Sister Hazels New E.P | Pre-order your copy!

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NASHVILLE, TN (August 17, 2018) Platinum-selling band, Sister Hazel, is set to release their new EP, Wind, on September 7, 2018. The six-track EP is the follow-up to their Billboard chart-topping EP, Water. The newest EP is Volume II of a collectible compilation series titled, “Elements,” and includes a bonus seventh track that will continue throughout the series. Fans can pre-order the EP HERE and get the instant grat tracks, "Small Town Living," and "Whirlwind Girl," that premiered on Digital Journal today HERE. "Whirlwind Girl" is also available on all streaming services. In addition to the digital download and CD, this release offers exclusive limited-edition merchandise bundles available HERE. 

"Whirlwind Girl" was co-written by Sister Hazel band members Andrew Copeland and Ryan Newell, as well as Barry Dean, who has written chart-topping singles for Little Big Town and Michael Ray. It is the third track featured on their Wind EP. Markos Papadatos of Digital Journalpraised the new song saying, "Overall, Sister Hazel delights with their new track "Whirlwind Girl." It is refreshing and a great deal of fun. This song is custom-made for the airwaves and it deserves to be a single someday. It shows Sister Hazel's ability to reinvent themselves and stay current and relevant in the ever-changing music industry. Their harmonies on "Whirlwind Girl" are as delectable as ever. Fans and listeners that enjoyed their classic hit "All For You," will certainly find "Whirlwind Girl" to be a real treat. If this song is any indication of how their new EP will sound, then their audience will be in for a true musical experience. "Whirlwind Girl" garners an A rating."

You can expect to be emotionally attached to this EP.
— Roots Music Magazine
Hazelnuts get ready to enjoy this ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT piece of artistry. I can honestly say this EP hits every ounce of emotions. There is something so pure about this album. Production = FANTASTIC … Lyrically = SUPERB … Instrumentally = STELLAR.
— 695 The Rock Radio
Doing any job for 25 years is pretty impressive; maintaining a successful band in a fickle music industry for that long is near-miraculous. The band has managed to flourish as an independent act without a major label, releasing albums on its own Croakin’ Poets label and making waves on the country charts with its newest EP’s, without significantly changing its sound to fit a format. 
— Greenville Journal
Sister Hazel’s second of four EP’s, Wind, captures the bands adventurous spirit. There’s a song for every emotion or experience. One of the band’s strongest skills is the ability to pull you into their story and make it yours, too. Sister Hazel surpasses the expectations on this EP.
— Music Update Central
Sister Hazel has always been a band that has written and created their music with heart and soul. This new E.P continues that tradition but with a country feel to it. With songs such as “Small Town Living” it tells a story but gives you that back country sound. You can hear the growth and natural progression in this E.P.
— Chris Sturk |

Wind Track List:
1. "Come A Day"
2. "Small Town Living" 
3. "Whirlwind Girl" 
4. "In Two"  
5. "You'll be Safe Here" 
6. "Midnight Again" 
7. "Elements II" (I'm Free)

Add @SisterHazelBand "Small Town Living" and "Whirlwind Girl"  to your Spotify and Apple Music Playlists! 

About Sister Hazel:

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 onBillboard’s Top Country Albums chart, #6 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart, #30 onBillboard'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. In February 2018, “Water,” Volume I of a collectible compilation series titled, “Elements,” landed on the Billboard Country Albums chart at #9 and at #2 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart along with making their debut on the most revered stage in country music, the Grand Ole Opry. Living up to their fan-centered reputation, the band was a pioneer in the themed cruise industry by co-founding "The Rock Boat" and annually hosts events like the “Hazelnut Hang,” and "Camp Hazelnut" that focuses on creating unique experiences and interacting with the fans. Sister Hazel has been equally attentive to connecting with their audience through social media having amassed over a million social followers. In addition to the events and touring, the band also gives back with “Lyrics For Life.” Founded by singer Ken Block, the charity unites musicians and celebrities for concerts and auctions to benefit cancer research and patient-care charities.

