The Hilonesome Band Returns to the Stage with New Album and Music Video on the Way
Hello Dear Friends,
Well, the Hilonesome Band and I send you greetings as we begin to emerge from our winter's cocoon ~ hibernating with the work of our new album "Not That Kind of Girl" which is in it's completion stage as I write.
The album has been 8 months in the making, actually more like a year, since we began the recording in January of 2014 with Herb Pedersen and Chris Hillman joining us in the studio to create our version of J.D. Souther's classic song "Prisoner in Disguise." This collaboration sprang from a conversation during the fall of 2013 between the three of us as a tribute to Linda Rondstadt. Herb then agreed to produce our album and we commenced working on the rest of the songs in June of last year. Herb has also played and sung on several songs on the record and it's just stellar.
I'm excited about this album. It represents the work of the HL Band for the last two years since releasing "White Swan" in March of 2013. I began the work of The Woodshed Sessions last January (2014) with the goal of developing new songs from the band to be put on stage each month at The Coffee Gallery here in Los Angeles. Proprietor Bob Stane was gracious and accommodating in allowing me to develop a new concert series there ~ a perfect stage for us to work out. We also presented a guest songwriter each month and were proud to present local faves such as Ernest Troost, Michael Fleming, Tracy Newman, Brad Colerick, Brian Joseph and Merlin Snider. The deal was that they had to bring a brand spanking-new song to the boards that month, just as we were doing: a song that had never hit the boards before and perform it out for the first time. We developed a bunch of new songs this way, and that's what you'll hear on this album.
Besides "Prisoner," other cuts on the album will include six originals from our own Rob Carlson, along with covers from David Olney, Denise Hagan and Ernest Troost. The feel of the album will be decidedly Americana, a true melting-pot of folk music-based sounds including standard country, contemporary folk, Texas swing, Joni Mitchell-style jazz-rock, traditional old-country folk ballads and bossa-nova-style jazz, with the classic 70's sound of "Prisoner in Disguise" featuring Hillman and Pedersen topping off the eclectic mix.
We think you'll like what you hear. Look for the album to debut at our shows in April. More news will be coming of this new album in next month's newsletter, along with the an announcement about our new music video of "Prisoner in Disguise" from Dawg Haus Films. You'll also find a new gallery of photos from our studio work with Hillman and Pedersen on the Gallery Page
As I write I find myself in the middle of a crossroads, with many new ventures on the horizon. Our shows this year will feature many co-billed performances with the great Bay area band Houston Jones - the first one being right here in Southern California at the venerable McCabe's Guitar Shop. Your feet will begin to dance and your jaws will just drop when you hear them ~ especially the incredible guitar work of their lead player, Glenn Houston. And we'll surprise you with some music collaborations with those guys also ~ so make sure to join us on April 19th (see our Calendar page for show details).
I'm also developing a Jean Ritchie show for our appearance in Chicago in September on the live radio broadcast FolkStage with Rich Warren. I'm really happy to be returning to that show and perform the songs of my dear Jean for the audience that has asked for them.
A few other shows coming up this year I'm very excited about: our return to the Pasadena Folk Music Society in June, the Valhalla Music and Arts Festival in Lake Tahoe in August and finally in November a return to a truly favorite stage of ours, Berkeley's Freight & Salvage, again with the great Houston Jones sharing the night. I really can't wait for that one.
In the meantime, we send you all our very best. Please watch for more news of the new album which is right on the cusp of being in your hands. We're very grateful and very happy to be sharing this new work with all of you.
With love and gratitude,
PS: My new column is up on FolkWorks - find it here: http://folkworks.org/columns/singin-the-moon-up-susie-glaze/45602-tall-tales-for-a-long-winter-night-lord-thomas-and-fair-ellender