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All For You (Album Version) ...Somewhere More Familiar
3:39
All For You '90s Modern Rock Hits
3:40
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Santa's Playlist
2:41
Change Your Mind Fortress
4:20
All For You (Acoustic) Before The Amplifiers...Live Acoustic
5:43
Your Winter Fortress
4:37
Champagne High Fortress
5:21
Sail Away (Album) Bam! Volume 1
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All for You Maximum Edge - '90s Modern Rock
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This Kind Of Love Absolutely
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Formed: 1993 (21 years ago)


Biography

It should come as no surprise that one of rock's most democratic bands would
come up with a most democratic album. For Release (Aug. 18, 2009, Rock Ridge
Music), their seventh disc of original material, Sister Hazel
(vocalist/guitarist Ken Block, guitarist/vocalist Drew Copeland, lead
guitarist Ryan Newell, bassist Jett Beres and drummer Mark Trojanowski)
decided to have each band member contribute a couple of his own songs for
which he would then guide his vision through the recording process.

The Gainesville-bred group also used this approach on their 2007 Christmas
offering, Santa's ... Read more

It should come as no surprise that one of rock's most democratic bands would
come up with a most democratic album. For Release (Aug. 18, 2009, Rock Ridge
Music), their seventh disc of original material, Sister Hazel
(vocalist/guitarist Ken Block, guitarist/vocalist Drew Copeland, lead
guitarist Ryan Newell, bassist Jett Beres and drummer Mark Trojanowski)
decided to have each band member contribute a couple of his own songs for
which he would then guide his vision through the recording process.

The Gainesville-bred group also used this approach on their 2007 Christmas
offering, Santa's Playlist. "The concept worked so well for us," says
Trojanowski. "We thought we'd use it on our studio album." Adds Newell, "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."
Last fall, the band members brought in their songs to their favorite
Gainesville rehearsal space where they played through the material. They
traveled to Nashville to demo the tunes, and then Newell worked on the
tracks at his home studios with his band mates dropping in. Block and
Copeland recorded their vocals at a Gainesville Best Western that Block
humorously suggests may change the room's name to the Sister Hazel
Presidential Suite.

Release proves to be a wonderful showcase for the group's five talented
songwriters. Wanting to, in Beres' words, "stretch the boundaries of what
Sister Hazel is," the disc is their most diverse effort. It features the
familiar Sister Hazel Southern-style rock sound but comes at it with a
decidedly fresh, invigorating style.

Each member ended up with at least two of his own tunes among the disc's
twelve tracks, with Copeland and Newell both nabbing three cuts. Long-time
fans might be surprised to learn Block, who has been the band's primary
songwriter, wound up with only two tunes. He actually dropped one of his
songs to focus on a Copeland cut, "I Believe In You." Copeland, in the
band's all-for-one spirit, let Block captain this track. As Block notes,
"Everyone got their own fingerprints all over the record. The ownership that
we always felt on other records went to a different level on this one."

Block also points out how everyone brings something a little different to
the songwriting table. "Mark's songs [like the orchestral "Better Way"] tend
to come in at one end of the spectrum where they're a little heavy and
layered a lot more, and Drew, on the other end, really likes to use a lot of
space and a lot of intimacy with the vocals," which you can hear in his
uplifting, Eagles-ish piano ballad "One Life" (one of the two songs where
Copeland handled lead vocals).

Offering a vibrant variety of Sister Hazel's songs, Release kicks off with
Newell's title track, a country-flavored rocker that not only features his
banjo playing but also his cello debut. This song along with his "Take A
Bow" resulted from a songwriters' retreat where he wound up collaborating
with folks like Pat McGee, Emerson Hart and Michael Daly. Block's two tracks
("Walls & Cannonballs" and "See Me Beautiful") hold down the disc's center
and exemplify the disc's diversity, with the former being a rousing rocker
about a troubled relationship and the latter a quieter, inspiring song.
Beres' "Ghost In The Crowd" closes the album with an exclamation point. This
anthemic arena rocker, which features some of Newell's nimblest guitar work,
was a consensus pick to conclude the disc. Beres states the dramatic music
feeds upon the lyric's powerful content. "We had a lot personal stuff going
on," he adds. "'Ghost In The Crowd' was my interpretation of life that was
happening within the band."

Over the last few years, the band has experienced birth, death and divorce,
and this disc represents, as Trojanowski notes, "a total snapshot of where
we are." Copeland reveals, "Everybody has had personal tragedies. We have
had inner turmoil [but] we always had similar goals." Block believes, "It
all made us closer. We've all been able to lean on each other and our
friendship has gotten deeper and deeper."

