Sister Hazel, currently on the road supporting the June 17 release of its 10th CD, “Before The Amplifiers, Live Acoustic,” has been named as...

Sister Hazel, currently on the road supporting the June 17 release of its 10th CD, “Before The Amplifiers, Live Acoustic,” has been named as one of the “Top 100 Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing Songwriter magazine. The group was included in the “Organizers” category, which focuses on artists who provide opportunities for others.

“The Gainesville, FL band, known for devoting to their fans and charity events, has built an entire community of like-minded individuals,” the magazine said. “In 2001 they launched the Rock Boat, a first-of-its-kind floating festival that was the model for all fan cruises that followed. The 2009 event will feature a dozen acts including Carbon Leaf, Cowboy Mouth and Aslyn. In 2004 they created the Rock Slope, a ski and snowboarding music fest in Steamboat Springs, CO.”

“Before The Amplifiers, Live Acoustic” features 16 tracks, including the band’s hits, fan favorites and live concert staples, all in a stripped-down, acoustic format, that melds elements of alt rock, folk and southern rock. The album was recorded in front of 100 lucky fans that were chosen at random from more than 5,000 entries.

Sister Hazel — Ken Block (vocals, acoustic guitar), Drew Copeland (vocals, rhythm guitar), Ryan Newell (lead guitar), Jett Beres (bass), and Mark Trojanowski (drums) — has sold over 2 million albums. In addition to founding and hosting the Rock Boat floating music festival, with Sixthman in 2001, the band also established the charity, Lyrics for Life, which benefits children with cancer, in 2001.

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Sister Hazel tour dates:

July 3St. Petersburg, FLJannus Landing
July 4Myrtle Beach, SCHard Rock Park Live Amphitheater
July 5Muskegon, MIMuskegon Summer Celebration/Heritage Park Landing
July 6Crystal Lake, ILCrystal Lake Gala Festival/Lippold Park
July 10Dallas, TXHouse of Blues
July 11New Orleans, LAHouse of Blues
July 12Tunica, MSHorseshoe Casino Bluesville
July 17Dewey Beach, DEBottle & Cork
July 18Vienna, VAThe Filene Center
July 19Somerset, KYMaster Musicians Festival/Somerset Community College
August 2Indianapolis, INMusic Mill
August 3Elgin, ILElgin Festival Park
August 23Atlanta, GAChastain Park Amphitheater
August 29N. Myrtle Beach, SCHouse of Blues
August 30Hilton Head, SCShoreline Ballroom
August 31Alexander City, ALLake Martin Amphitheater
September 9Seattle, WAShowbox Theater
September 10Portland, ORCrystal Ballroom
September 11San Francisco, CAThe Independent
September 12Las Vegas, NVBoulder Station Hotel & Casino
September 13W. Hollywood, CAHouse of Blues
September 14Alpine, CADreamcatcher Showroom
September 27Huntsville, ALBig Spring Jam
October 13-14Orlando, FLWalt Disney World/Epcot Center

Last Updated on June 24, 2008 by By Jane Cohen & Bob Grossweiner