Beginning Friday 3/3 Rebecca and her band will be releasing a series of covers with a special Whiskey Heart twist. All of the songs are near and dear to the band, beginning with one of Rebecca's favorite songs of all…Read more
"We’ve all been there. Long night, good night, bad night, any night, and the only thing that makes sense is rolling down the windows and blasting music that takes you to a different place. It’s the feeling Haviland and her band, Whiskey Heart, wanted to capture with their new single, “Hideaway,” and they nailed it"
“Rebecca Haviland asserts her individual voice as an
expressive force on the passion-fueled Bright City Lights,
a gritty exploration of identity and culture.”
– Atwood Magazine
"echoing the best elements of the Wallflowers, Ryan Adams's Cardinals, and an
imaginarily distaff Black Crowes. Whiskey Heart may be Rebecca Haviland's band, but the term describes the honeyed bourbon strut of her voice as well"
Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart, a roots rock Americana band based in New York, consists of bassist Chris Anderson (Martin Sexton), drummer Kenny Shaw (Dispatch) and B3 player Todd Caldwell (Crosby Stills and Nash). Rebecca’s big vocals and intimate songwriting accompanied by her soulful band break new barriers with their unique form of Americana. Their album Bright City Lights released in 2018 was called “hauntingly beautiful” by Paste Magazine, and “the rare seven song disc that deserves to be stretched to a full length” by Chronogram. After completing a tour opening for Martin Sexton in 2018, Rebecca and her band released two live albums, Sun Studio Sessions Volume 1 and Volume 2, tracked across two late night recording sessions at the famous Sun Studio in Memphis, TN where artists like Elvis and Johnny Cash made their first recordings. Their episode of Sun Studio Sessions Live taped for PBS and other public television stations is airing now nationwide. The new single, Hide Away, inspired by a collection of late night memories, will be released May 17th with tour dates to follow.
Rebecca, the granddaughter of jazz musicians, got her start at a young age when her father started sneaking her into bars at the age of 13 to sit in with her uncle's blues band. Her first album with Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart, released in 2012, received awards in the International Songwriting Competition and Unsigned Only Competition. After a year playing keyboards and guitar for multi-platinum selling pop artist Rachel Platten, which included television performances on Ellen and Good Morning America with performances across North America, Europe, Australia and Japan, Rebecca decided to head back in the studio with a collection of songs inspired by her travels and her love for American roots music.
"Bright City Lights" was released in April of 2018 and produced by Don DiLego (Jesse Malin, Hollis Brown) at Atomic Sound in Brooklyn featuring the singles, "Bright City Lights," and "You and I." The music video for "You and I" received a nomination in the International Songwriting Competition category for best music video.
Early 2019 brought the release of two live albums, tracked in two separate late night sessions at the famous Sun Studio in Memphis, TN where artists like Elvis and Johnny Cash made their first recordings. Volume 1 features a collection of originals and covers including the John Prine song Angel From Montgomery, and Slipped Tripped Fell In Love by artist Ann Peebles. Volume 2 features original songs taped for the band's episode of Sun Studio Sessions Live airing now on public television and PBS stations nationwide.
Rebecca release singles "Hideaway" and "Stone Cold Lonesome" in 2019. "These songs are meant to be a collection of stories and memories, but I also wanted all the songs to create a nostalgic feel and simultaneously be awesome late night driving songs, the kind of songs you put on after leaving a hang on a cool summer night, and you're driving with the windows down on the highway thinking about what could have been, what was said, and what might be."
With Covid putting a pause on touring for the last year, Rebecca headed back into the studio in October of 2020 to track a holiday EP called "A Holiday To Remember," with her band and horn section including Matt Owens on trumpet, Steven Salcedo on Saxophone, and Jimmy O'Connell on trombone. It was released in December of 2020 featuring two original Christmas songs and a cover of Jingle Bells.
As Covid restrictions continue to lift, Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart will be hitting the ground running and plans to head out back on tour and release new music. Check back to our tour list often for updates!