Singer-songwriter Hannah Aldridge in Steamboat Springs for the first time
Steamboat Springs — Singer-songwriter, Hannah Aldridge writes her music with a fearless vigor. She’s willing to deliver lyrics that reveal stark realities most female country singers won’t explore.
Surprisingly, she’s only 26 years old.
“It’s hard to find women who are digging deep and writing about risqué topics,” Aldridge said in a telephone interview last week. “There is a stigma that women can’t say the same things as men, but I wanted to do this because there were things I needed to say that others may be afraid to say at times.”
Growing up in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Aldridge draws upon the influences of Nashville and her father, Walt Aldridge, a renowned songwriter. Her debut album “Razor Wire,” released in May, is an intuitive revelation of her life covering the wounds from a failed marriage, rehab and finding her own voice through it all.
Aldridge will be in Steamboat Springs for the first time Thursday, taking the stage at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Chief Theater’s Singer Songwriter Series.
“She’s got a lot of spunk and fire in her lyrics,” said Arty Smith, who booked the talent for the Singer Songwriter Series. “I think she is a really excellent young talent. I like the combination of her great powerful voice and the fact that she can really belt out a tune.”
For Aldridge, becoming a musician was a chance to follow in her father’s footsteps.
“It’s been interesting for me in a lot of ways,” Aldridge said. “I’ve learned from the things he does and put that into motion, but writing music not for others, but myself.”
Growing up, Aldridge said she was never pushed to sing or to play the piano and guitar. It wasn’t until she turned 21 that she wrote her first song.
“It just wasn’t a reasonable thought for me until then,” she said about her first song-writing experience as a sound-engineering student at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Aldridge describes her music as “dark country,” and most of her songs include a raw, unflinching, gritty tale. One of the 10 songs on her album is titled “Black and White,” and it’s about growing up and overcoming life’s trials and tribulations. She wrote the song for her 6-year-old son Jackson.
Although Aldridge is young, her music bridges age gaps, according to Smith. and allows every listener to relate to the strikingly honest lyrics.
Tickets for the show are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and they’re available online or at Shoe Chalet and Boutique.
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