Old rockhound? Young country soul americana roots multitalent!
‘Old Rockhounds Never Die’ is Odetta Hartman’s second album already. Not exactly a title you would associate with a release in 2018 by a 28-year-old. However Hartman succeeds in presenting her ‘country soul’-grafted-on-traditional-roots with an unprecedented freshness.
Hartman grew up in New York’s East Village with parents who ran a pizzeria, took her along to experimental theatre, poetry evenings with Allen Ginsberg or Patti Smith and concerts in CBGB. She wrote her college thesis on ethno-musicologist Alan Lomax, and you can hear that in her music and stage banter.
For fans of Leyla McCalla, Valerie June, Rhiannon Giddens, Karen Dalton, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Nick Cave...
In the press There was already that super fine quote then: ‘With a heart–stopping voice & wide–ranging instrumental talent, Odetta Hartman carries cowboy soul into an era where country can clash with computers, and bluegrass isn’t afraid of bass.’
AB fun fact The above inviting text is based on that of her very first, very successful visit to the AB Salon, September 2018.
Fun fact Many rhythms on her latest CD are recorded in the kitchen and then you sometimes hear a running tap as 'snare drum’ or pots & pans as glockenspiel, or a pair of scissors, a peppermill, keys on a radiator...