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Ottawa-Based Singer-Songwriter Lynne Hanson Has Released Her Latest Single 'Hip Like Cohen'

Photo Credit: Emily Rogers.

Ottawa songwriter Lynne Hanson has released her latest single “Hip Like Cohen", along with a fun-filled music video created by Jeff Watkins / Loretta Media. The song is the second single from the album “Ice Cream In November,” due out April 22, 2022.

Hip Like Cohen has a catchy, indie-rock feel with clever lyrics, hooky fuzz-laden guitar lines, and a tip of the hat to legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen.

Lynne said, “Hip Like Cohen started out as a dare. I had been co-writing with Blair Michael Hogan and he would send me musical ideas to see if I could develop them into songs. He thought this idea was too quirky, which I immediately took as a challenge. I thought, I just need to be hip like Cohen. The title stuck, and I built the lyrics and vocal melody on that initial spark. I was also in the process of being featured in a dance video which made me realize I’m a terrible dancer. The first line “I was such a great dancer / when I was three” pretty much opened the floodgates for the rest of the lyrics. We really wanted the production to capture the tongue in cheek nature of the lyrics and the feel good quality of the melody.”

The photo for the cover was taken in Montreal, Quebec at the Mount Royal Observatory, and features the 10,000 square foot mural of Leonard Cohen that graces the side of a skyscraper on Crescent Street.

Too tough for folk and too blues-influenced for country, Lynne Hanson’s brand of porch music with a little red dirt can turn on a dime from a sunshine, blue sky ballad to a full-on thunderstorm of gritty Americana swamp from one song to the next. Her hard-living music has garnered her the nickname “Canada’s Queen of Americana.” And while her deep, bluesy croon has drawn comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch, it’s the poetry of her lyrics that really sets her apart.

Hanson is known for her high energy, roots guitar driven live performances, whether playing solo or with her band the Good Intentions. She has an uncanny way of connecting with her audience, and an authenticity that is as entertaining as it is disarming, bringing her sense of humour and spontaneity as a storyteller to the fore.

The prolific songwriter has released eight studio albums along with two books of poetry over her 16-year solo career, and toured extensively across North America, Europe and the UK, appearing at leading international festivals including: Take Root (Netherlands), Glasgow Americana (Scotland), Maverick Festival (UK), Kerrville Folk Festival (US) and Winnipeg Folk Festival (Canada). She has also toured as support for Grammy-nominated artists like Gretchen Peters, Steve Forbert and Albert Lee.

Lynne Hanson will release her ninth album - “Ice Cream In November” - on April 22, 2022.






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