Jim Lauderdale Is Singing On Our Album! 4/15/14
We're thrilled to announce that the King of Americana himself, Jim Lauderdale, will be featured on our forthcoming album! We just returned from Nashville where we were able to meet Jim and witness him recording his parts on his (and John Leventhal's) song, "What You Don't Know," which we arranged a version of for our album. It was such a thrill and honor to see him record, and to hear our voices blending together on the recording. We can't wait for you to hear it! This was one of the final touches to put on our self-titled album, which will be out so soon we almost can't bear it! Here's a photo of us with Jim in Nashville. Thanks again, Jim!
New Year, New Album! 1/14
HAPPY 2014!! We are currently putting the final touches on our upcoming, self-titled album! As soon as we have a release date we will officially announce it. But for now, a few tracks you can expect on the new album are: Runaway, Caribou, Conococheague, Ruined, Holy Unholy, Poor Dear, and others, including two surprise covers! We're very excited for you to hear it, so Stay Tuned!
Nashville Trip A Success! 11/13
We had an amazing time traveling to Nashville in October to record with Steve Ivey at Sound Kitchen Studios! We got all our vocals and Larissa's guitar tracks down, and are excited to keep working on the album with Steve. Here are a few photos (© Ryan Smith Photography) from the trip!
We're Going To Nashville! 10/4/13
NEXT WEDNESDAY, we finally make our long-awaited journey to the great city of Nashville to record with IMI Music at Sound Kitchen Studios. We will be in the studio Thursday, 10/10 through Saturday, 10/12. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates!
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - The Hello Strangers Sign Contract with IMI Music! 6/20/13
We are pleased to announce that we have officially signed with IMI Music in Nashville! After a lot of hard work to get it just right, the contract is complete, so now comes the fun: recording the album! We will have the honor of working with IMI Music's own studio musicians on this one, which will be new and exciting for us. Our touring band (Trent, Spencer, and Dave) will continue to play with us at gigs (check out our schedule HERE). So, onwards we go! Check out the photo from our contract signing below - bubbly included! Cheers and thank you for all your support!!! Larissa & Brechyn
Happy 2013 - It's Really the Future Now! 1/13
Brechyn and Larissa have sure been busy! We have great new material for you to sample at our next live gig (and on our forthcoming album), we have been rehearsing with new band members, and have fun live shows on the horizon!
Plus - within the next month or so, recording will begin for our new album in Nashville, TN with IMI Music. We're writing, brainstorming, getting our ducks in a row - and are SOOOO excited!
Thank you all for coming out and seeing us, supporting us, and just being generally awesome!
End of A Year, And A New Start 12.10.12
It has been a year of transitions for us with the new baby, maternity leave, the new album with IMI Music underway...and now we officially announce that on December 15, our dear friends, Katie and Kevin, will be leaving us and going their separate ways. We have had many great memories together, and we thank them for their time, love, and energy these past 4 years.
So come on out to the 1919 CLUB IN BALTIMORE ON 12/15 at 9 PM for our last gig with Katie and Kevin!!!
Rest assured that The Hello Strangers will live on! Brechyn and Larissa will continue work on the new album with IMI Music in Nashville, while gigging with our bassist, Dave Holzwarth, and other supporting musicians. Keep an eye out for news and upcoming shows!
And we thank ALL OF YOU for your continued support and love!
Brechyn & Larissa
Back In the Saddle! 9.27.12
Folks, we're getting back in the saddle after several months on band "maternity leave" after the birth of Boone in April! Mama and Baby are doing great, so we're getting back into gear with gigs and slowly progressing with arrangements for the new album - yes, it's coming, thanks for your patience!!! So check out our Shows page, Like us on Facebook for the latest updates (and photos of Boone), and come see us at a show real soon!
Introducing "Baby Stranger" Boone! 7.25.12
Larissa and her husband, Ryan, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Boone Vincent Smith, born on April 17, 2012 at 4:18 a.m. He's a real darling, and has been such a pleasure to have in our lives these past 3 months. To see a photo of little Boone, click HERE to access our Facebook page (and Like us while you're there!).
Plans are still in progress to begin recording the new album with IMI Music in the coming months. We will also be scheduling new gigs fairly soon, so stay tuned! And thanks for your patience as Larissa tries this motherhood thing out!
AirPlay Direct Unveils the Winner for the "APD Win an Americana Record Deal" Contest: The Hello Strangers!!! 1/18/12
We are humbled and thrilled to announce that we have been hand-picked by AirPlay Direct and IMI Music as the winners of an Americana record deal! This is what we've been working toward for years now, and to have an opportunity like this one far exceeds our expectations of "getting to the next level!" We want to thank Robert Weingartz from AirPlay Direct and Steve Ivey from IMI Music, along with the team of professionals they have assembled for this contest. We are so excited to work with everyone and have a little more Nashville in our lives! Check out the official press release HERE. We thank you all for your love and support over the past years as we worked to get to this point. Our honky tonk hearts are bursting right now!
xoxo, The Hello Strangers
BIG News for The Hello Strangers! 11/8/11
Do we have some *NEWS* for you! Coming in April, a Baby Stranger will be born! That's right, Larissa is expecting her first child. We're excited for this baby to be born into such a creative atmosphere, especially after the baby spends 9 months rocking out on stage in utero. Things with the band will continue on mostly as usual, though we will take a 6-month "maternity leave" from gigging, March-August 2012. This time will be spent rearing Baby Smith, recording and writing. We hope you will join us at one of our remaining gigs before the baby arrives!
