Frank Hamilton School Presents Donna Hopkins & Daniel Hutchens ~ Thu Sept 1 @ Red Light Cafe


Advance Tickets $12 adv/$15 Door
Doors 7 PM

The Frank Hamilton School proudly presents two immensely talented musicians and songwriters, Donna Hopkins & Daniel Hutchens, to the stage at the Red Light Cafe!

Donna Hopkins grew up in rural Alabama and channels that energy of having grown up in the rural South into the soulful music that she creates and performs. As a young teenager, Donna recalls sneaking out to the MGM Grand in famous Muscle Shoals, Alabama to jam with David Hood, Roger Hawkins, and Harrison Calloway…it’s not many who can say they cut their teeth with members of Aretha Franklin’s band! Georgia Music Magazine calls Donna Hopkins a “genuine triple threat” due to her prowess as a singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Hopkins evokes “Southern-fried soul. It’s a rare commodity that can’t be bought, traded, created, or faked. … a rough-hewn but beautifully produced set of predominantly original tunes that could only have been conceived by someone who breathes the humid Georgia air; you can practically see the kudzu, smell the grits, and taste the tangy barbecue in the songs. ” — Hal Horowitz, Blues Review

Daniel Hutchens has been writing, recording, and performing his songs professionally since 1994. He has recorded and toured solo, as well as with his rock n roll band Bloodkin. He has also toured and recorded with Moe Tucker and Sterling Morrison of the Velvet Underground, appeared onstage with Lou Reed, Mike Mills, Government Mule, Allen Ginsberg, Drive-By Truckers, and the touring giants Widespread Panic (who have also recorded and regularly perform several Hutchens compositions). He has co-written songs with Widespread Panic, Jerry Joseph, David Barbe, and more. He has recorded with Johnny Sandlin, Roger Hawkins and David Hood of Muscle Shoals fame, John Keane, and David Barbe (eight records and counting).

David Fricke wrote in ROLLING STONE that “There may be no better description of America’s original family values than Hutchens’ reference in the acid-country jangle of ‘Rhododendron’ to ‘A touch of Old Testament iron/And a whiff of wild rhododendron.’ ”

You don’t want to miss this intimate show with these two powerful songwriters and musicians! Fireworks are going to happen. If you’re looking for a soulful evening, this is the spot!

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