With his strong lyrics, gravelly voice and catchy melodies Dutch singer-songwriter Hans Hannemann translates American roots music to an entirely unique style.
At the age of 20 he decided to move to Dublin, Ireland, where he began working as a bar pianist and organ player in a gospel church. Back in Holland he built his all-analogue studio in the countryside; Twang Wolf Recording Studio.
Years of work have resulted in a vast collection of songs that vary from melancholic and stripped down to big, dramatic and powerful. Hans’ songwriting and singing style is inspired by legends like Kris Kristofferson, Elvis and contemporary country artists such as Jayhawks and Sturgill Simpson. His heartfelt songs sometimes appear to belong to times long gone yet never lack in originality. Be it in an all acoustic setting or with his live band (consisting of guitarist Rolf Verbaant, bassist René Monsma, keyboard player Merijn de Boer and drummer Marcel Wolthof) Hans Hannemann never seizes to impress an audience.
2016 has been an incredible year with the launch of his debut Album “Makin Up For Livin’ Easy”, a sold-out tour with Douwe Bob, playing Popronde and Oerol. Hans Hannemann kicked off 2017 with three shows at the Eurosonic/Noorderslag festival and a live appearance at Dutch T.V show “De Wereld Draait Door”.
Press about “Makin Up For Livin’ Easy”:
“Especially his tour in combination with this recently released debut album may very well mean Hannemann’s break through” **** Music Maker
“Opening track Rodeo Clown is soulful piano blues accompanied by a brass section. Its intensity and build-up is reminiscent of the steamy R&B by Joe Cocker during his “Mad dogs and Englishmen” period with Leon Russel.” **** Written in Music
“Heartland rock. I never knew that that could come out of Holland. Good Heartland Rock at least” *** Altcountry.nl