Sultry, raw and original, Hannah Judson is a folk/rock singer/songwriter active on the Paris scene, telling stories that question and surprise to her growing tribe.
Judson’s Chicago roots are present but not defining qualities in recent Parisian performances. The lyrics are subtle, evocative and tell stories influenced from both sides of the Atlantic. She leads with one foot rooted in folk storytelling tradition like Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan. Her vocals have been compared with Liz Phair, Suzanne Vega, Elliott Smith, Cat Power, and The Cranberries. Hannah worked her way up the ranks of the Chicago indie scene, collaborating extensively with many musicians including Jim Pogozleksi (Mint Aundry), Leslie Santos (Stump the Host) and Brian Burkhard (Echolalia), as the lead singer and songwriter for Sweet Bridget and Kite Club.
In 2011 she released Underbelly, an album poking a stick at contemporary culture, politics, and habits in love. Underbelly was produced by Epic and Polydor recording artist Michel Esquelin and the release was supported by a 16 week concert series at Les Décharguers.
"Underbelly's songs serve as stories where a sequence of characters, male and female, fall, leap, love, lie, argue, explain and hope. Judson brings a sense of hope and humor to these stories." - Rising Magazine, September 2011
Her music has been featured on Women’s Radio “Monday Monday,” WLUW 88.7 “Live from the Heartland,” and she has been a guest performer on Balcony TV Paris.
The worlds of indie rock iconoclast John Vanderslice and alt-country godfather Alejandro Escovedo rarely intersect, but in Tom Heyman, they most certainly do. The San Francisco-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has toured and recorded with artists of most every stripe, from Chuck Prophet and John Doe to cult favorites Girls and a whole lot more in between.
Heyman recorded his third solo record, That Cool Blue Feeling, in Portland, Oregon with Mike Coykendall (M. Ward) producing and Rusty Miller (Kelley Stoltz, Jason Lyttle) and himself covering the musical bases. The intention was to create a sound that combined the loose, late night, low down groove of JJ Cale with the bittersweet melancholia of late period Nick Lowe and the melodic storytelling of Heyman’s hero Gordon Lightfoot. The record was written mostly at night, after long shifts nights tending bar and is an examination of the loneliness and alienation of the nocturnal life, and the true cost of love.
Heyman started playing and recording in the late 1980s with the Philadelphia based band Go To Blazes. He wrote songs, played guitar, and the band released 5 full-length records and toured the US and Europe extensively before breaking up in 1997. After relocating to San Francisco in 1998, he began working as a sideman, eventually joining local favorites The Court and Spark, as well as Chuck Prophet’s band. All the while he was discovering his voice as a solo artist and bandleader. His second solo record Deliver Me was critically acclaimed, receiving 4 star reviews in both Mojo and Uncut magazine, and songs from the record were heard in the TV shows True Blood, Justified and Damages.
While he often works in a band context, Heyman primarily considers himself a folksinger whose job is to tell stories that draw the listener in to his world.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!