FOR RELEASE THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 8
Kirsten Hazler, Singer/Songwriter/Producer
704 North 27th St.
Richmond, VA 23223
The Haze & Dacey Collective release their debut album, Letters from Gilead, with a live show at the Richmond Music Hall
RICHMOND, Virginia (November 2, 2021) – On Friday, November 12, The Haze & Dacey Collective will release their debut album, Letters from Gilead, and celebrate with a live show at the Richmond Music Hall (Capital Ale House, 623 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia). The show begins at 8 pm, with doors opening at 7. Tickets are available for $10, and the ticket price includes a free digital download of the album.
“The Muse is something strange,” says songwriter Kirsten “Haze” Hazler, reflecting on the creative process. “I feel more like a medium than a writer…” Her most recent body of work, Letters from Gilead, was inspired by bingeing on the first two seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale, which in turn was based on the novel of the same name, written by Margaret Atwood back in 1985.
The acoustic indie-folk duo, Haze & Dacey, were performing many of the songs from the album at their live shows as early as 2019, and they began hatching plans to start recording in 2020. And then the pandemic hit, and everything, including recording, was put on hold. A year rolled around, a year in which Atwood’s dystopian novel was uncannily close to real life, right down to the U.S. government almost being overthrown by a far-right radical mob. The collection of songs seemed more relevant than ever, and Haze was tired of waiting for the right conditions to record. She recruited a band, which would later come to be known as The Haze & Dacey Collective. The band members practiced individually to the scratch tracks Haze recorded in her living room.
In February of 2021, the band masked up and headed into the warehouse that served as the temporary home of the Sound of Music Studio in Richmond, Virginia. In the capable hands of recording and mixing engineer John Morand, they brought Haze’s musical vision to life. The process took several months, with recording and mixing sessions interrupted by everyone’s day jobs and “other annoying adult obligations”.
The album release show will open with stripped-down acoustic performances by local singer-songwriters Susan Greenbaum, Rob Williams, Dickie Wood, and Tina Marie, followed by an acoustic trio comprised of Haze & Dacey with mandolinist Doug Austin. The full band will then take the stage and perform all of the songs from the new album, which spans a variety of genres including roots-rock, alt-country, folk-pop, swing, and more. The album release has been preceded by two singles, Letters from Gilead and Jezebel’s, as well as an official video for the title track.
Press Kit: hazyshadeproductions.com/epk-letters-from-gilead
Event Info and Tickets: hazyshadeproductions.com/calendar