Tommy John Ehman serves up a new take on Bruce Springsteen’s timeless Hungry Heart — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
“Hungry Heart has been one of my favourite Springsteen songs, right from its original release in 1980, even before I knew it was The Boss singing it,” the country singer-songwriter shares. “It’s such a classic. It’s simple yet complex. Happy yet sad at the same time. Thoughtful yet spontaneous. I think we can all relate to that after 2020. And who doesn’t need more heart in these socially distant days?! When I would play it live, it always got the crowd going and having fun, and we could all use more of that right now. This is a song to fall in love with all over again.”
Teeming with his resonant vocals — plus his own tasteful tweaks to the track — Ehman’s version of Hungry Heart was produced by Brad Prosko of Regina’s B-Rad Studio. (There’s a further Bossman connection afoot: Prosko also produced Ehman’s fourth studio album Wheels of Life — which featured the legendary bassist Garry Tallent of Springsteen’s E Street Band.) Drummer Jayson Brinkworth, bassist Shane Hendrickson (Aaron Pritchett) and keyboardist Mike Little (George Canyon) round out the track’s contributors.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Ehman is deeply entrenched in his rural roots — both musically, and otherwise. He and his family live on their fifth-generation farm and, while a degenerative eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa reduced his day-to-day activities, it hasn’t precluded him from writing songs and performing live. With six studio albums to his credit — including 2019’s Day Night — Ehman has had multiple Top 100 charting songs, radio placements, and media features nationwide. He’s received a number of Saskatchewan Country Music Award nominations — including nods this year nods for Songwriter of the Year and Male Artist of the Year — and shared the stage with the likes of his band Idle Rains, Midnight Highway, Doc Walker, Michelle Wright and more.