Hopkins is legit: She's Alabama-bred, farm-raised in hard times. Her mom performed with rock bands in mini-skirts and go-go boots. Her grandfather's music was a tremendous inspiration. Hopkins has matured into a genuine triple threat as songwriter, singer and guitarist.
As a songwriter...Hopkins seasons swampy, Gulf Coast funkiness with angular voicings of extended and suspended chords. Listen for examples on "In Spite of Yourself" or "Don't Ask Why." It's classic tension-and-release with a groove and lyrics that reveal mileage, honesty and soul. It's survival music you can dance to.
As a singer, Hopkins has a big, distinctive voice that effectively communicates varied emotions. The acoustic "Everything Money Can Buy" puts you on the front porch on a summer evening, right about dinnertime.
As a guitarist, Hopkins can be, at turns, raw and articulate. She's her own woman with equal parts John Lee Hooker and Billy Gibbons, and a dash of Jimmie Vaughan and Robin Trower circa Bridge of Sighs. - Georgia Music Magazine
Comin' Alive - New Album!
Donna's long-awaited and much anticipated new album, Comin' Alive, released July 2012!