Ten Minutes With Hannah Rose Platt
When did you first discover your love of country music and who is your biggest influence?
I first discovered my love of this genre when I was around ten years old. My stepfather (who is the biggest influence on me musically!) was into the alt country scene at the time, so bands like ‘Whiskeytown’ ‘The Jayhawks’ ‘Wilco’ ‘Calexico’ and ‘Giant Sand’ had the biggest impact on me. I fell in love with the instrumentation and the ‘storytelling’ style lyricism.
Describe your sound in three words
Storytelling, Engaging, Americana
Tell us about your first performance and what you’ve learned about playing live since then
My first performance of an original song was in Liverpool at the Masque Theatre when I was fifteen. It was a wonderful event set up to celebrate females in the arts. I’ll never forget the buzz I felt (and still feel!) and the reward I felt from performing a song that I had written that had somehow moved strangers. It was addictive! I have since learned an awful lot, about preparation, resilience and professionalism, giving the best performance I can, whether that be to dozens or hundreds of people, the show must always be the finest you can deliver!
Do you have a favourite and a dream venue?
Oh yes! I have a US one and a UK one, The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and The Royal Albert Hall in London.
If you could open for any county artist who would that be and why?
He’s more of an alt country artist but it would have to be Ryan Adams, as Whiskeytown (his first band) were the first Americana band I fell in love with when I very first heard them at 10 years old! Another artist I would love to open for is Gretchen Peters, she’s always been a heroine of mine. I adore her voice and her songwriting is genius.
Do you have a favourite song to cover?
My favourite song to cover is ‘Hello Central, Give Me Heaven’ written and originally recorded by Charles K Harris in 1901, since made famous by the Carter Sisters in the 1930s. It is a beautiful, tragic and timeless song about a child trying to call her deceased mother up in heaven on the telephone. It is a wonderful song to perform in terms of the emotional investment needed to do it justice, and its beautiful vocal melody.
If we were to come to one of your gigs what could we expect?
Intimate and engaging performances of human interest stories, always tinged with hope and old school Folk/Americana/Blues sensibilities.
What excites you most about what’s happening in the world of country music at the moment?
The rise of the popularity of country and Americana music, particularly in this country is the most exciting thing! Also the subgenres that are appearing, soul-country, UK Bluegrass etc, the list goes on and on. We are quickly brewing a varied melting pot of wonderful roots inspired music here in the UK which I am privileged to be a part of!
Do you have any projects in the pipeline at the moment?
I am very happy to say that there are lots of things in the pipeline! I’m currently recording my second album (due for release this October) which I am incredibly excited about, and am booked for some of my favourite festivals this Spring/Summer (Rambling Roots Revue, Maverick Festival, Truck festival to name a few) which is wonderful!