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Sister Hazel

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 4:00 AM

with J.R. Moore (Ingram Hill)
It starts with a lighter in the dark, held high by a true believer whose favorite band is telling his story onstage.Multiply that by thousands of other fans in that venue and thousands more that same night in venues across America. Each one of those lights testifies to the power of music to touch a listeners soul.Sister Hazel has been there. For more than 20 years, these five friends have built the kind of musical communication that comes only with time, talent and commitment. From bars and clubs back home in Gainesville, Florida, to theaters, arenas, college campuses and open-air festivals, theyve seen audiences light up the night like seas of stars.But theyve been on the other side too. Bassist Jett Beres remembers the first time he heard guitarist/singer/songwriter Andrew Copelands lyric, "Im just a kid from Gainesville watching Petty with my lighter in the dark," for his song "Something To Believe In.""It gave me chills," Beres says. "Its who we were. Its who we still are. Its the beauty of music."His bandmates agreed and thus their new album harks back to the roots of their story through its title,Lighter In The Dark. Recorded in Nashvilles Tin Ear Studio and produced by their longtime engineer and Nashville studio fixture Chip Matthews, the album affirms the bands longstanding ties to Music City, which date back to 2005 and include collaborations with all-star songwriters Lee Brice, Luke Laird and Hillary Lindsey, sessions with production heavyweights Garth Fundis and Scott Parker, guest appearances by Pat Buchanan, Tom Bukovac, Steve Hinson, and other local session aces.As their lucky 13th release, it also ties together the many threads that make up the bands tapestry: the restless, road-hungry rush of "Fall Off The Map" and "Run Highway Run," the deep-country dive of "Prettiest Girl At The Dance," the sentiment and swagger of "Take It With Me," the exhilaration of romance on a shoestring with the albums debutsingle, "We Got It All Tonight," written by Music Row stalwarts Chris Destefano, Ashley Gorley and 2015 BMI Songwriter of the Year Rodney Clawson.It adds up to 14 tracks, most of them co-written by members of the band, some of them with outside writers all of them branded by their balance of harmony blends with distinctive lead vocals, instrumental polish with raw soul and above all, their fusion of multiple influences into that unique Sister Hazel sound.They draw from the talents of guest artists too. You cant miss Darius Ruckers voice on "Karaoke Song." Sister Hazel has been playing the song live for a while, ever since Rucker, Copeland, and Nashville songwriter Barry Dean put it together. And on the stark heartbreak ballad "Almost Broken," fast-rising artist Jillian Jacqueline adds a haunting complement to Copelands lead vocal."I originally sang it alone," Copeland says. "But then Chip Matthews, our producer, said, Let me put a female vocal on it. Trust me on this. He got Jillian into the studio and she just crushed it. It took the song to a whole other level."Most members of the band also contributed a solo composition toLighter In The Dark. "Sister Hazel has a reputation for writing fun and sometimes uplifting songs," says lead singer/guitarist Ken Block. "Usually its a little easier for me to write when Im a little more introspective. But one day, while I was just messing around on my guitar, a line kind of fell out: Kiss Me Without Whiskey. So I built a story around it, where someone might be a little more affectionate when theyve had a couple of cocktails or theyve got money in their pocket. When I took it to the band, we just had fun with it and at the end went off into this rockin jam. Its so much fun to play live."Ryan Newell came up with "Thoroughbred Heart." "We usually have an acoustic moment on our albums and I thought this could fill that space," says Sister Hazels lead guitarist. "As far as lyrical content, its about the struggles of being in a relationship and

Cost: $25.00 - $30.00
Tickets: http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=7219&awinaffid=137486&clickref=&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.stubhub.com%2Fsister-hazel-tickets-sister-hazel-memphis-minglewood-hall-11-30-2018%2Fevent%2F103814727%2F

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