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Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band Radio now lives on our Pandora radio channel, featuring our new release "White Swan"!  Check it out for some great artists in our ballpark.

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Our First Music Video

Our very first music video is finished and ready.  This is Ernest Troost's fine song "Harlan County Boys" from our album "White Swan."  Thanks to SunDog Studio Los Angeles for their amazing work on it!  


February-March News

Announcing the March 19 Release of "White Swan"

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"Exceptional musicianship... stunning, timeless ballads... like a clear mountain stream is the pure, clear voice of Susie Glaze...this is one gorgeous album - a 'must discover.'"  Folkworks

 

"Glaze and company have done a wonderful job of charming us in the past but now it seems like her recent vintage live set was to clear the palette before the next stage was set. A bluegrass crew that could easily stand toe to toe with Union Station, this crew has elected to widen the lens and take newgrass into the wide open mixing in Celtic, folk, roots, Americana and a full range of indigenous sounds that blend into a wonderful down home, home grown stew. Boldly powering their way down their own new cut road, if you haven't had the chance to enjoy the Glaze sound yet, this is the place to jump in to be totally blown away. This is the perfect record for anyone that's ever wondered what the big deal about roots/Americana is to find out what's what."   Chris Spector for Midwest Record

Read more: February-March News

New Review of "White Swan"

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Tim Carrol's Review of "White Swan" on FolkWords.com came out today!
http://www.folkwords.com/latestreviews_84043.html










January 2013 Newsletter

January 2013

Dear Friends,

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Happy New Year!

I hope the New Year is off to a great start for everyone.  Here in Los Angeles we are laughing at ourselves at how we cannot take this cold snap ~ our friends and family in more northern climates are chuckling too, as they are used to below freezing for this time of year.  Angelenos, it seems, are mightily “put out” when the temps get below 85!

Read more: January 2013 Newsletter

December 2012 News

December 2012

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Greetings, Dear Friends!

Happy holiday season to all our friends on the list.   I'm delighted to be sending news of our great line up of December shows and also whetting your appetite for our new CD release that will be on the streets starting in January, "White Swan."  Here are some selected notes on the record.  I'll be writing again next month with news of an exciting CD release concert here in Los Angeles as well as updates on the release date, reviews, etc.

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Stories of tragedy and transcendence ~ the overpowering confrontation with one's destiny ~ the sweet pathos in losing love and growing older ~ this is the human condition that gave rise to the urge to create folk songs from the earliest ages of human history...With the introduction of new evocative writing by Rob, integrating historical elements along with new and deeper complexity in music, our sound has made a most interestingly subtle shift: we've cast a wider net to find a sound unlike anything we've done before. What is here is a true melting pot of influences that move us, from bluegrass to country to Celtic to Appalachia, and we've found our true home in this, our new, unique sound.

 

Lead guitarist Rob Carlson's original songwriting is again a main focus of this album with four new songs, and some of the most sophisticated folk music on the scene today. Songs of tragedy at the hands of violence and mistaken identity, as well as lighthearted musings on love and growing older make up an eclectic and tunefully lovely mix. Also featured are songs from two other Los Angeles songwriters: Ernest Troost's great "Evangeline," and "Harlan County Boys," and Fur Dixon in collaboration with Rob on "Little Rabbit." As on earlier albums, the work of the great Jean Ritchie is present, with the profoundly moving "The Soldier." Fred - Bragg Rehearsal Fred Sanders makes his songwriting debut with the Hilonesome Band on his original song of family, "Rockin' in Your Grand Daddys' Chair," and Steve Rankin is the fine and Grass Valley - Steve in BW expressive lead on Steve Earle's poetic "Me and the Eagle." James Taylor's great anthem "Mill Worker" opens the album as a tribute to all working women everywhere. Also included is a recording originally appearing on Susie's "Singin' The Moon Up" Jean Ritchie tribute, the great "Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender (here as "Fair Ellender"), one of the most well-known of the original "Child Ballads" developed by Ritchie. Susie on the haunting lead vocal is joined by Ritchie sons Peter and Jon Pickow, and famed East coast fiddler, Kenny Kosek.

Until next month, please visit us on Our Facebook Page ~ Come on out to a show, bring friends, and come say hey!

We send you love and blessings and wishes for a very happy holiday season,

Susie and the Hilonesome Band

Steve Rankin, Mark Indictor, Rob Carlson and Fred Sanders

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White Swan Is On The Way!

