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Donna Hopkins is the real deal. Born and raised on an Alabama farm, Donna witnessed hardship first hand, channeling it into the soulful music that she creates and performs. Music runs in her family; her mother performed rock and roll in go-go boots and mini-skirts and her grandfather was a fine bluegrass musician in his own right. Following in their footsteps, Donna is a consummate seasoned performer with many songs and performances under her belt. As a young teenager, Donna recalls sneaking out to the MGM Grand in famous Muscle Shoals, Alabama to jam with David Hood, Roger Hopkins, and Harrison Calloway…it’s not many who can say they cut their teeth with members of Aretha Franklin’s band!
Georgia Music Magazine calls Donna Hopkins a “genuine triple threat” due to her prowess as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. In addition to her other talents, Donna also wears the producer’s hat, working with and developing up-and-coming talent in the Atlanta area. As much at home in an intimate listening venue as she is on a giant festival stage, Donna Hopkins performs both solo and accompanied by the perfectly seasoned group of musicians who make up the Donna Hopkins Band, and is always a crowd pleaser.
National acts that Donna has opened for or performed with over the years: BloodKin, Big Bill Morganfield, Col. Bruce Hampton, Charley Pride, Chris Hicks (of the Marshall Tucker Band), Clint Black, Conway Twitty, David Allan Coe, Derek Trucks Band, Donna The Buffalo, Donnie McCormick, Emily Saliers (of the Indigo Girls), Francine Reed, Gatemouth Brown, George Jones, George Porter, Jr., Indigo Girls, Jeff Sipe, Joe Bonamassa, King Johnson, Lorrie Morgan, Lee Boys, Little Joe, Luther “Houserocker” Johnson, Martina McBride, Mel Tillis, Michelle Malone, Mudcat, Oak Ridge Boys, Oliver Wood, Rita Graham, Sammy Blue, Sean Costello, Robert Cray, Ronnie Milsap, Stevie Wonder, Tanya Tucker, Tinsley Ellis, Todd Nance (of Widespread Panic), Travis Tritt, Vince Herman (of Leftover Salmon)
"As a guitarist, Hopkins can be, at turns, raw and articulate. She's her own woman with equal parts John Lee Hooker and Billy Gibbons, and a dash of Jimmie Vaughan and Robin Trower circa Bridge of Sighs. The bottom line: Live sounds great, thanks to Dynasonic Mobile, and is a well-focused snapshot of an artist who has plenty of talent and the courage to be herself." -- Georgia Music Magazine, 2006
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