"You'll hear strains of Emmylou Harris ..."
Meredith Goldstein - Boston Globe
A year-and-a-half removed from the release of her debut full-length The River Grace, Hollow Bones is a bold step forward for someone years ahead of her time. With a relentless and renewed spirit Halstead has a firm grasp on her abilities, never once pushing her limits. Much of the credit for said maturation goes to time spent in the bluegra...ss band The Broken Blossoms, an experience that she freely admits led to her maturation as a songwriter. "Being in the Broken Blossoms was an important part of me growing as a songwriter, it allowed me look to the future and figure out what I want to do. In the end, I realized I had to hone my own voice in songwriting and continue telling great stories."
Utilizing a roots backdrop once again, Hollow Bones draws heavily on the strengths of its session players, including guitarist Lyle Brewer, harmonica extraordinaire Jim Fitting, fiddle player Julie Metcalf and lap steel veteran Adam Ollendorf. Recorded live in producer David Piper's studio, the EP has a defined sense of intimacy and timelessness that allows its charms to leap from the speakers. Opening cut "Damascus," has a well-worn, earthy sentiment that seems primed for AAA charts. Halstead's full-bodied alto, give the song's arresting narrative a sense of conviction that is felt immediately. "Good Lookin' Boy," builds on the momentum of "Damascus," but carries it forward. "La Luna Roja," spins a yarn that is both poetic and undeniably romantic. On the album closer, the swampy "Banks of the Mississippi," she melds a story that seems plucked from a Faulkner novel.
Now in her fourth year in Boston, Halstead, a Washington State native, seems supremely comfortable and firmly established in her new locale. Hollow Bones has the confidence and professionalism that seems certain to propel her into the national spotlight. Make no mistake about it, the release of Hollow Bones is the emergence of a bona fide talent coming into her own, and the unwavering sense that she won't be Boston's secret for long.
“A beautiful, soulful voice…” –Jeff Coffin, Dave Matthews Band
The music of Robby Hecht represents a return to the early 70s golden era of acoustic pop where thoughtful, well-crafted lyrics were blended with timeless melodies to impact mainstream music and culture. His 2008 debut album Late Last Night, produced by Lex Price (Mindy Smith) and mixed by Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Josh Rouse) features an impressive list of guest performers including Mindy Smith, Jeff Coffin, Thad Cockrell, Jill Andrews of The Everybodyfields, John Deaderick (Patty Griffin), Andrea Zonn (James Taylor) and more.
Raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Robby first began writing and performing while attending The University of Wisconsin-Madison, developing and pairing his soulful voice and unique finger-style guitar. After spending time living in Paris and San Francisco including a period fronting the band AllDay Radio, he eventually returned to his home state, settling in Nashville.
A 2008 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winner, Robby has played folk/roots festivals and venues across the country, sharing the stage with such legendary artists as Richie Havens, Greg Brown, and Patty Griffin, and garnering comparisons to early James Taylor, Paul Simon, and Amos Lee. Like these celebrated artists, Robby Hecht is a unique voice -- one that is stirring, instantly recognizable, and truly original.
-Winner, Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest 2010
-Winner, Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition 2008
-Winner, Wildflower Music and Arts Festival Songwriter Competition 2007
-Winner, Great Waters Music Festival Songwriter Competition 2006
-Winner, Riverbluff Music Festival Songwriter Competition 2006
-Selected, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase 2008
-Finalist, Mountain Stage International NewSong Competition 2008
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