New from Heart’s Ann Wilson: Stream ‘The Hammer,’ a Roaring Rock Anthem


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There is some serious swagger on display throughout “The Hammer,” a new song debuted by Ann Wilson of Heart on Thursday afternoon.

Snarling guitars and Wilson’s standard powerhouse vocals elevate the track, which features guitar riffage from Tyler Boley and B3 organ work from Dan Walker.

In a message to fans, Wilson said of the song: “We had a great time recording this one, remembering that in reality, there are no rules of engagement where real rock is concerned.”

“The Hammer” follows the early February premiere of “Tender Heart,” another new solo track from Ann Wilson, which later received a music video starring Olympic Ice Skater Gracie Gold (a 2014 Olympic team event bronze medalist, among other career milestones) and featuring cinematography from Nina Petrenko.

Said Wilson of that song:

“‘Tender Heart’ came out of a personal struggle, but quickly evolved into a greater, more universal meaning. We as the human race are coming to realize realities we never dreamed we’d have to face – environmentally, culturally, financially, and health-wise. Humanity is coming to terms with uncomfortable, heartbreaking, terrifying truths. This song is for the soul whose heart is blindsided by reality, but is still soft and innocent. I hope people will identify with this song and feel they are not alone.”

“The Hammer” and “Tender Heart” follow last October’s premiere of a timely cover of Steve Earle’s “The Revolution Starts Now!”:

This activity from Ann also comes during a busy stretch for her sister and band mate in Heart, Nancy Wilson, who will release her first-ever solo album in May.


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