Hannah May Allison was one of the classier and most promising acts to lively up downtown Palo Alto Sunday for the annual street music event. I shot her from a distance, and got close enough to scrutinize her new EP, but did not stick around to chat her up, as I did two years before.
Paul Freeman of the Daily News had a fairly extensive interview yesterday with Hannah about life in Nashville. She is a rising junior at Belmont College, majoring in Songwriting. He say she say:
There’s a Southern hospitality in Nashville. But still, there’s so much competition, more than I ever imagined there would be. Everyone’s there for the same reason — and that gets hard sometimes. But everyone’s very friendly and wants to help you. And that makes me want to help, too. In Nashville, it’s all about musicians helping each other. And that’s a great thing. And that’s especially true in the Belmont community.
They should put her on the tourism board. Come to think of it, fellow Gunn grad (like Allison, like me) Yiaway Yeh is working in the Mayor’s office down there in development so maybe those two should do a Titensity huddle or some such. Maybe Hannah and Yiaway can team up to tune some of those (not very effective) football cheers: we got the power to, we got the power to, we got the power to, WHOOP-YOU! A lot of the football cheers had an urban tinge but maybe what would help the teams is a little twang.
I hope to attend an upcoming show and catch up with her about how it’s going. She plays the Cali Ave farmer’s market early — 9:30 hit — on June 29 Sunday.
edit to add: this conflicts with the Mexico-Holland soccer match, unless I can catch part of it on Cali Ave, tape the rest and or see her after the match, which goes to about 11). Here is Palo Alto’s finest Hannah May Allison covering her fellow Belmont songstress Trisha Yearwood:
2nd edit to add: I am opting to tape the second half of Mexico “Ned is Dead” so as to catch our Miss Hannah. Also, she can be seen and heard at Cats in Los Gatos on Tuesday, July 1 from 6 to 9, and Gilroy Garlic Festival before heading back South. She plays Monday Aug. 4 at Commodore Grille, for instance.
I have in my bag a Hannah May Allison ear-training kit that I doubt I will actually have the nerve to lay on her, things I had lost at my girlfriends house that I gathered this a.m: Sasha Dobson, Bill Frisell doing Lennon (and featuring Jenny Scheinman), Marcia Ball, Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack, The Donnas Get Skintight. I still wonder about Austin v. Nashville, or what she thinks about it. And I wonder about getting Hannah to write about music or these cd’s for Plastic Alto.