Block started playing with Copeland around Gainesville in the early '90s.
They added Beres on bass and then guitarist Newell and drummer Trojanowski.
The band struck gold with their chart-topping hit, "All For You." Over the
years, the band has sold over 2 million albums and had six top 30 singles;
they earned a platinum disc with 1997's Somewhere More Familiar and a gold
with 2000's Fortress. "We're getting to live a dream," Copeland proclaims.
"As kids, we grew up thinking, 'Man, one day I am going to be a rock star!'
and man, we are getting to do that. And we don't take that for granted."

One way Sister Hazel has continued going strong over the years is their
unique relationship with their fans, the most ardent of whom are called
Hazelnuts. Sister Hazel is scheduled to hold their 5th annual Hazelnut
Hang, a 3-day weekend of music, meals and mingling in June 2010. Since
2001, the group has hosted Rock Boat, the world's largest floating music
festival. The Rock Boat XI is set to sail January 6 to 10, 2011, on
Carnival Inspiration. The band is also very active on Facebook and Twitter,
with their Twitter account boasting over 775,000 followers. They've also
joined the Guitar Hero ranks, with their hit "All For You" included in the
winter 2010 expansion pack.

Release signifies a special achievement for the band, something that they
couldn't have done earlier in their career. "All five of us have really
grown as writers," asserts Copeland, while Newell observes, "We allowed each
other to bring our strengths to the table." "The album," according to Beres,
"was the opportunity to say, 'I have a vision for these songs and I'm going
to see it through,' [and] the other four saying, 'I trust that you are able
to do that and will facilitate you in any way I can.'" Trojanowski believes
that this premise worked because Sister Hazel has "a true sense of a band,
not just one person fronting the band and everyone else being treated
differently." "Right now, we're on a tear," proclaims Block, "and we hope to
keep things really rolling."

Release debuted on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart at #37, the highest
chart number ever attained by any of the band's albums on that chart.
"Release" also hit #3 on the Billboard Indie Chart and #14 on the Billboard
Digital Album Chart. On release day, the album went all the way to #1 on
the iTunes Rock Chart and #7 on the overall iTunes sales chart.

Band website: www.sisterhazel.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/sisterhazel
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sisterhazel
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sisterhazelband

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

It should come as no surprise that one of rock's most democratic bands would
come up with a most democratic album. For Release (Aug. 18, 2009, Rock Ridge
Music), their seventh disc of original material, Sister Hazel
(vocalist/guitarist Ken Block, guitarist/vocalist Drew Copeland, lead
guitarist Ryan Newell, bassist Jett Beres and drummer Mark Trojanowski)
decided to have each band member contribute a couple of his own songs for
which he would then guide his vision through the recording process.

The Gainesville-bred group also used this approach on their 2007 Christmas
offering, Santa's Playlist. "The concept worked so well for us," says
Trojanowski. "We thought we'd use it on our studio album." Adds Newell, "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."
Last fall, the band members brought in their songs to their favorite
Gainesville rehearsal space where they played through the material. They
traveled to Nashville to demo the tunes, and then Newell worked on the
tracks at his home studios with his band mates dropping in. Block and
Copeland recorded their vocals at a Gainesville Best Western that Block
humorously suggests may change the room's name to the Sister Hazel
Presidential Suite.

Release proves to be a wonderful showcase for the group's five talented
songwriters. Wanting to, in Beres' words, "stretch the boundaries of what
Sister Hazel is," the disc is their most diverse effort. It features the
familiar Sister Hazel Southern-style rock sound but comes at it with a
decidedly fresh, invigorating style.

Each member ended up with at least two of his own tunes among the disc's
twelve tracks, with Copeland and Newell both nabbing three cuts. Long-time
fans might be surprised to learn Block, who has been the band's primary
songwriter, wound up with only two tunes. He actually dropped one of his
songs to focus on a Copeland cut, "I Believe In You." Copeland, in the
band's all-for-one spirit, let Block captain this track. As Block notes,
"Everyone got their own fingerprints all over the record. The ownership that
we always felt on other records went to a different level on this one."

Block also points out how everyone brings something a little different to
the songwriting table. "Mark's songs [like the orchestral "Better Way"] tend
to come in at one end of the spectrum where they're a little heavy and
layered a lot more, and Drew, on the other end, really likes to use a lot of
space and a lot of intimacy with the vocals," which you can hear in his
uplifting, Eagles-ish piano ballad "One Life" (one of the two songs where
Copeland handled lead vocals).

