Loretta Hagen

Loretta Hagen




Reviewers describe Loretta Hagen as ‘heart driven, soul filling, award winning, Folk Americana.‘ Her rich alto voice and strong songwriting skills have led her to win many awards, including a 2013 JAM Awards’ (Jersey Acoustic Music Awards) “Top Female Songwriter of the Year,” JAM nomination for “Album of the Year,” winner of the NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition and designation as a CT Folk Festival finalist.
Hagen’s third CD, “Mud and Stone,” features uplifting folk ballads, up-tempo country swing, and cool, bluesy grooves. “Mud and Stone” debuted at #10 on Folk DJ Charts, consistently #1 on the Roots Music Report for NJ, #5 Top 50 Folk Albums RMR, and continues to receive airplay throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She has performed at premiere venues across the Northeast and Nashville, sharing the stage with Pete Seeger, Roger McGuinn, Sloan Wainwright, Steve Forbert, Richie Havens, Kim Richey and Marshall Crenshaw among others.
Following her critically acclaimed CD Something More, co-produced by Pat McInerney (Nanci Griffith), Hagen released Sundown Till Dawn, a CD that garnered rave reviews and radio play across the country. Sundown Till Dawn is extremely personal, with the title track written about her mother who suffered with Alzheimer’s Disease. Loretta’s Mom passed away peacefully this summer at her home. The emotionally charged ballad is included on the soundtrack of a film called “10 Mountains 10 Years” chronicling the journey of a group of mountain climbers who are raising awareness about the disease. Loretta performs primarily with her trio consisting of husband/guitarist Gary Hagen and djembe players Linda Lambiase or Curtis Kretz.

This effort [Mud and Stone] is first class, top tier. Loretta Hagen is a true contender as an artist to reckon with.”
John Apice ~ No Depression ~ Loretta Hagen “Mud and Stone”
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Career Highlights

**2017 – 3 Time Nominee Just Plain Folks Music Awards (Traditional, New Folk and Holiday Song Categories) **2014 QUAD Showcase NERFA **2013 Winner Top Female Songwriter of the Year JAM (Jersey Acoustic Music) Awards **Nominated Top Female Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year JAM (Jersey Acoustic Music) Awards **Folk DJ Radio “Mud and Stone” #64 Top Albums of the Year (2012)**Winner Best Female Folk for “Mud and Stone” by LadyLake Music **Featured on “We Like It So There.” **#1 Best of 2012 by Radio Nowhere host Joe Pszonek of WMSC** #40 for the Top 100 Folk Albums of 2012 RMR **Nominee for Album of The Year & Top Female Songwriter of The Year **No Depression Feature Review **Top 10 Folk DJ Chart! **#1 RMR Chart for State of NJ! **#5 Top 50 Folk Albums RMR! **Winner NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition! **NERFA DJ’s Choice!**Finalist CT Folk Festival**Boston One Day Mini NERFA Conference Official Showcase! **Finalist Hudson Valley Music and Song Expo! **SS Cape May Official Showcase! **ASCAP PLUS AWARDS 5 Years! **Honorable Mention Billboard Song Contest! **Grand Prize Winner Music City Song Contest!**June Cover Feature Acoustic Live in NYC Magazine! **National Alzheimer’s Association Candlelight Vigil Lincoln Memorial Performer!


“I can now place Loretta’s music beside my Mary Chapin Carpenter, Allison Moorer, Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin CDs. She’s certainly earned that spot and she will sit comfortably there.”
John Apice ~ No Depression ~ Loretta Hagen “Mud and Stone”

“‘Mud and Stone’ will be a treasure for weeks, months and years to come.” Ron Olesko, WFDU-FM 89.1, “Traditions”

“Loretta’s voice is perfect to bring the listener into her stories.” Mike Penard Radio ISA France

“[Loretta's been] blessed with an uncanny gift of being able to write songs about everyday life which tug on the heart strings” Sol Zeller, Borderline Folk Music Club

“Loretta’s manner and voice are imbued with such quiet, unassuming grace that you don’t realize at first that she has completely stolen your heart!” Laura Foord, Heights House Concerts

“With her smart, insightful lyrics, and catchy melodies Loretta Hagen certainly knows her way around a song. Plus judging by my audience’s reaction at her recent appearance at Concerts at the Crossing, she’s got a knack for connecting with a live audience as well. My only regret is that it took me so long to book her.” -Scott Cullen, Concerts at the Crossing, Titusville, NJ 

“Loretta Hagen’s songs just get better and better the more you hear them. Her music is intricate, unassuming… not what you’ve heard before. Her lyric is honest, heartfelt and quite funny at times. The musicianship between Loretta and her husband Gary is second to none. Quite good! I’m sitting here listening to her interview and performance on John Platt’s show on WFUV in NYC and wondering about the fairness in music. Loretta and her music should be BIG STARS! Alas, she’s as humble as she is good, and she’s very, very humble! I’ll have her at CoyoteRidge every chance I get!” Bernie Stapleton, CoyoteRidge Music Series

