Sister Hazel zooms up iTunes chart

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Sister Hazel, the Gainesville, Florida, rock five-piece, released their latest album, entitled “Release,” yesterday, and the title shot up the iTunes Rock Charts, where it went all the way to #1. The album also found a spot on the overall iTunes sales chart at #8.

“It was really fun process,” says band lead singer Ken Block of recording the album. “Overall, it was smooth as silk. Now even more fun begins: the album is out, the tour schedule will be busy, and we’ll be playing the new stuff on the road, which is always a thrill. I’m so excited that ‘Release’ debuted so well on its first day out on the iTunes charts.”

Sister Hazel was recently selected as a “recommended” user on Twitter where fans can follow the band at @SisterHazelBand. All five band members update the feed regularly. The band’s list of Twitter followers has swelled to over 260,000 people.

The band, who have logged over 3,500 live shows throughout the course of their career, continue touring as always and, after an appearance yesterday morning on the nationally-syndicated “Daily Buzz” TV show (www.dailybuzz.tv), they kicked off their tour for “Release” last night with an intimate acoustic performance for 300 lucky fans at a small club in Orlando (see full tour schedule below). The band will also tape an appearance on the nationally-syndicated “Daytime” (http://daytime.tbo.com/) show on August 26th, to air on August 28th. “Release,” which is their seventh disc of original material, features twelve tracks, with the lead single being “Take A Bow,” which is heating up at the Triple A radio format.

SISTER HAZEL TOUR DATES

August 19th – Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live

August 20th – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend

August 21st – Greensboro, NC – N Club

August 22nd – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage

August 27th – Rainbow City, AL – Center Stage

August 28th – Louisville, KY – 4th Street Live

August 29th – Palatine, IL – Palatine Street Festival

September 4th – Virginia Beach, VA – American Music Festival

September 5th – N. Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues

September 6th – Alexander City, AL – Lake Martin Amphitheatre

September 10th – Martin, TN – Tennessee Soybean Festival

September 11th – Athens, GA – The Classic Center

September 12th – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen

September 18th – Gainesville, FL – Univ. of FL Performing Arts/Phillips Center

October 9th – October 11th – Orlando, FL – Walt Disney World Resort/American Gardens Theatre

October 16th – Hampden-Sydney, VA – Hampden-Sydney College Lagoon Field

October 20th – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live

October 21st – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

October 22nd – Uncasville, CT – The Wolf Den/Mohegan Sun

October 23rd – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live

October 24th – New York, NY – The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza

November 3rd – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre

November 4th – Starkville, MS – Rick’s Café

November 5th – Tuscaloosa, AL – Jupiter Bar & Grill

November 6th – Tallahassee, FL – Floyd’s Music Store

November 7th – Tampa, FL – Zoofari

November 14th – Gettysburg, PA – Gettysburg College – College Union Ballroom

December 11th – Charenton, LA – Rox In Shortys @ Cypress Bayou

… more dates to come!

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