Offering a vibrant variety of Sister Hazel's songs, Release kicks off with
Newell's title track, a country-flavored rocker that not only features his
banjo playing but also his cello debut. This song along with his "Take A
Bow" resulted from a songwriters' retreat where he wound up collaborating
with folks like Pat McGee, Emerson Hart and Michael Daly. Block's two tracks
("Walls & Cannonballs" and "See Me Beautiful") hold down the disc's center
and exemplify the disc's diversity, with the former being a rousing rocker
about a troubled relationship and the latter a quieter, inspiring song.
Beres' "Ghost In The Crowd" closes the album with an exclamation point. This
anthemic arena rocker, which features some of Newell's nimblest guitar work,
was a consensus pick to conclude the disc. Beres states the dramatic music
feeds upon the lyric's powerful content. "We had a lot personal stuff going
on," he adds. "'Ghost In The Crowd' was my interpretation of life that was
happening within the band."

Over the last few years, the band has experienced birth, death and divorce,
and this disc represents, as Trojanowski notes, "a total snapshot of where
we are." Copeland reveals, "Everybody has had personal tragedies. We have
had inner turmoil [but] we always had similar goals." Block believes, "It
all made us closer. We've all been able to lean on each other and our
friendship has gotten deeper and deeper."

Block started playing with Copeland around Gainesville in the early '90s.
They added Beres on bass and then guitarist Newell and drummer Trojanowski.
The band struck gold with their chart-topping hit, "All For You." Over the
years, the band has sold over 2 million albums and had six top 30 singles;
they earned a platinum disc with 1997's Somewhere More Familiar and a gold
with 2000's Fortress. "We're getting to live a dream," Copeland proclaims.
"As kids, we grew up thinking, 'Man, one day I am going to be a rock star!'
and man, we are getting to do that. And we don't take that for granted."

One way Sister Hazel has continued going strong over the years is their
unique relationship with their fans, the most ardent of whom are called
Hazelnuts. Sister Hazel is scheduled to hold their 5th annual Hazelnut
Hang, a 3-day weekend of music, meals and mingling in June 2010. Since
2001, the group has hosted Rock Boat, the world's largest floating music
festival. The Rock Boat XI is set to sail January 6 to 10, 2011, on
Carnival Inspiration. The band is also very active on Facebook and Twitter,
with their Twitter account boasting over 775,000 followers. They've also
joined the Guitar Hero ranks, with their hit "All For You" included in the
winter 2010 expansion pack.

Release signifies a special achievement for the band, something that they
couldn't have done earlier in their career. "All five of us have really
grown as writers," asserts Copeland, while Newell observes, "We allowed each
other to bring our strengths to the table." "The album," according to Beres,
"was the opportunity to say, 'I have a vision for these songs and I'm going
to see it through,' [and] the other four saying, 'I trust that you are able
to do that and will facilitate you in any way I can.'" Trojanowski believes
that this premise worked because Sister Hazel has "a true sense of a band,
not just one person fronting the band and everyone else being treated
differently." "Right now, we're on a tear," proclaims Block, "and we hope to
keep things really rolling."

Release debuted on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart at #37, the highest
chart number ever attained by any of the band's albums on that chart.
"Release" also hit #3 on the Billboard Indie Chart and #14 on the Billboard
Digital Album Chart. On release day, the album went all the way to #1 on
the iTunes Rock Chart and #7 on the overall iTunes sales chart.

Band website: www.sisterhazel.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/sisterhazel
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sisterhazel
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sisterhazelband

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

It should come as no surprise that one of rock's most democratic bands would
come up with a most democratic album. For Release (Aug. 18, 2009, Rock Ridge
Music), their seventh disc of original material, Sister Hazel
(vocalist/guitarist Ken Block, guitarist/vocalist Drew Copeland, lead
guitarist Ryan Newell, bassist Jett Beres and drummer Mark Trojanowski)
decided to have each band member contribute a couple of his own songs for
which he would then guide his vision through the recording process.

The Gainesville-bred group also used this approach on their 2007 Christmas
offering, Santa's Playlist. "The concept worked so well for us," says
Trojanowski. "We thought we'd use it on our studio album." Adds Newell, "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."
Last fall, the band members brought in their songs to their favorite
Gainesville rehearsal space where they played through the material. They
traveled to Nashville to demo the tunes, and then Newell worked on the
tracks at his home studios with his band mates dropping in. Block and
Copeland recorded their vocals at a Gainesville Best Western that Block
humorously suggests may change the room's name to the Sister Hazel
Presidential Suite.

