BioWith the release of her new EP 'Lilac Sky' and her debut tour of Great Britain, 2013 was a watershed year for Americana performing songwriter Thea Hopkins. Rich melodies, inventive lyrics, a voice as tuneful as it is emotionally expressive, "a standout songwriter" (Washington Post) Thea Hopkins' music reflects the sturdy virtues native to American popular song.
Thea's new 6 song EP "Lilac Sky" is receiving high praise:
"Thea Hopkins has a wonderfully sonorous voice, husky and full of character. She sounds as though she was made for country music and 'Lilac Sky' is some of the best country I’ve heard in ages."
Thea Hopkins - 'Lilac Sky' - review (9/10) March 2013 "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 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..." www.americana-uk.com
The rip-it-up sound of 'Lilac Sky' is a departure from the topical balladry that inspired Peter, Paul & Mary to record Thea's 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) bassist Paul Kochanski (The Swinging Steaks)guitarist/mandola player, Andy Hollinger and guitarist Cameron Peterson. Country-rock singer/songwriter Susan Cattaneo adds harmony vocals.
The two covers -- Marianne Faithfull's "When I Find My Life" and Linda & Teddy Thompson's "Do Your Best For Rock and Roll" -- are strikingly personal interpretations. 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."
Peter, Paul & Mary who recorded her song 'Jesus Is On the Wire' in 2004 and 2010 wrote: “Thea Hopkins is one of the most literate, poetic, emotionally moving of the new songwriters to arrive on the scene in the last few years." Her 2007 CD "Chickasaw" received a 4 star review from Britain's Maverick Magazine. "Thea Hopkins possesses a voice that stands up to her material," wrote the website Americana-UK. And Susan Werner wrote: "It's a voice with the mystery and power of the late, great Nick Drake.”
Thea comes from a mixed race background. She boasts Wampanoag, Cherokee, African-American, Irish, French and Portuguese ancestry. Thea is a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah Marthas Vineyard.
Thea has opened for artists such as Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Richie Havens, Peggy Seeger, Maura O'Connell, John Hammond and Ellis Paul. She's performed at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, Club Passim, Johnny D's, the Bluebird Cafe and the Sundance Film Festival. Her music receives airplay here and overseas.