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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.

Trevor Dye - Review You(Nov 2008)
- Ariel Publicity


http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=520486 - Seattle Stranger


HannaH’s fieLd
astoria coffee House
sat., Jan 26, 7pm
Get ready for a reggae treat.
vocalist/guitarist Hannah
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! - Hip Fish


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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. - Shakefire


Discography

HannaH*S Field. Inside A Song. 2005
HannaH. Psychedelic Woman. 2006
HannaH. Gypsy Girl Demo-Nashville 2007
HannaH*s Field Warriors of Love 2008
HannaH's Field Music Magic Medicine 2011
(CD/Vegetarian cookbook)

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“There is magic here. There is life here. There is love here. And everything that pulls a human spirit out of the body and shakes it free to dance.” –SoulCat

HannaH*s Field brings love, spirit & organic fresh flavor to the people with their gypsy reggae music. Their uplifting acoustic roots and African Earth beats blend together, growing a magical experience for all. Nominated best female vocalist in the Hartford Advocate for many years, this powerful songstress has shared the stage with such great acts as the Average White Band, the Brothers Johnson, Gov’t Mule (members of the Allman Brothers Band), Derek Trucks, Member of the Grateful Dead(Donna Jean), the Samples, Percy Hill, and Sound Tribe Sector Nine. They have performed at such venues as the Eugene Hempfest, The North West Organic Brewers Festival, Toad’s Place, Pearl Street Nightclub, the Spiral Rhythms Festival and the Bite of Oregon. HannaH's Field tours from New England to California. The duo’s new release, Music Magic Medicine, weaves 15 musical tracks with a vegetarian/wheat free cookbook written by Chef Bliss.

“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 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.” -Trevor Dye Review

“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

“When those guys worked those drums ... all hell was breaking loose. The audience was going wild.” Hogmama Owner, Hogfather’s Almost Famous Dinner Theater

“..free spirited, free minded music.” “earthy and organic.” -A.J. Garcia -Shakefire

“Portland, Oregon, home to many a great band but now, especially, boy-girl duo HannaH*s Field, who've carved out their own territory in the Pacific Northwest music scene by fighting both stereotypes and the law.” –The Fader