Friday, June 01, 2007

Kurt Hagardorn

Like most kids growing up in the seventies, Kurt Hagardorn watched Saturday morning cartoons. In his house the difference is what came after. "Every Saturday my mother would put on a record really loud and clean the house. She vacuumed to Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and dusted to Lou Reed's Rock and Roll Animal, "says Kurt, whose pop songs draw their inspiration from those perfect records from the 60's and 70's, listened to over and over again growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Later, as a teenager in East Tennessee, Kurt formed Brian and the Nightmares, whose devastating live shows and well written country rock careened around the South and Midwest from 1985 to 1990, selling thousands of records from the foot of the stage.

In 1994, Kurt moved to Chapel Hill North Carolina, releasing two records with the critically acclaimed indie-pop group Gumption, as well as touring as a guitarist for country artists Thad Cockrell and Caitlan Cary.

In between shows with Cockrell, Kurt gradually began recording a solo record, with a simple philosophy in mind. "The Song is King", says Kurt. "I only recorded when I knew I had a great song". Recorded between 2000 and 2006 in North Carolina and Portland Oregon, Ten Singles is a seamless hybrid of Beatlesque pop, classic country and indiepop, stylistically varied and lovingly produced. Dozens of guest musicians lent their talent to Ten Singles, including Portland bassist Michael Papillo of 3 Legged Torso.

Ten Singles will be released in July, 2007 on Portland based label, Bladen County Records. Kurt resides in Portland Oregon with his wife Amy and son Milo. He is pleased to be making music in the Rose City.

Kurt Hagardorn - You Are My Girl
Kurt Hagardorn - Yesterday And Tomorrow
Kurt Hagardorn - Please Make It Last
Kurt Hagardorn @ MySpace

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The Cat Empire - The Cat Empire
Explosions In The Sky - Travel In Constants Vol.21: Rescue
Xploding Plastix - Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Live Concerts
Björk - Volta (2007)
Ladytron - 604
Mountain Goats - Full Force Galesburg


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