Loretta Hagen’s New Album “Mud and Stone” Earns Stellar Review in Italy!!
by Michelle Fortier
Remo Ricaldone hails Loretta Hagen’s work as “rich in significant and poignant ballads in the footsteps of Mary Chapin Carpenter, her contemporary John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky..” Remo also states “Having shared the music, on stage and not only with artists such as Jonathan Edwards, Gretchen Wilson, Kim Richey, Roger McGuinn and Richie Havens has enriched her writing, now clear and interesting, never obvious or trivial.”
He declares the title track ‘Mud and Stone’ and the cut ‘Turn In’ “bring out talents and abilities, profound lyricism and poetry.” Another cut ‘When My Years Are Stacked’ “plays on nostalgia, simplicity and the crystalline beauty of country music.” Ricaldone declares the project “Mud and Stone” “a precious statement of grace and sweetness..” “…the whole album is inspiring and highly recommended.” ~ Remo Ricaldone a reviewer for The Long Journey which is a BCMAI Production featuring “Roots & Country Music” Source:The Long Journey in 2012. To read the entire review please click HERE
Loretta Hagen, a 2011 winner of the NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition, and 2011 Official DJ Choice Showcase at NERFA, recently released her third CD, “Mud and Stone”, featuring uplifting heartfelt ballads, playful up-tempo country swing, and cool bluesy grooves. Released by Trespass Music “Mud and Stone” debuted at #10 on Folk DJ Charts, has consistently remained at #1 on the Roots Music Report for NJ, and peaked at #5 Top 50 Folk Albums RMR, while receiving airplay throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Loretta Hagen delivers rich alto vocals, polished award winning lyrics and tightly woven harmonies; the hallmark of her musical career. Loretta’s melodies leave folks feeling as if they are listening to their own stories set to song.
Mud And Stone
Artist: Loretta Hagen
Label: Bearfort 002
Year: 2012 Styles: Singer Songwriter Blues Country Folk
Radio Promotion ~ Trespass Music ~ Tracey Delfino
“The deep love for the many facets of American roots sound born in the first half of the seventies thanks to the then California-inspired music scene, a diverse world that the Grateful Dead was the ‘remains’ of Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell up, Eagles and Flying Burrito Brothers, all in some way involved in a review of personal and innovative roots.
Since then, all his savings and much of his spare time is spent looking for new musicians in a crescendo that led him to collaborate with BCMAI and various radio stations in the province of his native Alexandria (Cosmo Radio, Radio Life Radio Voice Radio Gold and Space) and the Susa Valley who currently hosts (Susa Onda Radio).
Since 2000 he also began a fruitful partnership with some websites created to promote country music and sounds similar to our country. His diet is music which seem broad and includes country music produced in Nashville, one of rock and roots that come from Texas, bluegrass and old time music, the Cajun, the tex-mex, the song writing inspiration folk, rock and roll, blues and gospel, and the so-called American movement. Everything that is in some way in the most classic American Music. Ricaldone hosts a weekly radio show (‘Happy Trails’ on Susa Onda Radio, Italy)
writes for www.lonestartime.com, www.planetcountry.it, www.bcmai.it and American West (a bimonthly Italian magazine) ”