…"does something with a song that only great singers can do..."
KCSN, Northridge, CA
"…one of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass and folk music today." KPFK's FolkScene
"…her singing is impressive at all ranges…" Bluegrass Unlimited
"The band is tight, great picking, and beautiful vocals and harmony."
Che Greenwood, KVMR, Nevada City, CA
"…she held the audience in the palm of her hand…." Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival
"...she can blow the roof off any joint lucky enough to book her." Entertainment Weekly
"I especially liked the Jean Ritchie songs.....You captured the lonesome sweetness of her voice and delivery." Laurie Lewis
"Great bluegrass mixed with Appalachian folk songs that nobody can sing like Susie!"
"Susie is as good as it gets…you owe it to yourself to see this band and find out what you've been missing."
Ken Frankel, Freight and Salvage Coffee House
"Blue Eyed Darlin'" Winner Of 2006 Just Plain Folks Music Award for Best Roots Album
Susie Glaze Winner of 1999 Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest for Traditional Singing
I must admit I asked my editor for this disc because I liked the cover, a black and white old-time photo of a little girl with a banjo bigger than her, her mouth open in song, sitting next to a happy dog. I wasn’t disappointed. This expressive album is chock-full of pleasing bluegrass, swing, old-time and Celtic, played by a sharp band featuring Susie’s classic bluegrass voice. The band wrote some of the songs, with guitarist Robert Ralph Carlson at the helm, and played with enough energy and talent to power an entire town. It’s all produced by Herb Pedersen, a man with accolades longer than your arm; he’s worked with everyone from Emmylou Harris to his own Desert Rose Band.
SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND TO RELEASE NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL
If you delight in the eclectic in acoustic roots music, Not That Kind of Girl pushes the envelope with a variety of sounds within the genre. Produced by the legendary Herb Pedersen, this is the band’s 4th studio album since the band’s debut in 2006 with Blue Eyed Darlin’. Not That Kind of Girl is already attracting praise with Folkworks magazine calling it the band’s “best album yet…in part because this group keeps pushing their own boundaries.”
SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND, NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL
The Hilonesome Band is based around the vocals of Susie Glaze. The music here is not bluegrass, but it’s first-rate. There is humor and more than a touch of class to the project. There are some strong original numbers augmented by J.D. Souther’s “Prisoner In Disguise” and David Olney’s brilliant “Millionaire.” “Don’t Resist Me” displays a dark humor that’s beyond most of bluegrass.
The death of Jean Ritchie at age 92 this past June signified the sad loss of one of the most vital and beloved of American folk artists. Ritchie, whose family were visited by Cecil Sharp in his song-collecting travels across the States in 1917, and whose 1962 album Jean Ritchie Singing Traditional Songs of Her Kentucky Mountain Family was the first folk LP to be issued by Elektra Records, epitomizes Appalachian authenticity for many.
Susie Glaze and the Hilonesome Band blends classic folk with edgy stories of tragedy and fate, all with excellent instrumentation and superb vocals from Susie Glaze. Winner of the Just Plain Folks 2006 Music Award for Best Roots Album for their debut album ‘Blue Eyed Darlin’, The Hilonesome band is Steve Rankin on mandolin (and vocals), Rob Carlson on guitar and dobro, Fred Sanders on bass and Mark Indictor on fiddle. The LA band has appeared at many premiere venues and festivals on the West Coast, including Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, McCabe’s Guitar Shop, The Broad Stage, the Hollywood Bowl, and CalTech Folk Music Society. You can tell the band has a passion for the American root traditions in their innovative music. The listener will find a blend of Celtic folk, bluegrass and honky tonk country on this record. The vocals and instrumentation are stellar and really enhance the creative lyrical stories.
The album opens with the instrumental track, “Independence”. The production features guitars and fiddles, with the fiddle having the larger presence. The song really shows off the fiddle’s range and Mark Indictor’s stunning work on the instrument. It’s a soulful Irish jig mixed with Kentucky mountain music, written by band member, Rob Carlson. Another Carlson tune is the down home “Not That Kind of Girl”. The track crosses honky tonk country with bluegrass instruments, and features sassy vocals from Glaze. The narrator is basically telling a guy that she’s not that kind of girl and that he’s better off finding someone else.
“Don’t Resist Me” is a humorous song with a fresh take on celebrity stalking and romance; the tune has a happy-go-lucky feel to it. I particularly liked the mandolin on this track and the verses, “God made the mountain/ Only God shall tear it down”. “That’s How I Learned To Sing the Blues” is a bluesy folk number that has Steve Rankin taking the lead, vocally. Rankin sings, “Find a good gal and treat her wrong/ Then feel sorry ‘bout it when she’s gone/ You’ll beg her back but she’ll refuse/ That’s how I learned to play the blues.” It’s a really fresh, cool sounding song.
