Hannah Aldridge (US)
With a proud and uncompromising attitude and his unmistakable southern soul nerve and with a rock edge - This is how we can try to describe Hannah's revelation on the live stage.
Muscle Shoals queen sounds nice, but does not quite match, just almost .. Hannah does not live in Muscle Shoals, but has moved to Nashville. There she is by no means just a local phenomenon. Hannah has not only made an impression in Alabama and Tennessee. She is an artist of international caliber and it is clear that she has so far played live more in Europe than at home.
She has been here many times and has a steady, and constantly growing, audience that has understood her greatness.
A few years ago, she was picked up by the booking company Rootsy to become one of the big names in americana in Europe.
We have praised her several times in Östersund, the most recent in December 2019 Clarion. Now she is making her debut on the Jazz Kitchen stage.
Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes (AUS)
Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes is a genre-bending, critically acclaimed band from Melbourne. They have been flying the flag of the Americana genre in their home country since their first album in 2010, and have toured with the likes of Steve and Justin Townes Earle, Joe Pug, John Hiatt, Shawn Colvin and Joan Armatrading - as well as more contemporary acts like The North Mississippi Allstars and Lord Huron. Their breakthrough album Black Coffee won a Golden Guitar and a Music Victoria Award 2014.
More than a decade into his career, 2021 has been Lachlan Bryan and The Wilde's most commercially successful year to date. The album Nearest Misses, a live album recorded in 2019, was released in March, while As Long as it's Not Us, their first studio album since 2018, was released in September.
How many Americana artists can offer a song that channels Leonard Cohen from the mid-80s - with a bit of sleaze, a patina of urban darkness and an ear for the border between cynicism and realism - along with urban bluegrass murder ballads and a splash god against ego? Imagine Nick Cave fronting Steve Earle's band The D.