BioSTRONG PRAISE FOR 'LILAC SKY'
Thea Hopkins - 'Lilac Sky' - review (9/10)
"The first track ‘Might’ve Stayed in Memphis’ showcases all that’s great about this album. It's a country track that gets a bit rockier on the chorus with musicianship that blends acoustic and steel guitars. Thea is an excellent songwriter with a memorably vivid lyrical lines and a fine ear for melody. These abilities shine on the title track of the album, ‘Lilac Sky' . 'Whatcha Gonna Do?’ is a well textured country song which blends guitars and mandola perfectly and lyrically is a spectacular tour de force." --Nick Browne www.WhisperinandHollerin.com
Thea Hopkins - 'Lilac Sky' - review (8/10) March 2013 "Rich, sultry, emotional, expressive..." http://www.americana-uk.com/cd-reviews/item/thea-hopkinslilac-sky-independent-2013?category_id=175
"Thea Hopkins has a wonderfully sonorous voice, husky and full of character. She sounds as though she was made for country music and this mini-album is some of the best country I’ve heard in ages."
There has been uniformly strong praise for Thea's new EP 'Lilac Sky'. It is a fresh stamp on Americana: there's a twang at its heart, but the voice has no regional trace. Her songs reflect the sturdy virtues that have been native to American popular music from the Gershwin Brothers to the Stanley Brothers.
Thea's new 6 song EP "Lilac Sky" represents a slight shift from the contemporary folk that marked her first two albums. The spirited sound and country influence enhance the topical balladry that inspired Peter, Paul & Mary to record her work. (Her song "Jesus Is On The Wire" was recorded by P, P & M in both 2004 and 2010. ) "Lilac Sky" features pianist Tim Ray (Lyle Lovett), guitarist Peter Parcek (Blues Foundation Award nominee), drummer Mike Piehl (Chris Smither, Peter Wolf) and bassist Paul Kochanski (the Swinging Steaks). Four of the songs are sparked by musical touches from guitarist/mandola player, Andy Hollinger and guitarist Cameron Peterson. Country-rock singer/songwriter Susan Cattaneo adds harmony vocals to 'Lilac Sky' and 'Might've Stayed In Memphis'. The two covers -- Marianne Faithfull's "When I Find My Life" and Linda and Teddy Thompson's "Do Your Best For Rock and Roll" -- are strikingly personal interpretations.
Thea is a recent first place winner of American Songwriter Magazine's lyric writing contest for her song 'Chickasaw'.
Hopkins' debut album, "Birds of Mystery," was named one of the Top Ten local albums of the year by the Boston Herald: "A gorgeous dusky voice wraps itself like mist around country-folk songs of tenderness and substance."
“Thea Hopkins is one of the most literate, poetic and emotionally moving of the new singer-songwriters to arrive on the scene in the last few years." -- Peter, Paul & Mary
Her 2008 CD, "Chickasaw" received a 4 star review from Maverick, UK.
"Thea Hopkins possesses a voice that stands up to her material," wrote the website Americana-UK. "This is folk as it should be: dark tales, poetry and protest.” "It's a voice with the mystery and power of the late, great Nick Drake.” -- Susan Werner
Thea comes from a mixed-ethnic heritage. She is a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard. She also boasts African-American, Cheokee, Irish, French and Portuguese ancestry.
Thea has opened for Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Richie Havens, Maura O'Connell, John Hammond, Ellis Paul, Susan Werner, Brooks Williams and Katy Moffatt. Thea has performed at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts Remus Auditorium, Club Passim, Johnny D's, the Uncommon Ground in Chicago, the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, The Coffee Gallery in the L.A. area, and at Cornelia Street and The Bitter End in New York City. She's received airplay on WFUV-FM, WUMB-FM and WERS-FM among many others.
In Sept/Oct 2013, she toured the UK performing at a variety of venues and festivals including the Green Note, the Brunswick, Union Music Store, the Saltaire Festival and the 'From A Distance' Festival of Americana Music at the Atkinson in Southport.