As with many relationships, it all starts at a bar. Shanna, a newcomer to the Portland scene, went out looking for a great guitar player. In walks Hawk, a player with some of Portland's best bands. Little did they know that a short trip to New York City would start a musical love affair that shows no sign of ending. Both prolific songwriters looking for just the right person to play their songs; someone with no fear of the road and an insatiable need to gig.
"Shanna and The Hawk" is a four piece alt-country band. They do things a little differently. The quartet has an Americana feel and a rock attitude. The dark brooding rock singing of Shanna sets the tone, then the lonesome harp and the melancholy Dobro combine with Hawk's no nonsense guitar to form a truly hypnotic American groove.
With Haak's folk-country feel, and Shanna's blues influence, the sound comes out in the middle creating Blues-Twang, a very "down to earth acoustic sound" (Casco Bay Weekly).
After joining singing and songwriting forces it was easy to round up Rob Sylvain and Joe Bloom to add a dynamic touch to the music. Rob's great Dobro playing is matched by Mighty Mo-Joe Bloom's extremely powerful harmonica licks. Our newest member rounds out the sound with Kris Day, from King Memphis, on Stand-up bass.
Review from indiemusic.com:
"I tried, but I can't pick a favorite track; it depends on your mood. Every time I listen, I find myself locking onto a different cut, playing it over and over. Right now, it's "When Love Is Gone." Another time, it was "Married On The Moon." I've listened to every song at least ten times, and I know I'll be wearing this one out. Underwood and Kallweit are both competent musicians with a from-the-heart songwriting style that is certain to attract a following in the indie music scene.
I could easily write a 1000-word review of this CD, but the music speaks for itself. Give it a listen, buy the CD, and tell 'em Kenny Hart sent you. You won't regret it, I promise."
Rest of article by Kenny Hart: http://singing-songwriter.kennyhart.com/2005/10/worth-listen-shanna-hawk.html
IT Rock Mag Review:
"As I opened the door to the Break Away Lounge one night two plus years ago, I had
to shake off a shiver. It wasn't cold, as it was summer. It was a reaction from the rich
tones I was hearing. The sound of these musical stylings provoked me to question if
it was an old Country Blues recording from the Jukebox, but my reaction snuffed the
notion and I quickly assessed that the sound was definitely live. I asked myself out
loud, " Who is singing that song? Whiskey June, written and vocalized by Shanna
Underwood, is an audio tattoo, of sorts, that impressed itself upon my inner ear. I
walked through the secondary door and into the lounge area to catch the end of the
song. That was my first impression of Shanna Underwood.
Haakon "The Hawk" Kallweit is an accomplished musician. The first time I saw him play he beamed with a big smile on his face, and sounding smooth as butter. Kallweit has a voice and takes the lead vocal with the same effortless enthusiasm. What proves also to be an asset is Kallweit's sense of humor. Kallweit has a way of cracking up his audiences while on stage. If he went on too long the spectacle would surely include members of the audience rolling on the floor.
Shanna and the Hawk put their music together with a simple recipe, and it often takes a slow rolling Country Blues pace. But from the first breath of each song... they cook!"
Rest of article by Mark Rankin at : http://www.itrockrag.com/archive.php?amonth=10&ayear=2004&asection=therankinfiles
Night Life, Portland Press Herald:
When I listen to Shanna and the Hawk I want it to be a lazy summer afternoon. Perhaps sitting on an outside deck of some local establishment. A small stage in the corner soon becomes home to a slow dreamy harmonica, pleasing vocals and a countryesque sound that puts the icing on a now perfect day.
I was able to hear a few of the tunes online and was impressed with what I heard. First off, the harmonica took me to that special place normally reserved for artists like The Cowboy Junkies. Then the rest of the band joins in with dobro, bass and some mellow drums. Shanna's voice impressed me and it blends well with Kallweit's. - Aimsel L. Ponti
The Beer Guy Review
"Grim and Gritty, unpolished acoustic music; think of a dark bar with the settled smoke lingering about eye-level and a bleary-eyed bartender just as drunk as you.
Shanna Underwood with her smoky and sexy voice and lonely, world weary songs, possesses that unmistakable quality that made Bonnie Raitt's early records so singular. She's the woman with the better chops than the boys and with whom they're all in love.
Haakon picks a mean guitar, not to mention pens exceptional songs and is a competent producer. "Regina," a haunting song that begins with a cocky fellow trying to pick up a woman, but, by the last note has evolved into a gut-wrenching love song, is both lyrically and vocally reminiscent of 70s Tom Waitts.
We're talking a soulful, Delta blues kind of feel." -Face Magazine
Indie Eye in Face Magazine
"Shanna and the Hawk is a name that you've more-than-likely heard before if you're from around these parts and pay attention to the music scene at all. The core of Shanna and the Hawk is Haak "the Hawk" Kallweit on songwriting, vocals, guitar and stand-up bass, and Shanna Underwood, songwriter and vocals. Backing this talented harmony-laden alt-country duo on their release are area veterans Rob Sylvain on dobro, Joe Bloom on harmonica, Mark Cousins on drums and Kris Day on stand-up bass.
They are currently taking a whole new approach to their artistry. The good news? They're preparing to release their first full-length disc of original songs titled Expectation. The bad news? They are taking the show on the road as they say and relocating to Nashville. Having built a good following in the region, the move is a logical next step. While the band stays behind, Shanna and the Hawk are taking the duo to the Music City."
Rest of article by Dave Phillips: http://www.facemag.com/archive/article.aspx?id=312
"The Acoustic duo is part Nashville and part New Orleans, creating a soulful blend of country-tinged blues." (Ben Monaghan, Portland Press Herald)