Hunter Callahan’s latest EP, The Cobweb Sessions, is a treat for lovers. The EP is Hunter Callahan on vocals and acoustic guitar with his wife Hannah providing harmonies. The vocals are warm and soothing which makes for the perfect playlist to share with that special someone in your life.
Three of the songs, ‘Shine”, “Your Song” and “Best Thing”, focus on the joys of love and the happiness it brings. “Rowan’s Song” is a song that will bring a warm smile to the face of any parent. “Weight” is a reminder that true love seeks to make others the best that they can be.
Hunter Callahan performed the EP live at Eddie’s Attic to the delight of a packed house. The EP is completely acoustic, very stripped down; but Hunter brought in the dynamic of a full band for songs from his earlier releases (Broken Hearts & Melodies and his self titled Hunter Callahan) and a few unreleased songs.
Hunter Callahan on The Cobweb Sessions
The idea for this EP came out of a few different vocal/songwriting sessions with the producer of the EP, “Mama Jan” Smith. I had a rough case of writer’s block, so, in an attempt to get past it, I went back to revisit some older songs that were never truly finished. During the session I made a comment about trying to “dust off the cobwebs”, and immediately Jan came up with the idea for an EP called “Cobweb Session”.
This EP is available for download and streaming on February 1st but you can hear a few songs here on Libro Musica.
This is the song that really started the idea for the EP. It is written about a then 3 year old little girl (she’s now 6), in an attempt to capture the innocence of a child and how love is different with them.
This song is about trying to shed the weight and burden of depression and anxiety. Something I try to advocate for is a culture of openness on this subject. This one is about my own personal journey with the pressure of people’s expectations vs. my own.
“Best Thing (Wedding Song)”
I wrote this song the morning of my wedding to my wife Hannah (who sings harmony on the EP). It’s a song about reflecting on how far we had come, but also the journey ahead of us. And it’s just simply an expression of love and commitment from me to her
Q&A With Hunter Callahan
What was the first album that you added to your music library?
Oh goodness. I think the first album that got me into music serious was when someone gave me Boston’s Greatest Hits when I was probably about 8 or 9.. The first album I can think off that I personally went out a bought might’ve been Guns N Roses Appetite For Destruction when I was probably about 15.
What was your most recent addition to your personal music library?
Most recent album I purchased physically was Leon Bridges’ Good Thing on vinyl. But the album I’ve been listening to the most recently has been Matt Corby’s Rainbow Valley.
What was your first live music experience?
Technically it was the Backstreet Boys at Philips Arena…but I was like 7 years old and fell asleep. I say the first legitimate concert I saw was when my dad took me to see Boston on the Corporate America Tour back in 2002 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. I would’ve been 9 years old.
If you could cover one album in your music library which would it be?
I don’t know if I could pull it off, but one of my favorite albums ever is The Southern Harmony & Musical Companion by The Black Crowes. But there’s a million albums I could choose.
What artist do you wish more people had in their music library?
Can I say myself? [laughter] Honestly, I think everyone should explore the roots of whatever genre they love. Go back to the old blues guys like B.B King, Son House, Elmore James. Or early Motown like groups like The Temptations or The Commodores. But if I could only pick one, I would probably say someone like Bob Dylan. If you want to learn how a great song can stand on its own, he’s your guy. Or Prince. Or The Allman Brothers.
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