Twirl Radio #882 – Hannah Judson

After ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, Mike Lidskin returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, a weekly two hour radio program which features the finest independent music and artists from the rock era. Mike’s on a mission to not “just spin rock music, but to educate listeners about this vital art form.” Indeed, he doesn’t just announce the songs, but gives histories about some of the artists, the albums, and the songs themselves.

You can catch Twirl live each Saturday afternoon, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM PST on Sacramento’s Voice, KUBU 96.5 FM, and archived right here, as well as at If you haven’t headed into your Saturday night with an earful of Twirl, you’re doing it wrong!

Artist | Track | Album
Rain Kings | Mad At The World | Tales From The Edge, Vol. 4
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Rogers & Butler | Possibilities | Diana Dors
Girls On Grass | Thoughts Are Free | Dirty Power
Lloyd Cole And The Commotions | Rattlesnakes | Rattlesnakes
Don Hawkins | Juggernaut | Stutter Step
Addison Love | Unsolicited Phone Calls | Big Stir Singles: The First Wave

Hannah Judson interview
Hannah Judson | Here We Are | I Wanna Know
Hannah Judson | Parachute (Live)
Hannah Judson | Daniel | I Wanna Know
Hannah Judson | Got A Thing For You (Live)

Maxi Dunn | I’m Only Here Because Of You | Edmund & Leo
Trip Wire | Act Fast | Once & Always
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
Nick Eng | Too Good For Anyone | Long Shot
Jefferson Airplane | D.C.B.A.-25 | Surrealistic Pillow
Wilkerson | You Still Owe Me A Kiss | Wilkerson
R. Stevie Moore | Another Day Slips Away | Afterlife
Elk City | Sparrow | Everybody’s Insecure
Smoking Popes | You Spoke To Me | Destination Failure
Krista D | Simple Social Tragedy | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Steve Barton | Before I Get Too Young | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Chancellorpink | Cracking Up | All Of Them Monsters
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | You Dear | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
The Cherry Bluestorms | Purple Heart Magic | Whirligig!
Vegas With Randolph | You Could Say Yes | Legs & Luggage
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar
The Morning Line | South Carolina | North
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
Matt Langlois | Let Your Sunshine Out | Merde!
Bill Lloyd | Interrupted | Working The Long Game
Kai Danzberg | Not Only Sunshine (Reprise) | Not Only Sunshine
Walker Brigade | Shake Shimmy | Therapy Animal

On this week’s show, singer-songwriter Hannah Judson returns for an in-studio visit–and a live performance of a couple of new songs. What a treat! Hannah is an American expatriate who lives in Paris. She’s the second one we’ve had on Twirl this year–Erik Blakely of The Bottle Kids visited in February. She’s also only the second musician to perform live in the Twirl studios this year, and guess who was the first? Yep, Eric Blakely again! So I can honestly say, with a straight face, that every musician who’s visited me from France this year has performed live in the Sacramento Twirl studios! Can you draw any conclusions from this? Well, I guess we’d have to get more musicians in from Paris, and see how they behave.

But enough of the statistics. We had a wonderful, lively chat. Hannah is back in Northern California for the summer, working on her next album with producer Pepe Espada of Banjo Bones. Although her self-proclaimed genre is “lo-fi indie folk rock”, her usual instrument is a Fender Telecaster, and she tends more towards the rock side of the house.

It’s pretty apparent from the sound of her new music that it can scale rather nicely, from acoustic solo performance to full rock band treatment. These new songs you’ll hear will be on an 8 song EP, due out around winter 2019-2020.

Hannah will be playing selected dates on the west coast this summer, then touring the northeast in the fall, finally winding up back in Europe in mid-October. Try to catch one of her shows if you can. More info at


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