"span"About the Artist
"span"Nobody has ever had to tell Kirstin what to do. Shes possessed of an inner power, akin, some say, to the earths rotational force. This phenomenon makes it possible for her to be both the open spirit and the driven talent that her intimates know her to be. "Force of nature" is, by now a cliché but if the shoe fits
"span"With the completion of Another Sweet Mess, (her new album for Escalator Records, Kirstins consuming passion for creating truly evocative music is on the cusp of a much-deserved breakthrough. The album is a collection of fresh Candy compositions that, at last, can be heard in the best possible context thanks to the efforts of producer Don Smith and some of the most renowned musicians in the rock and pop field. Because her vocal range is so great, Kirstins material tends to run the gamut from quiet contemplative songs ("Heaven," "60 Years") to full throated gospel-tinged burners ("Prayer, "Let It Flow") with lots of diversity in between including "Crazy."
"span"The legendary Jim Keltner whose credits include sessions with Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, George Harrison, Crosby, Stills Nash amp; Young, plays drums on several tracks, as does Average White Band/Tom Petty amp; The Heartbreakers stalwart Steve Ferrone. Also part of the percussive experience of Another Sweet Mess were Brian McCloud known for his drumming with Sheryl Crow and Pink and Charlie Drayton of Keith Richards X-Pensive Winos. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ron Blair (the original and current bassist in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and also part of fellow Heatbreaker Mike Campbells Dirty Knobs) pitched in as did fellow Dirty Knob Jason Sinay on guitar.
"span"Others dropping in to the "Messsessions" to lend a hand were Ivan Neville who contributed keyboard and vocal parts and Crackers Johnny Hickman on guitar and Dave Immergluck (Counting Crows, John Hiatt) on pedal steel, mandolin and guitar.
"span""It was a blast working with all of these guys," reports Kirstin whose keyboard work is also integral to the albums sonic ambiance. "We were having so much fun together and I think we captured that sprit in the music." Rumbo Studios in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley had previously been the site of groundbreaking sessions by Tom Petty, No Doubt, The Smashing Pumpkins and Stevie Nicks. Kirstin was especially excited to have coaxed Steve Ferrone into doing a solo vocal part on the ironic track "Money." "I may have unleashed a monster -- Steve said so -- but it was great fun," says Kirstin of the mighty drummers seldom-heard vocal prowess.
Don Smiths sterling reputation as an engineer and producer was forged in the crucible of innumerable critically and commercially well-received projects. Prior to manning the console for Kirstin, he worked with John Hiatt, Keith Richards, Cracker, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop, The Neville Brothers, The Tragically Hip, U2, Eurythmics, Traveling Wilburys, and Aretha Franklin.
Kirstins music and charisma strike a chord with anyone who listens - in person or on record. Her message of being true to ones self, to "be who you are," coupled with the intensely honest reflection that makes her writing and performing so refreshingly distinctive, is a tonic for an age when cynicism and gloom seem be the prevailing attitude fashion.