A Mind of Your Own

The Bright Siders

Released by Smithsonian Folkways in 2021 on CD, LP, and digital formats, the album invites kids and their grownups to think deeply about empathy and self-compassion as they navigate their complex emotional lives. Featuring vocals by The War & Treaty, Ed Helms, Gaby Moreno, Punch Brothers, Joey Ryan, Kaia Kater, Oh Pep!, Zara Bode and Aaron Jonah Lewis. Created, written & produced by Dr. Kari Groff, Kristin Andreassen and Chris Eldridge. Listen and download wherever you get your music, including here on Spotify.

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JKLOL

JKLOL

Voices in three-part harmony rise and dive, buoyed by malleted percussion and electric guitar, steel string acoustic, and low tones of flatwound bass. This is JKLOL, the acronym and the band of songwriters Jefferson Hamer, Kristin Andreassen, Lauren Balthrop, and Lawson White. There might be a touch of irony in the childlike moniker, with Kristin having fronted legendary old-time group Uncle Earl, Jefferson winning a BBC2 award for his duo with Anais Mitchell, and Lawson producing records for legends like Gil-Scott Heron. Lauren helms the outfit with her anything-is-possible singing voice. With vocal tones melting like warm ice cream and new songs penned by all four members, this is folk-pop in the classic sense, like Fleetwood Mac or Carly and James, before everything went chaste, sober, and surrendered to digital. Listen and download wherever you get your music, including here on Spotify.

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Gondolier

Kristin Andreassen

~~ "For some reason, my dreams are all about water." ~~ This one features friends and sounds from the Brooklyn days: Chris Eldridge, Aoife O'Donovan, Cassandra Jenkins, Ryan Scott, Alec Spiegelman, Frank Locrasto, Stephanie Coleman, Rushad Eggleston, Jefferson Hamer. Produced by Robin MacMillan and Lawson White. The vinyl is out of print. The CD has a beautiful lyrics booklet which you may order to hold with your own hands, or listen here on Spotify.

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Kiss Me Hello

Kristin Andreassen

My first solo album, recorded in the old farmhouse where most of the tunes were written. Produced by Mark Schatz and featuring friends from my Footworks clogging days, including Danny Knicely, Scott Señor, Del Puschart, Kim Jones, Eric Merrill, and vocal harmonies from Jake Armerding and my Sometymes Why dream team, Aoife O'Donovan and Ruth Ungar. This album kicks off with "Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes", which is a song I wrote with and for my dancing mentor and friend, Megan Downes. The CD is out of print, but you can listen and download wherever you get your music, including here on Spotify.

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KISS ME HELLO LYRICS