Hannah Johnson and The Broken Hearts
The evolution of any band with a history going back fifteen years can read like an Almanac of triumphal events as well as a diary of disappointments and frustration – such is the music business! The Toy Hearts’ hiatus is not an occasion for retrospective contemplation, but an exciting time of new opportunities. Hannah and Stewart Johnson are excited and proud to announce their new project: ‘Hannah Johnson and the Broken Hearts’.
Without wading in the quagmire of debate about what is and what defines ‘Americana Music’, The Broken Hearts seek to reveal the music that used to be called ‘COUNTRY' in the impassioned era of Honky Tonk: when musicians sought only to play the best music possible and get folks up dancing, (in proud defiance of an industry which today only seeks to dilute and enable the mediocre and banal.) The material is a celebration of Honky Tonk, classic ‘old’ country, western swing, blues and standards with original songs written in these genres.
The line up of the Broken Hearts will consist of:
Stewart Johnson / Steel Guitars
Chris Shirley / Guitar
Simon Smith / Upright Bass
The band is fronted by Hannah Johnson / Lead Vocals, Mandolin and Guitar.
We are all very excited by the possibilities of this line up, and would like to share this with all the fans who have given us loyal support through the years. Information of our gigs will be available on the ‘THs’ web site and Facebook page and on ‘The Broken Hearts’ Facebook page. We are at present writing and compiling numbers for a new CD and are looking forward to meeting up with old friends down the road, at a gig near you, soon!
We're currently building up our social media sites... If you have the time we would be so grateful if you would give us a like and/or follow ;D
See Hannah Johnson & The Broken Hearts Play Live:
Thursday 2nd April 2015 - 8pm
The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B12 0NH
Monday 6th April 2015 - 4pm
The Prince of Wales, 118 Alcester Road, Birmingham, B13 8EE
Saturday 18th April 2015
Friday 15th March 2015
The Marrs Bar, 12 Pierpoint Street, Worcester, WR1 1TA
Saturday 23rd May 2015 - 5pm
The Hare & Hounds Blues Club, 106 High Street, Birmingham, B14 7JZ
Sunday 7th June 2015
Stroud Americana Festival @ The Subscription Rooms, George St, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AE
MORE DATES TO BE ADDED SOON!