Hank Sinatra reaches back to the 1940’s and ’50s, for some of the greatest songs ever written. Hank has his roots in country, swing, lounge and pop, and he knows a good song transcends any genre.
In a typical set of Hank’s, you can hear songs like “Crazy,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Funny How Time Slips Away” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” These are classic tunes that everyone knows, and looks forward to hearing again.
“I don’t hear anyone doing this range of music today. I go from pop to country to swing to jazz to blues, and more. These songs and tunes work equally well in a quiet uptown dinner spot or at rowdy bar. Stripped of its labels, it’s all good music.”
Hank mines the best songs from artists such Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams and of course, Frank Sinatra. He delivers them in his own clean, smooth voice, and backs them with a solid beat that makes them swing.
“That’s the main thing, the swing beat,” Hank explains. “It always grabs me, and the audience gets it too. I love to look out and see all the heads bobbing and the toes tapping. Whether the tune is fast or slow, that steady bounce is where it’s at.”
An entrepreneur and singer-songwriter, Sperling, who was born and bred in Portland, Oregon, but now shares his time between his hometown and Los Angeles, has quite a musical pedigree to boast about. He spent time playing in hard rock and punk bands in his younger years, fronted a traditional country band, and even dabbled in a little experimental soundscaping.
All that veering between styles and sounds only served to help Sperling find his own musical voice, and give him the confidence to step out on his own with the aptly-titled Renaissance, which lives up to the dictionary’s definition of Renaissance: A rebirth or revival.
Renaissance certainly does bear the marks of his musical past and influences. Songs like “Trade Up” and “You Learn” ramble with the heart of a dusty honky-tonk house band, all shuffling drums, bluesy guitar leads, and heart on sleeve lyrics. Sperling obviously has a deep love for a good ‘60s pop record, with the perfectly wobbly “On The Top” and the Beatlesesque “Walking in the Sun.” And what the painfully beautiful “Life Without Love” proves is that he can jangle and float like the best indie folk in the world.
The connecting thread for all of these tunes is not just Sperling’s poignant singing but also his singular, unclouded view of his life and the world around him.
“These songs are the truth that I’ve arrived at,” he says, “but with a humorous cynicism through a lot of it. I want people to get a picture of how I see life.