Rustic Americana Traveler of Time
Born and raised in the hills of rural western Pennsylvania, Alyssa was raised on classic country until the age of eleven when she was introduced to Led Zeppelin. At the age of twelve Alyssa picked up the guitar and never looked back. Shaping her signature sound developed from her teenage years, Alyssa’s music is unmistakable. Pulling from roots of blues and old country folk, her lyrics bring you into the heart of the steel mills and the boucolic landscape of rural America. Alyssa began crafting songs and playing local open mics through her college years in Indiana, PA. Her raspy vocals compared to Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks help carry the stories in her songs.
In the past six years Alyssa's music has spread in and out of the western Pennsylvania region. Alyssa released a compilation album called Songs From Then and Now in 2015 and a full length LP called Shadowlands in 2016. In more recent years, Alyssa has toured out of state in New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee. She also embarked on the Westward Bound Tour 2018 with fellow musician Corey Kurtz, playing shows from coast to coast!
You find both her albums on Itunes, Spotify, Google Play, Youtube, etc. Alyssa recently invested in a small home studio and will release a new LP called American Spirit in early 2019! Stay Tuned for more adventures!
Influences: Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, The Band, Levon Helm, Led Zeppelin, Stevie NIcks, Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Chris Stapleton, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Tallest Man On Earth, Shakey Graves, Benjamin Tod, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Dan Layus, Bonnie Raitt, John Mayer, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Lindsey Buckingham, Dean Martin, Tom Waits, Duane Allman, Ray LaMontange, John Prine, Eric Clapton, Colter Wall, Jack White and Many More!
In the Press
"Hankey is one of those musicians who has an innate sense of her own abilities and what works and what sounds good. Her songs are fearless and raw. She gets your attention and lays it bare." -Greensburg Muse
"Alyssa manages to take a throwback vibe and place it in the modern musical atmosphere reminding us that not everything needs drum machines or heavily distorted guitars to connect with listeners." -Shes Not On The Menu
"Ain't no better singer-songwriter in the tri-state area. Period."
"If Bruce Springsteen and Joan Baez had a love child it would be her."
"Not a pretentious fiber in her being. Very humble."