October 21, 2012

"White Swan" Is on the Way!

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"Fate gave the word, the arrow sped, and pierced my darling's heart….and with him all the joys have fled that life can to me impart…"

Dear Friends,

I'm thrilled to be working on our new album even as I write, tentatively titled "White Swan."  Below are some notes on the production that will give you an idea of what's coming.  I hope you'll read and be intrigued!

Stories of tragedy and transcendence ~ the overpowering confrontation with one's destiny ~ the sweet pathos in losing love and growing older ~ this is the human condition that gave rise to the urge to create folk songs from the earliest ages of human history.

This is the most truly collaborative work I've ever released.  The fine players of the Hilonesome Band and I have created these songs together and on this album you hear their voices alongside my own.  The band was just absolutely amazing in the studio.  I felt so thrillingly happy as I stood in the studio booth and sang the songs we’ve perfected over the last year and a half.  I looked around to see if anybody just noticed how great everything was sounding!  Excitingly, we developed Ernest Troost’s “Harlan County Boy” at the last minute when we realized we needed another song to fill out the album.  Luckily, Steve and Rob and I had worked on the song in late July and had a great arrangement all ready with a demo to practice with and charts.  So we got that song together in just a couple of hours and to me that is the mark of a great band, the ability to pull out a great performance in a short time because of technical skill and collaborative bonding.  I’m so excited by the outcome.  I think this song of Ernest’s is, like all his work, profound, poetic and beautiful.

This album is a real milestone for our band, marking an evolution that has had a long coming of age.  Our growth and evolution has made me look back to sum up this now almost ten year journey.  We've come a long way from the early years of our band's inception.  Our first album "Blue Eyed Darlin'" released in 2005 introduced us to the world via the songwriting of our lead guitarist, Rob Carlson.  We reached for the sounds of bluegrass because it was the music we loved ~ we were drawn to the stories, the romance, the warnings, the humor and the tragedies.  With the introduction of new evocative writing by Rob, integrating historical elements along with new and deeper complexity in music, our sound has made a most interestingly subtle shift:  we've cast a wider net to find a sound unlike anything we've done before.  What is here is a true melting pot of influences that move us, from bluegrass to country to Celtic to Appalachia, and we've found our true home in this, our new, unique sound.

Lead guitarist Rob Carlson's original songwriting is again a main focus of this album with four new songs, and some of the most sophisticated folk music on the scene today.  Songs of tragedy at the hands of violence and mistaken identity, as well as lighthearted musings on love and growing older make up an eclectic and tunefully lovely mix.  Also featured are songs from two other Los Angeles songwriters: Ernest Troost's great "Evangeline," and "Harlan County Boy," and Fur Dixon in collaboration with Rob on "Little Rabbit." As on earlier albums, the work of the great Jean Ritchie is present, with the profoundly moving "The Soldier."  Fred Sanders makes his songwriting debut with the Hilonesome Band on his original song of family, "Rockin' in Your Grand Daddys' Chair," and Steve Rankin is the fine and expressive lead on Steve Earle's poetic "Me and the Eagle." James Taylor's great anthem "Mill Worker" opens the album as a tribute to all working women everywhere.  Also included is a recording originally appearing on Susie's "Singin' The Moon Up" Jean Ritchie tribute, the great "Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender (here as "Fair Ellender"), one of the most well-known of the original "Child Ballads" developed by Ritchie.  Susie on the haunting lead vocal is joined by Ritchie sons Peter and Jon Pickow, and famed East coast fiddler, Kenny Kosek.

We are indebted once again to our fine friend and collaborator Rick Cunha who has done a masterful job of engineering for this record.  Rick has been working with us and for us since the early days of the Eight Hand String Band in 2000 for their record “Simple Truth.”  He’s since engineered our albums “Home On the Hill,” “Blue Eyed Darlin’”, “Green Kentucky Blues” and also handled file transcription and mastering on our live stage soundtrack of “Singin’ The Moon Up: the Voice of Jean Ritchie.”  We love Rick and love working with him at his cozy and beautiful studio, the Rainbow Garage in Los Angeles.

Below is our upcoming show schedule through this year ~ we are especially gratified with the FolkScene broadcast coming up on October 28th. Tune in online at KPFK's Streaming Online and stream the show

from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.   We're also looking forward to welcoming our friends Houston Jones to Southern California during the first part of November for two shows with us.  Check that out below and make plans to join us and hear this very fine and rocking Northern California band!  These should be two really awesome shows!

