EMILY HURD, EMILY WHITE, KATIE DAHL | Foundry Hall
Emily Hurd is a prolific Chicago-based songwriter, singer, and pianist. She is known for her ability to embody several realms within the pop singing spectrum, from delicate country lilting to full fledged belting. Hurd's music is best described as a mix of rock piano, soul singing, folk songwriting, and intelligent bluegrass rhyme schemes.
Hurd first entered the music scene in 2005 when she and many of the staff members from Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music created her first original album. She has currently produced ten full-length studio albums and is touring her latest BURN LIKE A FIELD with her band Stone Blind Valentine. Her songs have been finalists in three international songwriting competitions: NPR's NewSong Music Contest, The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and The Unisong International Songwriting Competition. Her song "Help Me To Understand" was featured in the 2011 season of CBS's NCIS crime series.
Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Hurd has been touring her native Midwest and both coasts of the U.S. for years. She has developed a no-excuses performance savvy; what you hear is what she is. She is the quintessential indie national act, performing for growing pockets of loyal followers who revel in her clever rhymes and honest showmanship. Her supporters in the Southeastern states have started an annual event called "Emilyfest," providing Hurd and her band with an open barn down in a holler of rural North Carolina.
Hurd's past discography includes: ANY GIVEN DAY (2012), LONG LOST GHOSTS (2012), TINS & PINS & PEPPERMINTS (2010), DAYTIME FIREFLIES (2010), A CACHE IN THE WAREHOUSE FLOOR (2008), LOVE IN FLATS (2007), BAREFOOT SESSIONS (2006), POTENT ONE (2006), and LINES (2005).
Wisconsin singer-songwriter Katie Dahl has performed her original songs everywhere from the dusty cliff country of Mali, West Africa, to the winding canals of southern France, to the cedar forests of the American northwoods. The depth and power of Dahl's alto voice, the literate candor of her original songs, and the easy humor of her live performances have earned her the chance to share stages with some of America's most respected songwriters, including Julie Gold and Dar Williams. In 2010, she was named Big Top Chautauqua Songwriter of the Year. 2012 has seen not only the release of Dahl's second studio album, LEAKY BOATS AND PAPER BIRDS, but also the world premiere production of her original musical "Victory Farm."
Katie Dahl was a college freshman when she slipped on a patch of sidewalk ice and broke her wrist. Suddenly unable to play the oboe in her college orchestra, Dahl used her newfound free time to learn guitar, teaching herself chord shapes as she strummed the strings with her stiff right hand. Nine years later, that icy day has proven to be a blessing in disguise, as Dahl earns a reputation as an accomplished musician whom acclaimed author Parker Palmer has called "a singer-songwriter you need to get to know."
Though Dahl currently makes her home in rural Door County, Wisconsin, she travels extensively, playing intimate house concerts as well as established venues like Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. Richly steeped in the folk songwriter tradition, Dahl writes songs that reside in the liminal zones where personal and public life intersect. She is equally comfortable writing about the intricacies of a complicated relationship (in a way that is neither indulgent nor myopic) and taking on the threat of chain restaurants to her own small community (in a way that is neither polarizing nor didactic). Never sacrificing emotional truth for political ends, Dahl navigates the muddy waters between the personal and the public with the skill of a writer twice her age.
California singer-songwriter Claudia Russell calls Katie "a honey-throated alto thrush and an eagle-eyed songwriter," while Austin singer-songwriter Karen Mal says, "Katie Dahl is a writer of such depth and laser-sharp perception, you almost expect her to have a thousand shows and a million miles behind her. But then she shows up with a stage demeanor that is so innocent and utterly without guile, you wonder at her maturity."
Wisconsin Public Radio host Stephanie Elkins agrees: "Singer-songwriter Katie Dahl keeps getting better and better. Leaky Boats and Paper Birds is a beautifully crafted album, with poetic lyrics made even more evocative by gorgeous melodies and lovely guitar picking. Katie's low, rich voice is the real deal, and you can feel her love for the land, lakes and people of the Upper Midwest in every song. The production and backing musicians are also top-notch."
Emily White and her newest album, THE RESOLUTION EP, are independent music and DIY culture at its best. A self-described slow songwriter, Chicago's Emily White set about to change things in 2010. Armed with her guitar, hundreds of ideas, and a strict monthly deadline, White began a yearlong songwriting challenge whose summer fruit is the diverse and compelling RESOLUTION EP. Comprised of 6 songs, the album was recorded during four days of sessions in Madison, WI in June of 2010. Exactly one month from the date of the first session in the studio, Emily released the album in Chicago at Martyrs. Jim Reed of Connect Savannah wrote of how White stands out from the "blue billion DIY singer/songwriters" with her "hushed, preternaturally haunting vocal delivery (and bewitching sense of indie-rock-informed melody)." Her voice and songwriting shine on the new album. Check out tracks from the record at www.emily-white.com and be sure to catch her captivating live show, described as "a safe bet for an exceptional evening of original, deeply personal song craft."
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