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Kirsten Thien Band (USA)
Kirsten Thien's unlikely path from a Georgetown University Business School graduate to a Blues and Roots Rock singer/songwriter began when (just weeks before graduation) she decided to forgo life on Wall Street for a career in music. Since then she has released three full-length albums, toured the USA extensively, opened for Dickey Betts, Shawn Colvin and Buddy Guy and headlined two European tours with more to come in 2013. Kirsten's latest release, Delicious, featured Blues guitar legend Hubert Sumlin and has received much acclaim from the likes of Guitar Player Magazine, Downbeat, and Keyboard Magazine. New York DJ Pat St. John exclaimed on-air at B.B. King's Bluesville (Sirius/XM), "The album is flawless. She's gonna be a big, big star."
In 2013, Kirsten Thien will hit the stage in the US and Europe touring as a solo act, with her band, and in special collaborations with other artists (including Eddie Turner and Billy Gibson). She will also release her fourth album, the result of her most recent European Tour, Solo Live from The Meisenfrei Blues Club.
Delicious, Thien's 3rd and most recent studio album, highlights her award-winning songwriting, impressive voice, and her live band which is "tighter than a Japanese hotel room" (musikreviews.com). The record also includes tracks that feature Blues guitar legend Hubert Sumlin plus other notable special guests like the Rolling Stones' horn section (Kent Smith and Andy Snitzer), Steve Holley on Drums (Paul McCartney), Tommy Mandel on Organ (Chrissie Hynde and Mark Knopfler), and many others.
"Thien's supple voice can act out a song's lyrics with both honesty and cinematic effect...a real treat is "Please Drive," where Thien is joined by blues legend Hubert Sumlin on guitar" ~ Michael Molenda, Editor, Guitar Player Magazine
"This fire-haired songwriter's voice strikes a perfect balance between the precise but homey crooning of Bonnie Raitt and the sheer incendiary power of Janis Joplin.Too macho for a taste of estro-rock? Delicious will have you asking for seconds." ~ Stephen Fortner, Keyboard Magazine
"Kirsten is a first class act that the major festivals should be booking next year. I can't emphasise enough what a classy act Kirsten Thien is." ~Christine Moore, Blues Matters Magazine
"Kirsten Thien's stock in trade is modern blues infused with soul and rock. She's a lithe, composed vocalist, inclined to use her attractive voice to elevate rather than plumb lyrics in songs she's written about sensual love." ~ Frank-John Hadley, DownBeat Magazine
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