Thea Hopkins

Thea Hopkins

 
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
SoloAmericanaFolk

Americana/Folk

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Biography

With the release of her new EP  'Lilac Sky' and her debut tour of Great Britain, 2013  has been a watershed year for Americana performing songwriter Thea Hopkins. Building on the strength of her two previous releases, the critically acclaimed  'Chickasaw' and 'Birds of Mystery',  her new 6 song EP finds Thea venturing into fresh territory with the addition of a driving guitar sound on two of the tracks.  Recorded at the legendary Q Division Studios, 'Lilac Sky' captures the passion and exceptional songwriting talents of Thea.

Thea first came to greater notice in 2004, with the recording of her song 'Jesus Is On The Wire' by Peter, Paul & Mary. It is recognized as one of their later signature songs

                                  STRONG PRAISE FOR 'LILAC SKY'

Thea Hopkins - 'Lilac Sky' - review (9/10)
March 2013
"The first track Mightve Stayed in Memphis showcases all thats great about this album. It's a country track that gets a bit rockier on the chorus with musicianship that blends acoustic and steel guitars. Thea is an excellent songwriter with a memorably vivid lyrical lines and a fine ear for melody. These abilities shine on the title track of the album, Lilac Sky' . 'Whatcha Gonna Do? is a well textured country song which blends guitars and mandola perfectly and lyrically is a spectacular tour de force." --Nick Browne www.WhisperinandHollerin.com

Thea Hopkins - 'Lilac Sky' - review (8/10) March 2013 "Rich, sultry, emotional, expressive..." http://www.americana-uk.com/cd-reviews/item/thea-hopkinslilac-sky-independent-2013?category_id=175

"Thea Hopkins has a wonderfully sonorous voice, husky and full of character. She sounds as though she was made for country music and this mini-album is some of the best country Ive heard in ages." http://www.music-news.com

                          PRAISE FOR HER 2008 CD 'Chickasaw'

Thea Hopkins is one of the most literate, poetic and emotionally moving of the new singer-songwriters to arrive on the scene in the last few years." -- Peter, Paul & Mary

"Thea Hopkins possesses a voice that stands up to her material," wrote the website Americana-UK. "This is folk as it should be: dark tales, poetry and protest. "It's a voice with the mystery and power of the late, great Nick Drake. -- Susan Werner

Her 2008 CD, "Chickasaw" received a 4 star review from Maverick, UK.

Hopkins' debut album, "Birds of Mystery," was named one of the Top Ten local albums of the year by the Boston Herald: "A gorgeous dusky voice wraps itself like mist around country-folk songs of tenderness and substance."

Thea comes from a mixed-ethnic heritage. She is a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard. She also boasts African-American, Irish, French, Portuguese and Cherokee ancestry.

Thea has opened for Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Richie Havens, Maura O'Connell, John Hammond, Ellis Paul, Susan Werner, Brooks Williams and Katy Moffatt. Thea has performed at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts Remus Auditorium, Club Passim, Johnny D's, the Uncommon Ground in Chicago, the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, The Coffee Gallery in the L.A. area, and at Cornelia Street and The Bitter End in New York City. In the UK, she has performed at venues and festivals including the Green Note, the Saltaire Festival and the 'From A Distance' Festival of Americana Music.

Lyrics

Medicine Line

Written By: Thea Hopkins

Buddy cut out of Cherry Creek
Only been back one week
When Buddy broke down, stole some cash
Put it in his pocket real fast

Buddy heard the cop cars whine
So he took the road to Medicine Line

Buddy got tired of feeling chained
Like a junkyard dog left in the rain
Scraps of dreams, scraps explode
On an indian rez, where a hard wind blows

Buddy heard the sirens whine
So he turned the wheel towards Medicine Line

Where the ghosts, and the copperheads and the whipoorwills
Cry up in the hills

Found Buddy's truck on an old dirt road
Couldn't even track him in the snow
Cause Buddy'd crossed Medicine Line
A place your enemies'll never find

Buddy heard the sirens whine
So he took the road to Medicine Line

Where the ghosts and the copperheads and the whipoorwills
Cry up in these hills

They still talk of Buddy 'round here
How he took the cash and just disapeared
Out there past Medicine Line
Where you disapear like ghost in the sky

Buddy heard the sirens whine
So he took the road to Medicine Line

Jenny Danced

Written By: Thea Hopkins

Jenny danced as a child
Like a holy roller, to an angel choir
Pirouetting, right after school
Just until dinner, that was the rule
In a world out of balance
Jenny learned to dance

Jenny danced in her small bed
While her parents fought, over her head
She would be dreaming in three quarter time
Learning to turn, stop on a dime
In a world out of balance
Jenny learned to dance

Bridge: Fly, away from this dark house x3

- - Instrumental Break--

Jenny wasn't listening when her mother said
"Your daddy's leaving, good riddance to him"
Jenny was trying on her toe shoes
Tying them up so they wouldn't come loose
In a world out of balance
Jenny learned to dance

Jesus Is On The Wire

Written By: Thea Hopkins

Run-down church, red clay
River covered in a smoky haze
Sunday morning, the fires out
Sunday morning, no one about
The earth is soft, this time of year
Boots get caked from there to here
Down the road, route 25
Found this boy barely alive

(Chorus) Jesus is on the wire
So far away, higher and higher

Took him down, off a fence
Cold as ice, almost dead
They said that he slept with guys
They said that he was gonna die

