SOURCE: Rykodisc

September 05, 2007 11:00 ET

ROBERT HAZARD to Release Masterful Folk Rock/Americana Album "TROUBADOUR" October 9, 2007 via Rykodisc

"Hazard's new music establishes him as a poetic, sometimes autobiographical songwriter and a soulful singer. His music still rocks at times, but his blues and country influences are more obvious." -- Newark Star Ledger

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 5, 2007) - On October 9, 2007 Robert Hazard will release his Rykodisc debut album, "Troubadour," a handsome collection of 12 emotionally charged folk rock/Americana songs in the tradition of such notable artists as John Prine, John Hiatt and James McMurtry. Stand out tracks on the recording include "I Still Believe In You," "Somebody Else's Dream," "Blood On My Hands," and the title track, "Troubadour."

With "Troubadour," the dark Americana vibe may come as a surprise to those who know him as the hit songwriter of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," but for those who value first-rate musicianship, insightful songwriting and straight-from-the-heart singing will greet the album like an old friend.

On his Rykodisc debut, Hazard's love of folk, blues and other American roots styles shines through, having created an album that breathes the life of a man who has lived, filled with rich characters and poetic storytelling. The album features drummer Steve Holley (McCartney's Wings, Joe Cocker, Dar Williams, Elton John) and multi-instrumentalist T-Bone Wolk (Carly Simon, SNL Band, Hall & Oates). Hazard enlisted the team of Pete Heitzman & Karen Savoca (Greg Brown) to helm the production efforts that give the album a classic folk sound with an urgent presence.

Hazard's adventurous musical journey comes full-circle, back to his original inspirations as Hazard recalls, "I was playing in coffee houses and writing songs in high school, hanging out in folk clubs and soaking up live gigs by Jimmy Webb, Eric Anderson and Jackson Browne. The fact that Eric Anderson agreed to play on the title track is a real thrill for me."

The Philadelphia-born and Adirondack Mountains transplant plans to tour in support of the new album and will hit Tin Angel (20 S 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA (215) 928-0978) on October 12 to celebrate the release. Additional tour dates to be announced soon. Stay tuned.

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