Until next time, please visit us on  Our Facebook Page and Our Home Website.  Come on out to a show, bring friends and come say hey!

We all send you love and blessings,

 

Susie and the Hilonesome Band

Steve Rankin, Mark Indictor, Rob Carlson and Fred Sanders

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 Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, The Broad Stage, CalTech Folk Society, The Freight & Salvage Coffee House, WFMT'S "Folkstage " with Rich Warren, Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival, Don Quixote's International Music Hall, FolkScene with Howard and Roz Larman, McCabe's Guitar Shop, Skirball Cultural Center and California Traditional Music Society among many others.

This is the best in lush newgrass Americana folk roots fusion, gorgeous eclectic blends of mountain folk and exciting new bluegrass and Celtic-inspired originals, all with the remarkable voice of Susie Glaze.

"…one of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass and folk music today."  KPFK's FolkScene

"...with people like this to trust, my music will go on living, and soaring. And so will I."  Jean Ritchie

 

Upcoming Shows Until Year's End

Sunday, October 28th "FolkScene" Broadcast on KPFK 90.7 Pacific Radio.  6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Stream it live on www.kpfk.org www.folkscene.com

Friday, November 2, Coffee Gallery Backstage (with Houston Jones)

2029 North Lake Blvd., Altadena, CA 91001.  Showtime:  7:00 p.m.  Call for reservations:  (626) 798-6236  Visit the website for more information at www.coffeegallery.com

Saturday, November 3, Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band in concert with Bay Area country rock ensemble, Houston Jones

Boulevard Music 4316 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230.  Show time at 8:00 p.m.

Call for reservations: (310) 398-2583 and visit www.boulevardmusic.com for more information.

Saturday, December 1, CTMS Benefit 7:30 pm concert start

16953 Ventura Blvd, Encino 91316.  7:30 show time.  Other artists include Fur Dixon, Ross Altman and Tom Corbett.

December 8, Hemet Public Library

Music@The Library, 300 East Latham, Hemet, CA  92543.  2:00-3:00 p.m.

December 8, Noble House Concerts

Sherman Oaks, CA  91411.  http://www.jrp-graphics.com/noblehouse/

8:00 p.m. show.  Email our host, Barbara Greenspan at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (818) 780-5979  (Directions given upon RSVP).

December 15 Folk Works Concert at the Santa Monica History Museum

1350 7th Street  Santa Monica, CA 90401  (310) 395-2290, Doors open at 7:00 pm, Concert starts at 8:00 pm. Tickets $15.00.  Visit www.folkworks.org

August News

McCabe's Show~New Album~August Tour!  Hot, Hot, Hot! August News

August 3, 2012

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."  Martha Graham to Agnes De Mille

Dear Friends,

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The band and I had been planning for a rather slow July until the phone rang one wonderful afternoon in late June and it was McCabe's Guitar Shop offering us a show there on July 15. We excitedly kicked into high gear and ended up with a sell-out crowd and one of the finest nights we've ever had on stage. It was great to reconnect with a lot of our Los Angeles friends who hadn't seen the band in awhile and show them our new stuff! Big thanks go to Wayne Griffiths in the sound booth for giving us the best sound support we've ever had, and Lincoln Myerson at McCabe's for inviting us to play. It was an awesome night! Here are some photos from Cam Sanders Photography, and videos are on the way. We were asked back on the spot and will premier our new CD "White Swan" at a CD release concert there in March 2013.

Some audience comments:

"I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed the show, your sets, your selections and the SOUND! I came for the Sound and you guys and the mixer did not disappoint. Your voice and the band, not[e] for note, just rang effortlessly thru that hall. Everyone member of your crew had many moments to shine, but I always leave your shows with your voice in my ear. What a room. Your warmth and the room are a distinct match."

"...It was awesome. And what a great crowd you had. The place was packed...Again, what a great show. You were great and the band was just wonderful."

We have an amazing August coming up: first we welcome the great Lisa Burns on bass to our ensemble for a Northern California mini-tour the second weekend as we return to a favorite, the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Tres Pinos, California near San Jose. Later in the month we return to Brad Colerick's fine songwriter series at the Firefly in South Pasadena and that weekend the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena. We're also starting on (drumroll!) at last! our NEW ALBUM "White Swan" working again with our dear friend Rick Cunha as engineer. We're all looking forward to returning to the beautiful and comfy Rainbow Garage here in Los Angeles.

