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The Grindstone

by Kristen Ford

A lush, full record covering ground from rocking guitars to reggae to sweeping strings. All with killer hooks and emotional depth.
Genre: Rock: College Rock
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1. Loved You Madly
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2. February Sun
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3. Ember Autumn
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4. Backbone
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5. Bag of Bones
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6. Warning Sign
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7. Shadow
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8. Machine Bird
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9. Fairweather
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10. Kite Runner
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11. Good Morning
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Album Notes
<3 In loving memory of Eric Obermann <3

The players:

Ariel Bernstein- Drums and percussion on all tracks except 7 and 9. Vocals on 11.
Kirsten Lamb- Upright bass on all tracks. Banjo on 10. Vocals on 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 11.
Kara Kulpa- Violin on 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11. Vocals on 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 11.
Keith Hollis- Piano on 3. Organ on 1 and 2. Squeezebox on 10.
Curtis Killian- Lead guitar on 1, 3, 5 and 6.
Noah Maltsberger- Lead guitar on 6. Rhythm and lead guitar on 8.
Hugh McGowan- Lead guitar on 2 and 3.
Valerie Thompson- Cello on 1, 4, 7 and 9.
Kristen Ford- Acoustic and electric guitar on all tracks. Vocals on all tracks.

All songs written and produced by Kristen Ford

Shadow, Backbone and Fairweather recorded at 24 Hour Studios in Somerville MA by Tom Bianchi in June 2011

All other tracks plus additional recording to Backbone recorded at Drop Site Studios in Somerville MA, by Keith Hollis in June/July 2011

Mixed by Lee Madeloni at Long Distance Studios in Los Angeles CA

Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering in Phoenix AZ

Album Artwork by Alex Salvi

Photography and Design by Alison Swiatocha

Executive producers: Samantha Milowsky, Linq, Ally Burnett, Erin Gross, Rachel Kent, Unkl Stoo in Alabama, Laura Fox, Tucker Lewis, Davida Rochman, Mac Evans, Sooz, Shane Runquist, Samantha Edelheit, Mom, Dad and Dianne.

Special Thanks To:

Everyone who helped this record come together. Keith, Tom and Lee for being so helpful and full of knowledge. Mary and Roger Seibel for the masters. Ariel for helping flush out tempos and arrangements. Valerie, Kara and Kirsten for writing the string parts. Ann and June at the IMA for everything. Sarah Icklan and Paul Hendrick for tirelessly gigging and preening songs from infancy to the arranged state of this recording. My friends and family who continue to inspire me. Everyone for listening to these songs, coming to shows, and keeping music alive.

© 2011 ASCAP Publishing


“When Chi-town Musical cuisinart Kristen Ford decided to adopt Boston as her new stomping grounds, we were pumped to have her, and all 17 genres she manages to play at once…delight in her take on acoustic disco”
-The Weekly Dig July 2010

“For those who don’t know about Kristen Ford, her music is a blend of rock, folk and reggae with sexy sprinkles on top.”
Cul de Sac Magazine ..July 2010

“Filthy Nasty” is easily one of the most promising debut albums I have heard in a long time. This Kristen Ford is a real rocker…There is no easy was to categorize the music of Kristen Ford. All of this musical diversity is what makes Filthy Nasty so appealing. Add to that striking melodies, the strong musicianship and her honest direct lyrics, and you’ve got the real deal.”
- The Greenfield Recorder February 2009

“To speak to Kristen Ford is like talking to a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Ford never settles on one genre, dabbling in folk, rock, disco and reggae.”
- The Huntsville Times, April 2009

“An unexpected, eye catching blend…music is a fusion of varying elements, like heavy guitars and dance beats… creates music that speaks to everyone: gay, straight, black, white, whatever. [Kristen Ford] strives to be a new breed of rock.”
- Windy City Times April 2008

“Sounds like she was born with a Guitar in her hand. A Multi-instrumentalist with dozens of songs under her belt, she effortlessly glides between pop, rock and roots.”
- Diva Magazine October 2007

“She’s an ambitious girl, who plays guitar and records as a solo artist. Her live sets are never boring… this is how a girl with a guitar builds a fan base”
- Columbia Chronicle December 2006


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