Rich alto vocals, polished award winning lyrics, and tightly woven harmonies are the hallmark of Loretta Hagen’s musical career. “Mud and Stone” Hagen’s highly- anticipated third release, features uplifting heartfelt ballads, playful up tempo country swing, and cool bluesy grooves.
Loretta brings her songs to life with a gentle sincerity and tongue in cheek musings, in her depiction of the human experience in today’s economic and social climates. Hagen’s expressive voice captivates as she weaves intimate verses and catchy choruses. Intricate acoustic stylings and solid instrumentation round out an album of 13 beautifully- crafted melodies that leave folks feeling as if they are listening to their own stories set to song.
“(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
released February 19, 2012
ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY LORETTA HAGEN
Acoustic Guitar:Loretta Hagen, Gary Hagen
Electric Guitar: Gary Hagen
Bass: Matt McGee, Ron De La Vega, Teri Avella Pete Bremy
Drums: Peter Young, Debby Maggiulli, Mark Beckett, Tom Mintz
Keyboards Mike Schimpf
Banjo: Linda McRae
Penny Whistle: Sara Gallmann
Backing Vocals: Loretta Hagen, except Bonus Track: Gary Hagen , Sara Gallmann
Loretta Hagen photo credit: Maria Ventura/LadyAce.com
CD Design: Amilyn Lanning/ email@example.com
Management:Michelle Fortier, Wingschell Entertainment / firstname.lastname@example.org
Radio Promotion: Trespass Music www.trespassmusic.org
Tracey Delfino email@example.com
Produced by Loretta and Gary Hagen
Recorded at Bearfort Recording & Sound, West Milford, NJ, except for Take Me recorded at Panda Productions, Hendersonville, TN.
Mastered by Glenn Barratt at MorningStar Studios, East Norriton, PA.
Song Lyrics and Bonus Track info at www.LorettaHagen.com
Much Love and Thanks to: Gary, for your love, your amazing ears, and the countless hours and passion you poured into this CD. Michelle Fortier, “the energizer bunny”, for your unwavering dedication, love and support. Tracey Delfino, for your friendship, for believing in this record and for inviting my little Lily to Massachusetts! Larry Ahearn for your friendship and guidance, Val and Ami for your invaluable help, love and friendship, Kooster McAllister (Record Plant Remote) for your kindness, your mics made a world of difference! Bernie and Celeste Stapleton for the recordings at CoyoteRidge Music, Kevin and John for you help and input, Tony Christopher for the brushes, the amazing musicians on this record for sharing your talents, the radio/internet/podcast DJ’s, I hope you’ll give this new one a spin or two or hundreds! Thanks for all you do for the music community!! To all the wonderful venues that have hosted us and to those we look forward to performing at, we appreciate all you do to keep indie artists flourishing. To the wonderful music artists I have had the pleasure of meeting and sharing the stage with, you all inspire me, especially Terence Martin, you were an incredible inspiration to so many, your spirit and music will live on. To the wonderful audiences who attend shows and play the CDs, thank you so much for listening! To my beautiful family for always being there and helping me stay on this musical journey, and to my Lily, Simba and Figaro, I love you with all my heart!