Newsletter for March/April 2011

Hello Dear Friends,

The band and I have had a most remarkable last few weeks, with shows all up and down the California coast, including the lovely Atascadero and Sonoma County (with a surprise radio set on KRCB’s “Our Roots Are Showing” (KRCB Radio 91FM) with host Robin Pressman after our set at the festival.  Little did we know, our radio show was streamed into the festival between band sets.  How cool is that?  We played Sonoma twice that day!  Thanks Robin and everyone at KRCB!  And thanks to Mark Hogan, the California Bluegrass Association and The Sonoma County Folk Society for producing such a great festival!  We were proud to be a part of it.  Also kudos to our pal Lisa Burns who played a blistering great standup bass! 

We came home to play mid-month at The Bluegrass Association of Southern California’s new venue at the Viva Fresh Cantina.  It was a great turnout at a great venue.  

We’ve also been debuting some new material during these shows this past month.  Rob Carlson has been writing and has new and wonderful musical stories.  We’ve also been showcasing a song from the great Ernest Troost and one from our pal, Steve Werner of the country duo Fur & Steve (  Our show at CalTech in April will be a showcase of new songs!

New Live CD Is Here!

Our new album “Live From the Freight & Salvage: Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band.”  is now released!  It’s gaining airplay in U.S. and Canada already and has a review just posted at the end of March:

“Glaze and her high octane traditional music fits right in at the Berkeley muso club house where the mostly organic programs delight adults that can take the BART right to the front door. Obviously a super star of traditional folk, Glaze and her crew are so on the money it’s frightening. Not doing the dusty, moldy fig stuff, she’s probably a rocker in her heart but wisely chose to use her clear soprano for it’s best purpose. A winning set that’ll just knock you off your pins, particularly if you re an old, back-to-the-land hippie. Killer stuff.”   Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Recorded on July 15th, 2010 at The Freight & Salvage Coffee House, Berkeley, California, the album features ten tracks, with five originals from lead guitarist Rob Carlson, as well as traditional mountain songs from the Jean Ritchie collection and the great Steve Earle.  Bill Evans was our banjo guest for the set.

The album is available on Amazon, CD Baby and DigStation.