Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Orlando Americana artist Hannah Harber has grown into a force of her own

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 4:08 PM

click to enlarge Hannah Harber at Lil Indies - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Hannah Harber at Lil Indies
THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
Hannah Harber, Lil Indies, Mar. 19

Though young, local Americana artist Hannah Harber has been around the scene for some years now. I saw her with her all-star band the Lionhearts just last September at the debut of Southern Fried Sunday’s Southern Belle Ball. But that was part of a rather crowded night that ended up being more about the musical dynasty of the Wynn family (of which she’s a member by marriage to the Believers principal Thomas Wynn) than her individual identity.
click to enlarge Hannah Harber at Lil Indies - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Hannah Harber at Lil Indies
In her recent solo stand at the intimate Lil Indies, however, Harber’s own voice would be on full, unvarnished display. Ain’t much hiding behind a mic and an acoustic guitar. Under that lone spotlight, she performed a well-chosen set of originals peppered with some very personal covers by the likes of Patty Griffin, Tom Petty, John Prine and the Boss.
click to enlarge Hannah Harber at Lil Indies - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Hannah Harber at Lil Indies
Harber’s presence and point of view have notably matured over the past few years. Instead of anything mellow or golden, “mature” in Harber’s instance is actually a case of more incision, bite and taste. And like good salt on sugar, time has given her intrinsic grace some edge and steel. In her twangier moments, she can be a pistol with echoes of a young Dolly.
click to enlarge Hannah Harber at Lil Indies - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Hannah Harber at Lil Indies
click to enlarge Hannah Harber at Lil Indies - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Hannah Harber at Lil Indies
 Although admitting to the ultimate vulnerability of being without her band, she commanded all on her own once she settled in. As defining as any of her aforementioned affiliations might be, forget ‘em. Harber's to be considered in her own right because, somewhere along the way, this voice has ripened into one of the sharpest, most cogent roots presences in the city.
click to enlarge Hannah Harber at Lil Indies - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Hannah Harber at Lil Indies
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