“Crisp, bright guitars and a joyous refrain of “I’m good as gold now that you’re home” And so begins the new project from singer/songwriter Loretta Hagen, “Mud and Stone”. Like the CD title, her lyrics are as genuine and earthy as the lady herself. We rejoice at the return of a loved one in “Now That You’re Home” and get lost in the daydreams of “I’m Gone”. Her heroines fight the everyday battles of finding love or figuring out who will be there as in “When My Years Are Stacked”. Loretta’s honeyed voice and uplifting melodies help us find a way through.” Joe Pszonek WMSC “Radio Nowhere”

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“I’m Gone” – beautiful! That one’s got HIT written all over it! Very powerful songwriting!”
Ron Olesko, WFDU-FM 89.1, “Traditions”

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“Loretta has a magnificent voice and is a terrific performer! Great new CD!”
Jim Monaghan, WDHA-FM, “All Mixed Up

“Loretta Hagen writes songs that sound like they can come from the Heartland, but they also really come from the heart.” John Platt, WFUV 90.7 FM

” Loretta Hagen appeared Saturday June 23, with Gary Hagen and Linda Lambiase and had the house enthralled by her original music and lyrics. When she sang “When My Years are Stacked” Ken Tschan and I were chuckling while wiping tears from our eyes. I really appreciated the theater’s acoustics when Loretta sang “Hello Mountain” from her CD “Sundown Til Dawn” or the title track from the “Mud and Stone” CD. Ray Quattrini and Maureen Quattrini loved the intimate feeling of the event. Gerry Hluchan said it reminded him of the Coffee House concerts of years ago.” Donna Silver McCormack, Cornerstone Arts Alliance

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Loretta Hagen has had the honor of sharing the stage with the following artists and many more:

Pete Seeger, Aztec Two Step, Marshall Crenshaw, Sloan Wainwright, Eric Bazilian, Tony Trischka, Roger McGuinn, Steve Forbert, Joe D’Urso, John Gorka, Jonathan Edwards, Johnny Winter, Ellis Paul, Richie Havens, Ollabell, Gin Blossoms, Bo Bice, David Allen Coe, Lou Pallo, The Kennedys, Gretchen Wilson, Buskin & Batteau, Kim Richey, Bearfoot, and co-billed with Terence Martin, Danielle Miraglia, Sharon Goldman, Carolann Solebello, Milton, David Goldman, Joe Iadanza, Robert Bruey, Pat Wictor, Brian Ashley Jones, Linda McRae, Freddie Stevenson, Chana Rothman w/C Lanzbom, Caleb Hawley, Rebecca Pronsky, John Francis, Spook Handy, John Dull Music Band, Uncle Floyd, R J Storm & Old School

Loretta Hagen has performed shows at these venues and many more:

Festivals and Conferences:

**CT Folk Festival ~ New Haven CT **NERFA One Day Mini Conference ~ Boston, MA **Black Potatoe Festival ~ Clinton, NJ
**Musikfest ~ Bethlehem, PA **SS Cape May ~ Cape May, NJ
**New Jersey Folk Festival ~ New Brunswick, NJ**Highlands GreenFest – West Milford, NJ
**Sugar Loaf Fall Festival ~ Sugar Loaf, NY **Delaware Greenfest ~ Dover, DE
**Hoboken Summer Series ~ Hoboken, NJ**Hudson Valley Songfest and Music Expo6 ~ Hudson, NY
**Upper Saucon Summer Concert Series ~ Upper Saucon, PA**Falcon Ridge Acoustic Live in NYC ~ Hillsdale, NY**NERFA ~ Kerhonkson, NY **St. Joseph’s Summerfest ~ Limeport, PA **Hoboken 4th of July ~ Hoboken, NJ**Autumn Lights Festival ~ West Milford, NJ**Lehigh Valley Music Awards ~ Zionsville, PA **NJ Botanical Gardens Summer Concert Series ~ Ringwood, NJ **National Alzheimer’s Assoc. Public Policy Forum and Candlelight Vigil ~ Washington, DC

Music Clubs and Theaters:

