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Thursday, March 13 • 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Meg Hutchinson

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“A master of introspective ballads” - Performing Songwriter “elegant and free-floating melodies that feel both modern and rooted” - Boston Globe NEW ALBUM INFO Red House Records announces the March 4, 2008 release of Come Up Full, the label debut of Boston-based songwriter Meg Hutchinson. Although only 29, she has already won numerous songwriting awards in the United States, Ireland and the UK, including renowned competitions at Merlefest, Mountain Stage NewSong Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival and Rocky Mountain Folks Fest. Hutchinson’s new CD of original songs confirms that she is one of the great voices of the next generation of acoustic musicians. Come Up Full is a lyrically rich record about encountering good things when you least expect it. Amidst war, loss and heartbreak, Hutchinson’s songs hold the promise of love, hope and homecomings. In songs like “Ready,” “Home” and “Come Up Full” she sings about our universal ability to overcome life’s most trying times. With a poet’s sensibility, Hutchinson’s songs are laced with a weathered but unselfconscious optimism, a love of language and of the natural world. An honest writer, Hutchinson does not shy away from the hard topics. In “America (Enough),” she explores American culture, excess and war by writing about how things taken to an extreme almost become their opposite. Another timely song on the new album is her “Song for Jeffrey Lucey,” based on the real story of Lance Corporal Jeffrey Lucey, who returned from Iraq, suffering from severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “I heard about Jeffrey Lucey and was devastated by his story but incredibly moved by how his family spoke out about PTSD,” Hutchinson says. “I think we all need to recognize sorrow, both the grief of a country at war and our own very private sorrows, in order to get through them.” Whether tackling political issues or matters of the heart, Hutchinson does exactly that—recognizes the pain that gives our lives a greater depth and a deeper appreciation of joy. She writes about human resilience and maintains that no matter what happens in our lives, our nets can still come up full. Produced by Crit Harmon (Lori McKenna, Martin Sexton, Mary Gauthier), Come Up Full combines Hutchinson’s raw storytelling folk style with tasteful production, showcasing her unique alto vocals that have been the hallmark of her music. Spanish-style guitar fills and light organ parts create a record that is wistful and warm, poetic and radio friendly. Garnering a loyal following during the last few years, Meg Hutchinson has won fans through her lyric-driven folk/pop songs and riveting live performances. In support of her new album, she will be touring solo and with a slew of greats, including Catie Curtis, John Gorka and Susan Werner. For her full tour schedule, please visit her website at www.meghutchinson.com. BIOGRAPHY Meg Hutchinson is a lyric-based folk/pop artist with a command of detail and metaphor unparalleled in the singer-songwriter circuit today. A compelling storyteller and true poet, she has won numerous songwriting awards in the United States, Ireland and the UK, including renowned competitions at Merlefest, Mountain Stage NewSong Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival and Rocky Mountain Folks Fest. Her sophisticated songwriting has won her many notable fans including such acclaimed songwriters as Susan Werner, John Gorka and Catie Curtis—all of whom she has toured with. Raised in rural western Massachusetts by English teachers, Hutchinson was a writer from day one. Although she loved listening to her parents’ Joni Mitchell and Greg Brown records, it wasn’t until she inherited her grandmother’s 1957 Martin guitar, that she began writing music of her own. After graduating from college with a degree in creative writing, she settled in Boston and took the local music scene by storm, releasing her first studio album Against the Grey. Nominated for a Boston Music Award, the recording propelled Hutchinson to win the 2000 Kerrville New Folk Award. National publications like Performing Songwriter took notice, giving her music rave reviews. After recording her live CD Any Given Day in 2001 and continuing to build a fan base throughout the Northeast, she went into the studio with producer Crit Harmon (Lori McKenna, Martin Sexton, Mary Gauthier) to record The Crossing. Released in 2004, this album was enthusiastically received by critics and DJ’s across the country, catching the attention of renowned folk/roots label Red House Records. Captivated by Hutchinson’s showcase at the 2007 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis and her deep introspective songs, label president and veteran producer Eric Peltoniemi knew there was something special in this young singer-songwriter. “Meg won me over with the profound yet easy depth of her lyrics—rich words married to melodies I just can’t get out of my head,” he says. Knowing that her songs could stand alongside those by Red House heavyweights Eliza Gilkyson and John Gorka, Peltoniemi signed Meg Hutchinson to the label. Teaming up once again with Crit Harmon, Hutchinson recorded her Red House debut Come Up Full in Boston. Combining her raw storytelling folk style with tasteful production, the album showcases her unique alto vocals that have been the hallmark of her music. Spanish-style guitar fills and light organ parts create a record that is wistful and warm, poetic and radio friendly. It confirms that she is one of the great voices of the next generation of acoustic musicians. For more information about Meg Hutchinson and her upcoming tour dates, please visit www.meghutchinson.com.
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Thursday March 13, 2008 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Victorian Room at The Driskill 604 Brazos St

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