Shout It Out - 2010
Shout It Out is a collection of finely crafted, R&B-flavored pop-rock, a homage to the music that
inspired HANSON when they started out. The album produced and written exclusively by the band is
augmented with special guests: Funk Brothers bassist Bob Babbitt, who played on some of Motown’s greatest hits, and horn arranger Jerry Hey, who worked with Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more.
“The anatomy of our band is similar to a ‘70s rock band – white guys from the Midwest who grew up
listening to ‘50s and ‘60s soul, who are mixing guitars, with vintage keys and melodic songs,” Taylor
Hanson says. Adds Isaac, “We’ll always be a bit rootsy ‘cause it’s in the Oklahoma soil (the state is
also home to artists like Bob Wills, Woody Guthrie and the versatile Leon Russell), but what we’ve
never stopped aspiring to is the great songwriters and performers who struck a chord with us first,
that early rock ‘n’ rock roll and soul music from Chuck Berry to Otis Redding. We’ve rediscovered that
aspiration on this record. There’s a little more swing and a little more air.”
While Shout It Out looks back in time musically, it also represents forward movement for HANSON.
“We love playing classic songs,” says Zac Hanson. “But we never sat down and wrote our version of
what that sounds like until now.”