Rebecca Haviland is a petite, polite singer who, when she opens her mouth, channels a furious, beat-up, fed-up blues diva standing in a snowstorm at a bus station at 4 in the morning two dollars short of a ticket to nowhere. Her songwriting partner, Chris Anderson, only stops playing 4-stringed electric and acoustic instruments long enough to eat and listen to Tom Waits, Warren Zevon, Willie Nelson, Randy Newman and David Gray.
Together, Haviland and Anderson comprise the hotter-than-hell alt-country act Whiskey Heart, who’ve been performing around Manhattan and elsewhere long enough to hone a tight, crisp live show, headlining at venues in NYC and touring the US, where people dig their down-home, all-natural act exploding with heart, soul and guts. The two met at NYC’s Red Lion in 2003 shortly after graduating from Purchase University, where they'd never crossed paths while students. Their common interests and musical tastes quickly formed the nucleus of an eyeball-to-eyeball song and performance collaboration, though, and Whiskey Heart was born.
Their debut album, “Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart,” self-produced and co-written by Haviland and Anderson, was recorded live in the studio with a full band, featuring Todd Caldwell on Hammond B3 (Crosby Stills & Nash), Rich Hinman on pedal steel and electric guitar (Rosanne Cash, Sara Bareilles), and Kenny Shaw on drums (Abby Payne, Dispatch). It includes the singles “Collide With Me” and “It’s Not Wrong.”
After spending the last year touring as backing musicians for 7x platinum selling pop artist Rachel Platten ("Fight Song", "Stand By You"), Rebecca and Chris will be heading back into the studio to work on their next album, to be released in 2017.
For more information, including more photos and links to tracks off their self-titled album, friend Haviland on Facebook, Twitter, and check her website at www.rebeccahaviland.com.