CHIP HANNA & THE BERLIN THREE - Live On Your Stage Soon

Chip Hanna & The Berlin Three - Live On Your Stage Soon

12 songs
31:22 minutes
***** **
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Chip Hanna is the drummer of U.S. Bombs and One Man Army. On a European tour in 2005, he came in contact with Mad Sin, Berlin’s most popular psychobilly band. The musicians decided to make music together. The result is this album which was recorded in less than 24 hours in the Kreuzberg studios. To underline that they are a real band and not only a fun project, the album suggests that there will be tour activities later on.

Chip Hanna, who was born in Baton Rouge, decided to go back to his musical roots. Even if this sounds like a cliché, Chip Hanna lived until the age of 22 in a trailer park. His mother Martha Hanna liked to sing at country music jamborees and on the country radio station WYNK, and she even once shared the bill with Loretta Lynn.

Live On Your Stage Soon has nothing to do with either punk or psychobilly, it doesn’t sound like Mad Sin or the U.S. Bombs. It’s pure old fashioned American country music with a hint of rockabilly. I don’t understand much about country, but I suppose that Chip Hanna has a sincere approach to his musical heritage. The music has enough energy and doesn’t sound too polished. There are faster songs like Hell To Pay and Drinkin’ State Of Mind, a few slows, an acoustic Elvis Presley-like song (Thinkin’ Drinkin’ Drivin’) and a lot of classic country tunes you might as well hear in a trucker highway movie. The last track Arvid’s Boogie contains too many spoken parts and shouldn’t have been taken into consideration for the record.

Everybody who is as much into country as I am (I know Johnny Cash, Mike Ness, Georgia Satellites, Honky Tonk Man) and has no problems with the aforementioned acts will surely not be disturbed by half an hour of country music from Chip Hanna & The Berlin Three. It’s a relaxed record you may listen to once a day without becoming a redneck.

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