Loretta Hagen – Just Plain Folks Music Awards 4 Time Nominee
Trespass Music congratulates Loretta Hagen for yet another industry nod for her album New Folk Album Nominee for “Mud and Stone” plus 3 more nominations
New Folk Song – “MONEY”
Traditional Folk Song – “WHEN MY YEARS ARE STACKED”
Holiday Song – ” SANTA IF YOU’RE LISTENING” all from her current album “Mud and Stone.”
Loretta is also set to release her brand new album April 1 to folk and Americana radio entitled “Lucky Stars.” Take a listen to “This World Of Ours” a cut from the upcoming album.
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”
No Depression Review HERE
Americana/folk-pop songsmith Arlon Bennett recalls Harry Chapin and vintage James Taylor. A three-time finalist in the Grassy Hill-Kerrville New Folk Competition and twice selected by Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary) to perform in his Music2Life Showcase, Arlon recognizes the power of music to reach people.
Since Arlon’s recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease he has been performing as The Healing Project, with John Sonntag on guitar, Gordon Roehrer on bass & RT Miller on percussion. Arlon’s goal is to keep making positive music that helps heal others from their own challenges and to help raise awareness. His latest CD, World of Possibility, is a testament to that end, with the hope of inspiring others.
“Arlon’s songs ring true, whether he’s writing about the personal or the political. The result is inspiring.” – John Platt WFUV 90.7 FM New York
Visit Arlon HERE and HERE
Reviewers describe award winning singer-songwriter Loretta Hagen as ‘heart driven, soul filling, 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. Loretta is currently in studio recording songs for her forthcoming release.
“Mud and Stone is first class, top tier, a true contender as an artist to reckon with.” John Apice, No Depression
Visit Loretta HERE
Foul Rift Productions is pleased to announce a Brand New Venue, a revamped schedule and format but once again an amazing lineup of some the best female singer-songwriters you can imagine! Join us as we celebrate our 5th Anniversary at our new host venue, the award winning Brook Hollow Winery in Columbia, NJ!!
The festival, always operated to allow great music to serve yet another purpose, will be stage with and in support of our partner beneficiary, Family Promise of Warren County, a vibrant organization addressing the needs and struggles of homeless families in the area. Also featured for the day are Brook Hollow Wine Tastings and Sales, Local Crafters & Artisans and Children’s activities.
WILLIE NILE is a Buffalo raised American singer-songwriter. In 1980 Nile released his self-titled debut album which according to one critic remains “one of the most thrilling post-Byrds folk-rock albums of all time.” His early career was interrupted by various problems, but he eventually returned to recording and performing in the US and Europe, establishing himself as a respected singer-songwriter. The Buffalo News said that their hometown troubadour’s “Streets of New York” (2006), “House of a Thousand Guitars” (2009) and “The Innocent Ones” that included the blazing anthem One Guitar (2010); stand as “three of the finest recordings to ever straddle the worlds of “singer/songwriter” fare and good ol’street-tough rock ‘n’ roll.” In 2013 Willie released arguably his best album to date, “American Ride” followed by an album of piano centered recordings “If I Was A River”. On May 28th, 2015, at the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square, New York City, Willie joined Bruce Springsteen, Joan Jett, Roger Daltry and Billy Idol at the 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert to honor Pete Townsend for his commitment to helping other musicians with addictions. Willie Nile is an artist to be reckoned with who is at the peak of his powers.
JOHN EASDALEis the lead singer/songwriter and PETER WOOD is one of the guitarists (Both are original members) of DRAMARAMA, a Los Angeles based and Wayne, New Jersey bred alternative rock band always fronted by singer-songwriter John Easdale. The band was formed in New Jersey in 1982 and disbanded in 1994. The band formally reunited in 2004 following an appearance on VH1′s Bands Reunited reality show. Amid renewed interest since the Bands Reunited episode and a large-scale appearance at KROQ-FM‘s annual Inland Invasion festival concert (attended by more than 78,000 fans), Dramarama has since been touring nationally. In 2005 they released a new, full-length studio CD titled Everybody Dies.
JILL HENNESSY is a Canadian born actress, model and musician best known for het staring roles in TV’s Law and Order (as Claire Kinkaid) and Crossing Jordan (as Jordan Cavanaugh). She began her musical career before becoming a model or an actress, busking on the streets of Toronto. She has recorded 2 albums “I Do” and “Ghost In My Head” (2009). Springsteen biographer and Sirius XM Radio DJ Dave Marsh wrote about “ Ghost In My Head”, “Jill’s raised her own standard, and delivered completely on things that were maybe only a promise on the first record. The songs are as deep and beautiful as always… Such a command of good songs! Brava!”
RICHARD BARONE is an American rock musician born in Tampa, Florida who first gained attention as frontman for the Hoboken, NJ based band, The Bongos, where he released albums such as “Drums Along The Hudson” and “Beat Hotel.” He works as a songwriter, arranger, author, director, and producer, releases numerous recordings as a solo artist (Cool Blue Hallo, Primal Dreams, Nuts and Bolts, Between Heaven and Cello) and in collaboration with others, most recently with Allison Moorer, tours, and has created major concert events at Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, SXSW, and New York’s Central Park. He is also affiliated with NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.
