Recording Academy Texas Chapter celebrates 25th year in grand style

Austin 360

Hanson singing “Mmmbop.” Paul Wall rapping “Sittin’ Sidewayz.” Midland playing “Drinkin’ Problem.” Yolanda Adams and Brian Courtney Wilson dueting on “You’ve Got a Friend.” Marcia Ball and her band, shining bright. Asleep at the Wheel cruising through “Miles and Miles of Texas.” Tejano legend Little Joe joining Los Texmaniacs. A full dinner set of Mexican folk sounds from the 12-piece Mariachi Campanas de America.

When the Recording Academy Texas Chapter celebrates a big milestone, they go all out in breaking down barriers between musical styles and genres. At ACL Live on Thursday night, the Grammys-associated regional organization put its best foot forward with a 25th-anniversary gala featuring dinner and speakers for tables full of sponsors and members on the venue’s floor, followed by a two-and-a-half-hour music program that was open to the public in the balcony levels.

The whole thing was the idea of Theresa Jenkins, who’s been the chapter’s executive director since 2004. Thursday’s celebration was bittersweet: During the speaker portion of the evening, Austin singer-songwriter Christine Albert, chair emeritus of the Recording Academy’s national board of trustees, revealed that Jenkins could not attend Thursday’s celebration because she’s been undergoing treatment for advanced esophageal cancer at M.D. Anderson in Houston.

Clearly beloved and appreciated by both artists and industry members alike, Jenkins received shoutouts from many of the performers during sets that generally featured two or three songs, to keep the admirably expansive program running on schedule. Albert also presented Jenkins’ daughters with a special certificate of appreciation. Adams, an award-winning gospel singer from Houston who’s now the Texas Chapter’s president, spoke eloquently about Jenkins’ spirit, saying that she’d “received firsthand instructions from Queen T, as we call her, that the show must go on.”

And it did, in grand fashion. An early hiccup — Grammy-winning accordionist Flaco Jimenez was supposed to join Little Joe and Los Texmaniacs for their set, but was a last-minute no-show — soon was forgotten as the music rolled on with rapid set changes. Asleep at the Wheel leader Ray Benson, who played an integral role in getting the Texas Chapter off the ground in 1994, remembered that after his band won its first Grammy in 1978, they were invited to join the Academy’s Memphis-based chapter. Which got him wondering: “Why does Memphis have a chapter and Texas doesn’t?”

It took more than a decade before the Chapter opened through efforts of many Austin industry figures — including “Austin City Limits” executive producer Terry Lickona, who spoke during the pre-show dinner, and label exec Cameron Randle and manager Carlyne Majer, respectively the chapter’s first president and executive director.

Current president Adams teamed with Wilson, a fellow Houstonian, for an uplifting mid-show gospel passage, after Marcia Ball had followed Asleep at the Wheel with two rousing numbers from her spectacular 2018 album “Shine Bright.” Then came Hanson, the Tulsa pop trio whose presence on the bill underscored that the Texas Chapter’s territory includes both Oklahoma and Mexico as well as the Lone Star State.

Hanson brothers Taylor, Isaac and Zac had maybe the best story of the night in terms of reflecting on the chapter’s 25th anniversary. It just so happens that 1994 was the year that the three grade-school brothers came to Austin for South by Southwest, and left with a manager who’d soon get them a major record deal. “We were not officially invited” to SXSW that year, they recalled from the stage. “The people at the Four Seasons were like, ‘What are those bum kids doing over there by the bench, singing songs?’ And it sounded something like this.” That was their cue to launch into “Mmmbop,” which three years later was at No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts.

A more recent unlikely success from the chapter’s territory has been Midland, a country band based in Dripping Springs that got a Grammy nomination for its 2017 hit “Drinkin’ Problem.” They played that one along with two cuts from their upcoming album “Let It Roll,” due out Aug. 23. Singer Mark Wystrach made a point of thanking Jenkins for her support of the band’s career.

