Thea Hopkins EPK

"Love Come Down", the fourth CD of Boston singer-songwriter Thea Hopkins is a real masterpiece." -- ”

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About Thea

 

A member of Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Martha’s Vineyard MA, performing songwriter Thea Hopkins calls her music - Red Roots Americana. She has been described as a “standout writer” by the Washington Post. 

Her program, “In The Roundhouse”, a celebration of traditional and contemporary Indigenous music, debuted in Providence RI in September 2021. 

In May 2021, Thea was selected by Folk Alliance International as part of Team USA, for Global Music Match, an internationally artist led collaborative effort. 

Thea’s song, “The Ghost Of Emmett Till”, from her highly praised 2018 EP, “Love Come Down” was awarded the grand prize by the Great American Song Contest in March 2021. There were over 1900 entries from forty three countries.  

Her 2018 “Love Come Down’, was nominated for a 2019 Indigenous Music Award in the folk category, an international competition. She created, in just six tunes, an elegant and seamless song journey that begins with a gentle invocation (“Love Come Down”), ends with a lullaby (“Until Then”) and gracefully travels to a few dark American landscapes in between.  From love ballad to social history, every song is personal. The scope of the EP – touching upon Americana, folk and pop -- can be seen by the choice of musicians. Jazz trumpeter Tom Halter (Either Orchestra) explores haunting new directions on four songs. “Mississippi River, Mississippi Town” features the electric “ebow” guitar of  Dave Minehan (The Neighborhoods, The Replacements.) The pianist Tim Ray (formerly with Lyle Lovett) is prominent, and plaintive, on “Almost Upon a Time.” The song “Tamson Weeks” is sparked by violinist Mimi Rabson of the Really Esoteric String Quartet. It tells the story of Hopkins' great-great aunt, a medicine woman of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Indian tribe of Martha's Vineyard. On her timely ballad, “The Ghost of Emmett Till,” Noel Paul Stookey (the Paul of P,P & M) adds his quietly dramatic guitar and harmony vocals.

In June 2019, Thea was selected by the Western Arts Alliance as a 2019 Native Launchpad Artist, a three-year artist development program. Her  2019 summer performances included the Summertyne Americana Festival in Newcastle (UK) and the Kennedy Center in Washington (DC). To cap off 2019, Thea was selected for the Wichoie Ahiya Indigenous Singer Songwriter Intensive at the Banff Arts Centre in Alberta, Canada.  

She first came to wider public notice when Peter, Paul & Mary recorded her song "Jesus Is On The Wire" in 2004, and then again in 2010 with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. It is considered one of their later signature songs. 

Festivals and venues where Thea has performed include the Woody Guthrie Festival (OK), The Moseley Folk Festival (UK), Greenbelt Festival (UK), the Saltaire Festival (UK), the Summertyne Americana Festival (UK), the Int'l Festival Of Arts and Ideas (CT), Native Voices Festival (NY), the Narrows Center For The Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts (MA), American Folk Art Museum (UK), City Winery (NY) Club Passim (MA), Banff Centre For The Arts (CN) and the Bitter End (NY).

Many fans have commented on the beauty of Thea's vocals and lyrics. That sentiment was perhaps most succinctly stated by a former Bob Dylan tour manager, who described Thea Hopkins as "k.d. lang meets Leonard Cohen."   

In addition to Aquinnah Wampanoag, Hopkins ' ancestry includes Nottoway (Iroquois), African-American, Irish and Portuguese. In other words, Red Roots Americana. 

  

Press

"Superb"
Review Of Live Show "Grateful Fred's Presents At The Atkinson" 
August 6, 2014  http://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/2014/TheaHopkins.html

"An artist whose narratives drip with metaphor and imagery" -- Americana UK

"On album, Thea Hopkins' music is beautifully arranged, but solo, and onstage, her songs, -- stripped down to voice and guitar, are even more potent. All of her sensitivity, cleverness, and joy beams through. She's extraordinary." Programming director Wil Gregerson, (Sunday Concert Series, Warwick Public Library RI)

 

"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." http://www.music-news.com/showreview.asp?nReviewID=8982&nType=1

"The beauty of Thea's voice is matched by the brilliance of her lyrics." -- Roberta Schwartz, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange  



'Jesus Is On The Wire' "absolutely unforgettable" -- All Music Guide

'Jesus Is On The Wire' "is a modern classic" -- Roberta Schwartz, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

 PRAISE FOR "LILAC SKY

" 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 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

'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." http://www.music-news.com/showreview.asp?nReviewID=8982&nType=1

'Lilac Sky' - review (4/5) - Billybop (Belgium) - 28.1.13 http://www.billybop.be/admin/CDdetail.asp?ID=11423

"Striking and intriguing, with an extraordinary voice." http://www.johnnysgarden.eu/?q=content/thea-hopkins-lilac-sky Thea Hopkins – Lilac sky (2013)

"An excellent left of centre six song country mini album that is well worth putting on repeat play! http://www.americanrootsuk.com/january-2013.html "On "Lilac Sky,"
Boston singer-songwriter Thea Hopkins has chosen to release a modest number of songs. Each of these songs absolutely must be heard. " -- www.cntl.altcountry.be, Jan 2013

"The bottom line is that Thea Hopkins knows how to take an audience on a ride that touches the full range of human emotions. The beauty of Thea's voice is matched by the brilliance of her lyrics.” -–
Roberta B. Schwartz, The Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

 

Music Playlist

"The discovery of "Love Come Down" by Thea Hopkins may have the same effect as "Astral Weeks" by Van Morrison, or "Lorca" by the late Tim Buckley. Nothing less" --  https://www.paris-move.com/reviews/thea-hopkins-love-come-down/

"Listening to 'Love Come Down' is something like love at first sight."   https://www.rootsville.eu/2018%20album%20reports/reports/thea%20hopkins.html

"Love Come Down" is a real masterpiece... Her voice is completely unique and very recognizable, but above all: she has become a songwriter of the highest level.” https://www.rootstime.be/CD%20REVIEUW/2018/JUNI1/CD115.html

"You find yourself helplessly falling in love with the power of music all over again." https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2018/07/14/thea-hopkins-love-comes-down  

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