After two years of hard work, Emily is about to release her new solo album: Landmark. A little bit soul, a little bit country, and all heart, Emily belts out songs about life and death and love with her signature candor and optimism. Weighing in at 10 songs and just under 40 minutes, the new record features an all-star cast of Chicago musicians, including John Abbey on bass, Gerald Dowd on drums, Brian Wilkie on pedal steel, Scott Stevenson on Hammond organ, Gregg Ostrom on guitar, and Ingrid Graudins on backing vocals. Look for it on iTunes in January of 2015! (Or sign up for the mailing list for some special pre-release giveaways...)
"She sits at the piano, lips to microphone, Frye boot to pedal, and speaks her mind — in song. I became an instant fan." --Val Haller, New York Times
STONE BLIND VALENTINE
The Chicago Americana trio is back in the studio. Stone Blind Valentine, comprised of Hurd, Maddox, and Ostrom, recently began recording their sophomore album with John Abbey at Chicago's King Size Sound Labs. Head on over to their site and sign up for the mailing list!
"A masterpiece...this is an album to fall into and swim in forever..."-Paul Zollo, senior editor American Songwriter (read more)
"Long Lost Ghosts mixes Joni Mitchell's breezy vocals with punchy, personal lyrics that evoke early-Springsteen populism and late-Springsteen optimism in equal measure." -Popmatters(read more)
"An album that combines the troubadour’s specificity of Lyle Lovett and the gritty truth telling of Steve Earle. Spinning it together is Hurd’s ardent eye and clarion voice — a lasting symbol of this battered but unbroken optimism."-Nick DeRiso (read more)
"There's something about a certain brand of first rate Americana music that has to be performed by American artists for it to work. A record like 'Long Lost Ghosts' captures that old time raw spirit of the West in a fashion that seeps down through the genes and courses through the blood. Emily Hurd provides a soundtrack to small town blues, love affairs and timeless road trips, all with a voice so rich and full of authority that you just have to believe her. Eight albums in and Chicago based Hurd seems to be in a good place.
Oh, and by the way, she wrote the songs on a home made ukelele while out of action with a neck injury. In the words of Tom Petty, "She was an American girl...."-Americana UK (read more)
"The first essential album to own of 2012..." -A. Howells (read more)
"Strains of Joni Mitchell's signature album, 'Blue,' come to mind. Emily Hurd...exposes the palpable beauty that both love and nature have in common."-Lisa Torem (read more)
NCIS, THE GOOD WIFE, & 90210
Emily's music made an appearance on the NBC crime show NCIS, which featured music from her 5th album, A Cache In The Warehouse Floor. The song "Help Me To Understand" appears in the final club scene at the end of the 21st episode.
Her song "I Don't Know How To Leave You Alone" from The Barefoot Session is being featured on Season 2, Episode 6 of the CW's new installation of 90210. Catch the song on Netflix!
And her song "When I Come Home" is being played on Season 4, Episode 18 of the CBS show The Good Wife. Watch it on Hulu!