Though some attendees had gradually drifted out through the course of the marathon event, a surprisingly large crowd remained for the impressive hip-hop finale that featured Wall, Bun B and Slim Thug. The former two each did a song on their own before Slim Thug joined them for a trio finale that had the joint hopping right up until the 11 p.m. closing time.

 

Stars to Sing Hanson At Feinstein’s/54 Below

Broadway World

Where’s the Love? It will be at Feinstein’s/54 Below on Friday Night, July 26! 54 Sings Hanson will breathe fresh life into a music library from the beloved brother trio spanning over 20 years. Experience classics such as “MmmBop”, “Thinking of You”, and “Where’s the Love?” in a new way, while also hearing some of the band’s newer hits and deep cuts that will make you fans all over again!

54 Sings Hanson will feature Richard Baskin (Ricky B and the Soul Patrol), Jordon Bolden (Emojiland), Alexis Floyd (TV’s “The Bold Type”), F. Michael Haynie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Michelle Beth Herman (Les Miserables Nat’l Tour), John Krause(Hadestown), Matt Magnusson (Jersey Boys Ogunquit Playhouse), Molly McCook (TV’s “Last Man Standing”), Brian Muller (Cruel Intentions), Morgan Reilly (Singer-Songwriter), Jenna Rubaii (Groundhog Day), Jessie Shelton (Hadestown), Nya Trysha (Cleopatra), Danielle Wade (Mean Girls), Michael Williams (Cruel Intentions), and Elmo ZappJake McKenna (Wicked Frozen) will Emcee the evening with Brooke Wetterhahn joining on background vocals.

This evening is music directed by Dan Garmon who will lead an amazing band featuring Zach Spound (Keys), Julia Adamy(Bass), Mike Rosengarten (Guitar) and Elena Bonomo (Drums). Elmo Zapp and Stephanie Lazard produce the one night only performance with new arrangements by Elmo ZappZach Spound, and Dan Garmon.

54 Sings Hanson plays Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on July 26 at 11:30pm. Tickets start at $20 and there is a $20 food and beverage minimum. Tickets can be purchased at https://54below.com/events/54-sings-hanson/ or by calling the venue (646) 476-3551

 

 

With Just 6 Weeks to Go, the 2020 Record of the Year Grammy Race Takes Shape

Billboard

What does it take for a single or track to be nominated for record of the year? Being a hit isn’t a requirement, but it never hurts.

We’re just six weeks away from the end of the eligibility year for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards. Where has the time gone? The eligibility year runs from Oct. 1, 2018, through Aug. 31 and the show airs Jan. 26, 2020.

Last year, you may remember, the Recording Academy expanded the number of nominees in each of the Big Four categories (album, record and song of the year plus best new artist) from five to eight.

What does it take for a single or track to be nominated for record of the year? Being a hit isn’t a requirement, but it never hurts. This past year, seven of the eight nominees for record of the year were top 10 hits on the Hot 100. (The outlier was Brandi Carlile‘s “The Joke,” which bubbled under the chart at No. 104.)

The Grammy nomination process is long and complicated. The second and final round of the online entry process opened Tuesday (July 17) and closes on Aug. 2. In this round, voting members and registered media companies may submit recordings released in July and August. (Eligibility closes Aug. 31, a month earlier than usual, because the Grammy telecast was moved up to avoid going head-to-head with the Academy Awards.)

The voting members of the Academy then pick their favorites. A Nominations Review Committee then selects the final nominees in the Big Four categories from a list of the top 20 vote-getters. The committee strives for genre, gender and racial balance, and above all, for nominations that will reflect well on the Academy.

Here are the front-runners at this point for record of the year.

LEADERS

Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy”: This quirky track is a lock for a nom. The highly touted newcomer turns 18 in Dec. 18, about a month after the noms are announced on Nov. 20. She would be one of the youngest artists ever to land a record of the year nom. Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson ranged in age from 11 to 16 when Hanson was nominated for “MMMBop” (1997). Lorde was 17 when she was nominated for “Royals” (2013). Monica was 18 when she was nominated for “The Boy Is Mine” (1998), her megahit collabo with Brandy (who was 20 at the time, practically over-the-hill). Hot 100 peak: No. 2 (so far).

