Kristy Hanson

  • one way to go?

     /  07 Feb 2012  

    Sometimes it’s a little embarrassing to hear my own music in a public situation. Maybe kind of like parents showing people your baby photos? And I also tend to ‘get over’ my older songs and move on to the new fairly quickly. But today I re-discovered my uptempo alt-country song “Dig,” and I’m only a little embarrassed to admit that I am rocking out to it right now. You can too if you like.

    Recently, every time I’ve sat down with my guitar I start writing. Which is great, it’s not getting me any closer to having my live set together. Today I had to kick my butt into gear, so I rented a rehearsal space for a couple hours at nearby Exposition Studios (which I recommend – nice guys over there!).

    I’m getting ready for a crazy springtime combination of NACA conferences, college shows, and then shows at clubs and churches and coffeehouses. Not to say that my shows in the past have been thrown together, but before I started using a looper pedal it was a bit simpler to put together a set. It’s, you know, don’t do three ballads in a row (or even two, really). Don’t play a bunch of songs in the same key or with the exact same rhythmic feel.

    Now that I have the looper as a resource, there are more and somehow fewer possibilities. On the one hand, I can do an a cappella song with a whole bunch of harmonies (yay, working on this) but I also need to vary the way I create the background for each song so it doesn’t get monotonous. I might want to vary looper and non-looper songs, so the order has to be really set in advance. Some shows I need to do lots of covers, some none. Suffice it to say I’m putting a lot of thought into each iteration of my set, but that feels good. I have a ways to go, but I really feel like I will not just be playing songs now, I’ll be putting on a show!

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  • new press and lilith blog-o-rama

     /  27 Jul 2010  

    My old hometown newspaper, the Grand Rapids Press (specifically the great John Sinkevics), had this to say about Into the Quiet:
    “The ex-Grand Rapidian, U-M vocal performance major and now Los Angeles-based Hanson keeps honing her considerable singer-songwriter talents, with breezy-but-captivating, pop- and rock-flavored songs that spotlight her emotion-packed, powerful vocals….”

    If you’re in the LA area, just over a week left ’til Hear NoHo! Make sure to get your tickets now and take advantage of the 2-for-1 deal.

    In the meantime, I’m blogging up a storm this week about Lilith Fair. Click here or just go to “Blog” above, enjoy, agree, disagree, comment!

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  • summertime

     /  22 Jun 2010  

    I keep wanting to wait until I have some BIG NEWS to write new blogs, but some weeks are just slower than others. And now, it’s officially summer, and everything moves a little slowly anyhow this time of year. So why wait? I also hope to re-open the chattier, actually “bloggier” section of my blog soon rather than simply posting news updates.

    But on the news front, “Into the Quiet” keeps chugging along, with Portland, Maine’s WMPG as the newest station to add it (thanks!). That’s two Maine stations now…I think I need to visit! And while summer laziness is tempting, I feel like I’m moving at full-speed, putting together tours for this fall throughout the Midwest, Northeast, Texas, Northwest, and right here in Southern CA. The one stop that I have cemented is Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I lived for a while and always loved/love to play. I’ll be there in October for sure, and more details on where and when exactly will be coming your way soon!

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  • I was pleased not only to be included in Blissfully Domestic’s new “Friday Fives” series, but to be the one to kick it off! The blog – (subtitled “The Smart Girl’s Guide to Life,” love it) asked me five questions, ranging from what makes a great song to what it’s like working with my husband Mike. So if you, too, have wanted to know what’s “behind the music,” check it out!

    I have to admit, I always find it very flattering when people ask my opinion about pretty much anything, although I find it incredibly hard to narrow down my answers to questions pertaining to what I love about music – there is so much, it would fill many “War and Peace”-sized novels. But hey, it’s Friday, so go read my snappy answers and enjoy your weekends!

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  • cd release molly malone's

    "into the quiet" release 3/31 - photo Lacey Huszcza

    I’m pleased to report that we had a very successful launch for “Into the Quiet” last night at Molly Malone’s!  Everyone there, from Nico the doorman to Richard the soundman and everyone in between could not have been nicer. We had family, old friends and new fans in the crowd and they were attentive and excited – meanwhile, Tim, Aaron, and Mike totally rocked it. And the electric guitar debut came off without a hitch (not pictured here, but I swear, I really played it). I can’t wait to play more solos!

    I’m so grateful to my band and to everyone who came out to support us last night. Because of you, I am a happy, lucky girl. Thanks for being a part of the journey – onward and upward!

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  • So, we’re going to be partying at Molly Malone’s tonight at 9:30. I’m really excited to share this music with people, many of whom will be hearing the songs for the first time. And I’ll also be whipping out my electric guitar! That’s right…it’s gonna be like Newport…prepare to be rocked! Hee hee. My band – Timothy Young, Aaron Sterling, and Mike Chiaburu – is incredible, and if you have half as much fun listening to them as I do playing with them, well, it’s going to be a good night. Hope to see you there!

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  • whoa. the album is out tomorrow…

     /  29 Mar 2010  

    Can you believe it? I’m not sure I can! But it’s true, on March 30, when you click on that little iTunes icon, you should be able to find my new album, “Into the Quiet” there for purchase! And if you’re old-fashioned, you can buy the album from CDBaby instead.

    In the meantime, I hope you’re been enjoying the little preview of the album that I’ve been giving you each week. Check out my music page for the latest!

    Finally – LA people – CD release SHOW is Wednesday, March 31, 9:30 pm at Molly Malone’s. I rehearsed last night Mike Chiaburu, Timothy Young and Aaron Sterling, and it was SO much fun. I even pulled out the electric guitar…I can’t wait for you to join the party. I promise I’ll announce some tour dates soon for the rest of you, and in the meantime, you can always listen to the album…yay!

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  • The CD is HERE! It will be available for sale in March, and in the meantime, Los Angeles, save the date of March 31 for the release show! We’ll be rocking it at Molly Malone’s. Here- I explain it all in my weekly Q & A! Generally I post these on Tuesdays, so get me your questions about the album or anything else you’ve been wondering about by Monday, and I just might pick yours! You can post on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter… Get pumped, everyone!

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