The upbeat, airtight, three-part family harmonies of the Sons of the San Joaquin are being heard in a lot more places these days. This sound has carried Joe, Jack, and Lon Hannah from church and community gatherings to places like Switzerland, where traditional cowboy music is even more revered than modern country music. In the Arabian Peninsula they found enthusiastic receptions from people who regard their own traditions to be a close parallel to our cowboy heritage.
Here at home, their widespread acceptance is an indication of the rich durability of the music and the quality presentation of Jack Hannah's highly respected original cowboy material. Cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell refers to Jack Hannah as "one of the very best cowboy songwriters".
They gained a needed break when Lon met cowboy singer Gary McMahan at a Western Music Association convention. He invited the trio to perform at the 1989 Elko Nevada Poetry Gathering. There they ended up singing on stage with Michael Martin Murphey, who invited them to join him on his Cowboy Songs album.
In 1992, Joe and Jack were able to take early retirement from teaching to pursue the Son's growing career full-time. Lon took leave of absence from teaching before resigning in mid 1993. There are a number of avenues of expression opening up to this dynamic trio. Their repertoire includes arrangements for an evening of Western Music and symphony orchestra and they are continuing to field international invitations. Television appearances include the Grand Ole Opry, Austin City Limits, Nashville Now, American Music Shop, Prime-Time Country and Old Time Country Music.
Since 1992, the Sons of the San Joaquin have recorded several albums. One of them being "Gospel Trails" which features some of the Hannnah's favorite hymns. One of the selections, "In the Sweet By and By", features a special appearance by Dale Evans Rogers as lead vocalist.
A lifetime of family singing combined with their true love of cowboy music has the Sons of the San Joaquin in constant demand. Family is the key word for the Sons of the San Joaquin. Joe, Jack and Linda, and Lon and Susan consider anyone who has ever picked up a rope, watched an old Western, or hummed a cowboy tune, to be part of their family.