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Sister Hazel’s Lyrics for Life: A Night of Making Music Matter!

September 19th, 2017 Posted by news 0 comments on “Sister Hazel’s Lyrics for Life: A Night of Making Music Matter!”

Sister Hazel’s Lyrics for Life: A Night of Making Music Matter! 

Event will benefit Lyrics for Life’s Camp Hazelnut and Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation

Special Acoustic Songwriter in the Round Performances by

Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain, and Emerson Hart of Tonic 

Platinum-selling band, Sister Hazel, is set to host the first ever Lyrics for Life event in their hometown of Gainesville, FL on Sunday, November 5. Presented by Rich and Carissa Blaser, the evening event will raise funds for the non-profit charities Lyrics for Life’s Camp Hazelnut and Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation as well as with all Lyrics For Life events, STOP Children’s Cancer in Gainesville, FL. Attendees will enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres as they browse a star-studded silent auction, featuring items from some of the music industry’s biggest names. There will be a very unique and special acoustic songwriter in the round performance by Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain, and Emerson Hart of Tonic. Tickets are $150 and available here
“Most of us have been touched by it, a loved one, a friend, a co-worker dealing with this disease. Our desire to help comes from a real place, from real loss,” said lead singer Ken Block. “It gives us the energy and ambition to fight back. We ARE fighting back! It’s a personal mission of ours to foster and create events that are fun, cool, exciting, and ultimately meaningful to this vital cause. Together we can make a real difference.”
Lyrics for Life has donated approximately $250k over the years to Gainesville’s STOP Children’s Cancer Charity. They have also benefited other Cancer Charities around the country including Children’s Cancer Center of Tampa and Camp Sunshine in Atlanta.
About Lyrics For Life:
Lyrics For Life is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer. Sister Hazel frontman, Ken Block, and his band mates founded Lyrics For Life in memory of Ken’s younger brother, Jeffrey, who ultimately lost his four-year battle with cancer that started at age 14. The charity unites musicians and celebrities for concert events, auctions, and other fundraising efforts. The monies raised are donated to groups that are working to find a cure, as well as those aiming to enrich the lives of patients and their families. From research to summer camps and family support groups, we are surrounding this disease and conquering it from every angle. Artists participate in many ways, often by donating handwritten lyrics to one of their songs on anything from a simple sheet of paper to a surfboard to some other unique item, which we offer for auction at one of our Lyrics For Life events. Our team of musicians, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters set high goals for the future. We accept the challenge to find new ways of raising money and awareness and to help make each day a little brighter until there is a cure.
About Camp Hazelnut: 
Decades of familiar, happy faces cover the walls in the dining hall of Camp Crystal Lake outside Gainesville, FL. Kids around the U.S. have been spending summers there for as long as anyone can remember, so when the Camp’s Director, Scott Burton, got word to the band that he would love to collaborate on an event, everyone loaded up the car and headed out for a visit. The conversation started simply as a family-focused Sister Hazel fan event—a weekend “summer camp” retreat with activities, bonfires, cabins, and, of course, music. When Sister Hazel decided to also invite some regional kids with cancer and their families, the idea took on a whole new meaning, and the weekend turned out to be far more powerful than anyone first imagined: so much so, that they decided to center future Camp Hazelnut events around these special kids and families. The Camp Hazelnut goal is simple: create a playful, safe, uplifting experience for kids and families navigating the overwhelming challenges of a cancer diagnosis. It’s a place to simply get away and come together. The campers embark on a great exploration to discover (or rediscover!) the magic that can only be created at summer camp, and the band is right there alongside them every step of the way, leading activities, playing acoustic campfire sing-alongs, sharing, giggling, and having a blast.

About The Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) Foundation:

The Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) Foundation was founded in 2011 by a group of Florida Cancer Specialists partner physicians who recognized many patients struggle with everyday living expenses while undergoing cancer treatment. They believed no one should choose between paying bills and receiving cancer treatment. The FCS Foundation provides financial support to qualified cancer patients and their families for expenses such as rent or mortgage, car payments and utility bills. By giving patients peace of mind in knowing that their bills are being paid while they are undergoing treatment, we allow them to concentrate on what really matters fighting cancer and getting well.Non-medical, financial aid from the FCS Foundation is available to Florida residents 18 years of age or older who are receiving cancer treatment from a Florida oncologist. Recipients must have a household income at or below 200% of the national poverty guidelines. 100% of donations received go directly towards paying the essential living expenses of someone with cancer.