Release proves to be a wonderful showcase for the group's five talented
songwriters. Wanting to, in Beres' words, "stretch the boundaries of what
Sister Hazel is," the disc is their most diverse effort. It features the
familiar Sister Hazel Southern-style rock sound but comes at it with a
decidedly fresh, invigorating style.

Each member ended up with at least two of his own tunes among the disc's
twelve tracks, with Copeland and Newell both nabbing three cuts. Long-time
fans might be surprised to learn Block, who has been the band's primary
songwriter, wound up with only two tunes. He actually dropped one of his
songs to focus on a Copeland cut, "I Believe In You." Copeland, in the
band's all-for-one spirit, let Block captain this track. As Block notes,
"Everyone got their own fingerprints all over the record. The ownership that
we always felt on other records went to a different level on this one."

Block also points out how everyone brings something a little different to
the songwriting table. "Mark's songs [like the orchestral "Better Way"] tend
to come in at one end of the spectrum where they're a little heavy and
layered a lot more, and Drew, on the other end, really likes to use a lot of
space and a lot of intimacy with the vocals," which you can hear in his
uplifting, Eagles-ish piano ballad "One Life" (one of the two songs where
Copeland handled lead vocals).

Offering a vibrant variety of Sister Hazel's songs, Release kicks off with
Newell's title track, a country-flavored rocker that not only features his
banjo playing but also his cello debut. This song along with his "Take A
Bow" resulted from a songwriters' retreat where he wound up collaborating
with folks like Pat McGee, Emerson Hart and Michael Daly. Block's two tracks
("Walls & Cannonballs" and "See Me Beautiful") hold down the disc's center
and exemplify the disc's diversity, with the former being a rousing rocker
about a troubled relationship and the latter a quieter, inspiring song.
Beres' "Ghost In The Crowd" closes the album with an exclamation point. This
anthemic arena rocker, which features some of Newell's nimblest guitar work,
was a consensus pick to conclude the disc. Beres states the dramatic music
feeds upon the lyric's powerful content. "We had a lot personal stuff going
on," he adds. "'Ghost In The Crowd' was my interpretation of life that was
happening within the band."

Over the last few years, the band has experienced birth, death and divorce,
and this disc represents, as Trojanowski notes, "a total snapshot of where
we are." Copeland reveals, "Everybody has had personal tragedies. We have
had inner turmoil [but] we always had similar goals." Block believes, "It
all made us closer. We've all been able to lean on each other and our
friendship has gotten deeper and deeper."

Block started playing with Copeland around Gainesville in the early '90s.
They added Beres on bass and then guitarist Newell and drummer Trojanowski.
The band struck gold with their chart-topping hit, "All For You." Over the
years, the band has sold over 2 million albums and had six top 30 singles;
they earned a platinum disc with 1997's Somewhere More Familiar and a gold
with 2000's Fortress. "We're getting to live a dream," Copeland proclaims.
"As kids, we grew up thinking, 'Man, one day I am going to be a rock star!'
and man, we are getting to do that. And we don't take that for granted."

One way Sister Hazel has continued going strong over the years is their
unique relationship with their fans, the most ardent of whom are called
Hazelnuts. Sister Hazel is scheduled to hold their 5th annual Hazelnut
Hang, a 3-day weekend of music, meals and mingling in June 2010. Since
2001, the group has hosted Rock Boat, the world's largest floating music
festival. The Rock Boat XI is set to sail January 6 to 10, 2011, on
Carnival Inspiration. The band is also very active on Facebook and Twitter,
with their Twitter account boasting over 775,000 followers. They've also
joined the Guitar Hero ranks, with their hit "All For You" included in the
winter 2010 expansion pack.

Release signifies a special achievement for the band, something that they
couldn't have done earlier in their career. "All five of us have really
grown as writers," asserts Copeland, while Newell observes, "We allowed each
other to bring our strengths to the table." "The album," according to Beres,
"was the opportunity to say, 'I have a vision for these songs and I'm going
to see it through,' [and] the other four saying, 'I trust that you are able
to do that and will facilitate you in any way I can.'" Trojanowski believes
that this premise worked because Sister Hazel has "a true sense of a band,
not just one person fronting the band and everyone else being treated
differently." "Right now, we're on a tear," proclaims Block, "and we hope to
keep things really rolling."

Release debuted on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart at #37, the highest
chart number ever attained by any of the band's albums on that chart.
"Release" also hit #3 on the Billboard Indie Chart and #14 on the Billboard
Digital Album Chart. On release day, the album went all the way to #1 on
the iTunes Rock Chart and #7 on the overall iTunes sales chart.

Band website: www.sisterhazel.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/sisterhazel
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sisterhazel
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sisterhazelband

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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