Thu, Jan 23, 2014 05:23 PM
Over in White River Junction, there is a great music venue by the
name of Tupelo Music Hall. This Saturday night make sure you get
there for an intimate acoustic evening with Sister Hazel. The band
hails from Gainsville, Florida but has been rocking the Country
since 1993. They named themselves after Sister Hazel Williams, a
local [Missionary] who ran a homeless shelter. They're classified
as an alternative rock band but their style blends elements of folk
rock, pop, classic rock 'n' roll and southern rock.
Sister Hazel's second album, Somewhere More Familiar, is what got
them signed by Universal Records. "All for You," a single from that
album, reached #11 on the Billboard Top 100 and is their most
successful hit and most recognized song. All their music is highly
melodic with prominent harmonies and they try to keep the lyrics
optimistic. The band has released 11 studio albums to date and has
music featured in several movies and soundtracks including Major
League: Back to the Minors, The Wedding Planner, Clay Pigeons,
Bedazzled, and 10 Things I Hate About You. Sister Hazel also
appears on the Fleetwood Mac tribute album, Legacy: A Tribute to
Fleetwood Mac's Rumours with their cover version of "Gold Dust
Woman." They also had a song on the TV show, Scrubs.
The reason they have been together for so long is that they have
built a solid foundation with all their original members still
intact. Sister Hazel is comprised of 5 talented, seasoned musicians
who love playing together. Performing Songwriter Magazine has
called them, "One of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent
Performers of the last 15 years." They have built their career
success and national name recognition through their chart-topping
hits, countless national media appearances, relentless touring and
all those albums. Additionally, true to its innovative spirit,
Sister Hazel is responsible for the creation of two annual events
that serve as their own personal 'fan fest' opportunities, both of
which offer them an unprecedented chance to commune with their
dedicated followers who have dubbed themselves "The Hazelnuts".
Their unbreakable bond with fans is demonstrated annually at their
innovative 'Rock Boat' excursion, the world's largest floating
music festival. Pioneers in the 'full-on fan experience,' Sister
Hazel has been hosting their own cruise ship fan party for more
than a decade, introducing their followers to developing talent at
the same time they are spending quality time and having fun with
their captive audience. The Kenny Mehler Band who appears regularly
at the K1 Base Lodge was fortunate to play on last year's cruise.
Sister Hazel's upcoming "Rock Boat XIV: The World's Greatest
Floating Music Festival" will set sail Feb. 22 - 26, 2014. The
second 'fan-centric' event is better known as The Hazelnut Hang,
which takes place annually at The Windjammer on South Carolina's
Isle of Palms and will take place in June 2014. Aside from these
up-close-and-personal fan encounters, Sister Hazel has been equally
attentive to connecting with their audience through social media.
Their Twitter followers are nearing the one million mark and last
year, they did several interactive web-based events.
The band prides itself on their charitable work and encourages
fellow musicians to do the same. The band itself is named after a
now-famous nun from the Gainesville area who has dedicated her life
to making a difference in the lives of her fellow humans. Sister
Hazel the band is true to their namesake, having taken on two major
charitable projects with Feed The Children and Lyrics For Life.
Lyrics For Life is a charity founded by singer Ken Block as a
memorial for his younger brother, Jeffrey. It unites musicians and
celebrities for concerts and auctions to benefit cancer research
and patient-care charities. Through Feed the Children, the band
adopted the community of Los Laureles, Honduras and is currently
working towards raising the funds to build a new feeding center for
the families of Los Laureles.
After all their years together, the band is feeling like they're
reaching new milestones with their latest album "Heartland
Highway." "We are all in groove. We have all things rolling along
and we feel like we are stepping into our heyday."