HANSON: Reading Your Mind


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In this pic we play with fire in the Oklahoma woods during the shoot of the “Reading Your Mind” video from the In Real Life EP. Get the full music and vids when you join Hanson.net.


MESSAGE FROM THE BAND

Even when a project starts with a theme, you never really know where the music is going to take you. This week, we have yet another episode in the Real to Reel video series and this time around we are sharing the inspiration behind the new song, Reading Your Mind. Part Beach-boys but all HANSON, Reading Your Mind was inspired by melody and harmony, with the lyrics and story coming later. You can watch the new Episode now, and if you are a Hanson.net member you can also checkout the full Reading Your Mind music video on Hanson.net starting today.

Though we are focused on Against The World and our plans for 2020, we are still traveling a lot to play concerts, and this weekend it’s Minneapolis for Basilica Block Party! If you are in the area don’t be shy, there’s a lot of great music in the line up, and we’re playing too!

Isaac, Taylor And Zac


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5 things to do at the Stampede today: Tuesday, July 9

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From $2 admission to a concert by Hanson, there are plenty of exciting things going on at the Calgary Stampede this Tuesday, July 9.

HANSON at the Calgary Stampede 2019

HANSON has announced they will be performing at the Big Four Roadhouse at the Calgary Stampede. Known for their hit “Mmmbop,” HANSON has been performing as a group for a whopping 26 years. The band formed when Isaac, Taylor, and Zack Hanson were only 11, nine, and six respectively.

When: July 9, 2019
Time: 10 pm
Where: The Big Four Roadhouse – 1801 Big Four Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Ticket prices start at $18 – You can purchase Big Four Roadhouse tickets here

3 new pages added

3 new pages have been added to the site and drop down menus.

The Tour Dates & Setlist tab now has a “Tour History” page which includes tidbits on each of the band’s tours – as well as what songs were first performed live on those tours, covers and unreleased tracks performed.  If you know of anything missing that should be included, please be sure to let us know.

The lyrics tab now has a “Search” page.  While this page has always been around, it has been hiding and this more prominent location will now make it easier for you to search for Hanson lyrics based on words or phrases.

The Database > Shows By Location tab now includes “Asia“, while we unfortunately do not have a fun map for this location, we do have our fingers crossed for more dates in Asia on the “comprehensive world tour” in 2020.  If you notice any countries that should be included on this list – be sure to let us know so we can get them added!

 

HANSON: Celebrate Independence!


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This week, we leaped into US Independence Day and shared our third video featuring music from the In Real Life Hanson.net EP. This week features the song “The Ballad of Seymour Better Times”.  Get the full music and vids when you join Hanson.net


MESSAGE FROM THE BAND

Happy Independence Day! Yesterday, we celebrated our country with close friends and good food, and general tomfoolery, and despite our best efforts all eyes, ears, fingers and toes are still attached and accounted for. Forming 3CG Records and going Independent in 2003 was a defining moment in the HANSON story, changing the way we look at our music and our business forever. Yesterday we got to thinking, I bet not every country has a national holiday to celebrate the United States declaring independence from England and King George III. We have heard that a party is good, but a big party is better, so come 2020 and beyond we invite all non American Citizens to join the July 4th celebration and simply celebrate HANSON’s Independence! Americans proceed per usual.

This is week three of our Real to Reel video series exploring the songs that make up our In Real Life EP. We have been through “Compromise” and “Worth the Wait” so now it’s time for a listen and look at “The Ballad of Seymour Better Timers”.  Part Robin Hood and Little John part Rocky Raccoon and all story Seymour is a colorful romp through the playful and somewhat tragic choices of a man in search of something better. Enjoy.

-Isaac Taylor and Zac


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HANSON: It will be worth the wait!


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This week, we are rolling out our second video in the series of our ongoing roll out of content from our In Real Life Hanson.net EP. Check out the content on Hanson.net and our Real to Reel interview series on YouTube!