JOE D’URSO is the lead singer/songwriter of the northern New Jersey roots rock band Joe d’Urso & Stone Caravan who began their career in the early ’90s. Their raw raucous style is keenly similar to the likes of fellow American rockers John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan. D’Urso, has been critically acclaimed for being a passionate songwriter and an earnest performer with a deep love for making music. Joe independently released their debut, Rock-Land, in 1993. Mirrors, Shoestrings & Credit Cards followed three years later and led the band to opening spots for Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Wilco, Joan Osborne, the Allman Brothers, and Bruce Springsteen. In 1998, he signed to Capitol/Right Stuff and issued their third release, Glow, in 1999. A year later, considered to be one of his best works, Rock and Roll Station was released. He has released a total of 13 albums and continues to tour the world.
Opening Circle: CHRISSI POLAND is a true soul singer, writer, and multi-instrumentalist. Weaving in the sounds of soul, roots, and electro-pop, she channels a sound that captivates and compels people to wonder how “that voice comes from that little body.” Ms. Poland has shared the studio and the stage with several acclaimed artists including Nile Rodgers, Moby, Sting, The Edge, Will Lee, Kylie Minogue, Elvis Costello, Clint Black and legendary Stax “Soul Man” Sam Moore (formerly of Sam & Dave). One of the pioneers of soul, Sam says of Chrissi: “Now this is a girl you GOT to hear.” “Her movements are fluid and rhythmic, her vocals are flawless and her love radiates from the tips of her fiery red hair to the heels of her fierce knee high boots. If you haven’t had the distinct pleasure of being entertained by Poland, do yourself a favor and get to her next show. You are guaranteed to leave with your mind blown, your soul healed, your heart full, and your ears ringing with the pure essence of the NYC music scene.“-NYC Art Scene
Loretta Hagen delivers rich alto vocals, polished award winning lyrics and tightly woven harmonies; the hallmark of her musical career. A 2013 JAM Awards “Top Female Songwriter of the Year“, NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition Winner, and CT Folk Festival Finalist, Loretta recently released her third CD, Mud and Stone, featuring uplifting heartfelt ballads, playful 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 receiving airplay throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Loretta has shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Roger McGuinn, Steve Forbert, Richie Havens, Gretchen Wilson to name a few and plays premiere stages across the Northeast. Loretta’s melodies leave folks feeling as if they are listening to their own stories set to song. “This effort (Mud and Stone) is first class, top tier, a true contender as an artist to reckon with.” John Apice No Depression
About Light of Day Foundation
“What started out as a coffee shop show for area songwriters to casually perform with other writers in Asbury Park has quickly evolved into a Light Of Day series featuring some of the best songwriters in America.
The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime. The Foundation’s mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. The primary fundraising efforts are an annual series of concerts held in Asbury Park, NJ. Since its inception in 2000, Light of Day has raised over $3 million in the fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. What began as a single concert in New Jersey has grown into approximately seventy shows in thirteen countries on 3 continents including North America, Europe and Australia!”
For more information visit Light of Day HERE
In 1972, Aztec Two-Step, whose name comes from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, burst upon the scene with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records. Since then Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together. Their debut, plus their subsequent albums for RCA Records, were staples of progressive FM and college radio and helped to bring the music of the 1960s into the 70s. Still known for their intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar, and inspiring harmonies, the duo continues to be one of acoustic music’s most respected and enduring acts.
“Aztec Two-Step is possibly the best acoustic duo in the world today.” Acoustic Live, NYC -
Joe D’Urso‘s fierce independence, dynamic stage presence and altruistic nature have led him down a road less traveled, being on the Board of Directors for Why Hunger and The Light of Day Foundation and presenter of the Rockland/Bergen Music Festival. With his roots/rock band, Stone Caravan, Joe has released 13 CDs.
Loretta Hagen delivers rich alto vocals, polished award winning lyrics and tightly woven harmonies; the hallmark of her musical career. She is a 2013 JAM Awards “Top Female Songwriter of the Year”, NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Winner and CT Folk Festival Finalist. Loretta’s third CD, “Mud and Stone”, has received airplay throughout the US, Canada and Europe, debuting #10 on the Folk DJ charts.
WhyHunger enlists performing artists to raise funds and awareness for the most innovative and effective community-based organizations fighting hunger and poverty all across the world. Through music we can all make a difference in the world!
The Acoustic Café is located at Our Lady of Mercy Academy, 25 Fremont Road, Park Ridge, NJ. The WhyHunger concert will begin at 5pm. Purchase advance tickets at $25 online click HERE or $28 at the door.
Founded by the late musician and activist Harry Chapin and radio DJ Bill Ayres, artists have been a part of WhyHunger’s DNA since day one. Tapping into the power of artists to raise funds, increase awareness and help motivate change, WhyHunger has partnered with hundreds of musicians, photographers, chefs and more to user their voices and their talents to support the movement to end hunger and bring justice to all. Through the Artists Against Hunger & Poverty program, artists of all genres can make a difference in the lives of the over 800 million people worldwide who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Join artists like Bruce Springteen, Brandi Carlile, Michael McDonald, Trampled By Turtles, Papa Roach and so many more who have raised over $13 million dollars to help in the fight to end hunger.
Visit and learn more HERE