STUDIO FOOTAGE FROM THE BAND'S NEW ALBUM
"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
Emily recently joined forces with fellow Chicago musicians Colby Maddox and Gregg Ostrom to create a new band, the long anticipated Stone Blind Valentine. Gritty lyrics and unruly guitar get a layer of polish from bright mandolin and sharp fiddle licks.The first album was recorded in 2 days by John Abbey at Chicago's King Size Sound Labs. Head on over to the new site and sign up for the mailing list to get the release/tour details of the new group.
'ANY GIVEN DAY'
Emily Hurd wrote the songs on ANY GIVEN DAY-—her ninth studio album—-in the month of October, 2012, and then recorded them live on one November evening, mixed and mastered them in one afternoon, and sent them to be manufactured the same day. The album was recorded at Chicago's King Size Sound Labs and includes musicians John Abbey (Robbie Fulks, Amy Speace), Gerald Dowd (Justin Roberts, Sons of the Never Wrong), and Gregg Ostrom (Tom Comerford, Covered in Honey).
"Sort of a cross between Iris DeMent and Carole King, Hurd has written 10 brand-new songs for the holiday. It’s not difficult to imagine songs such as 'Cold Outside,' 'Heart of Snow,' and the title track getting covered by other artists in the years to come." -Geoffrey Himes (read more)
"'Any Given Day' is an electrifying album. She's discussing our integrity, our capacity for self-examination. She's telling the truth and doing the right thing. As Bruce says, Emily is all that heaven will allow." -John Shelton Ivany
'LONG LOST GHOSTS' IN U.S. NEWS
"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)
This year, I donated an original piece of art to support Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music during their annual Blue Jean Gala. It's a depiction of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble that he did there in March. Just one month later, the music world lost Levon Helm. I'm leaving this picture up on my homepage for the remainder of the year as a tribute. What a tremendously great talent. He is missed. -Em
AS HEARD ON TELEVISION
Emily's music is making appearances on the silver screen; including last season’s NBC crime show NCIS, which featured music from Emily’s 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. Sign up for the mailing list to stay up-to-date on how to catch her songs live and on television.