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2-25-08

  Well, first of all, my website has been down for a couple of months, due to
various technical issues-not to mention the wicked Mercury retrograde!
I'm hoping to make more entries here than I have in the past, plus I need to
start a MySpace page and about a million other things. I've been working
on recordings for my next CD-lately laying down some electric 12-string
tracks-getting that jangly Beatles/Byrds sound goin' on.
   I've had my songs used in a couple of new projects. Most recently, an
unreleased song called "Trouble Blues" was included in a compilation
disc by Rocky Mountain Slides called "Family Album Volume One".
Rocky Mountain Slides makes handcrafted ceramic slides for slide guitar
players, they have lots of models-one of my favorites is their Poncha Bullet
designed for lap steel type applications. I've known Doc for many years,
so I'm thrilled to see his unique designs gaining acceptance amongst
slide players far and wide. Doc is also a fine musician in his own right,
and plays on "Trouble Blues" as well (using a big blue Rocky Mountain
slide, of course-on my Gibson acoustic). This is a great album with 18 prime
cuts. If you dig slide guitar, check it out by clicking the above links.
  I've also had eight, count 'em eight songs included in an independent
film called "Rainbow Crossing" produced and starring film makers Michael
Brewer and Thomas Alan Berg, two gay men who search for spirituality in
Hawaii, cameras in tow. Michael had contacted me about using a Hawaiian
slack key cut I had posted on the web for the film-the only problem was that
I did not write it, so I told him I would write something original for the film.
I ended up recording a bunch of new acoustic pieces in open tunings, and
was delighted that they chose to include most of the material in their film.
View a trailer for the film here.

9-1-05

Q: Why did President Bush stay at his Crawford ranch for two
days after the hurricane hit?
A: He still hadn't finished the book about the goat.

Why are there no massive water and food drops?
They could also drop thousands of hand operated water filters.
They could land jumbo jets on the freeways to transport people
out of there instead of in slow stinky buses.
Thing is, this could be any city in America. A massive earthquake in
the west, or a dirty bomb anywhere. For all their BS talk, the gov't
does not have it together.
Experts have been warning for years that this very thing could happen
to New Orleans. Yet I just heard Bill Clinton say 'nobody could have
forseen this'. New word: condoleecizing.
While I fully encourage people to donate to the relief effort, it still
makes my skin crawl to hear Bush appeal to people to get their
pocketbooks out, knowing that he has shoveled mountains of cash
to the already hyperwealthy in the largest transfer of wealth in history,
and bankrupted the country on an illegal and unneccesary war.
A million acres of bayou have been lost to development of casinos
and oil shipping lanes around N.O. Climate experts agree that
hurricanes have become increasingly severe due to climate change.
Yet our government still blocks the Kyoto protocols.
And how much do you want to bet that, while gas prices rise in the
wake of this disaster, a year from now we will hear that oil companies
(again) posted record profits?
Rant, rant, piss and moan...still it is heartbreaking to watch the people
suffer helplessly. 30% of New Orleans lives below the poverty line, and
they are precisely the ones that did not have the means to get out of
the way of the storm.
No matter what the gov't does at this point, it is too little too late.
I hope the American people will remember this next election.

7-2-05

  I just got through watching all 8 hours of MTV's coverage of
the Live 8 Concerts. What a masochist!
It seems, by some adminstrative slip, Pink Floyd was broadcast doing
four entire songs, with only one short interruption-and their set was...

..well-there's some kind of chemistry between these guys that they
have never really achieved separately. Songs: Breathe/Money/
Wish You Were Here(which Waters dedicated to Syd)/Comfortably
Numb. Always one of my all time favorite bands. Never thought I would
see the day when Waters and Gilmour were hugging each other
(or doing anything) onstage.
  On the other hand, with McCartney onstage in London, and Stevie
Wonder performing at the same time in Philly, what did MTV do? Quick,
go to Jessica Simpson doing a commercial for acne cream
. Show short
clips of Destiny's Child. Face shots of MTV veejays saying how, like,
it's really, like important to understand the problem of like, poverty.
Nice. Throughout the eight hour broadcast, a full, uninterrupted song
was rare.
  But somehow, despite all the commercialism, wizard Geldoff's message
got through: tell the leaders of the eight richest nations on earth
("meeting at a 5-star hotel on a golf course" in Scotland) to vow to stop the
suffering in Africa.
  After EmpTV went back to "Punk'd", I went to CNN and San Francisco
news, who mentioned the Live 8 event, and quickly went on to other
stories. The little white girl kidnapped in the midwest deserves 10 times
the air time as the little black kids dying like flies. BBC news, on the other
hand, devoted 15 minutes to discussing the problem, letting aid workers
discuss the situation without the 5 second soundbite rule. Such is the
state of monolithic media in the US.....
To sign the international petition to urge the G8 leaders to help
"make poverty history", and to sign another petition to ask George
Bush to represent these concerns for America, go to
http://www.one.org/