Nash Country Daily Premieres Karaoke Song feat. Darius Rucker Lyric Video

August 8th, 2017 Posted by news 0 comments on “Nash Country Daily Premieres Karaoke Song feat. Darius Rucker Lyric Video”

Watch Sister Hazel’s New Lyric Video for “Karaoke Song,” Featuring Darius Rucker
by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey | August 7, 2017

Blending elements of alternative rock, Southern rock, pop and folk, Sister Hazel has been making music together since their 1994 self-titled debut album. The quintet of Ken Block, Jett Beres, Drew Copeland, Ryan Newell and Mark Trojanowski followed up that debut with 1997’s platinum-selling . . . Somewhere More Familiar, which featured hits “All for You” and “Happy.” After 12 albums and more than 20 years together, the five friends from Gainesville, Fla., released their first “country” album, Lighter in the Dark, in 2016.

The 14-song offering debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and featured a bevy of country’s top songwriters, including Rodney Clawson, Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey and Darius Rucker.

Not only did Darius co-pen “Karaoke Song” with Barry Dean and Sister Hazel’s Drew Copeland, but the former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman provided vocals on the tune.

“Darius has been a friend since both of our bands were touring around in vans and trailers,” says Sister Hazel’s Drew Copeland. “We’ve only had a few opportunities to write together but have always enjoyed the process. I knew the song had something to it when [songwriter] Barry Dean and I walked out of Darius’ house and he was walking back up the steps singing it. I took it to the band on the road that weekend and played a rough demo that we recorded while we were writing and everyone was like, ‘We’ve got to have that song.’ It’s a great song to play live and Darius has joined us onstage a few times to play it. Having him come in the studio and actually sing on the record was a lot of fun. The guy is super busy pretty much all the time, so we’re really thankful he made it happen.”

Watch Sister Hazel’s new lyric video for “Karaoke Song.”

Sister Hazel’s “All For You” Song Used To Break Guinness Book Of World Record

June 21st, 2017 Posted by news 1 comment on “Sister Hazel’s “All For You” Song Used To Break Guinness Book Of World Record”

Spicer’s Music invites everyone from professional musicians to amateurs to join them for the Make Music Day Alabama event on August 22. Registration is free and open to all musicians. Spicer’s Music is proud to be hosting the state of Alabama’s largest city-wide Make Music Day celebration, and they want you to be a part of it. Anyone interested can register at to be a part of the band.

Sister Hazel to Play CMA Music Festival – Chevrolet Riverfront Stage

June 5th, 2017 Posted by news 0 comments on “Sister Hazel to Play CMA Music Festival – Chevrolet Riverfront Stage”

Sister Hazel will play a Free Concert at the Chevrolet Riverfront Park Stage on Friday June 9th at 1:00pm for CMA Music Festival 2017.


10:00am  Tyler Farr

10:45am  Eli Young Band

11:30am Corey Smith

12:15pm  Granger Smith

1:00pm Sister Hazel

1:45pm  Chris Lane

2:30pm  Josh Turner

3:15pm  Lauren Alaina

4:00pm  Bobby Bones & The Ragin Idiots

4:45pm Neal McCoy

Sister Hazel Rocks and Races to Fight Cancer

June 5th, 2017 Posted by news 0 comments on “Sister Hazel Rocks and Races to Fight Cancer”

