Bass player Kevin Hanna is the
senior member of Zink Alloy, and his skill at carrying
the band's bass line is beyond compare. Kevin is not
"just another bass player." His upbeat style and
trademark sunglasses, as well as his antics with the
upright have come to demand as much attention from Zink
Alloy's audiences as any other member of the band.
Kevin got his start as a musician at the
age of 11, when he began learning how to play the
upright bass in his school orchestra. His parents, he
explained, could not afford a saxophone or trombone, and
playing in the school orchestra allowed him to learn a
musical instrument for free.
Kevin moved to the electric bass in his
freshman year of high school, joining the Coventry High
School Jazz Band. He was the only freshman to be named to
the Junior All-State Jazz Band that first year.
Kevin started playing professionally
that year, too, and at the age of 14 joined the country
band, Country Stop, which had a regular gig at
the Three-Star Lounge on Nooseneck Hill Road, which is
now Venus Pizza. Kevin played with Country Stop until he
was about 20 years old, and the band became known as the
premiere country band in the area, backing up various
Nashville acts -- such as Ferland Husky and Don Gibson
-- that just happened to be passing through the area.
After leaving Country Stop, Kevin turned
his attention to rock and roll, playing with the local
bands Tiger Rose and Sand Dollar, a
popular band from Coventry. In the early '80s, he joined
Jack Smith and the Rockabilly Planet.
In 1986, Kevin met guitar player
Smokin' Bill Zink, and the rest, as they say, is
history. The two formed a band called the Rhythm
Rockets at that time, and have played together on
and off for the past 17 years.
known as "Joe Bass," Kevin Hanna has a
wife, Judy, and resides in West
Greenwich, RI. The couple have two children. By day,
Kevin works as a union bricklayer .