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The music industry is not known for sure bets, but a decade ago The Bittersweetslooked like that elusive band, “destined for stardom,” as the East Bay Express wrote at the time. They were on a major radio station in San Francisco before playing their first show. By their third show, there was serious label interest, and their fifth show involved opening for Train at the Fillmore West. There was the meeting with the major booking agency where they got a unanimous thumbs-up from every agent (a first for the agency). As Peter Cooper wrote on the cover of the lifestyle section of the Tennessean, “Dumb luck is meeting a high-powered music attorney at a party and sliding into a record deal that way. This band’s fortunes have more to do with Meyers’ songs, (and) Prater’s dusky, evocative voice…”
Their two records were nearly universally praised by critics, and they spent the next several years on the road, playing upwards of 200 shows a year and opening for acts such as Cowboy Junkies, CAKE, Roseanne Cash, Buddy Miller, and Emmylou Harris. Numerous songs were placed in network and cable TV shows. Despite these successes, they decided to take a break and get off the road to start a family.
But they kept writing, and after a significant hiatus, friend and producer Greg Bieck (Hall & Oates, Christina Aguilera) convinced them to get into his studio to put the new songs to tape. Joined by John Jackson (Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams) on guitar, Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin) on bass, Ken Lewis (The Civil Wars, Lorde) on drums, and longtime collaborator Jason Goforth (Over the Rhine, John Paul White), they spent a week in the studio, creating what would turn out to be their finest record to date.
In Spring, 2018, they began touring again, both as a duo and with an incredible band. The new music will trickle out to streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and YouTube over 2018 and 2019 via Compass Records. Despite immediate rumblings across the Nashville music world with talk of The Bittersweets being back, this time, they are taking everything in stride.
“We’re so excited and a bit nervous to get back out there again,” says Hannah. “But I feel like we need to plunge into this new chapter and see what unfolds. It feels like a rebirth.”
Hannah Miller writes dark and soothing music that in the words of one perceptive listener “gives you half a feeling of happiness and half of loneliness”. Her dark, ambient style has been heard on shows such as This Is Us (seasons one and two), Sons of Anarchy, The Following and Pretty Little Liars as well as in several indie films (Little Women, Trash Fire, June Adrift, The Staying Kind, Other Versions of You) and in national advertising campaigns for companies like Pitney Bowes and DSW. She recently finished a couple of tours as support for the folk duo The Secret Sisters and released her 3rd full length record March 6, 2018 on boutique label Sorted Noise. She currently continues to write and release music regularly.