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     Kevin Hanna - Bass

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 tIt's a rare moment indeed when bass player Kevin Hanna is caught on stage or on film without his trademark sunglasses!o 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.

Kevin gets "in the zone" during a Zink Alloy performance at Grav's Pub in Arctic.Otherwise 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 .

 

     

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