The standouts on this album are “Dens of Yarrow”, “Heartland”, and “The Mountain”. “Dens of Yarrow” is another Celtic flavored track, featuring a soft fiddle and stunning vocals by Glaze. This song is truly about the vocal performance, it’s absolutely beautiful. Written by Denise Hagan, “Heartland” is about hardship and grace. The stirring vocal performance by Glaze is excellent; her voice sounds like it was made to sing Irish songs. Covering this track was pure brilliance on the band’s part. The instant classic, “The Mountain” was written by Rob Carlson and features driving guitar and fiddle work. It’s a lyrical story of turmoil and loss in the heartland mountains, told through passionate vocals by Glaze.
The album concludes on an upbeat note with “Never Give Up”. It’s a driving folk tune with the guitar front and center. Glaze sums up the theme of the song with “Never give up and never slow down/ And never go round/ Never complain and never explain/ and never give up.”
This is truly an excellent folk/roots album, a must for anyone’s music collection. The instrumentation is expertly done, the vocals are stellar, and the stories vivid and real.
Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band to release ‘Not That Kind of Girl'Original Article
Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band “Not That Kind of Girl”Original Article
After three critically acclaimed CDs in the past 5 years, it is not surprising that Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band have created yet another memorable album. But Not That Kind of Girl is more than just “another.” It is, I believe, their best album yet...in part because this group keeps pushing their own boundaries...challenging themselves in terms of musical diversity, original songs and fresh interpretations.
Not That Kind of Girl - Susie Glaze and the Hilonesome Band
From the influence of Celtic folk, to the haunting echoes of the ageless voices from our Blue Ridge Mountain kin through the honky-tonk shadows of dusty West Texas taverns, Susie Glaze and the Hilonesome Band’s new album Not That Kind of Girl, produced by Herb Pedersen of Desert Rose and Dillards fame, have gathered stories in song that weave a timeless tapestry of the durability of the American spirit through the power of song.
"Cooking up one helluva Americana/Celtic gumbo this is a killer roots album that sets a new standard for the whole genre. A superstar in waiting, Glaze accepts the challenge to bring it and does an undisputed job of same. This is the kind of set that brings new fans into the tent. Killer stuff."
No Depression, May 9, 2013
From the earthy opening fiddle strains on White Swan to the final song's sweet homage to Appalachian singer-songwriter Jean Ritchie, it's clear this is not an album to listen to once and put away. Susie Glaze and The Hilonesome Band have made an album that is a ride through a wide range of Americana meadows and valleys. From skilled instrumentation bluegrass jams, Appalachian vocals, sweet high lonesome harmonies and old-time folk influences, White Swan sings with the richness of a tapestry of American music that weaves together each genre through song-craft, clear production and authentic performance in such a seamless way, it feels like we're hearing just one genre; great American music. Glaze and company, including her husband/arranger, Steve Rankin and songwriter, Rob Carlson, have accomplished a rare thing for a form of music, which too often attempts to cross genres and sometimes looses the essence of any particular form. Rather, they have crafted an album of songs that honors these diverse origins while gently allowing the arrangements, instrumentation and performances to enhance the songs in subtle ways that raises them to a new level, realizing each track's potential in a new and original way.
Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band: White Swan
Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band continue to hone and refine their brand of rootsy Americana on their very appealing new album, White Swan. Alison Krauss and Union Station remain the most obvious reference point for this troupe which comprises Glaze on lead vocals, guitars and mountain dulcimer; Rob Carlson on guitar; Steve Rankin on mandolin and bouzouki; Mark Indicator on fiddle; and Fred Sanders on bass. But with White Swan, the band have broadened their bluegrass sound to encompass folky Celtic elements, and the results stand up well alongside the best of AKUS
Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band – White Swan
Posted on March 5, 2013 by Dan Harr
by Janet Goodman
“The net has been cast wide,” says Susie Glaze of Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band, referring to the range of influences on their latest collaboration, “White Swan.” The West Coast quintet’s eleven-track project reflects a love for bluegrass, folk and Celtic music, with five originals written by various configurations of the band, plus well-picked covers by the likes of masters, such as Steve Earle (“Me And The Eagle”) and James Taylor (“Mill Worker”).
These artists have a performance chemistry that works, with tight arrangements of fiddle, mandolin, guitar and upright bass, and Glaze’s authentic Appalachian voice – by way of Southern California – is icing on their musical confection. The Ernest Troost song, “Evangeline,” allows her an opportunity to show more ache and tenderness in her confident holler style, and she sings in downright shades of Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention, Fotheringay) on the dulcimer-and-fiddle traditional English/Irish folk ballad “Fair Ellender.”
Glaze has a hand in penning “The Dark Eileen,” with its flowery recitation start, and her softer-side delivery glides over the Emerald Isle-inspired hills and valleys of its melody. The title track is where the band lives up to its high-lonesome moniker, and Jean Ritchie’s “The Soldier” closes out the set with a haunting Irish drone. SGTHB give listeners a fresh take on tradition.
Volume 37/Number 74, January 14, 2013, MIDWEST RECORD, Lake Zurich, IL.
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2013 Midwest Record
SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND/White Swan: 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. Killer stuff.