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 3 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing
July 4 Myrtle Beach, SC Hard Rock Park Live Amphitheater
July 5 Muskegon, MI Muskegon Summer Celebration/Heritage Park Landing
July 6 Crystal Lake, IL Crystal Lake Gala Festival/Lippold Park
July 10 Dallas, TX House of Blues
July 11 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
July 12 Tunica, MS Horseshoe Casino Bluesville
July 17 Dewey Beach, DE Bottle & Cork
July 18 Vienna, VA The Filene Center
July 19 Somerset, KY Master Musicians Festival/Somerset Community College
August 2 Indianapolis, IN Music Mill
August 3 Elgin, IL Elgin Festival Park
August 23 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater
August 29 N. Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
August 30 Hilton Head, SC Shoreline Ballroom
August 31 Alexander City, AL Lake Martin Amphitheater
September 9 Seattle, WA Showbox Theater
September 10 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
September 11 San Francisco, CA The Independent
September 12 Las Vegas, NV Boulder Station Hotel & Casino
September 13 W. Hollywood, CA House of Blues
September 14 Alpine, CA Dreamcatcher Showroom
September 27 Huntsville, AL Big Spring Jam
October 13-14 Orlando, FL Walt Disney World/Epcot Center