Speaking of which, we unfortunately have had to make a few CANCELLATIONS recently due to a death in the family: We will not be playing on November 18 at Cafe Nola or November 19 at Hempen Hill! Please check with the venues, as the bands we were sharing the bills with on those nights are most likely still performing (Pale Barn Ghosts and June Star, respectively).
Fun Fall News, 10/11/11
Time flies when you're having fun, and we've been busy gigging, rehearsing, recording, and getting ready for one of our favorite nights of the year: HALLOWEEN! We will performing for the third year in a row at Flannery's Tavern on the Square in Mercersburg, PA the night of October 29th at 9 p.m. Mightychondria will be joining us for a DEAD PROM themed night of ghoulishness. Hate the prom? No problem, just come in your favorite Halloween get-up for FREE fun!
If you live in the Frostburg, MD area, be sure to join us at Dante's on October 22 starting at 8 p.m. with Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band!
Aside from continued work on our forthcoming album, more BIG news is on the way, so stay tuned!
And don't forget to follow us on Twitter!
This Review Makes Us Blush! 8/10/11
Whew! Sorry for the slacking on the news front, folks. As Elizabeth Cook so eloquently put it, "Sometimes your best just isn't good at all." Well, we've certainly been doing things this whole darn summer, we promise! LOTS of recording...some travel and vacations lakeside. And, recently, lots of Twitter. We now have a Twitter account, so please follow us!
Speaking of which, Twitter is how we got connected to No Surf Music in Cleveland, OH, who just recently wrote a *rave* review of our EP, "Introducing Max Schmidt." Not only did Jason, our reviewer and fellow pistachio pudding lover, do his research, but he was ever so kind in his review of us. He made us blush! So check it out, y'all! And please help us spread the word about the review, our band, and No Surf Music.
We Love Publicity: Recent Press for THS, 5/4/11
After a busy month of March in Austin and an April full of gigs, we have been working hard to get back into recording mode. Most of the work will be done this summer, but we will be having a recording "slumber party" at the studio this Friday/Saturday to get our heads on straight and get crackin'. We are so excited to bring this first full-length album to you all, but we want to make sure it's a stellar piece of work, so please bear with us.
We have had some great new press recently. Greg Yost wrote a great article about us in Hagerstown Magazine that features some fantastic new photos by Ryan Smith Photography. Thanks, Greg and Ryan! Thanks, also, to Lauren LaRocca from the Frederick News-Post for her article about us preceding our recent gig at Cafe Nola with Lucas and the Lovelys. It was a great show and we're so looking forward to playing there again on June 11 with The Dearhearts!
Austin Update! 3/17/11
Happy St. Patty's Day! We are in the midst of our Austin visit and having a great time. We opened for Dale Watson on Saturday at our friends' wedding, which was fantastic. Got to meet the band, and we played a great show. The wedding was beautiful and it was nice to mingle in the mild evening temperatures under all the live oaks.
Since then, it's been a slew of live music (even before the official SXSW music festivities started), great food, and running around the city. We've all had opportunities to split up and do our own things, as well as run around as a group. Last night was two-stepping at the Broken Spoke with Dale Watson, and today brings another round of trying to decide which of the thousands of bands to see. And we'll also be gearing up for our gig at G&S Lounge on Saturday at 11:30 p.m.!!!
The Hello Strangers Head to Austin! 3/9/11
We are so thrilled to be returning to our old stomping grounds of Austin, TX, this weekend! We will have the honor of opening for honky-tonk legend, Dale Watson, at our friends Max and Erin's wedding this Saturday.
We will also be playing Cow Island Music's "Spring Round Up" at G&S Lounge on S. 1st Street, Austin, on March 19 at 11:30 p.m (sponsored by 3rd Coast Music and KOOP Radio). Click here for the Facebook event!
We can't wait to visit old friends, eat Torchy's tacos, and go two steppin' at the Broken Spoke! Woo hoo! Give us a holler if you're going to be down that way!
A New Year! In the Studio and Off to Austin! 1/2011
We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We spent the month of January working on recording preparations for our new, first full-length album entitled, Another To Tell. We will have some guest appearances on pedal steel, dobro and more. We are excited to be tracking new material never before recorded!
We are also getting geared up for a 10 day trip to Austin, TX, our old home, in March for several appearances. We will have the great pleasure of opening for honky-tonk legend, Dale Watson, at our friends' wedding. We will also be performing for the Cow Island Records/3rd Coast Music Showcase at the G&S Lounge on March 19. We are so excited to get back down there, see old friends, meet new ones, and eat some freakin' tacos!
Hot Off the Press:
The Hello Strangers in the Daily Local News!, 11/29/10
We'd like to thank Denny Dyroff for our interview and article for the Daily Local News about our upcoming gig at The Grape Room in Philadelphia tomorrow, December 1! You can view the article here.