(Chorus) Jesus is on the wire
So far away, higher and higher

Sometimes at night you hear the sound
Of cars that stop where he was found
A small white cross, Wyoming skies
Mark the place where that boy died

(Chorus) Jesus is on the wire
So far away, higher and higher (repeat)

Chickasaw

Written By: Thea Hopkins

She was reckless as the summer sun
Full of heat, her hair undone
She had a ticket and she had a gun
Going down to Chickasaw

The day was hot as a skillet fire
Winds pulling the trees and wires
She was shaking with one desire
Going down to Chickasaw

Old squaw said," Do not go,
I see his blood on your shadow "
Down in Chickasaw

She kept hearing the last words he said
Buzzin, buzzin' inside her head
"Found someone else to fill my bed"
Down in Chickasaw

He never saw her run across the sand
He never heard the screen door slam
He never saw the gun in her hand
Down in Chickasaw

Lilac Sky

Written By: Thea Hopkins

Lilac sky turning black
A train rolls down a railroad track
Streets so narrow where we fall
Into in each others arms

Angels have wings to fly
Angels have wings
Angels have wings to fly
Baby, so do you and I

Windows rattle like tambourines
In this hotel tonight, where I dream
Of blue highways, blue mountaintops
Everything I can not stop

Angels have wings to fly
Angels have wings
Angels have wings to fly
Baby, so do you and I

The tin roof diner where we met
I sit here, drinking to forget
Tell me where does love go
When it runs off, I need to know

Angels have wings to fly
Angels have wings
Angels have wings to fly
Baby, so do you and I

Whatcha Gonna Do

Written By: Thea Hopkins

Sun rises up, red as rust
On this town that's gone bust
Company here said good bye
Cleared out in record time

Rumors like big dark clouds
Had been circlin' round
A rumble here, a rumble there
A heavy feeling in the air

Whatcha gonna do when the rain comes down
There's a hole in the roof, a hole in the town
A hole in the town where the jobs disapear
Nobody can find one anywhere

Judgement day the roof blew
Almost off with the news
For years of work, staying late
Company showed us the gate

Looking high, looking low
For a job where did they go
The next day, the next week
Wondering how we're gonna eat

Whatcha gonna do when the rain comes down
There's a hole in the roof, a hole in the town
A hole in the town where the jobs disapear
Nobody can find one anywhere

Some use whiskey, some use prayer
Some pretend they don't care
Some are headed down the road
Just as far as they can go

Empty pockets, worn out dreams
Nothin's like it used to be
Thought I was safe 'til yesterday
'Til my job got shipped away

Whatcha gonna do when the rain comes down
There's a hole in the roof, a hole in the town
A hole in the town where the jobs disapear
Nobody can find one anywhere

copyright 2012 thea hopkins

Rows & Rows Of Stars

Written By: Thea Hopkins

Your lips are like two lines of filament, copper fire
Underneath these rows and rows of stars
The air crackles tonight, with words unsaid and moonlight
Underneath these rows and rows of stars

Before my eyes, before my eyes
before my eyes, eyes, eyes

Lightning strikes and then it shakes the foundation
Then you wake underneath these rows and rows of stars
If every word you said was worth fifty cents
I'd have enough to pay my rent
Underneath these rows and rows of stars

Before my eyes, before my eyes
before my eyes, eyes, eyes

Empty bottles sing toinght
To old loves and moonlight
Underneath these rows and rows of stars
Stars, stars, stars

Mighta Stayed In Memphis

Written By: Thea Hopkins

Mighta Stayed In Memphis Too Long

Woke up this morning, the sky was soaked in gray
Heard a street preacher yelling pray, pray, pray
Looked out my window, saw the bridge to Arkansas
Mighta stayed in Memphis too long

I mighta stayed in Memphis too long
Something is telling me it’s time to move on
I mighta stayed in Memphis too long

The taste of summer on your lips
The very first time we kissed, kissed, kissed
Some of the things I will never forget
Mighta stayed in Memphis too long

When you whisper in my ear
You make me weaker than a bucket of beer
I’ve never felt anything so strong
I mighta stayed in Memphis too long

-- instrumental break--

The sky is ragged with stars tonight
Can’t stop thinking of you though I try, try, try
No matter how far, or how fast I drive
Oh, I mighta stayed in Memphis x3
Too long

Copyright Thea Hopkins 2012

Mississippi River, Mississippi Town

Written By: Thea Hopkins

Sky spitting rain, crow flying by
Water rising high as cane in July
A bible storm coming, that's the word whipping 'round
This Mississippi river, this Mississippi town

My oh my, if that levee breaks
It's gonna cause some big heartache

Pushing and pulling, that river's getting mad
Last storm took everything we had
Roaring like an engine, plowing it's way down
This Mississippi river to this Mississippi town

My oh my, if that levee breaks
It's gonna cause some big heartache

Water stopping tonight at the county line
Only a fool thinks that river's changed its' mind
Learn to swim or get to higher ground
This Mississippi river wants this Mississippi town

My oh my, if that levee breaks
It's gonna cause some big heartache

c Thea Hopkins 2012

Discography

Lilac Sky - Feb 2013 release
Chickasaw - 2008
Birds of Mystery - 2001

Set List

1- 3 sets, 45 minutes each.

Originals & covers.