KISS ME HELLO
Kiss Me Hello was the first solo CD from me, Kristin Andreassen. The follow-up album, Gondolier, is due in early 2015. Please stay in touch to find out about the release, upcoming tour dates, silly pictures I take, and stuff like that:
Also, don't miss the rad music video we made for "Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes". It's easy to find on Youtube.
MORE ABOUT THE ALBUM
We recorded mostly at The Ranch, an old farmhouse in Maryland where I lived while I wrote these songs. It's got an honest, live vibe and good, warm sounds. Featuring the playing of:
MARK SCHATZ - Producer. He also played bass, fretless banjo & whistled. You may know Mark from Nickel Creek, the Tony Rice Unit, or from his current role as Musical Director of Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble.
SCOTT SENIOR - Percussion. Of The Duhks.
DANNY KNICELY - Guitar. Bluegrass rockstar of Rockingham County.
AOIFE O'DONOVAN & RUTH UNGAR - Harmonies. Of The Mammals, Crooked Still & Sometymes Why
ERIC MERRILL - Fiddle & Viola. A Boston man who kicks the ass of Irish & old-time styles alike.
OLIVER STECK - Piano & Trumpet. Austin physical comedian and wild card of note.
RUSHAD EGGLESTON - Cello. Of Crooked Still & The Wild Band of Snee.
FRANK RUSSO - Drums. Drumming Pro from Towson State University in Baltimore.
With SPECIAL GUESTS Sara Watkins (violin), Del Pushert (saxophone), Kevin Enoch (triangle), Kim Jones (tap dancing), and Eileen Carson Schatz, Neil Knicely & Megan Downes (vocals & body percussion).
The album was mixed and mastered by the great BILL WOLF.
If you like Kiss Me Hello, you might be interested in some recordings from my other bands (all findable on CDBaby):
THE JOLLY BANKERS
MORE ABOUT THE SONGS
This collection comes from the time when I was working as a professional clogger & stepdancer with the Maryland-based touring company called FOOTWORKS PERCUSSIVE DANCE ENSEMBLE. I was thinking about dance and rhythm all the time in that job, and I like to think you can hear that in the arrangements and the songwriting. These songs make me want to clog or swing or waltz or play pattycake or -- at the very least -- sway back and forth for a minute. There are a few tracks that actually feature the sounds of hands and feet, like "Crayola", "Fly", "Dancin' in My Sleep" & "Faith".
"Dancin' in My Sleep" is the only cover song on the album, by the way. I wanted to record this one for three reasons: because it's about dancing, because it was written for me to sing (in a musical I was once a part of), and because it was written by my friend Bob Lucas, an Ohio songwriter who is just plain great at what he does.
If you buy the album, you get a booklet with the words in it.
As an independent musician, CDBaby is one of my main sources of income. I'm truly grateful to each and every one of you who choose to buy the music here rather than streaming it for free. And at last, I'm looking forward to sharing more new music with you soon!