Showcasing their talent as gifted songwriters and artists, Sister Hazel’s 13th studio album “Lighter In The Dark,” releases on Croakin’ Poets Records today, February 19, 2016.
The long-awaited 14-track collection, produced by noted Nashville producer Chip Matthews, represents the band’s longstanding ties to Music City. Sister Hazel will begin a ten-day media blitz this week which included stops in New York at SiriusXM on February 18th and NASH FM on February 19th, Voice of America’s “Border Crossings” in Washington, DC on February 24th, and a return to New York on February 25th, to perform on NBC’s ‘Today,’ Fox Extra, Fox News Radio, and iHeart Radio.
The five years since our last record has been anything but a straight and clear path,” states bassist/vocalist Jett Beres. “After making records together for over 20 years, we found ourselves struggling to find ‘The Sound’; a body of work that would honestly represent who each of us were as a band and as individuals. The music that was created was our “lighter in the dark.” The songs that form this record slowly began to illuminate a clarity of direction and creativity for us.”
“Lighter In The Dark” is sure to resonate with Sister Hazel’s expansive fan base and appeal to new fans alike.
Guest artist Darius Rucker’s voice on “Karaoke Song” is one that can’t be missed. The band 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 Copeland’s lead vocal.
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.
Sister Hazel Tour Dates:
2/18/2016 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
2/19/2016 – State Theatre – Falls Church, VA
2/20/2016 – Mohegan Sun – Wolf Den Montville, CT
2/23/2016 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
2/26/2016 – Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN
2/27/2016 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
3/12/2016 – The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon – Fort Myers, FL
3/24/2016 – Music Farm – Columbia, SC
3/25/2016 – Amos’ Southend – Charlotte, NC
3/26/2016 – Rock The Square – Delray Beach, FL
4/13/2016 – Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
4/14/2016 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
4/15/2016 – One World Theatre – Austin, TX
4/20/2016 – Brewsky’s – Hattiesburg, MS
4/21/2016 – Iron City – Birmingham, AL
4/22/2016 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
4/23/2016 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL