When you see Hanna play "True Believers," originally by Bouncing Souls, or listen to the track on his new CD, Chip Hanna & the Berlin Three, it's clear as day that, quite simply, good songwriting is universal.
I'd seen Hanna play the Flogging Molly after-show party at the Stray Cat on St. Patrick's Day as well. He'd toured with Flogging Molly and got to know the band well. Flogging Molly (and, obviously, the Pogues before) brought traditional Irish music to a punk rock audience, and Hanna claims Flogging Molly as his inspiration for what he wants to do with traditional country.
"That's where I got the idea. Just thinkin', fuck, this is traditional Irish music. Somebody needs to do that for country. It all comes from the same shit. I'd like to see kids out there moshing to Bill Monroe. That's my vision."
Sun., April 4, 9 p.m., 2010