Kristen Cothron | Love Letters from a Fool

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Love Letters from a Fool

by Kristen Cothron

"Tougher than Fiona Apple, edgier than Norah Jones, Cothron combines cabaret and indie rock as well as anyone since Elvis Costello." -The Memphis Playbook
Genre: Pop: Pop
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1. Dangerous
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2. High on the Blues
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3. Last Chance Girl
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4. Love Letters from a Fool
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5. Your Love
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7. Slow Down
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8. Whenever You Come Around
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9. Love is a Gamble
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10. Fall
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Album Notes
Look up chanteuse, and you just might find Kristen's picture. Her voice is reminiscent of classic jazz singers, but the songs are edgy and smart and cut right across the lines in an interesting way. Her musical influences range from Elvis Costello to Led Zeppelin to Patsy Cline and Nina Simone. Although young by measure of years, she emits the soul of a veteran musician through her music, lyrics, and performance.

Kristen began singing and performing at the age of six, playing the guitar at age nine, and writing lyrics and music at age thirteen. She has had 12 years of vocal training, studying both privately and also with the Nashville Jazz Workshop and at Berklee College of Music. She spent her high school years performing around Nashville both solo and with local jazz groups such as The Tennessee Youth Jazz Orchestra and The Southern Fly-By-Night Singers. At 16 she received a scholarship to the Berklee Summer Program as well as a World Tour Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music the following year.

Currently residing in her home town, Nashville, Tennessee, Kristen is actively pursuing her musical career. She released an acoustic album "Only Words," her first collection of original songs at 16. In 2004 she collaborated with producer Andy Behrens and found a more evolved jazz/folk sound on the EP "Moment in the Moon." In 2006 she worked with producer Ben Strano on "Love Letters from a Fool" and added an edgy twist to the jazz pop flair. This CD, her first full length, full band effort, takes the listener on an insightful journey via clever songwriting and unique vocal delivery - from the spine-tingling intrigue of Dangerous, through the anticipation of Whenever You Come Around, ending with the bittersweet melancholy of Fall.

Since the release of "Love Letters from a Fool" in May of 2006 Cothron has been touring regionally and is currently celebrating the release of her music video, "Dangerous." Whether she's singing a jazz standard, a classic soul tune, or one of her eclectic original songs- Kristen's sound is undeniably her own.

"Dangerous" Music Video 2007
"Love Letters from a Fool" 2006
"Moment in the Moon" 2004
"Only Words" 2001


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Velocity Weekly

...waiting for takers
Somewhere between Fiona Apple and PJ Harvey, Kristen Cothron's style and sound sits just waiting for takers.

New Artist Radio

Cothron is a gifted singer/songwriter that adeptly synthesizes rock, blues, jazz and country and achieves a pleasing result on her new disc.

The Nashville Scene

...well written, confessional material.
Cothron uses her jazz trained alto to bring unusual dynamics to well written, confessional material.

The Nashville Music Guide

Excellent arrangements, wonderful lyrics, beautiful jazzy pop vocals and masterful musicians make this independently released CD a must have.

Performing Songwriter Magaizine

Have you been searching for music’s next bold bad girl? Cothron is the buried tr
“Rest in peace is for tombstones, desire is for the living,” Kristen Cothron sings in her opening track “Dangerous,” inspiring listeners to seize the day. The Nashville-based artist infuses her smoky, Fiona Apple–style vocals with an added cleverness and lyrical twists like her punchline on “High on the Blues,” “The only way I can be true to myself is to lie to you.”
Love Letters From a Fool proffers a full, bluesy sound complete with bass, drums and multiple electric guitars. Hammond organ can often be heard wailing in the background. Cothran displays a maturity and confidence that belies the fact that this is her first full-length album. Highlights include “Last Chance Girl” (“You’re not that good-looking, but I like the way you smoke your cigarette”) and the Western-noir of the title track. Have you been searching for music’s next bold bad girl? Cothron is the buried treasure you’re seeking.

Mark Waterbury of Music Morsels

Intelligence, passion, and pure talent...
The lead track on this CD is called “Dangerous” and that may aptly describe this Nashville singer/songwriter. Her hauntingly sultry voice meshes wondrously with fresh lyrical approaches and a knack for creating edgy pop songs with blues subtleties. Intelligence, passion, and pure talent dominate the disc from the infectious groove with gritty touches in “Last Chance Girl” to the moody, sensuous ballad “Rsvp” and folk driven “Slow Down.”

Robert Mills of Maverick Magazine UK

...falls into a jazzy vibe with echoes of Patsy Cline, Crystal Gayle, Billie Hol
Nashville-based-singer-songwriter Kristen Cothron has some heavyweight session players on Love Letters from a Fool, her first full length album. With Pat Buchanan (electric guitar), Tony Harrell (keyboards) Allison Prestwood (bass), Greg Morrow (DRUMS), and Dan Baird (electric guitar), you'd be forgiven if you thought this was to be a country record. It falls into a jazzy vibe with echoes of Patsy Cline, Crystal Gayle, Billie Holliday, and Sarah Vaughan. Kristen wrote or co-wrote all ten songs which intricately explore personal relations ships with a maturity that belies her tender years.

Anton Tontchev -- MSSVision

...with a finger on the play button
Sincere and profound performance; sound goes from entertaining to dramatic with a romantic note. I got the album today and cannot get the disk out of the CD player -- keep pushing that play button after the last song. And the video is irresistible!

Leo Weekly- Louisville, KY

Nothing foolish about this.
Kristen Cothron has depth and an elegant beauty that flows smoothly and seamlessly through each track. Her voice teasingly drips at times and seductively caresses your ears at others. She exhibits passion and lust as if it is all she knows.

Heather Corcoran, Coffee House

The songs are balanced on a long, winding road full of dips and curves with pedal to the floor lyrics. The release opens with the song, “Dangerous” that oozes with domination. It’s like a cold martini, meant to be shaken, not stirred as it is poured hazardously into the glass. This release is sealed with a stamp of mystery complete with nice depth to its various instrumentation throughout the tracks. Watch out for this one, there’s no doubt her next release is going to be killer!
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