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Sister Hazel to Release Six-Track EP “Water”

Platinum-selling band, Sister Hazel, will kick off the New Year with a new EP, “Water,” set for release February 9, 2018. The six-track EP is Volume I of a collectible compilation series titled, “Elements,” and includes a bonus seventh track that will continue throughout the series. “Water” was produced by Sister Hazel and includes writer contributions from Billy Montana, Michael Logen, Neil Carpenter, and more. Fans can pre-order the EP through PledgeMusic and get the instant grat track “Roll on Bye.” In addition to the digital download and CD, this release offers exclusive limited-edition bundles including an Instagram takeover from the band and the opportunity to donate to Lyrics for Life.

The water element is symbolically often viewed as the source of life and reflection. In the powerful track “You Won’t See Me Again,” co-written by Andrew Copeland, singer and guitarist for the band, he addresses heartbreaking emotions and distress about his own brother-in-law’s fight with alcohol addiction. The emotional delivery of the lyrics by lead vocalist Ken Block came easily and honestly as he is in his 15th year of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. The loss of his own younger brother-in-law law earlier this year, after a lifelong struggle with this horrible disease, added to the sense of desperation, urgency, and finally hope that this powerful track holds.

“Creatively, we are firing on all cylinders right now. I’m 100% sure that people will hear that excitement and energy instantly on this new EP,”expressed Ken. “We had a blast shaping these songs in the studio and we couldn’t be prouder of the songwriting and the way it all came together! The fact that this is the first in a series of upcoming EP’s that will be released, has us riding a wave of huge momentum and in a really sweet groove musically. We’re pumped about what we’re rolling out on this record. The Hazelnuts asked for it, and we’re responding with more music more frequently. Hold on tight!”

Originating from Gainesville, FL, Sister Hazel is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Song “All for You” topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997 and the success propelled their album to platinum status. In their first showing on the country music charts they made a strong debut with “Lighter In The Dark” at #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, #6 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart, #30 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart and #79 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The band landed on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart again in 2016 with “Unplugged From Daryl’s House Club” at #75. Living up to their fan-centered reputation, the band hosts annual events like “Hazelnut Hang,” that focuses on fan involvement and was a pioneer in themed cruise experiences by co-founding “The Rock Boat,” a cruise featuring nonstop opportunities for fan/artist interaction. Sister Hazel has been equally attentive to connecting with their audience through social media. In addition to the events and touring, the band also gives back with Lyrics For Life. Founded by singer Ken Block and the band, the charity unites musicians and celebrities for concerts and auctions to benefit cancer research and patient-care charities.

Sister Hazel was named “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Song “All for You” topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997 and the success propelled their album to platinum status.

“Roll On Bye” was delivered as a single on Friday (1/12) to Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and

they will also have their Grand Ole Opry debut on Friday, January, 26th and are hosting their 18th year of the SOLD OUT Rock Boat (which they co-founded) on January 30th!!

“Water” Track List:

1. “Roll On Bye”
2. “First Time”
3. “You Won’t See Me Again”
4. “Shelter”
5. “I Stayed For The Girl”
6. “More Than I Want To”
7. “Elements” Part 1 (Abilene)

“Roll on Bye”  – This is a free flowing and very happy and carefree, free thinking song about just coming on in to the water cause it is fine!   If you’ve lost faith you can borrow some of mine and let’s be going my way leaving it all behind us for awhile.  The words hold promise of an easy lifestyle with plenty of happiness to go around and the tune is catchy and happy and pulls the listener right along with the melody.

“First Time” – This is a song that appears to be looking back over a relationship and asking a lot of “what if’s” in the song.  What if the ship got blown off course and what if we had it right the first time? The song begs the thought of maybe everything in the relationship actually would have worked after all.

“Shelter” – The song is an upbeat and catchy tune about a girl who can’t go home because she has no shelter.  She is always looking for shelter and someone to love her, even by talking to strangers and looking for an angel because it’s hard to find your way home when it’s not your shelter.

The songs on this EP tell stories and satisfies the need for happy music in your life.  It is well worth the effort they have put into these recordings.

To celebrate the release of their new EP they have announced additional 2018 dates and VIP packages, which include The Rock Boat in January followed by more headlining shows and the Tortuga Music Festival. Please see below for full tour details.

Upcoming Tour Dates: 

01.11.18 -Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
01.12.18 -Rick’s Cafe – Starkville, MS
01.13.18 -The Bluff – Memphis, TN
01.30.18 -02.04.18 – Hosts of The Rock Boat Cruise
02.23.18 -Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts – Bloomington, IL
02.24.18 -The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
02.25.18 -City Winery – Nashville, TN
03.09.18 -The Country Club – Augusta, GA
04.07.18 -Tortuga Music Festival – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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