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Release [Sister Hazel]

  • 1. Release
    2. Take a Bow
    3. I Believe in You
    4. Run for the Hills
    5. Better Way
    6. Walls and Cannonballs
    7. Vacation Rain
    8. See Me Beautiful
    9. One Life
    10. Take It Back
    11. Fade
    12. Ghost in the Crowd
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 61238

  • Credits
    ProducerKen Kelly; Jeff Beres; Ken Block; Mark Trojanowski; Andrew Copeland; Ryan Newell; Sister Hazel; Stan Lynch
    EngineerKen Kelly; Brian Gill; Vince Reynolds; Ken Kelly; Britton Cameron; Ryan Newell; Chip Matthews; Erik Herbst

    Lyricists: Ken Kelly; Lindsey Kelly; Chuck Carrier; Emerson Hart; Ken Kelly; Britton Cameron; Jett Beres; Ken Block; Mark Trojanowski; Mike Daly; Pat McGee; Ryan Newell; Stan Lynch; Drew Copeland.
    Personnel: Ken Block (vocals, acoustic guitar); Ryan Newell (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin); Andrew Copeland (electric guitar, background vocals); Ali Flanagan, Adrian Decosta, Swang Lin, Kurt Sprenger, Adriana DeCosta, Swang Lin (violin); Kristi Swanson, Susan DuBois (viola); Debbie Brooks, Keira Fullerton, Debbie Brooks (cello); Bill Smith , Bill Airey Smith (strings); John Deaderick, Darwin Martin (piano, organ); Mark Trojanowski (drums); Stan Lynch, Tom Hurst (percussion).
    Audio Mixers: Don McCollister; Chip Matthews.
    Recording information: 11/2008-03/2009.
    Editor: Ken Kelly.
    Photographer: Leann Mueller.
    Best known for the 1997 Blues Traveller-esque mega-hit "All For You," Sister Hazel is often lumped in with jammy, acoustic-oriented acts like Guster and Hootie & the Blowfish. What many miss, however, is the band's strong southern-rock influence. Hailing from Florida, home of genre icons Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Outlaws, Sister Hazel has always imbued its music with a bit of swamp & roll, from the country-ish twang of the vocal harmonies to backbeats that place an emphasis on the back. On 2009's RELEASE that vibe was more apparent than ever before; the record features a renewed emphasis on sharp songcraft, allowing the group's Dixie roots to shine through on uniformly strong, natural-sounding material. The title track's banjo and yearning vocals recall the tear-in-my-beer work of New Traditionalist country singers such as Aaron Tippin and Randy Travis, while "Better Way" puts a modern, post-grunge slant on melancholy, lighter-waving ballads like Skynyrd's "Tuesday's Gone." Elsewhere, the album references Beatle-esque pop ("Ghost in the Crowd") and Tom Petty-style roots rock ("I Believe in You"), all the while maintaining the upbeat vibe and tight ensemble playing that made Sister Hazel a favorite on the national touring circuit.

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