Guest post by Andrea Rogers for NYCountry Swag
Hannah Bethel brought the heart of Nashville to the intimate acoustic venue, Rockwood Music Hall Sunday night. Rockwood is one of the first stops that kicked off her summer 2019 tour. She honed in on the storytelling component of country music as she described the life experiences that inspired her original music.
She shared with the crowd her experience navigating New York City for the first time. “I travel a lot by myself, I do a solo backpacking and camping trip every year. I’ll go 10-15 miles out in the wild, I love it…It’s much scarier to navigate the subways!” she said jokingly to the crowd.
Bethel noted her musical inspirations: “I grew up on soft rock, it’s still my warm safe happy place” before covering “Dreams” by Stevie Nicks. As for her originals, she described the heartaches that inspired her songs “Last Summer”, “El Dorado”, The House is On Fire”, and “On the Way Down”.
She opened up to the Rockwood crowd about her journey that inspired the song “Train”. “I went through a hard season personally and professionally, trying to find my feet again in the music business. From the moment of its conception, I wrote this song with my sister, and when we were writing it I just felt like this song had this power and presence. I couldn’t explain it but I just knew I had to trust this song and follow it wherever it wanted to go”. She recorded “Train”, made a video for it, and it made it to number 3 on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “This song has changed the trajectory of my life and it’s been pretty sweet. I’m grateful for it.”
This Friday (5/31), fans can look forward to “Rhinestone Rodeo”, her next single. The song is inspired by her journey in Nashville and the music business. “I moved to Nashville when I was 18, I didn’t know anyone or anything about the music business. I just said ‘Here I am Nashville!’ It was full of surprises but it’s been the most beautiful journey and it keeps getting brighter. I’m very grateful”.
Check back later this week to hear “Rhinestone Rodeo” and our exclusive Swag Spotlight with Bethel next Monday (6/3). Go to http://www.hannahbethel.com for tour dates and more information.
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