aBOUT rAISING HAZEL
Raising voices, raising children, and raising hell (in their own way), singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Avery Hill (Portland, OR), Jaspar Lepak (Seattle, WA) and Mandy Troxel (Orcas Island, WA) are Raising Hazel, a brand new acoustic folk trio. Formed in the spirit of friendship and a love of musical craft, these multitasking mamas have their recipe down: powerful songwriting, intricate harmonies, and a healthy pinch of attitude. Performing songs with the intimacy and authenticity of stories passed down through the ages (usually around a kitchen table), Raising Hazel represents what women have always known: there is a lot one can do on her own but the richest experiences are the ones we share together.
With musical inspirations spanning women from all eras of folk music, Raising Hazel unapologetically sings about the truths of life, relishing the simple and unpacking the complicated. They sing with the earnestness of Hazel Dickens, one of the first women in bluegrass and a fierce advocate for women's and worker's rights. They tell stories of complex emotion and understanding in the vein of Nancy Griffith, Dar Williams, and Patty Griffin. Their voices gorgeously blend in the tradition of trios such as “Trio” by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton, and The Wailin' Jennys. Somewhere at the intersection of Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, and a little Tin Pan Alley, you’ll find Raising Hazel looking for the best way to showcase each story they have to tell.
Above all, Raising Hazel seeks to bear witness to those who mistakenly believe they are ordinary and to remind listeners of the capacity we all have to raise our voices and to raise each other up.