WCIV – ABC News 4 – Charleston – by Scott Eisberg – Saturday, June 3rd 2017

It’s been a heck of a run for the popular rock band Sister Hazel.
This weekend not only do they play their annual “Hazelnut Hang” at the Windjammer on the Isle of Palms but these rockstars on the move hit a major milestone that has nothing to do with music.
With their signature sound, their popularity is enduring and their longevity, impressive.
“I think that’s why we are able to stay a band,” explained bassist Jett Beres. “Keep it fun and fresh – it’s never felt like a job. The same guys are together, enjoying the company, enjoying writing and making music.”
Since their college days in the early 90’s, Charleston’s been a favorite touring stop.
Now a 12-year tradition, The Hazelnut Hang is fan interaction during the day and music through the night but these guys aren’t college kids anymore.
“We are getting up there in age,” said Beres. “It’s important that we take that into account. Aa few years ago we started doing a 5K here for our charity- A Run Down The Beach.”
And that got the proverbial wheels turning in their heads. They set their sights on a race called the Keys 100, a 100 mile relay race from Key Largo to Key West.
“It was scary – scarier for some of us than others,” said Beres. “The only one that had experience was our drummer Mark. We all were starting from ground zero. We had eight months to train and mentally prepare and like anything in our band- motivation comes from the other guys”
A staple on the road for any band is the tour bus but for Sister Hazel, a big piece of training for this test was ditching that bus.
“That was the hardest- waking up on tour bus at 5 a.m. and putting on running shoes or getting dropped off five miles outside a venue on the way into town and running to the venue,” said Beres. “Making it work with everything else on the road, that was the hardest part.”
Two weeks ago— excuse the obligatory analogy— it was showtime.
“Knowing your teammates or band mates are alongside and pushing to finish, we knew the obligation to finish was shared,” said Beres. “We all did 15-23 miles during day in 16.5 hours- two hours under the expected finish time so we’re very proud.”
All the while, they raised money and awareness for cancer charities.
“At the end of the day, it reaffirms what we do,” said Beres. “It’s always a part of what we do. Our namesake Sister Hazel was a philanthropic person. She gave her whole life to this type of work. We’ve followed her footsteps from the beginning. It allows us to have a purpose outside of music.”
There’s no finish line in sight for these rockers on stage. As for their new found passion…
“The 100 miles for now will suffice,” said Beres. “We’ll see what comes. Making it down to Key West in one piece, that’s enough for us.”

Sister Hazel Reflects On Touring with Allman Brothers Band

May 30th, 2017 Posted by news 0 comments on “Sister Hazel Reflects On Touring with Allman Brothers Band”

The Allman Brothers Band was the first big band to take Sister Hazel out on a national tour. The first shows they ever played with them were 2 sold out shows at Red Rocks in Colorado.

Note From Ken: 

When we first went out on tour with them in 1997 – we were excited for a number of reasons. First and foremost we were HUGE fans of their music. But secondly, they (and there fans) were legendary partiers — and at THAT time we were working on a few legendary tales of our own. It was gonna be a debaucherous blast. But on the very first day of the tour their tough as nails long time tour manager Kirk West set things straight.

First off he gave us all “numbered” all-access laminates. He said we needed to have it on at all times when we were on the venue premises. He said if we were cool – we could keep it to get into an AB shows for life. But, if we abused the privilege in any way – he would cut it into little pieces and just give us a sticker every day… And, if we LOST it he would charge us $100 for another one. If you lost it again – you weren’t getting another one… Period.

The other thing he told us – in no uncertain terms on day one – was that the band was working hard to stay sober – and that he was working hard to KEEP them all sober too. He told us that we could do whatever we wanted on OUR bus – but that we couldn’t take ANYTHING off the bus or in the dressing rooms. Not a drink, not a beer, not a glass of wine, and CERTAINLY nothing else – or we would be thrown off the tour… Not one step outside the bus! We didn’t want to make any waves – so we obliged. We were a little bewildered. But we obliged…

And as you can imagine — We used OUR bus a LOT…

Now – this was a few years before I got sober myself – and one morning when I was particularly foggy brained and achey headed – I stumbled off the bus in Minneapolis and started to make my way into the hotel where we all were holed up. As I was going to my room I caught somebody out of the corner of my eye in the hotel fitness center. Blond hair pulled back, scruffy face, white towel over his shoulder, sweat pants on – and putting one foot in front of the other — trudging away — on the treadmill — was Gregg Allman. For a minute it didn’t compute. But there he was. And he couldn’t have looked more outside of my idea of what it meant to be in the Allman Brothers band if he had been wearing a dress. I’m not 100% sure why – but I was completely stunned at that image. Gregg Moth** Fu***** Allman!!! On a treadmill.. In the MORNING!! While on tour.. Mind Blown.

