O Tan-mmmBop! Hanson Bring a Wintry Mix to Austin

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[Lots more great photos at the source!]

Hanson: 2019 Wintry Mix Tour With Paul McDonald and Joshua and the Holy Rollers
Emo’s Austin, Austin, TX
December 8, 2019

Review and Photography by Jim Chapin 

On Taylor! on Zac! on Isaac! On Blitzen! Hanson brought their Wintry Mix Tour to Emo’s Austin on Sunday night, December 8, 2019. The show featured plenty of ear candy with a mix of classic Christmas and holiday songs, fan favorites and a few special presents in the form of brand new music from the band’s forthcoming 7th studio album, “Against the World.”

Hanson at Emo's Austin, Austin, TX 12/08/2019. © 2019 Jim Chapin Photography

The brothers are big fans of Christmas, having two albums dedicated to the holiday in their discography. The first “Snowed In” was released in 1997, early in the band’s career. The second, “Finally It’s Christmas” dropped just a couple of years ago.

Prior to showtime, Emo’s was buzzing with anticipation. The crowd consisted mostly of women in their 30’s and 40’s, decked out in Hanson T-shirts and accessorized with a variety of Christmas decorations. A few fans I talked to drove three-plus hours in from Houston, and a couple of others all the way from New Orleans – and I am sure these were not rare cases. Hanson’s fans are sure loyal!

And it’s easy to see why. Sure, there is a bit of “MmmBop” fangirl nostalgia, but the primary reason for the band’s continued success is that these guys play upbeat and uplifting pop-rock tunes, and they play them from the heart. The appreciation that they have for their fans is obvious and that love is returned back to them tenfold. They are consummate musicians and performers with solid vocals, tight harmonies, and a strong pop sensibility. And most of all, they are fun to experience!

Hanson at Emo's Austin, Austin, TX 12/08/2019. © 2019 Jim Chapin Photography

The show opened with the brothers taking the stage to loud and passionate screaming from the audience. Isaac took his place stage right on electric guitar, Taylor on piano stage left, and Zac sat centerstage behind the drumkit (Zac is returning to drumming on this tour having recovered from a motorcycle accident that broke his collarbone and a few ribs).  With the support of two additional musicians on bass and guitar/keys, the band launched into “Finally, It’s Christmas,” immediately setting the tone for the evening.

What followed was pop-rock bliss. Alternating between their better-known numbers and holiday tunes, most everyone in the crowd was singing along at the top of their lungs. During their breakout hit “MmmBop,” it was amazingly difficult to hear the band over the audience!

Hanson at Emo's Austin, Austin, TX 12/08/2019. © 2019 Jim Chapin Photography

The brothers graced us with three new tunes – “Don’t Ever Change,” – a guitar-based rocker; “One,” a slower ballad performed solo by Zac at the piano for only the second time (the first performance, he said, was the “prototype.”); and “Annalie,” a bright number that is destined to become another Hanson staple.

They closed the set with a three-song encore that started with Zac doing a quick version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and finished with “In the City.”

The evening also featured musical guests singer-songwriter (and former American Idol contestant) Paul McDonald, and, on their first major tour, Joshua and the Holy Rollers, led by the youngest Hanson brother, Mac Hanson.

Joshua and the Holy Rollers at Emo's Austin, Austin, TX 12/08/2019. © 2019 Jim Chapin Photography
Joshua and the Holy Rollers

These guys were a pleasant surprise. A combination of gritty rock ‘n roll and southern soul, the four-piece band played with celebratory intensity. With smiles plastered on their faces, guitarist Logan Baudean, drummer Joey LaRosa, bass player Al Moore and Singer/guitarist Mac danced, strutted, sweated, and rocked through their eight-song set. So wonderful to see that rock and roll is not dead yet! You definitely want to keep this band on your radar.

All in all, ‘Twas a holiday party that delivered more than it promised. Merry Christmas, indeed!

Hanson Is All Grown Up and Back on Tour

Hour Detroit

Zac (left), Taylor, and Isaac Hanson perform in Royal Oak in December. // Photograph courtesy of Jonathan Weiner

It wasn’t long after Hanson released “MMMBop” that it became the summer ’97 anthem of teens across America. In the years that have followed, the pop-rock band of brothers out of Tulsa, Oklahoma has continued to churn out hits without losing its trademark wholesome sound. In honor of the holiday season, the trio has embarked on its Wintry Mix Tour, in which they’ll perform some of the season’s classic hits and give fans a preview of songs from the seventh studio album, set for release in 2020.

Prior to Hanson’s show at Royal Oak Music Theatre on Dec. 17, Hour Detroit chatted with Zac Hanson — vocalist, drummer, and the band’s youngest member — on what it’s like to work with your siblings, their new album, and performing in Detroit.

Hour Detroit: Tell us about your sibling dynamics.

Zac Hanson: The benefit of being siblings is the shared experience and the fact that you generally have similar values. There’s a lot of aspiration in our music. Even though we write about it in different ways, it’s very much about our desires of where we want to be, how to overcome things, and our dreams. So, it’s a huge asset growing up together — not just meeting at some point along the way and discovering you’re similar. Also, it sounds kind of funny, but you’re almost trained to work well together. We really do, genetically, have similar vocal chords, and it lends to us sounding good together. The blood in your veins plays a big role.

