Love Lives On - 2015
This is my latest recording set to be released Oct. 2, 2015. Songs include:
Roll, Roll, Roll
Over The Moon
Love Lives On
Chasing The Song
Man Of God
Gonna See My Love
Write Me Back In
Heart For Sale
Molly & Me
Good Nite Nova Scotia
Produced by Canadian roots rocker, Leeroy Stagger LOVE LIVES ON
has less of a traditional folk sound and more of a contemporary songwriter, Americana feel.
The project, consisting of eleven new songs, was recorded over 12 months.
Players include Kurt Ciesla and Brady Valgardson (Corb Lund Band), John MacArthur Ellis (Doc Walker), Adrian Dolan (The Bills/Ruth Moody), Bob Hamilton (Undertakin’ Daddies), Tyson Maiko (Gob), Geoff Hillhorst (Deep Dark Woods) and many others including west coast fiddler and horn player extraordinaire Daniel Lapp.
LOVE LIVES ON showcases John’s versatility as a wordsmith. The collection of songs range from catchy, hook laden country songs like Roll,Roll, Roll and Love Lives On to more introspective songs like Labrador, written during a blizzard with all flights cancelled at the Happy Valley/Goose Bay airport.
Gonna See My Love is a pulsating roots tune with dark, atmospheric, and haunting lap steel strewn through out.
The powerful and exquisitely crafted Man Of God is especially important to John Wort Hannam who has a degree in Native American Studies and for 6 years worked on the largest reserve in Canada, the Kainai Nation. The song was recently featured on APTN television and has been included in the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s final ceremonies in Ottawa.“Tackling the difficult subject of First Nations Residential School was something I could not have done four years ago”, Wort Hannam says, “I was not a father then. I am now, and the thought of my child being taken away is beyond crushing.”
In steep contrast is the offering Heart For Sale. It’s a whimsical, rag-timey ditty that John began writing in one of his favourite places –
the flea market.
Another highlight is the deeply personal Chasing The Song written in a hotel in Oklahoma City on John’s 18th Wedding Anniversary.
An anniversary he forgot. The song features a stunning Blood, Sweat, and Tears-esque horn section, another first for a Wort Hannam recording.
LOVE LIVES ON shows a depth and breadth not seen in Wort Hannam’s previous records. It is a record that only comes when the songwriter is
finally comfortable in his own skin as an artist and is creating work that doesn’t come from following self-prescribed constraints but instead comes from following ones own heart.