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|Sister Hazel||Primary Artist|
|Jett Beres||Bass, Group Member|
|Ken Block||Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Group Member|
|Andrew Copeland||Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member|
|Mark Trojanowski||Drums, Group Member|
|Ryan Newell||Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Group Member|
|Darwin Martin||Organ, Piano|
|John Deaderick||Organ, Piano|
|Bill Airey Smith||Strings, Conductor|
|Bill Smith||Strings, Conductor|
|Stan Lynch||Composer, Lyricist, Producer|
|Mike Daly||Composer, Lyricist|
|Cynthia Cochrane||Art Direction|
|Pat McGee||Composer, Lyricist|
|Jett Beres||Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Art Direction|
|Ken Block||Composer, Lyricist, Producer|
|Mark Trojanowski||Composer, Lyricist, Producer|
|Britton Cameron||Composer, Lyricist, Engineer|
|Emerson Hart||Composer, Lyricist|
|Ryan Newell||Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer|
|Ken Kelly||Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing|
|Bill Airey Smith||Orchestration|
|Chip Matthews||Engineer, Executive Producer|
|Drew Copeland||Composer, Lyricist|
|Chuck Carrier||Composer, Lyricist|
|Lindsey Kelly||Composer, Lyricist|
|Ken Kelly||Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer|
My husband turned me on to Sister Hazel when we started dating almost nine years ago. He has been a fan since the beginning. Now I am hooked. This latest album continues Sister Hazel's unique sound. Their complex melodies, smooth harmonies and lyrical gems blend to produce a perfect mix of soul and rock. A tight band who can bring intimate stories to life, Sister Hazel once again has created an album full of relatiable topics from heartbreak to intense love. Check this one out then check out their previous albums. You are going to love them all. Then see them live. We just saw them Wednesday night at an intimate theatre with less than 100 seats but they thrived in this unique setting. Ken Block compared the room to VH1 Storytellers. They took questions and requests from the audience without hesistation. So listen to this fantastic album and fall in love with this band called Sister Hazel, and then check them out live and you will love them even more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
It's All For New: Hazel's Latest Release Breaks The Norm, Molds A Form...
By Denton Ramsey
Fifteen years and seven studio albums into their career, Sister Hazel is soaring to new heights -- and from their self-titled white album days to their latest Release, these guys don't miss a beat. Ken Block, Drew Copeland, Ryan Newell, Jett Beres, and Mark Trojanowski are the masterminds behind the magic -- running through new musical scores like an All-Duke Basketball Team led by Coach K.
The five Hazel members are more than just band buddies -- they take music and their passion for writing and composing music to a brand new level with Release, breaking the norm by a long-shot in their approach to their newest album, due to hit stores on Aug. 18.
With Release, Sister Hazel has jumped into a category that may very well stand alone. This musical masterpiece, the bands seventh disc of original material, was a true team effort in its creation.
All five band members came to the table with numerous songs, and each member was given two tracks for the album, with Copeland and Newell garnering three apiece.
"We felt it was time for a different type of record, and we figured the best way to make a different kind of record is to change the record making process," Newell said.
The band also used a similar approach when recording their 2007 Christmas album, Santa's Playlist. In addition to contributing a song, the songwriter would then guide his design through the recording process.
"The concept worked so well for us," Trojanowski said. "We thought we'd use it on our studio album."
Compiling their songs and meeting at the band's favorite Gainesville rehearsal place, these five amazing musicians played through the material before traveling to Nashville to demo the tunes prior to Newell working on the tracks at his home studio, with band members dropping in from time to time.
In my opinion, the concept worked to perfection -- and I hope to see a similar approach in future records from the band. It's just amazing how much talent each and every Hazel member brings to the table. They're my modern-day Pink Floyd. I love these guys.
It's absolutely amazing how much these guys have grown since first forming in the early 90's in Gainesville. And from the Rock Boat to Lyrics for Life, these guys give it their all -- and that's why I love them. So what's next from this group we've all come to know as Sister Hazel?
"Right now, we're on a tear," Block said. "And we hope to keep things really rolling."
Roll on, Sister Hazel. Rock and Roll on.
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For more information on the band, including how to purchase their albums and to check their tour schedule, visit their website at www.sisterhazel.com.
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Posted November 15, 2009
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