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April 26, 2018

After 20 years making music in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, singer-songwriter Christine Hand announces her debut studio album, The Book of the World, available May 7, 2018. The Book of the World features sweet, bluesy vocals over vintage folk-rock instrumentation. The songs celebrate everyday inspiration found in coffee cups and bluebonnet fields...

April 3, 2017

I've been dreaming about making this announcement for a whole year now. Around this time in 2016, we started shopping around for a studio to record my brand new, full-length studio album. We found the place, recorded demos, practiced a lot, and, in July of 2016, spent a whirlwind few days cramming all our ideas on tape as fast as we could. 

 Our...

August 29, 2016

Today, I post the last song in my "Undercover Summer" series: "Going to California" by Led Zeppelin. As with all the other artists and songs featured in this series, Led Zeppelin is an important influence on me. But unlike the others, Led Zeppelin was not a band I grew up with. Honestly, I lumped them together with a certain kind of classic rock...

August 15, 2016

Here's a true story. A few years ago, I participated in Opening Bell Coffee's "Dallas Does the Music of James Taylor and Carole King." We sang a couple of songs from Tapestry, including "I Feel the Earth Move," and "Natural Woman." For some reason we had to do some rehearsing at my in-laws' house, so we took to the guest house, where my brother-...

July 26, 2016

From the start of this "Undercover Summer" series, I knew I would cover Bob Dylan. He's an essential influence for me for several reasons. Learning about his writing style and trying to emulate it liberated my own writing voice when I went through a long stretch of writer's block during grad school. And of course, he invented the modern singer-s...

July 12, 2016

"Let us be lovers, we'll marry our fortunes together..."

The first time I noticed the opening line of "America," by Simon & Garfunkel, I loved the song instantly. It appealed to my youthful romantic idealism, and I played "America," along with Simon & Garfunkel's other greatest hits, until their writing and performance style became part of me....

June 28, 2016

When I was 9 years old I had a pastel pink and purple bicycle, which I would ride around my block all summer long to my neighboring friends' houses. I also had a little off-brand walkman, and I can distinctly remember listening to my cassette of Rich Mullins's The World as Best as I can Remember it, Vol. 1 while cruising over the grave...

June 9, 2016

This summer, I'm covering artists who have influenced me, and this band was almost too obvious. The Beatles haven't just influenced me; they've influenced everything. The only problem was choosing a song. I went with something iconic in a brand new 

a cappella version. While enjoying the song below, here are 5 reasons I LOVE the Beatles:...

May 31, 2016

The latest installment of my "undercover summer" series is especially important to me. Somewhere around age 8 I got my hands on the Amy Grant album, Lead Me On on cassette. I don't think the tape belonged to me -- it was probably one of my parents' or my sister's originally -- but from the moment I popped it in my tape player and began memorizin...

May 17, 2016

This summer, I'm starting a new series of cover song videos called "Undercover Summer." I made the first video on my birthday last week and posted it to Facebook. I've been thinking about this series for a while, but this particular video was a last-minute decision, hence the bad cell-phone selfie for the cover photo. (Based on this Mariah Carey...

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