7-1-05

   So much for release dates! Still working on that new CD....
I've recently done solo gigs at the Mateel Summer Arts event at Benbow, and for KMUD-FM's annual block party, and I'm looking forward to opening for the legendary Asleep At The Wheel-one of my favorite all-time bands-August 10, 2005 at the Laytonville Rodeo Grounds. Send an email if you need more info....

9-4-04

   Apparently, "Disappearing Shore" has been played on Eureka's 30kw Power 96.3 (KFMI-FM), on the morning
drive show "Meyer In The Morning". Yee-haw ! Also, recent play on KMUD Garberville, and KOZT Ft Bragg,
the first being the best dang public radio station in the universe, the second being a free-form rock station in the tradition of the FM stations of the early 70's-plus they are finalists for this year's "Rock Station of the Year" award, having won it before. Good luck y'all !

   
I'm still working on my new album, which is tentatively called "gitwitdeprogram", and will feature one reggae song-maybe even two, as well as a batch of new songs. Projected release is Spring '05. More on that later....

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4-3-04

The new issue of Rolling Stone is "Celebrating the 50th Anniversary
of Rock" (1954? huh?) and their feature article "The Immortals"
lists the 50 "most important performers in rock & roll history".
There are lots of greats from the rock era included, but one big,
fat, glaring ommision: Joni Mitchell.
The list contains many obvious choices, Beatles, Hendrix, Dylan, Stones.
But how did Madonna beat out Joni? Will Jerry Lee Lewis or
The Clash or even Elton John be recognized in future generations
as coming anywhere near Joni's artistic achievement?
Are U2 more important than Pink Floyd (who weren't included)?
Bo Diddley more than The Grateful Dead or Crosby Stills and Nash?
Patti Smith is a great poet, but couldn't sing a note (to paraphrase
Jon Lovitz) if she had Billie Holiday stuck in her throat.
Fats Domino, The Ramones, Michael Jackson, and The Velvet
Underground have all made their contributions, but I would trade
them all for X.
As you can tell, I'm mortified and outraged! Okay, not really, I
don't care all that much. But not having Joni on that list really chaps
my hide.


1-1-04

Well another year is here-another orbit around the sun. I wish you all a most excellent 2004, may all your dreams come true. It's snowing here in the N Cal mountains. It was a busy year. Playing places. Taking my CD to record stores. I also, in the summer, managed to lay down some tracks for my next album, which I will be working on this winter in my home studio. Also, there are already a few gigs lined up for 2004-keep checking the "gigs" section for more on that, or sign up to get on my mailing list. Remember to give peace a chance, and I hope to see you soon!    Love, Corry

5-31-03

ONE DAY THE WEAPONS WOULDN'T FIRE
NOBODY'S GUNS WOULD WORK
- THE BULLETS WERE ALL DEAD
THEY TOOK A NUCLEAR TEST
THEY GOT A FAILING GRADE
SOMEONE STEPPED ON A MINE-
THEY JUST KEPT ON WALKING
A HUNTER SCOPED A DEER
BUT WHEN HE PULLED THE TRIGGER --NOTHING
A SUICIDE BOMBER HAD TO LIVE ANOTHER DAY
A PAID ASSASSIN HAD TO FIND ANOTHER WAY
AND
THERE WAS PANIC AT THE PENTAGON
HOW WILL WE KEEP THE PEACE?
AND
THE COPS WERE FREAKING OUT
AND MORE THAN ONE CEO OF AN ARMS MANUFACTURING EMPIRE
HAD A HEART ATTACK

