Lance Hatch, a Boston-based singer songwriter, writes and performs - what he refers to as - little American songs. In his words, Lance states: "I always wanted to write the perfect little American song. Whether I've achieved that or not, well, I'll leave that up to the musicians, critics and scholars of popular music to determine. But, I will say I've achieved my goal by presenting my version of the little American song in this, sort of, song cycle of a CD called "The J Sessions - Wishin'." Based upon the ups and downs of a romantic relationship turned friendship, and musically inspired by the music of such artists as Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Ryan Adams, Nickel Creek, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac (to name just a few), Lance culled twelve songs from his repertoire to depict - in song - various moments and resulting emotions rising from the experience of this transformative relationship from that of lovers to friends. "Not everyone experiences deep and profound feelings of love for another person," says Lance. "For many people, that kind of deep feeling for another person doesn't even exist as a possibility or - more importantly - a desire. For others, and I'm definitely in this latter camp, true love exists only as a deep and profound experience. It's the classic blessing and curse." As for his love of music, since Lance's parents grew up as teenagers in the 1950s and, as young adults, continued to purchase, play, and enjoy records, they exposed him to music that taught him to appreciate many of the most popular recording artists of the 1950s and 1960s. His folks introduced him to the music of Brenda Lee, Elvis Presley, The Ames Brothers, The Four Seasons, The Kingston Trio, Patti Page, Al Martino, Sonny and Cher, and The Beach Boys, among a myriad of other artists. Then in grade school, Lance began taking piano lessons. At the same time, he began collecting 'pop' records. With the small income he drew from mowing lawns and delivering newspapers, Lance bought 45 RPM singles like The Cowsill's "Indian Lake" and The Foundations' "Build Me Up Buttercup." He bought Dionne Warwick's "Golden Hits - Part Two" as his first LP. As Lance reached his adolescence, his eclectic musical tastes grew broader still. While his peers were listening to Queen's "Killer Queen" and "We Will Rock You" or David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust," Lance 'discovered' a 'new' sound in the likes of Bette Midler's "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and The Pointer Sister's "Salt Peanuts." By this time, 1972, at age 12, Lance expressed a growing interest in vocal harmonies. Realizing how much he enjoyed the multi-tracked harmony vocals Bette Midler employed on the LP version of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," he began seeking other recordings by it's original performers, The Andrews Sisters. And, through the fortuitous receipt by his mother of her father's record collection, Lance became exposed to other jazz and blues recordings including: The Mills Brothers' "Greatest Hits," Ella Fitzgerald's "Ella Swings Lightly," Judy Holiday's "Trouble Is A Man," and Sarah Vaughan's "Sarah Vaughan Sings." Moving into his mid-teens, Lance was drawn to the introspective music of the singer/songwriters that began to emerge independently and as part of the 1970's Southern California Sound defined by the likes of Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne, The Eagles and the latest incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, recently rejuvenated by the addition to the band of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. But, through the departure of one of Bette Midler's original back up singers, "The Harlettes," Lance found his first and most significant early influence. Experiencing both solace and inspiration in the early music of singer songwriter Melissa Manchester (especially her work with lyricists Carole Bayer Sager and Adrienne Anderson), Lance desired to emulate the confessional style of the singer songwriter. In a style that couldn't be further from Bette Midler's on her first LP for Atlantic Records, "The Divine Miss M," Melissa co-wrote, with an almost feminist bent, these amazing personal stories of introspection, self-awareness and emotional growth that appealed to the maturing adolescent. During that time, and through to today, Lance - unwittingly - amassed a popular music education that informs, indeed - forms - the music that he produces. And, with a listen you'll hear it all: tight little pop compositions, country flavored guitar licks and riffs, jazzy vocal nuances, tight vocal harmonies, tambourines and twelve-strings. It's all there. In addition, Lance studied piano for seven years until he graduated from Mansfield High School. In addition, he participated in his elementary, middle and high school choruses. In high school, he was chosen, in competition, to participate in the Massachusetts' Southeast Regional chorus. During college, he originally majored in music at New York University's School of Education, Health, Nursing and Arts Professions (SEHNAP). He eventually graduated with a B.A. in Communications Theory. Around 1979-80, Lance worked as a rehearsal studio hand at Richard Sarbin's Quack Productions, at 12 East 12th Street in NYC's Greenwich Village. He got the gig via a friend who was friends with Robert Crenshaw. Robert, among other things, was the brother of Marshall Crenshaw and the drummer in Marshall's band who recorded "Someday, Someway" and "You're My Favorite Waste of Time". Other clients of the rehearsal studio included: Dr. John, Ricky Lee Jones, Rupert Holmes, Stiv Bators, Cameo, and The Roches. Also, around 1981, he studied voice with jazz singer, Mercedes Hall in New York City. Today, he's co-founder, with fellow "Flying Cowboy" band mate, Kristin Mountcastle of Boston's Saturday Night Rainbow Music Club, a venue for other musicians to share their music with one another in a coffee house-like, open mike environment. The Saturday Night Rainbow Music Club is currently on hiatus, but may soon be reactivated. We'll keep you posted! Lance continues to write and perform his own songs.
You May Also Like
Page 1 of