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Saturday 23 May 2020

50 Americana Albums You Should Hear Before You Die - Digging You Up

Named after a street in their home town of Alburquerque  Hazeldine released four albums from 1997 to 2002.
Digging You Up was their second from 1998 and their only one on a major label namely Polydor .It came hot on the heels of their  1997 debut How Bees Are on Glitterhouse and given their close proximity four tracks are duplicated.
Their other two albums were Orphans (1998 E-Squared) and Double Back (2001 Glitterhouse in Europe and Okra Tone in the US).
Yet another example of  an Americana band who made their breakthrough and enjoyed more success on this side of the pond.
Hazeldine were Shawn Barton (vocals, guitar),Tonya Lamn (guitar,vocals), Jeffrey Richards (guitar,banjo,drums) and Anne Tkach(bass). Sadly Anne Tkach died in a house fire in April 2015 at the age of just 48.  I saw her playing with the band  Nadine at a gig in Helensburgh.
Their music has been described as  a mix of blistering rock, windswept country, and desert romance. For me there is also a dark Gothic feel to their songs.

I have to take Allmusic to task for only giving this album 4 out of 10. They are plainly wrong there as these two tracks ably demonstrate.
I eagerly await Spence's comment!


  1. ANother splendid choice. Your series contains a smattering of good albums, well done!

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