KNIVES BECAME VERY POPULAR

THE NRA BECAME THE NKA
BUT IT JUST WASN'T THE SAME
AND
WHO WILL FORGET THE NIGHT THE PRESIDENT CAME ON TV AND SAID -
I'VE JUST COME FROM A MEETING WITH THE HEADS OF EVERY NATION-
AFTER MANY LONG HOURS OF HARD DELIBERATION WE ALL AT LAST AGREED-
THAT UNDER THESE DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES, THERE IS NO OTHER CHOICE.
WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GET ALONG.
THE MINISTER FROM CHINA SUGGESTED WE COOPERATE-
I HAD ONE OF MY AIDES LOOK UP THE WORD
TURNS OUT IT IS A PRETTY "COOL" IDEA SO WE'RE GOING TO GIVE IT A TRY.
I HOPE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS.
WE ALWAYS WANTED TO BUILD A MORE PEACEFUL WORLD.
WE JUST NEVER THOUGHT WE WOULD HAVE TO USE PEACE TO DO IT.

c2003CorryHanna

Marching On
by Polar

March 13, 2003

Well, it would be nice if we could just think about fun things like art and food and sex, but the boy king leads us 
into war....OK hopefully not, but it seems clear that they've been planning all this for quite some time, and are not
going to be distracted by little things like the rest of the world's opinion, millions worldwide in the streets, etc. In
fact I was one of those on the streets of San Francisco with tens of thousands of others to show my opposition
to what may be the mass toasting of thousands of civilians in Bagdhad, a city of 5 million, in a country where
half the population are children. It's time to evolve a bit-that's what the title of my album is about. Anyway, the experience of marching along with joyous, angry, alive people inspired me to dust off a song I wrote in 1991
during GW I called "Just Say No To War".   I rewrote a few of the lines, and recorded it on March 1 and mixed it
the next day, with a little singing help from Carol, and now it is the "download of the month", as a matter of fact I think I will leave it there for April, too. Today I heard it on KMUD-FM, on the "Trinity Outlaw"s excellent program. Nice to be played during the same set as Dylan's classic "Masters of War".

Speaking of KMUD, they have included "Old Road Gone" on their March 3 and March 9 CMJ top 30 charts.
Yeah, baby!

I also sent a copy to
Alison Einerson of KRCL-FM, who says-"It sounds great. I know of other hosts who will love
it, too"  Thanks, Alison!

More Airplay
by plane

January 12, 2003

KWNE-FM's Cherie Sheraque featured two in a row at the top of her show on Thursday evening, "Disappearing Shore" and "Electric Babylon". She said "Loved it.....great album" Thanks, Cherie!

KMUD-FM's Kim Phelps also played two cuts on her Friday afternoon show. She chose "Thru To You" and "Another Day", and commented on the cover of the CD, with the washed-out road.

Odd Coincidence?
by Randy Remote

January 12, 2003

Corry Hanna's new CD, "Old Road Gone" shows, on it's cover, the artist standing at the edge (over the edge?) of a cliff that was a road that completely washed out. The photo was taken about 4 years ago, and then the road was fixed. The road has been stable all that time, but the exact week in which the CD was released, the road has slipped out from above again....woo woo....not only that, on the night before the CD release party which took place on New Years Eve, the entire Highway 101 to the north was buried in a massive landslide that closed it completely for two days, and is still being repaired. The opening act for the night, Anna Banana, was unable to make the gig due to road closures. Strange but true.....


"Old Road Gone" Played on "Rock Station of the Year"
by Bird 5

January 9, 2003

"Old Road Gone" is getting airplay on radio stations in Northern California, first on KMUD-FM, and then on KOZT-FM, winner of the NAB 2002 Marconi award for "Rock Station of the Year." The CD is being sent to more stations daily, so we can hope DJs and listeners alike will discover the songs. Thanks to the folks at radio for the support of "Old Road Gone".



A New Year's to Remember
by Corry Hanna

January 7, 2003

A wonderful crowd was gathered in Laytonville, CA for a CD Release Party and New Years Dance to celebrate the release of "Old Road Gone". A virtual hurricane the night before cut off the highway to the north, preventing opening act Anna Banana from making the gig, but Corry pulled together an impromptu acoustic set before unleashing his band, who played all the songs from the CD, and a few more as well. Corry was joined onstage by bassist Greg Ogden, drummer Mark Thies, and lead guitar/percussionist Keni Fink. Also rockin' the house were local faves Ray and the Reveleers featuring the fine guitar work of Indiana Slim.
The next couple days will see me hitting all the record stores in Humboldt and Mendocino county with "Old Road Gone" for their shelves. That's quite a few miles to cover, let me tell you!
Peace & Love to all in the new year.
Corry

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