2010 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award
2009 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee
2009 Kerrville New Folk Finalist
2008 Mountain Stage New Song Regional Finalist
2006 OCFF "Songs from the Heart" Blues Award
Lynne Hanson grew up in Ottawa, Canada, a quiet, conservative government town with bone-chillingly cold winters. An unlikely breeding ground for a southern-style roots musician. Hanson writes about all the usual suspects: finding love, losing love, heartbreak and searching for happiness. But there's a grit to her music that sets her apart from her fellow singer-songwriters. Some have called it rough-around-the-edges folk. Hanson prefers “porch music with a little red dirt.” It’s a sound that’s been receiving rabid applause from enamoured critics and devoted fans in Canada, the US Southwest and Europe.
Hanson got her first guitar when she was 14 years old, a cast off from an older brother. Despite living with a professional guitar player for years, Hanson never fully gave herself over to her own music, happy to hide in the shadows as his rhythm guitar and backup vocalist. Hanson gave little thought to her own performance or songwriting until 2004, when she began writing her own songs as an outlet for dealing with the emotion of the end of this long term relationship.
Hanson released her debut album Things I Miss in 2006 and quickly began to attract critical praise, leading one dutch reviewer to declare “another new talent from Canada is about to take the music world by storm.” The track “River By My Side” received the 2006 Blues Award from the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF), and the title track was judged to be one of the Best Songs of 2006 by the Indie Acoustic Project.
“Again and again I have listened to Things I Miss and each song stays with me, engaging me to leave the disc in the player and to hell with whatever else might come down the pike.” - Mike Jurkovic, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
Things took off pretty quickly with the release of her second CD, Eleven Months. Word got out about an earthy singer-songwriter from Canada and Hanson was invited to showcase stages from Austin, Texas to Memphis, Tennessee, a European tour, a few more stops in Texas, and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination.
”A breathtaking record which places Lynne in the same songwriters’ league as Caroline Herring, Kate Wolf and Diana Jones - this CD should get a prominent place in every music store” – Paul Jonker, Altcountry.nl
“There is no description other than “just brilliant” possible here – summa cum laude, in our opinion!” – ctrlaltcountry.be
The accolades continued in 2010 with the release of her third studio album “Once the Sun Goes Down” with Hanson winning the prestigious Colleen Peterson songwriting award handed out annually by the Ontario Arts Council.
“Lynne’s songs have a beautiful, haunting feeling, into which you can sink and be enveloped.” - Ontario Arts Council
"Killer third by Canadian songbird...more in common with the assured touch of Gillian Welch or Lucinda Williams. "Riptide" could easily be the best song Welch has yet to write"- UNCUT
While she knows how to share her troubles in a song, no one leaves a Lynne Hanson concert feeling heavy-hearted. Onstage Hanson is a happy-go-lucky storyteller with a gift for the gab, engaging her audience just as much with her stories and one-liners as she does with her music.
“Lynne Hanson is a hard-driving performer, who assumes true ownership of her music and she's gooooood ... she had the crowd mesmerized!” - Elaina Martin, Founder and Producer, Westfest
"Lyrics so well written you forget how beautiful and strong the vocals are ... she can play that guitar too!"- Steve Purtelle, Booking, Acoustic Grill
Hanson has played to audiences across Canada, the US, and Europe. She's toured in support of Grammy nominated songwriters (Gretchen Peters, Steve Forbert), toured with Juno award winning Canadian songwriters (Lynn Miles), and performed at several historic music venues, including the legendary 100 Club in London England and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
Hanson is currently writing for her fourth studio album which is scheduled for release in Fall 2014.
Lynne Hanson all things great and small