11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Hannah Bethel

Hannah BethelMusic City-based Americana singer-songwriter, Hannah Bethel, will be releasing a new 6-song EP, “Until the Sun Comes Back Around,” on March 25. Give a listen and watch the cool video for the EP’s second single, “Godspeed, Los Angeles.”  After you are spellbound by Hannah’s vocals and the blistering guitar of the 400 Unit’s Sadler Vaden, ponder the message behind the music. Says Hannah: “I don’t think there is enough space given for men when their confidence falters, when their road becomes unclear, and their dreams change.” Amen!

Bethel has been busy making music here in Nashville for a few years now, and if you have not caught up with her just yet, check out and add to your playlist her 2019 single “Rhinestone Rodeo” and the 2018 cover of the Eagle’s “Witchy Woman” she cut with Luke Marshall.

Thank you, Hannah, for completing the 11 Questions test. Everyone around the office loves your record and looks forward to your Nashville record celebration show at 3rd & Lindsley at 7:30 on April 6. We all hope to be there to see you and your opener Sean C Kennedy!

Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I was born in Fond du Lac, WI and my family moved to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula when I was 12. I moved to Nashville when I was 18 years old. I knew that I wanted and needed to play music from a very young age. It wasn’t ever a question for me. Something about Nashville was pulling me, even though I didn’t even like the city very much the first couple times I visited. I just knew that I had to be here.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?

What a great question! The first record I can recall buying is Backstreet Boys’ Millennium on CD from Shopko. I think the last record I bought was of my boyfriend’s band, Fine Lines, I bought a CD and a vinyl.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

My first concert was Billy Gilman and Jessica Andrews at a fair somewhere. I had a huge crush on Billy Gilman. My mom and I waited behind the stage by the tour buses for what felt like forever to meet him. When he finally came out, I didn’t have anything for him to sign so he signed the bandana I was wearing on my head! We were both probably around nine years old. The last big show I saw was Ruston Kelly at the Ryman in 2019. I recently saw Shelly Fairchild play at Lipstick Lounge in Nashville. Shelly is the Queen!

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

Emmylou Harris.

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

I live near Ugly Mugs in East Nashville, so I go there all the time for coffee. I love having a sweet, friendly neighborhood coffee shop. Pizza hmmm…. Five Points Pizza. If y’all wanna talk cheeseburgers though, go to Jack Brown’s and get the Cobra Kai.

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

Flaming Red by Patty Griffin.

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

3 Crow Bar in Five Points or a good ole Waffle House.

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

Joey Green, Sean C Kennedy and Jabe Beyer.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

3rd and Lindsley was one of the first venues I saw a show at when I moved to Nashville. It’s been the home of some pretty special memories throughout my time here, including my first record release show in Nashville. I saw Shelly Fairchild, Bekka Bramlett, and so many other Nashville icons for the first time on that stage. I love playing at City Winery too. They have always taken such good care of me.

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here.

Wynter Bethel of Tommy Lefroy.

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

I just released the first single “Bad News Baby”, from my forthcoming EP, Until the Sun Comes Back Around. The record will be available on March 25, with a second single, “Godspeed, Los Angeles” which came out on February 25. I worked on this record with producer, Tim Craven, over the past year and a half and I am SO excited to share finally share it!

Until the Sun Comes Back Around is the culmination of my last few years of life, love, and music. Sometimes our emotions and circumstances are so overwhelming, we fear that in fully acknowledging them we may be swallowed up completely. But I have found that the secret is in the surrender. Only by scraping the bottom of the barrel of our experiences can we fully move through them, come clean. The only way out is through. This record is about moving through those stages of grief and transition. It’s about being scared of change, terrified of the unknown, diving in anyways and recreating a new life from the ashes. In the writing and recording of this music, I have found the medicine and the strength to move through all of those phases. As always, I am eternally grateful for the gifts of the muse. I’m looking forward to playing more shows in 2022!

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