GlideMagazine.com — Frank Hannon wasn’t planning to do a record. He was setting out to improve his voice, challenge it, explore it in different ways. But a record is what he eventually found himself in the midst of once his little personal project kept spiraling full-ahead.
That record, the first of three volumes, is called From One Place To Another and is set to release this Friday, January 26th. It’s a solo album but with a twist: the ten songs are all covers. From the Allman Brothers Band’s “Blue Sky” to The Church’s “Under The Milky Way,” Hannon, who spends the majority of his time writing songs and playing guitar in Tesla, has crafted a delightfully fun recording that will have you singing along from the opening track to the last.
Born and raised in California and attracted to music at a very young age, Hannon joined Tesla while still in his teens. Their debut, 1986’s Mechanical Resonance, spawned several hits with “Modern Day Cowboy” and “Little Suzi,” before 1989’s “Love Song,” off The Great Radio Controversy, sent them into the Top 10. An acoustic cover of “Signs” would have the same effect on the charts and making them a popular to-be-seen live act. Their eighth studio album, produced by Def Leppard’s Phil Collen, should hit airwaves sometime this year.
Hannon’s last big creative foray outside of Tesla was with his solo band on an album titled World Peace in 2014. Not one to sit still for very long, Hannon took the opportunities between Tesla shows and recording, to fine tune his skills. “What started as learning a few songs to sing turned into multiple albums of cover songs, tributes and collaborations with many inspirational artists,” he said when announcing the upcoming record. Special guests on this first volume include Blackberry Smoke’s Paul Jackson, the Nelson twins, Heart’s Roger Fisher, Ron Keel and his brother-in-law Duane Betts, son of Dickey.
Glide spoke with Hannon the day after he arrived back in a Florida port following the week-long Moody Blues Cruise where he performed his songs, sat in with other artists and got to do a bit of co-interviewing for Eddie Trunk’s radio show. “I got a great night’s sleep so I’m feeling excellent,” Hannon said with a laugh the morning we talked.Read More