 Sister Hazel | Lincoln Theater Raleigh NC | Photograph by Chris Sturk

Sister Hazel | Lincoln Theater Raleigh NC | Photograph by Chris Sturk

Photographing Pennywise



Pennywise is probably one of the most influential punk bands of my genre. I remember hearing the song “Home Sick” from their record “Unknown Road” while watching a skate boarding video. My friends and I were big skaters at the time and would watch some of our favorite skaters VHS tapes and try to emulate their tricks. During one of those video watching sessions Pennywise was playing in the background of one of the videos. I had to then watch the end of the VHS to find out what band it was. The rest was history after that. One of my favorite songs to this day is still is “Peaceful Day”. Their style of punk music felt hard with deep guitar riffs and strong bass lines. Some of the punk bands of that era had an overall higher pitched tone to it and pennywise seemed to have gone the opposite way in that regard. Pennywise is still playing strong and even played the last Van’s Warp Tour this year with a somber goodbye to an iconic music festival. They played at the Lincoln theater in Raleigh NC and came out strong as the crowd pushed against the barricade trying to get a pit started. They sounded just as I remembered them with the same power, angst, lyrical and vocal domination of Jim Lindberg. Even as the group gets older with Jim himself reaching 54 years old they still are undoubtedly one of the greatest punk bands to have ever come out of California and are still a band you need to see live.
— Chris Sturk | | f28MP Magazine

Pennywise is an American punk rock band from Hermosa Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band took its name from the evil clown monster from the Stephen King horror novel It.

Between their 1991 self-titled debut and 2005's The Fuse, Pennywise has released an album every two years on Epitaph Records, a label owned by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. To date, the band has released twelve full-length studio albums (the latest being 2018's Never Gonna Die), one live album, two EPs and one DVD. Although their first two studio albums were critically acclaimed, Pennywise would not experience worldwide commercial success until the 1995 release of their third studio album, About Time, which peaked at number ninety-six on the Billboard 200, and number fifty-five on Australia's ARIA Charts. The band's mainstream success was signified by a growing interest in punk rock during the 1990s, along with fellow California bands NOFX, Rancid, Blink-182, Bad Religion, Green Day, The Offspring, Lagwagon and Sublime. By 2007, the band had independently sold over three million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful independent punk acts of all time. 
Pennywise's current line-up consists of Jim Lindberg (vocals), Fletcher Dragge (guitars), Randy Bradbury (bass) and Byron McMackin (drums). They had kept their original line-up together until bassist Jason Thirsk died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1996, due to issues with his alcoholism, after which Bradbury joined as his replacement. In August 2009, Lindberg decided to leave the band; he was replaced in February 2010 by Ignite singer Zoli Téglás. With Téglás, the band recorded their tenth studio album All or Nothing, which was released on May 1, 2012.  Lindberg rejoined the band later that year after Téglás was sidelined by a back injury.


Pennywise has released a new album with some amazing tracks that still prove they kick ass.  You can check out the information below to pick up your copy! 


You can pick up their new records from, iTunes, Google Play and your local music stores.  Links are provided below.


Photographing Deirks Bentley


Dierks Bentley

I got the chance to photograph Dierks Bentley for 94.7 QDR based out of Raleigh NC. I will be honest that I am not much of a country music listener, but I really enjoyed his show. He came out to the crowd and really embraced every moment. He had this huge screen behind the stage that would play videos of the songs he was singing, or they would show fans in the crowd. I even found myself really digging some of the songs. Dierks sounded great and his show was strong and engaging. I would recommend country fans to not miss out on seeing his show. He even got this punk rock indie kid to bop his head, that’s not easy to do. ;)
— Chris Sturk | | f28MP Magazine

Frederick Dierks Bentley (born November 20, 1975) is an American country music singer and songwriter. In 2003, he signed to Capitol Nashville and released his eponymous debut album. Both it and its follow-up, 2005's Modern Day Drifter, are certified platinum in the United States. A third album, 2006's Long Trip Alone, is certified gold. It was followed in mid-2008 by a greatest hits package. His fourth album, Feel That Fire was released in February 2009. A bluegrass album, Up on the Ridge, was released on June 8, 2010; a sixth album, Home, followed in February 2012, as did a seventh one, Riser, in 2014. Bentley's eighth album, entitled Black, was released in May 2016. His ninth and most recent studio album, The Mountain, was released on June 8, 2018.

Bentley's studio albums have accounted for 25 singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, of which 16 have reached number one: his debut single "What Was I Thinkin'", "Come a Little Closer", "Settle for a Slowdown", "Every Mile a Memory", "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)", "Feel That Fire", "Sideways", "Am I the Only One", "Home", "5-1-5-0", "I Hold On", "Drunk on a Plane", "Say You Do", "Somewhere on a Beach", "Different for Girls", and "Woman, Amen". Four more of his singles have reached the top 5.


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