live at House of Blues
June 27, 2005
San Diego, CA
Jonathan McEuen – lead vocals and lead guitar
Jaime Hanna – lead vocals and lead guitar
Hanna-McEuen was featured at US 95.7‘s Class of 2005 show at House of Blues San Diego. Also appearing on the bill were Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand, and Bobby Pinson. Hanna-McEuen’s self titled debut album will be released August 16, 2005.
Plenty of rock influence informs this sparking debut by cousins Jaime Hanna and Jonathan McEuen, whose fathers were founding members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and married the twin sisters who mothered this duo. With the twang of dual guitars and the blood ties of tight harmonies, Hanna-McEuen put their artistic imprint on consistently solid material that evokes the bittersweet balladry of the Eagles (“Read Between the Lines”), the romantic ache of Bruce Springsteen (“Something Like a Broken Heart”), the sing-song purity of Buddy Holly (“End of Me”), and the bittersweet buoyancy of the Everly Brothers (“Rock and a Heartache”). Though the rootsier, banjo-driven “Wild Eyes of Love” sounds closer in spirit to their dads’ band, Hanna-McEuen suggests that the gap between classic rock and contemporary country has never been narrower. –Don McLeese
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