twin sisters Emily and Catherine Backus) hail from Oak Ridge, TN, a town mentioned in the 1989 film Fat Man and Little Boy which featured Paul Newman with a mustache. They write sad songs but are happy people. They are Capricorns and vegetarians. Come say hey at theskipperdees.com. or find them in one of the seven Waffle House locations in their current home of Athens, GA. The ‘dees will be playing Eddie’s Attic > on Tuesday, September 4th at 8 pm.
THE SKIPPERDEES - Catherine Backus and Emily Backus
Students??? (Not really making a living doin’ the singin and strummin thing right now)
My companion animals (names and personality traits)
C: EMILY REFUSES TO LET CATS INTO OUR APARTMENT so we are petless.
E: Cats are vile, fickle creatures. I stand by my decision.
The movie that best represents me right now
C: I’m gonna go with Fried Green Tomatoes because I’ve really been trying to channel TOWANDA lately (also I will watch that film at any and all times you’
E: Mystic Pizza (I’m Kat, the frumpy dreamer) meets Drop Dead Gorgeous (I so badly want to be Allison Janney’s chain smoking Loretta)
Obviously, my favorite musical of all time is
E: THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Catty is clearly wrong.)
The book that defined my childhood
C : To Kill A Mockingbird
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Hey, mark your busy calendars for Sunday, December 11th for a great night of folk music here in Atlanta. While it may be a little out of the way for those of us accustomed to taking in folk music in homey downtown Decatur, heading to Midtown to Smith’s Olde Bar will be well worth it, even on a school night. Local singer-songwriter Amy Andrews will be sharing a stage with Michigan-based folk duo Nervous But Excited to take y’all down to folky town.
I interviewed NBE recently and learned a lot about their life on the road, so I’m excited that their travels are bringing them down South. They picked a local rising star to round out the night with some amazing acoustic sounds. Amy Andrews performed in a Baltimore-based classic folk duo before relocating to Atlanta. She recently won a local competition at Eddie’s Attic and sang it out country style for the Texaco Country Showdown on the big stage at Stone Mountain. To get a preview of her beautiful voice, listen in as she launches her new project, The Lovely Drifters, playing original songs on the folk and bluegrass radio show The Chattahoochee Folk Hour. She’ll join host Ralph Taylor on Monday, December 5th, from 6-7pm, on 89.1fm, which you can catch streaming live here or available as a free downloadable podcast: here.
Tickets for the show at Smith’s Olde Bar are on sale now for $8 + two cans of food in advance, or $10 + 2 cans at the door. So go mark your calendars. While you’re up, grab two cans out of the pantry and put them by the door.
Sometimes wishes do come true. Earlier this summer I took to my blog to ask producer/director Amy Oden to bring her documentary From The Back of the Room to ATL. Guess what, she is! Next Friday, November 11th to be exact. You too can see her in-depth look at women in punk over the past 30 years. Even better, you can also support one of my favorite non-profits, Girls Rock Camp who organized the screening to benefit the Girls Rock Camp Alliance on its night of “50 Shows in 50 States”. I screened the film and was really impressed with the depth of her interviews and the diversity of women she talked with. Watching it felt like experiencing a really awesome women’s studies class that you didn’t want to end. I appreciated Oden answering a few questions for me about her documentary and how she got into this business in the first place. Take a read, then go find a screening in your town. As for those in the ATL, read after the interview to find out details about next Friday!
AO: I was lucky enough to go to a high school that had TV production classes, so I guess I started to become interested in video and film around that time. I went to college for broadcast journalism and worked at an independent TV station or for about seven years after that. When I was in school, one of my final projects was to shoot a short (40min) documentary about the DC Hardcore scene. Also the last several years of my work at the station focused around shooting and editing short form documentaries. So, I think it seemed logical that I start entertaining feature-length work at some point…
BB: You were involved in this film at every step, with screen credits for producing, directing, writing, and editing. What was the most exciting part of the filmmaking process for you?
AO: Shooting is great – I really like filming interviews and meeting interesting people. I like editing a lot, too, but I really have to be in a particular frame of mind to get going with it. Writing an actual script is something I’m just starting to get interested in now, so we’ll see how that goes – but I think I’ll like it.
BB: Your film is striking due to the sheer breadth of bands and the subjects you cover. Even more striking to me is the wide geographical diversity of women and bands! Who knew Missouri, for one example, had a punk scene? How did you pick your interviewees? What was the most unexpected thing you learned about women in punk?
AO: Most of the women I interviewed were folks who’s bands I grew up listening to – but some of the younger girls were recommended to me by friends (or other interviewees!) as I traveled. I think the thing that I wasn’t expecting that struck me while I was editing was how much diversity of opinion there is between all the women – I think that’s healthy, but I wasn’t expecting it.
AO: It’s so hard to pick something like a favorite band or album or song. One of my favorite bands right now is a band from DC called Ilsa, who are a really incredible metal band. I’ve been in two diy punk bands over the years, yes. I’m sure I’ll play again at some point.
BB: I know you are traveling and screening this all over the country. What has been the most interesting feedback you’ve received from viewers?
AO: Everyone who approaches me has just been really excited and supportive, which has been incredible. It’s so awesome to have people be into the film, because I really did put my heart into it in a lot of ways. Read the rest of this entry »