Matt Hannah is a Minneapolis-based folk Americana singer-songwriter. His sophomore album Dreamland (2017) was noted by the Star Tribune and City Pages and called “inspired” by BABYSUE. His third full-length studio album House of Illusion (March 2022) charted on NACC 200 and was lauded as a “standout album” by WVIA Host George Graham. His music faithfully blends his love of Americana songwriters with a passion for the riff-based intensity of 90s rock.
Press for House of Illusion:
"...well-written with far more originality than many contemporary singer-songwriters working the fences today"
"a textbook example of a tasteful rootsy singer-songwriter record"
George Graham,WVIA on-air feature
"Hannah’s weary, characterful voice, [is] perfect for telling stories and secrets." AmericanaUK
Press for Dreamland:
“Matt Hannah stitches together an Americana fantasy on Dreamland” City Pages feature
“With Bob Dylan-esque vocals, vibrant acoustic guitar rhythms and melodic organ and steel guitar flowing in and out of his songs, Hannah seems to have found the right recipe.” Northeaster feature
“The record shows traces of classic Son Volt and Ray Wylie Hubbard with a warm, troubles-to-the-wind writing style.” Star Tribune
“Between Hannah’s forlorn, saloon-weary voice and the long, lonesome peals of lap steel, the music has all the appeal of a prairie campfire or a black-and-white John Wayne film playing reel to reel…Hannah’s music takes the archaic and romantic notions of the country western and repackages them with his modern storyteller motif.” City Pages video review
“Nice, solid, hummable mid-tempo pop featuring strong melodies and pensive lyrics. Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter Matt Hannah has accomplished the near impossible. In a field that is littered with thousands upon thousands of artists who are all pretty much the same, Hannah has managed to create his own unique sound and come across sounding not only original…but inspired.” Babysue
“There is real beauty here, restrained and delicate at times, cinematic and proudly worn at others.” Dancing About Architecture
Top 88 Record 2017 - KVSC 88.1 FM
Best of 2017 Minnesota Album - Reviler
Praise for Let the Lonely Fade:
“After moving to Minneapolis, [Hannah] decided to focus on writing folk and Americana-styled songs. And he’s done so incredibly well.” St. Cloud Times
“Impressed by MN-via-NY newcomer @MattHannahmusic’s album, sounds Jay Farrar-y.” C. Riemenschneider (Star Tribune)
“The tranquil, nature-based video perfectly complements the relaxed Americana spirit of the song, with Hannah showing us some of what makes the North Shore so awe-inspiring and gorgeous.” Gimme Noise (City Pages Blog on video for Bigger than the Ocean)
“Singer-songwriter Matt Hannah hails from the Midwest, but spent time fronting a rock band in New York before he honed his acoustic, melancholy-country spin on Americana-folk music.” Mpls St Paul Magazine
“[Hannah’s] voice blends in seamlessly with the pedal steel and dobro…[He] sounds older and more at ease than he did during his tenure as a rocker. There is no need to shout and he has transferred his ear for instantly hummable tunes to his new niche.” Here Comes the Flood
“Hannah’s lyrical front is fantastically vivid…[He] has the sound, the lyrical know how, and even with any perceivable quirks he manages to fit himself almost within arms reach of the more familiar names in the business. Definitely a name to look for in the folk genre, especially if that’s your forte. Enjoy.” Shakefire
“[Hannah] sounds in places very much like Townes Van Zandt, that heartfelt earnestness that commands a listening audience…Worth taking a note…We will hear Matt Hannah again.” AmericanaUK