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Covington native ready to release third album

Country singer-songerwriter Hannah Thomas, a native of Covington, will have a full-band album release and birthday show at Eddie Owen Presents @ The Red Clay Theater in downtown Duluth at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.

Country singer-songerwriter Hannah Thomas, a native of Covington, will have a full-band album release and birthday show at Eddie Owen Presents @ The Red Clay Theater in downtown Duluth at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.

COVINGTON -- Hometown country music singer-songwriter Hannah Thomas continues to grow and evolve as an artist.

Thomas, a native of Covington who moved to Decatur six months ago, is releasing her third album, which is her first studio album in two years. This time, she had a little help.

"This album was funded by the fans," said Thomas, whose family and many friends still live in Covington. "The record wouldn't be possible without them."

The album, called "Goodbye on Wasted Time," is produced by Rob Gal, who also has worked with fellow Georgia artists Sugarland and Shawn Mullins, and Jaron Pearlman, an Atlanta musician.

"This is the album I've always always wanted to make," Thomas said. "I went back to my roots and started writing songs that I wanted to write. There's definitely more of an edge to this album, compared to my previous releases. You can hear all kinds of influences with a broad spectrum of genres."

Combined with her country roots and with influences like '90s alternative and Bonnie Raitt, it also features a guest appearance by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, another one of her influences.

"We met through mutual friends," Thomas said, adding that they also share a couple of band members. "When I wrote 'Pacifier,' I could feel and hear the Amy influence, so it was natural to ask her to be a guest vocalist on the song. The song is about being yourself regardless of what anyone thinks or who they want you to be."

She will have a full-band album release and birthday show at Eddie Owen Presents@ The Red Clay Theater in downtown Duluth at 8 p.m. Feb. 2. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $15. Openers include Sonia Tetlow of Cowboy Mouth and Sarah Golden of NBC's "The Voice."

"The show will definitely be high octane, as always," said Thomas, whose birthday is the day before the show. "The band has a lot of energy, and there will be a lot of crowd interaction. My hope is that whoever comes to the show can forget about all their troubles for just a little while and have a great time."

She's ready to play for her hometown again -- she's spent the last year and a half touring the East Coast, stopping at places like The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, New York City and The 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida with Lucinda Williams and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

"The hometown crowd has been supporting me since day one," said Thomas, daughter of Carol and Tommy Thomas. "It's always great to come back to a place that feels like that and see familiar faces. It's an awesome feeling to see how much the audience has grown."