Why do you feel that Tusla is a better home base than Los Angeles or New York?

Being from Oklahoma, being from Tulsa, is always so important. Not because of what Tulsa is, but the idea that you’re from somewhere. You have roots and somewhere to go back to. You’re not just one more band from Hollywood. We’ve always wanted to represent something and be recognizable as a band that’s about something. So, Oklahoma just happens to be right in the middle. If you go to Google maps and you zoom in somewhere in the center you land near Tulsa. Not as many bands are from a place like that, and if they are, they move. That’s fine, but we just felt that Tulsa was part of who we want to be.

Can you talk a bit about your new album?

I think it’s full of a lot of joy. As it stands, it’s unfinished. It’s fairly comfortable with itself, and I mean that in the best way. It’s a lot of “I don’t care what I’m supposed to sound like, I don’t know care what people think Hanson is. I know what I am.” So, every song presents itself like that. It presents itself and says it’s fully formed and happy to be who it is. That’s all I can share.

How do you feel about being back in the Motor City?

Zac Hanson: Detroit is a good music town. We’ve played at Royal Oak a bunch of times, and we had a death threat there once, but we played the show anyway. I remember that very vividly. I was like “Oh, shoot! Somebody said they’re going to come kill us, do we play the show?” We looked at each other and we were like, “You know what? We’re going to do it, and if we’re going to go out, let’s go out on stage in Detroit.” Not the best Christmas memory maybe but we’ve had great times [laughs]. It’s always about the experience onstage. We always joke that going on tour is just dumpsters and dives and back alleys and shuttle vans, because that’s sort of what you see, but we’re not there for the sights. We’re there for the people.

Tuesday Trivia

TuesdayTriviaTaylor misses cartoon theme songs from the 90s.

What does each band member do to recuperate after tours?

HANSON: Despite The Unexpected


Wintry Mix Tour is underway. Thanks to everyone who has joined us so far. Still rockin’ till right before Christmas. Come see us!


With the Wintry Mix Tour underway this week, we have been having quite a time. Vancouver and Seattle went without a hitch, especially considering the winter weather left us 1/3 short of a full crew, then we woke up Tuesday morning still 25  miles north of our Vegas concert to discover our bus had broken down. As one can imagine, this definitely added some unexpected color to the day’s activities, but thanks to our fantastic crew not only were we able to make the show, we ended up with a full sound check! Despite the unexpected, we are having a great time and we hope it shows on stage.

In other news, this week we shared that we are adding three Members Only Sound Check Parties to the Wintry Mix Tour. That means if you’re a Hanson.net member attending any or all of our concerts in Omaha, Pittsburgh and Boston, you are invited to come early for even more music and a little Q&A with yours truly. Here’s what you need to do.

  • Visit Hanson.net and login.
  • Go to the calendar page for details and to RSVP.
  • Bring a valid ID and a digital or printed copy of your Member ID.

NOTE: You can find a link to your Member ID in the My Account section

Denver tonight, Omaha tomorrow and onward right up until Christmas week. Thank you to everyone who has been coming out to shows so far. We hope you’re enjoying the new music. See you at the next one.

Isaac, Taylor And Zac


The deadline for Christmas orders to be placed on Hanson.net is December 18th for delivery by December 25th.

*US orders only, International orders not guaranteed


Fan Club Exclusive: Fan Club members, don’t forget to check in at each tour stop you attend for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind Wintry Mix Tour poster signed by the band.

Congratulations to our poster winners thus far:
Vancouver – LesleyR
Seattle – amberrhea21
Las Vegas – paintedmydays


Fan Club Exclusive: We will have three Members Only Sound Check Parties, one every weekend ’til the end of the Wintry Mix tour. Join us before the show for even more music, answers to your questions and all you need to do is be there and be a Hanson.net Fan Club Member.

Dec 6th – Omaha – Sokol Auditorium 
Dec 14th – Pittsburg – Roxian Theater
Dec 20th – Boston – House Of Blues

You can find more details on the Hanson.net calendar page,  as well as click  the RSVP button to let us know you will be attending.


Fan Club Exclusive: Each week during the Wintry Mix Tour, three lucky Fan Club members will each win a Mystery box of goodies all wrapped up for Christmas. Winners will be announced in the weekly newsletter on Dec 5th, 12th and 19th. No entry needed. Winners will be randomly selected from among all Fan Club members each week.

Congratulations to our fan club winners this week:


HANSON are bringing their Wintry Mix Tour to select cities across North America this November and December. The concerts will feature an eclectic mix of Christmas and holiday classics, fan favorites and the live preview of brand new music from the band’s forthcoming 7th studio album, set for release in 2020. Tickets for the tour are on sale now.

“This is an exciting time for the band, with new music around the corner and more than 25-years of music behind us,” said Taylor HansonAdded Zac Hanson,“This tour is a collision of worlds with Christmas classics and a taste of brand new music, making for an uncommon but awesome mix”.

