donna hopkins-band

donna hopkins-band

 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
BandRockBlues

DHB combines the elements of blues and rock into a powerful trio. Influences range from peter green, to Hendrix, to the Allman Brothers, and with her wailing guitar leads and soulful voice her style and substance can eclipse even the most lofty influence. They are even more dynamic live

Biography

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If you're familiar with the Donna Hopkins Band through live performances or her 2003 debut CD, Free to Go, then you already know she's worthy of attention. Otherwise, her Dynasonic CD release Live is a fine introduction.

Hopkins is legit: She's Alabama-bred, farm-raised in hard times. Her mom performed in rock bands in mini-skirts and go-go boots. Her grandfather's music was a tremendous inspiration.

Hopkins has matured into a genuine triple threat as songwriter, singer and guitarist. As a songwriter (she wrote or co-wrote all 11 tracks), Hopkins seasons swampy, Gulf Coast funkiness with angular voicings of extended and suspended chords. Listen for examples on "In Spite of Yourself" or "Don't Ask Why." It's classic tension-and-release with a groove, and with lyrics revealing mileage, honesty and soul. It's survival music you can dance to. The grooves come courtesy of bassist Brian Ashley Jones and drummer Richie Jones, who are in the pocket throughout and who also add convincing harmony and backing vocals.

As a singer, Hopkins has a big, distinctive voice that effectively communicates varied emotions. The acoustic "Everything Money Can Buy," for example, puts you on the front porch on a summer evening, right about dinnertime.

As a guitarist, Hopkins can be at turns raw and articulate. She's her own woman, but think equal parts John Lee Hooker and Billy Gibbons, with a dash of Jimmie Vaughan and Robin Trower circa Bridge of Sighs.

The bottom line: Live sounds great, thanks to Dynasonic Mobile, and is a well-focused snapshot of an artist who has plenty of talent and the courage to be herself.

Lyrics

don't ask why

Written By: donna hopkins

Don't Ask Why

You just sit back and listen
To the leaves blowin’ in the wind
You won’t have to worry
Worry ’bout where you been
Or where you’re going
Lord, it’s gonna take some time
You just sit back and listen
To the leaves blowin’ in the wind
Don’t ask why

You just sit back and feel it
The love fillin’ up your soul
And you won’t have to worry
Worry ’bout growin’ old
Thinking bout dyin’
Lord knows is just a waste of time
You just sit back and feel it
And let yourself unwind
Don’t ask why

You just sit back and listen
To the leaves blowin’ in the wind
And you won’t have to worry
Worry ’bout where you been
Or where you’re goin’
Lord knows it’s gonna take some time
You just sit back and listen
Hey, let yourself unwind
Don’t ask why

everything money can't buy

Written By: donna hopkins

Everything Money Can't Buy

Rockin’ chairs and a front porch swing
Ain’t got nothin’ but we got everything
Momma’s callin’
Supper’s on the stove
Y’all come on now before it gets cold

Got a new baby
Joined us last Spring
Ain’t it amazin’ the love a child can bring

Chorus:
We got everything money can’t buy
We got everything money can’t buy
We got love
We got happiness
We got peace of mind
We got everything money can’t buy

Hickory fire and an old feather bed
Layin’ here thinkin’ about what Daddy said
He said, “Child don’t you worry, ’cause through thick and thin
If I just got two dollars, you got one of them”

Chorus

When I get weary from workin’ so hard
Pinchin’ them pennies
Lord I get so tired
I just want to give up
I just want to stop
But I come back to my senses
And I thank God

Chorus

dirtry alabama road

Written By: donna hopkins

Dirty Alabama Road

Moonshine burns all the way down
Footsteps comin’
We didn’t make a sound
Bobby and me skippin’ school
These cornfields are full of broken rules
Anything goes down a dirty Alabama road

We was just kids
Didn’t mean no harm
Found Peckerhead’s bootleg buried underground
Daddy called the police to come dig it up
Brought it back to our house
And they all got drunk
Anything goes down a dirty Alabama road

Fridays we got chicken ’tween sticky white bread
The blues is heavy when Mama’s gone to bed
Sneakin’ out the back door
Livin’ on the edge
Wildflower smoke blowin’ overhead
Anything goes down a dirty Alabama road

Drank a little moonshine
On the back roads
Dirty Alabama road

Discography

Free to Go
DHB Live
guest appearance on
Tinsley Ellis "Hell or High Water" 2002 Telarc

Set List

Don't ask why
Everything Money can't buy
Free To Go
In spite of yourself
u-haul you back
coming alive
anything
whipping post
dirty alabama road
hit me
meet me in the river
Burning down the house
i'll fly away
spiritual
you're the one
ect.........

mostly originals with some covers.

sets can run from 1 hr to 2 hrs depending on the situation