Hank Sinatra reaches back to the 1940’s and ’50s, for some of the greatest music ever written. Hank has his roots in country, swing, lounge and pop, and he knows a good song transcends any genre.
“Willie Nelson got it right, when he came out with his ‘Stardust’ album,” says Hank. Here were all these timeless jazz and pop classics, sung by a country musician, and it was great. That’s the sound I’m going for today.”
In a typical set of Hank’s, you can hear songs like “Crazy,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Funny How Time Slips Away” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” These are classic tunes that everyone knows, and looks forward to hearing again.
“I haven’t heard anyone doing this type of music today. We’re going from pop to country to swing to jazz to blues, and more. These songs and tunes work equally well in a quiet uptown dinner spot or at rowdy bar. Stripped of its labels, it’s all good music.”
Hank mines the best songs from artists such Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams and of course, Frank Sinatra. He delivers them in his own clean, smooth voice, and backs them with a solid beat that makes them swing.
“That’s the main thing, the swing beat,” Hank explains. “It always grabs me, and the audience gets it too. I love to look out and see all the heads bobbing and the toes tapping. Whether the tune is fast or slow, that steady bounce is where it’s at.”
Hank and his bandmates have worked out the arrangements needed to bring these songs to a new setting. The pop tunes from the ’40s and ’50’s usually where recorded by a big band or full orchestra. Now Hank and his band capture the same feeling with a couple of guitars, or his quartet.
And there’s another special instrument, though it’s never visible on the stage.
Hank explains, “I learned to do this when I was just a kid. I loved to sing all the time, and would play around with exploring the limits of my voice. I found I could make a sound just like a trumpet or trombone, and later I heard recording of the Mills Brothers, who would use this technique in their act. So now when I need an instrumental solo, I often just sing it.”
Hank is performing the Pacific Northwest as a solo act, as a guitar duo, or as a full quartet. The band can perform acoustic or amplified.