MESSAGE FROM THE BAND

Big thank you to everyone who joined us in Milwaukee for Summerfest! Maybe it’s because of the connection to Albertane, maybe not, but we always have a great time in in Mil-eh-wak-eh… Which is Algonquin for the good land!

This week, we are sharing our second episode in a new video series called “Real to Reel” featuring the song “Worth the Wait” from of our 2019 Members EP, “In Real Life”.  Every year, the Members EP’s continue to stake their claim in the HANSON musical universe as they become a bigger and bigger part of our musical catalog. We are excited to bring all of you with us as we talk about what’s behind the songs we created for “In Real Life”.

On the theme of new for the first time ever, we have created a music video focused not on a song but on a whole project. Part Narrative, part fly on the wall, it is a five-part companion for the five song “In Real Life” EP that shares the spirit of how we make our music, and touches on how we live.

If you enjoy the videos, look for a new Real to Reel episode next Friday, and for HNet members part three of the “In Real Life” music video.

Isaac, Taylor and Zac


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‘They make us feel young:’ 50 in line at Summerfest score passes for Hanson’s intimate acoustic set

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[Video at the source]

MILWAUKEE — It was a mad rush to get through the gates as Summerfest 2019 began on Wednesday, June 26. Some fans really couldn’t wait to get in.

“I didn’t know there were lines waiting to get in,” said Cassie Duck.

Cassie Duck was among the fans in long lines, eager to get the party started.

“I’ve never been at this time before. I’ve always been on the weekends, later at night,” Duck said.

Greeting guests at the gate were people like Noah Fusco, who moved to Milwaukee a month ago.

“This is a giant puppet strapped to my back,” said Fusco.

After responding to an online ad looking for puppeteers, Fusco was one-half of a giant Samba puppet duo, proving anything is possible at the Big Gig!

Rachael Ricci left Appleton at 8 a.m. on Wednesday with her friend, Tara Pigeon, to score a special pass to see the band Hanson.

“They make us feel young again. It brings back a lot of memories,” said Pigeon.

The first 50 people in got a pass to see the trio in an intimate, acoustic concert on the American Family Insurance stage. Ricci and Pigeon got the last two tickets. They planned to be “MMMBop”-ing all night.

Bernie Unold argued she’s the biggest groupie at the Big Gig.

“My son plays every year,” said Unold.

Unold’s son, Chad, is the drummer for the Waukesha-based band “Northern Haunts.” She said she never misses a show.

“I’m going to go crazy over there,” said Unold.

CLICK HERE for everything you need to know about Summerfest, including a complete list of headliners for all 11 days of Summerfest 2019.

People rush to get in line for Hanson’s acoustic performance

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[Video at the source]

>> THE VERY FIRST PEOPLE THROUGH THE GATES FOR SUMMERFEST 2019 HAD ONE THING ON THEIR MIND, AND IT WAS GETTING HERE. WHERE ARE YOU OFF TO? >> THAT WAY. >> WHERE’S EVERYBODY HEADED? LOOK AT THIS. >> HANSON. >> WHAT ARE YOU IN LINE FOR? HANSON. >> WHY? >> WE LOVE THEM. >> I’VE BEEN TO 125 HANSON SHOWS IN FOUR DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. >> THE BAND IS RIGHT THERE. BUT OUR CAMERAS WEREN’T ALLOWED INSIDE, JUST 50 PEOPLE, AND WE’RE NOT ALONE. THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE HERE PRETTY DISAPPOINTED THAT THEY DIDN’T GET THROUGH THOSE DOORS. >> WE TRIED SO HARD. >> I’VE NEVER MET HANSON BEFORE. >> I THINK WE WERE LIKE 55 OUT OF 50. ♪ >> ARE YOU IN? >> OH WE’RE IN. WE GOT THESE CREDENTIALS. WE’RE SUPER EXCITED. >> I MEAN, THEY DON’T COME TO MILWAUKEE ALL THAT OFTEN. ♪ >> THERE IS A FULL SLATE OF THESE ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCES EVERY