We also get to stop in to record a show for Roz Larman's Folk Scene on KPFK here in Los Angeles mid-month. We'll keep you posted about when the show will be broadcast and available for online listening.

Until next month, please visit us on our Facebook page - Come on out to a show and bring your friends! We all send you love and blessings,

Susie and the Hilonesome Boys


Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band returns to the Bay Area in August!

Thursday, August 9, Redwood City Downtown Library
Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Duo (with Steve Rankin), performing old-time and Appalachian balladry and the story songs of Jean Ritchie. 7:00 p.m. 1044 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063. Contact: 650/780-7058

Friday, August 10, The Ugly Mug
4640 Soquel Drive, Soquel, CA 95073. 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets $15.00. Reservations can be made by calling 831-475-4938 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Joined by Lisa Burns on bass. 

Saturday, August 11, Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival
The Northern California Bluegrass Society presents the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, featuring three days of California bands on the main stage. Bolado Park, just south of Hollister, CA. Our stage time is 8:00 p.m. Joined by Lisa Burns on bass. For more information visit: Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Website


Back in Los Angeles.....

Wednesday, August 15, Wine and Song Songwriter's Series
Hosted by Brad Colerick every Wednesday evening at Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena, the series features two accomplished songwriters each week. Also special guest performances and some wonderful wine and menu selections. Firefly is located at 1009 El Centro Street and the shows begin at 7:00 pm and wrap up around 9:30 pm. Free!  Visit: www.wineandsong.com http://eatatfirefly.com

Saturday, August 18, Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 North Lake Blvd., Altadena, CA 91001. Showtime: 7:00 p.m. Tickets $20.00. Reserve Now - This room fills up fast! Call for reservations: (626) 798-6236 Visit the website for more information at www.coffeegallery.com

And on the horizon….

Tuesday, September 4, Live on "The Roadtunes Sessions" with Andy Doerr on KCSB 91.9 FM. Santa Barbara, CA 93107-3401 www.kcsb.org 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 8, Song Tree Concert Series
The Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 820 N. Fairview Avenue, Goleta, California 93117. 7:30 p.m. http://www.songtree.org

Live at McCabe's! July 15!

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Our show at McCabe's Guitar Shop on July 15 was a huge success!  Big thanks go to Wayne Griffiths in the sound booth for giving us the best sound support we've ever had, and Lincoln Myerson at McCabe's for inviting us to play.  It was an awesome night!  Here are some photos from Cam Sanders Photography, and videos are on the way!  We were asked back on the spot and will premier our new CD "White Swan" at a CD release concert there in March 2013. 


Audience Comments: 

Lo_Res_CamSanders_120715_2830"I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed the show, your sets, your selections and the SOUND!  I came for the Sound and you guys and the mixer did not disappoint.  Your voice and the band, not[e] for note, just rang effortlessly thru that hall.  Everyone member of your crew had many moments to shine, but I always leave your shows with your voice in my ear.  What a room.  Your warmth and the room are a distinct match."


"...It was awesome.  And what a great crowd you had.  The place was packed...Again,  what a great show.  You were great and the band was just wonderful."


More recent reviews:

"Susie Glaze has one of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass and folk music today.  She performs a song straight from her heart and soul."    KPFK's FolkScene


"With her band the Hilonesome, her strong heartfelt voice makes each song an engaging story worthy of listening and savoring.  This concert recording captures the intimacy and powerful connections that can be made when an audience is in synch with the artist .. The band weaves an intricate web around Susie's vocals and the powerful stories are matched with Rob's dobro and Mark's fiddle.  Rob Carlson's instrumental skills on guitar and dobro are powerful propellants in the band's sound but he is also a talented songwriter with an ability to capture vignettes of time and place.  Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band may be based in California, but this album shows they're ready to take over the country!" California Bluegrass Association


"…like a finger sweep aside a lover's temple.  The ethereal beauty of Susie Glaze's acappela vocal reaches out across time from an Appalachian hollow.  In less than 30 seconds with an empathy that speaks volumes is the warning of the frailty of love, possibly won or loss."  Noel Barr, Random Lengths
 

"...with people like this to trust, my music will go on living, and soaring. And so will I."     Jean Ritchie

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