About JOE HASH
"I think everybody has a southern streak…which is really a stubborn streak," says Joe Hash, talking about the title cut from his most recent EP. "We all like what we like, and deep down, we don't want to apologize for who we are."
Hash is a country singer-songwriter, "But mostly a songwriter," he says. "Not that I'm apologizing."
"A Southern Streak" is Hash's second release on his own label, Sheewannsaponee. The EP features five original songs, including one he didn't think anyone else would want to cut, "The Last Waltz." "It's really old-school, and no one seems to cut that kind of thing anymore," Hash says. "But everywhere I perform this song, audiences really respond. So I figured I'd record it myself."
Audiences aren't the only ones responding.
Reviewing "The Last Waltz" for AmericanSongwriter.com, award-winning singer-songwriter Amy Speace ("The Weight Of The World") said, "You listen to this kind of song and you just have a permanent smile on your face. Because it's one of those songs that's like a great discovery. It's a total standard." She went on to say, the chorus "took my breath away."
Other top Nashville songwriters have had a similar reaction to songs from Hash's first EP, "Stay." When Songwriter Hall of Fame honoree Tony Arata ("The Dance") heard "Dynamite Shack," he exclaimed, "I love this song!" And Rich Fagan ("Sold! The Grundy County Auction Incident") called it "a masterpiece." Another Hall of Famer, songwriter Jeffrey Steele ("What Hurts The Most" ), has been spotted in a Nashville audience, yelling and spelling out H-I-L-L-B-I-L-L-Y to Joe's crowd pleaser, "The H Word."
Music Connection Magazine ranked Hash's songs among their Top 25 new music finds of 2012.
Hash was born in Ohio, but definitely has a southern streak. His family roots are in the south, and so are his influences. Happily married to a Canadian beauty who happens to be an equine health professional, he shares her love of horses, and she shares his love of music. They divide their time between Toronto and Nashville.
The EP, "A Southern Streak," featuring "The Last Waltz," is available now on iTunes and other digital outlets worldwide. Follow Joe on Twitter @joehashmusic, and at joehashmusic.com.