Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin Stones Review

Every once in a while an artist seems to come out of nowhere and blow away expectations. Most of the time that artist is not 20 years old. Hannah Wicklund fronts the Steppin Stones at age 20 and what’s crazy is Wicklund started the band when she was just eight years old!  In 2017, Greta Van Fleet burst onto the scene to garner the attention of rock and roll fans young and old. In 2018, we might see the same from Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin Stones.

The album was recorded in Nashville and produced by Sadler Vaden who’s also a guitarist with Jason Isbell. The single, “Bomb Through The Breeze,” a bluesy rocker opens the album and features a powering riff in the chorus that shows Hannah means business on the six string.  “Ghost” follows with a riff that has a bit of a Black Keys vibe.

Wicklund definitely has a lot of classic rock influences throughout the album. “Looking Glass” is a track that would fit right in on a Tom Petty album. “Mama Said” has a bit of a funky groove in the verse with an infectious chorus that carries out with a memorable guitar solo. “Too Close To You” is a fun, upbeat rocker with a cool, fuzzy riff.  “Meet You Again” is an epic track that begins pretty bare bones, but lifts off in the chorus and features another great solo. While the album is certainly filled with rockers, Wicklund shows a different side on the ballad “Strawberry Moon,” which really showcases her vocal talents and the album closer, “Shadow Boxes and Porcelain Faces,” a stripped down acoustic number that ends things on a more mellow side.

In a time when rock and roll seems to be making a bit of a comeback with younger artists, Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin Stones appear to be right on the forefront. Wicklund is one of the best raw, young talents to come along in blues rock in a while. She’s a monster guitar player, but certainly has the voice to back it up. Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin Stones is a breakout record from a band that surely has a very promising future.

The Review: 9/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Bomb Through The Breeze
– Looking Glass
– Mama Said
– Too Close To You
– Meet You Again

The Big Hit

– Mama Said

Review by Pete Francis

Buy the album: Amazon | Amazon UK

Pete Francis

Pete Francis is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blues Rock Review. Pete founded Blues Rock Review in 2010 because he felt there was a major void in how the blues rock genre was covered. Pete is the host of Blues Rock Weekly and a co-host on the Blues Rock Show.

2 thoughts on “Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin Stones Review

  • I agree- so refreshing for us older Rock n Rollers I have seen her twice and she can be mesmerizing with her talents. Super guitar riffs and singing and then you add a voice box…so special!

  • Says her as opening act twice was better than the headliner looking forward to see her again next week in Pgh and see her in a more intimate setting ?


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