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Kristen Black

by Kristen Black

Catchy, rock-n-roll tunes about life, love, drugs, sex, and an occasional stalker (mostly true story); the music is sure to go as well with your Saturday night adventures as it will with your Sunday morning coffee.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Fishing For Soul
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2. Love On Drugs
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3. Weirdo Magnet
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4. Give Me a Minute
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5. Sitting All Alone
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6. Lonely Being 1
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7. Built to Last
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8. Mister Swing
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9. Hide and Seek
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10. Down This Road
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11. Nothin' On Me
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12. Going Home
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Kristen Black's debut release successfully manages to wrap up various styles of music in a sexy, witty, "got to have" little package. From the straightforward rock/pop "Fishing for soul" to the country/punk "Love on drugs" to the psuedo jazzy/hard-driving beat of "Mister Swing"; this cd has it all! The track "Give me a minute" pulls influences from funk and blues, while "Going home" definitely has a slight hint of gospel in it. There is one sad song, "Sitting all alone" that might just make you cry, but the rest of the tunes are up-beat, rock-n-roll songs that complement Kristen's quirky sense of lyrical humor.

Kristen states "I was raised on one-quarter funk/blues, one-quarter swing, one-quarter rock-n-roll, and one-quarter punk. You throw them all together and voila!! You get Kristen Black. This has been a dream come true for me; a total labor of love! I might sound pissed off in some of my songs, but don't let it fool you. I am a very sweet girl and am definitely having the time of my life!"

Bio: "I used to steal my brother's guitar when I was a teen; I wanted to teach myself how to play. I never understood how he knew I played his guitar. I mean, I always tried to re-tune it when I was done. Man...he was furious!!! Kristen Black was raised in Los Angeles; the daughter of a corporate business woman and a highschool chemistry teacher. "It was so cool growing up in LA, there was a little of everything. A lot of my music [like Weirdo Magnet] comes from real experiences growing up in LA."

Music has always been a very big part of her life. She says, "I was constantly singing. I must of drove my friends and family nuts! I was always making up stupid little songs and skits and performing them for anyone who would stand still for 60 seconds." As far as musical influences, she credits her older brothers for exposing her to all different styles of music. "I draw from all of those influences when I write a song; I like to mix it up," she says. She had one brother that listened to Big Band, classical, punk, and the Beatles. While the other brother listened to heavy metal, mainstream rock, and the blues.

After highschool, Kristen attended college in San Luis Obispo and earned a degree in biochemistry. "How far is that from music?!!!," she laughs. She later went on and earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and pursued a career in teaching chemistry at the university level. However, during all of this time, her true happiness was found in playing and singing in small bars and clubs.

Kristen explains, "I was in a band called, Spontaneous Human Combustion (SHC), during grad school. Those guys, the rehearsals, and the gigs we played kept me sane!"

Now residing in beautiful San Luis Obispo, CA, Kristen decided to take some time off teaching to record some of her songs and to start playing live again. "I was so fortunate to be introduced to some extremely talented musicians right at the time I had the inspiration and support to do this project." says Kristen. She continues, "The songs on this CD are simple, fun, rock and roll tunes. So put it on...laugh, sing, dance (naked, if you like), hang out with your friends and family, and enjoy life! That's what this is all about!"


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J. W. Simek

Sizzling mix of rock, blues, funk and punk
Oh, Mama, dress me up and take me downtown, this CD is HOT! Kristen Black manages to steam, smoke, and sizzle simultaneously. Most singer-songwriters get in a groove with one style and stick to it; their albums are predictable from the first track. Not true with Kristen Black. She masters so many styles and genres, starting from a base of rock, stretching into blues, punk, funk, and country. "Weirdo Magnet" is straight rock, "Love on Drugs" is country-punk, "Give Me a Minute" and "Built to Last" have a strong blues feel, and "Sitting All Alone" is a soulful ballad. "Mister Swing" is one of the most original and indescribable songs I have ever heard. You never know what the next track will hold. The pervasive theme of Love—Lost and Found inherits influences spanning the range from Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn to Joni Mitchell. Kristen Black’s voice is sweet, pure, and fresh, like Bonnie Raitt with honey instead of gravel. She exudes a pulsating sensuality. The band deserves mention: great Hammond work adds an extra dimension to several tracks; tight lead and rhythm guitar; great bass guitar especially on "Give Me a Minute" and "Built to Last"; and solid percussion and drums. Even the finger snaps and chicken clucks belong where they are! Everything works in these songs: original tunes and lyrics, vocals, band. Catch this rising star on her first step to the stratosphere!

John Hulsey

This lady has the chops and the smarts!
I picked this CD up just because I read about it on CD Baby, and what a lucky thing that was. This CD delivers clever songwriting, solid music, and just enough "sassy" to put a smile on your face.

Pick this up. It's a great addition to a collection that rises above next week's one-hit wonder.