**Chaplin’s the Music Cafe ~ Spring City, PA **Breslin Theater Lodi, NJ **The Living Room ~ NYC, NY **Listen Live Music ~ Macungie PA **Concerts at the Crossing ~ Titusville, NJ **Outpost In The Burbs ~ Montclair, NJ **Irvington Town Hall Theater ~ The Mainstage -Irvington, NY **Minstrel Coffee House ~ Morristown, NJ **Art Barn Songwriters Series ~ Cotuit, MA **Mayo Center for the Performing Arts ~ Morristown, NJ **Acoustic Cafe ~ Parkridge, NJ **Groovin’ In New Fairfield ~ New Fairfield, CT **Borderline Folk Music Club ~ New City, NY **FMSHNY (Folk Music Society of Huntington, NY) Hard Luck Cafe’ ~ Huntington, NY **SteelStacks ~ Bethlehem, PA **Cornerstone Arts Alliance ~ Goshen, NY **Lycian Centre for the Performing Arts ~ Sugar Loaf, NY **Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club ~ Fair Lawn, NJ **Bluebird Cafe ~ Nashville, TN **Exit/In ~ Nashville, TN **Douglas Corner ~ Nashville, TN **Colorado Cafe ~ Watchung, NJ **Dexters ~ Riverdale, NJ **Whiskey Cafe ~ Lyndhurst, NJ **Bodles Opera House ~ Chester, NY **The Back Fence ~ NYC, NY **The Luna Stage ~ Orange, NJ, **Stanhope House ~ Stanhope, NJ **Bodles Opera House ~ Chester, NY **The Bitter End – New York, NY **On Your Radar with John Platt ~ NYC, NY

Coffeehouses & House Concerts:

**CoyoteRidge Music Series ~ West Milford, NJ **Heights House Concerts ~Jersey City, NJ **Celebration House Concerts and Workshops ~ Clifton, NJ **Westchester Arts Center ~ White Plains, NY **Barrington Coffeehouse ~ Barrington, NJ **Warwick Valley Winery ~ Warwick, NY **The Waterfront Cafe’ ~ Carlstadt, NJ **JMH Dull Productions ~ Rutherford, NJ
**The Hillside Cafe’ ~ Nutley, NJ **Club Bene ~ South Amboy, NJ **Crossroads ~ Garwood, NJ **John St. Jam ~ Saugerties, NY **Music For Humanity ~ Campbell Hall NY
**and many more various open mic, juke joints, beer halls, whiskey smellin’ back-road saloons, gas stations, VFW Halls, town parks, carnivals, festivals, back yards, basements and parking lots!**

Some of the radio stations and podcasts playing Loretta:

WXPN** Gene Shay**WMSC 90.3~Montclair, NJ Joe Pszonek Radio Nowhere **WDHA 105.5~Cedar Knolls, NJ Jim Monaghan All Mixed Up Radio **WFDU 89.1~Teaneck, NJ Ron Olesko/Bill Hahn Traditions **WFDU 89.1~Teaneck, NJ Carol Beaugard Lonesome Pine RFD **WFDU 89.1~Teaneck, NJ Jerry Treacy Crash On The Levee **WFUV 90.7~Bronx, NY John Platt Sunday Breakfast **WNTI 91.9~Hackettstown, NJ Jeff Rusch The Crow’s Nest **WTBQ 93.5 ~Warwick, NY Jon Stein Hootenanny Cafe**WOMR 92.1 Provincetown, MA ~Bob Weiser Old Songs Home Radio Show **CHES 88.1FM~Erin, ON CAN Steve Clarke Acoustic Planet on Erin Radio **WAER 88.3~Sryacuse, NY Larry Hoyt Common Threads
**WPRB 103.3~Princeton, NJ John Weingart Music You Can’t Hear On The Radio **WYSO 91.3~Yellow Springs OH Norman Whitman “Detours” **WIOX 91.3~Roxbury, NY Artie Martello Mostly Folk, **WIOX 91.3~Roxbury NY Terry Doyle Crackle Radio **WBZH 1370am~Pottstown PA Mike Holliday “Notes From Home” **CFMU 93.3 Hamilton ON CAN Jim Marino “Freewheeling” **WKRF 89.3~Baton Rouge,LA Hootenanny Power **WFMT 98.7~Chicago, IL Rich Warren Midnight Special **WVKR 91.3~Poughkeepsie, NY Jay Spika Thin Air **Galaxie Folk-Routes Greg Torrington Canada **KPR Kansas Public Radio~Bob McWilliams **WVGN 107.3~St. Thomas, Virgin Islands Doug Lewis Show ** WVUD 91.3~Newark, DE Gary Irving “Roots Show”


Radio Crystal Blue with Dan Herman www.radiocrystalblue.net
Jersey Joe “Pick to Click”
Ed’s Mixed Bag with Ed Ovett
WSLO Longtown Sound with Uncle Shag
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WUMB – Boston – 91.9
WZLX 100.7 – Boston, MA “Sunday Morning Blues”
WNCW 88.7 – Spindale, NC
“US Folk” WMPG – 90.9 & 104.1 FM – Portland, ME
WVKR 91.3 FM – Poughkeepsie, NY
WPKN – 89.5 FM – Bridgeport, CT
WMFO – 95.1 FM – Boston, MA
WCVE – 88.9 FM – VA’s NPR