Today, and at 14 years sober myself – I think about Gregg Allman every single time I step into a less than glamorous hotel fitness room and step on the treadmill. – KB


May 25th, 2017 Posted by news 0 comments on “SISTER HAZEL BAND CONQUERS KEYS100 ULTRAMARATHON”

Team Lyrics for Life Raised More Than Double Their Goal

for the “Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys”

NASHVILLE, TN (MAY 25, 2017) Sister Hazel band, fans,  and Ultramarathon runners gathered in Key West, FL on Saturday, May 20 to take part in the 10th Annual KEYS100 Ultramarathon. Sister Hazel’s team, “Lyrics for Life,” raised $5,083, more than double their goal, for the “Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys.” Their first time competing in a six-runner 100-mile team relay race, the band finished strong at 67 out of 103 teams averaging ten minutes per mile. Throughout the race the band updated fans with live race videos. Watch the videos here.

The 10th Annual KEYS100 Ultramarathon is a series of point-to-point races, beginning in Key Largo and ending in Key West, that includes four distinct competitions: individual races of 100 mi, 50 mi, 50 km, and the original Florida Keys six-runner 100-mile team relay race. KEYS100 Ultramarathon promotes charitable fundraising for “Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys” in support of their educational work with prostate and other cancers, free screenings, and direct support of cancer patients and their families throughout the Keys.

“For us, running the KEYS100 was about pushing ourselves outside our comfort zone.” said Sister Hazel’s bass player, Jett Beres. “ For over 20 years we’ve learned as a band how to overcome a lot of things together, but it always centered around our music.  This was an entirely different beast that challenged us physically as individuals and together as a team.  Although none of us underestimated how difficult it would be, this race pushed all of us to our limits. To see each one of us overcome the individual challenges in both the training and the 16-hour day of racing, to finish this race and cross the finish line together, has been an incredible inspiration to our band.”



Sister Hazel Hosts 18th The Rock Boat – Lineup Announcement

May 24th, 2017 Posted by news 0 comments on “Sister Hazel Hosts 18th The Rock Boat – Lineup Announcement”

The world’s greatest floating music festival, The Rock Boat, will set sail from New Orleans on January 30 – February 4, 2018! Reserve your cabin here:

Sister Hazel Broadcast Debut of New Video, “We Got It All Tonight,” on CMT

May 10th, 2017 Posted by news 0 comments on “Sister Hazel Broadcast Debut of New Video, “We Got It All Tonight,” on CMT”

Sister Hazel‘s brand new video for their hit single, “We Got It All Tonight,” celebrates its broadcast debut on CMT today. Catch the new video on CMT Music and

“We Got It All Tonight,” was co-penned by award-winning songwriters Chris Destefano (Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan),  Ashley Gorley (Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney), andRodney Clawson (Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum). The video, directed by Savage Films Producer/Director Christian Breslauer, was shot around Tampa, FL and features the band performing live for the perfect backdrop to the song. Sister Hazel, who recently celebrated their second country Billboard charting album with “Unplugged From Daryl’s House Club,” is hitting the road this summer on the “We Got It All Tonight” tour playing fairs, festivals, and clubs nationwide. Find a full list of tour dates below.

“We got it all Tonight” was one of the very first songs that stood out to us, it just screamed SisterHazel,” said Mark Trojanowski, Sister Hazel’s drummer. “It reminds me so much of one of our song called “Change Your Mind.” We started playing this song live and even before we recorded it, fans were already getting into the song singing the lyrics back. It only made sense for it to be on the record. We are really excited about how it turned out and hope fans really like it.”

3rd Annual Beach Cruise 5K in Support of Lyrics For Life

May 3rd, 2017 Posted by news 0 comments on “3rd Annual Beach Cruise 5K in Support of Lyrics For Life”

Join us at Sister Hazel’s “Crawl, Walk, or Jog” 3rd Annual Beach Cruise 5K during Hazelnut Hang!!!

June 3rd, 2017 – 9:30AM – The WindJammer- Isle Of Palms, SC

All proceeds go to benefit Sister Hazel’s “Lyrics For Life” Childhood Cancer Foundation!

Enjoy a morning of Hazelnut high fives near the ocean tides! You can crawl it, walk it or jog it up and down the beach alongside your favorite Sister Hazel band member and your fellow Hazelnuts!!

All For a Good Cause… All For Fun … And All For You!

Your generous $25 donation and pre-registration gets you an exclusive Beach Crawl T-Shirt and Wristband! Donated from our merch sponsor, Campus Customs, 100% of the proceeds with go to Lyrics For Life!

All participants will gather behind the Windjammer at 9:00am to check-in and get ready for the race! Race begins 9:30AM sharp on the beach. We will head south toward Breach Inlet where we’ll all loop back around and finish up right where we started!



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