Jam • Blues • Southern Roots Rock
Donna Hopkins is the real deal. Born and raised on a North Alabama farm, Donna witnessed life in the South 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 Hawkins, 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: 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)
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“With a performance style accurately described as ‘lightning in a bottle,’ Hopkins matches her vast vocal ability with her raw & articulate guitar skills, making this singer-songwriter a triple threat.” – Eddie’s Attic
“’Anything’ by Donna Hopkins…now there’s a great blues song! There needs to be more blues songs written like this.” – Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records
“Southern-fried soul. It’s a rare commodity that can’t be bought, traded, created, or faked. … a rough-hewn but beautifully produced set of predominantly original tunes that could only have been conceived by someone who breathes the humid Georgia air; you can practically see the kudzu, smell the grits, and taste the tangy barbecue in the songs. ” — Hal Horowitz, Blues Review
“Her voice — bluesy, soulful, and raspy — was among the most powerful and memorable heard at the fest.” — Phillip Booth, Relix
“Donna and her band mates have attained a special kind of synergy that so many strive for – it is this level of communication that makes them stand out.” — Tom Clark, King Biscuit Times
“Donna Hopkins is a force of nature.” — Rob Johnson, Hittin’ The Note
“Donna’s music comes straight from her heart – southern roots music from a woman’s point of view. Selected as Atlanta’s Best Blues Artist in 2002 by Atlanta Magazine, Donna has assembled a trio of kindred spirits for this amazing band.” — Hittin the Note
“Her ‘Bonnie Raitt-meets-Melissa Etheridge’ vocals and ‘Duane Allman-meets-Derek Trucks’ guitarmanship shine.” — Dana Marie LaChance, The Crimson Moon
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