The tour will feature musical guests southern pop craftsman Paul McDonald, and undertaking their first major tour, emerging new artist Joshua and the Holy Rollers, lead by youngest Hanson brother Mac Hanson.

Tour Dates
Sat 30 Nov 19             Vancouver BC CANADA         Vogue Theatre
Sun 1 Dec 19              Seattle WA                              The Neptune Theatre SOLD OUT
Tue 3 Dec 19              Las Vegas NV                         House of Blues
Thu 5 Dec 19              Denver CO                              The Ogden Theatre
Fri 6 Dec 19                Omaha NE                              Sokol Auditorium
Sun 8 Dec 19              Austin TX                                Emo’s
Mon 9 Dec 19             Dallas TX                                House of Blues
Tue 10 Dec 19            New Orleans LA                     The Fillmore
Wed 11 Dec 19           Atlanta GA                              Buckhead Theatre
Fri 15 Dec 19              Uncasville, CT**                      Mohegan Sun
Sat 14 Dec 19             Pittsburgh PA                          Roxian Theatre
Sun 15 Dec 19            Silver Spring MD                    The Fillmore
Tue 17 Dec 19            Detroit MI                                Royal Oak Music Theatre
Wed 18 Dec 19           Cleveland OH                         House of Blues
Fri 20 Dec 19              Boston MA                              House of Blues
Sat 21 Dec 19             Huntington NY                        The Paramount

For more information visit www.Hanson.net

**All Star Christmas with with Goo Goo Dolls, Andy Grammer, Dean Lewis


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Issues Singer Tyler Carter’s Mom Took Him to Get Hanson Tattoo


‘The Needle and the Damage’ done is a tattoo series produced by Loudwire and presented by the Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival. Each episode was shot on site at the festival’s location in Mansfield, Ohio, at the Ohio State Reformatory, which is also where scenes from the ‘Shawshank Redemption’ were filmed. Here, artists reflect on the artwork scrawled into their flesh, recollecting their first tattoos, the most painful ones, deeper meanings and, of course, the stories behind them all. Enjoy while you anxiously await the announcement of next year’s lineup. Keep an eye out because tickets go on sale in December!

Tyler Carter is a freewheeling dude and the eclectic nature of his tattoos speak straight to the music he makes with Issues, drifting wherever his latest inspiration takes him.

There’s quite a lot of film memorialized on his skin, with tattoos from Austin Powers in Goldmember, the latest It movie (“I love the old version, but, let’s be honest — I was too young,” he said) as well as Nacho Libre.

On his stomach is his very first tattoo, which his mom took him to get before he was 18. In Zulu, “I found hope” is written, which was taken from an AIDS benefit song written by the pop trio Hanson. “If you must know, my guilty pleasure is Hanson,” Carter said of the “MMMBop” hit writers.

Portraits dominate the singer’s forearms, with Elvis Presley represented on his left and a third grade drawing of his grandmother on his right. “She raised me and I think she was the first person who realized I wasn’t just a young straight boy,” he said of his grandmother. “I think she realized I was bisexual/gay/queer way back in the day. She always elevated that part of my life — she let me play dress up, she let me play in the dirt; she really just catered to whatever my mind wanted, so she’s a great woman.”

Elsewhere we see a “death moth,” which was born of jealousy over the “death moth” inked on Attila frontman and Carter’s good friend Chris Fronzak. There’s a nod to The Distillers as Brody Dalle’s gender-smashing look intrigued him at an early age, a Crayon of his favorite color, a heart-shaped dream catcher dedicated to his mom and still more.

Watch the full episode above and follow Issues on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Get their latest album, Beautiful Oblivion, here.

Hanson’s tour bus breaks down outside Las Vegas


Quick Facts:

Between Zac Hanson’s October motorcycle crash, and the band’s tour bus breaking down this week, it seems the Tulsa pop trio can’t catch a break.

The band posted about the tour bus incident Tuesday on social media

Hanson still made it to the venue in time to play a scheduled concert in Vegas that night.

They are currently on he Wintry Mix 2019 Tour all month long.

Watch the video [at the source] for Taylor Hanson’s tongue-in-cheek song about the bus breaking down.

Tuesday Trivia

TuesdayTriviaIsaac’s favorite biscuit is the chocolate digestive, Taylor’s is custard cream and Zac’s shortbread.

What does Taylor miss from the 90s?

HANSON: Fan Club Members Soundcheck Parties!


Fan Club Exclusive: Two shows in and The Wintry Mix Tour is getting better! This week we are announcing three Members Only Sound Check Parties, one every weekend ’til the end of the tour. Join us before the show for even more music & answers to your questions and all you need to do is be there and be a Hanson.net Fan Club Member.

Dec 6th – Omaha – Sokol Auditorium 
Dec 14th – Pittsburg – Roxian Theater
Dec 20th – Boston – House Of Blues

You can find more details on the Hanson.net calendar page,  as well as click  the RSVP button to let us know you will be attending.

NOTE: Members will need to  show Valid ID, and a printed or digital copy of their Member ID. To  see your member ID sign in to Hanson.net and look for the  Print Member ID link under the My Account page.