March-May 2010 News Archive (Older news link at bottom of page)
|Drama Desk Awards|
|The 55th Annual Drama Desk Awards were held yesterday. Hem was nominated in the "Outstanding Music in a Play" category for their Twelfth Night music, but the award went to Branford Marsalis for Fences. Sadness all around All About Hem, but at least the audience cheers totally sounded loudest when Hem's name was read at yesterday's awards! You can see a complete list of winners here and here.
|Not California, Not Hem|
|New in stores today is a cover of Hem's song "Not California" on the album Welder by country artist Elizabeth Cook. Hem's Gary Maurer even plays guitar on the track! You can hear a sample and buy it almost everywhere, like at iTunes and Amazon. I think it's only the second Hem song to be covered on an album, the first being "Stupid Mouth Shut" by Groovelily, which (I believe) was released before Hem's version on Rabbit Songs was officially commercially available. You can listen to and buy Groovelily's song at places like the band's store or Amazon.
|Twelfth Night Deserves All The Prizes|
|Hem has been nominated for a 2009 Drama Desk Award! Their music for Twelfth Night is one of the nominees in the "Outstanding Music in a Play" category. Find all the nominees here (PDF). The play scored two other nominations, for Anne Hathaway (Outstanding Actress in a Play) and Hamish Linklater (Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play). The Drama Desk Awards honor New York theatre (all New York theatre, unlike the Tony Awards, which are just for Broadway shows), and are in their 55th year. They're quite important awards, and it's fantastic for Hem to be recognized. Winners will be announced May 23 at a big fancy soiree in New York, which will apparently be streamed online at TheaterMania.com. Good luck, Hem!
|Tour Date and New Album|
|On Saturday, April 17, Hem's Sally Ellyson and Steve Curtis will both be performing in New York at a couple Motherlodge live arts exchange events. First, at the Barrow Street Theatre at |10am (NEW TIME) 10:30am Sally will sing some songs from her upcoming lullaby album, Into the Night. (You read that right!) Steve will be with her playing guitar, and Rachael Benjamin of Holler will be playing harp. Tickets and more details available here and here. Then, at Downstairs at the SoHo Playhouse at 9:30pm, Steve as part of Little Silver will be hosting and playing at a songwriters circle. It's not quite Hem, but it's close! Also, Motherlodge is a neat group with a lot of interesting folks involved, so if you're in Kentucky or New York, keep an eye out for all their events.
|Departure And Farewell|
|The discography page for Hem's upcoming album Departure And Farewell has been updated with some new song details. Look for a name change to song 16 and the addition of new songs 20, 21, and 22. (Thank you, Dan!) Also, because surely you're all wondering, the song titles are numbered in the order they were first added to the album page and are probably not in actual album order.|
|Rabbit Chords now has guitar chords for every original Hem song. Go browse and play! Thanks so much, Geoff!|
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