Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tess Hinson, An Americana Original

Tess Hinson, Americana Singer                                                                                    Copyright Marcia Mauskopf 2014         

....It introduced me to some friends of mine and brightened up some days.
It helped me make it through some lonely nights.
What a friend to have on a cold and lonely night...
-This Old Guitar, John Denver

Like John's guitar, my camera has been all of that to me...helping me to make friends, help them laugh and cry, old photos carrying me through those cold and lonely nights. It's through a friend that sings these very words that I share with you now, that brought me to the friend I am delighted to share today.

Old Trucks and Guitars - Tess Hinson, Americana Singer        Copyright Marcia Mauskopf 2014

I met Tess Hinson at the John Denver Tribute Festival that is held in Aspen Colorado each October in celebration of his life. It's a generous community of musicians and fans and musicians that are fans as well as friends of John who shared his life. Tess is a most ardent musician fan. This past December she brought me out to rural Tennessee to share her music, the land and her friends with me while I created an artist portfolio for her.

I'd like to share this lovely woman with you so I asked her to tell you about her music and muse:
Music has been a part of my life since the moment my soul was formed. I cannot imagine a life without it.

I started playing guitar and singing when I was about twelve years old. Bob Dylan and Joan Baez were my role models...I lost touch with my roots when I got married and had two beautiful children.
As I grew older I started singing gospel music at church...Lost touch again when I remarried and moved to Tennessee. When I realized that a life without music was not acceptable I started writing songs.

I have always loved John Denver and started attending his annual tributes in Aspen....I was so inspired and encouraged by the folks I met there that I found my place again. I have since recorded two CD's..One of my original songs and a John Denver cover CD including two original tribute songs
The most exciting moment and life changing event was singing at the Wheeler Opera House at the John Denver tribute week this past year in Aspen.

I know that a life without music is a life without joy and passion....I just can't do it. I live to sing and sing to live.
Just My Cowboy Boots And Old Hat - Tess Hinson Americana Singer   Copyright Marcia Mauskopf 2014

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