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Sister Hazel

 

Sister Hazel formed in Gainesville, Florida in 1994 and was named for Sister Hazel Williams, a local nun who ran a homeless shelter. The group released its self-titled debut album in 1994 through its independent record label, Croakin’ Poets and shortly after its release, singer/guitarist Ryan Newell and drummer Mark Trojanowski joined the band. Newell played on the album before officially joining the group.

The band’s second album, …Somewhere More Familiar was released in 1997 and sold approximately 30,000 copies through its initial pressing, prompting Universal Records to sign the band. Universal re-released …Somewhere More Familiar in late 1997. A single from the album, “All For You” hit #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains the band’s most successful single.

The band’s third album Fortress was released in 2000 by Universal. The band worked with producers Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, Heart), Richie Zito (Cheap Trick), and Paul Ebersold (3 Doors Down). The album featured minor pop hits “Champagne High” and “Change Your Mind.”

In 2003, after the band split from Universal, it released its fourth studio album, Chasing Daylight, on the Sixthman label and toured throughout the year to promote the album. The band’s internet presence emerged during this time period, and hardcore fans dubbing themselves “Hazelnuts” studied setlists, shared bootleg concert recordings, and initiated a promotion scheme with the band through their official website.

Sister Hazel is an alternative rock band from Gainesville, Florida, whose style also blends elements of folk rock, pop, classic rock 'n' roll and southern rock. Their music is characterized by highly melodic tunes and prominent harmonies. Most of their songs have optimistic lyrics. The band's instrumentation often features abrupt shifts among electric, acoustic and a cappella, with striking use of tacets. Though often described as alternative, Sister Hazel leans toward an upbeat sound and away from the clashing punk discordance often associated with the alternative rock genre. There's no changes in band line-up after over 20 years.

While campaigning for President in year 2000, Al Gore answered the questions "What was the last CD you bought" and "What's in your CD player right now" with Sister Hazel.
Named after a nun who ran a rescue mission in Gainsville, Florida.
The band members take turns deciding the set list for their shows.

In 2003, after the band split from Universal, they released their fourth studio album, Chasing Daylight, on the Sixthman label and toured throughout the year to promote the album. The band's internet presence emerged during this time period, and hardcore fans dubbing themselves "Hazelnuts" studied setlists, shared bootleg concert recordings, and initiated a promotion scheme with the band through their official website. 2003 also saw the simultaneous release of Live*LIVE, a two-disc live album, and A Life in the Day, a live DVD.
 

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