Meg Hutchinson

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Meg Hutchinson
Born South Egremont, Massachusetts
Origin United States
Genres folk
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments guitar
Labels Red House Records
Website meghutchinson.com
Notable instruments
Martin guitars

Meg Hutchinson (born 1978, in South Egremont, Massachusetts) is an American folk singer songwriter. Originally from rural western-most Massachusetts, Hutchinson is now based in the Boston area. Influences include poet Mary Oliver, songwriter Shawn Colvin, and mood maker David Gray.[citation needed] She has won numerous songwriting awards in the US, Ireland and UK, including recognition from John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Billboard Song Contest and prestigious competitions at Merlefest, NewSong, Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, Telluride Bluegrass and Rocky Mountain Folks festivals.[1]

She has been described as delivering "music as powerful as it is gentle".[2]

Biography[edit]

Meg Hutchinson was raised by English teachers in a small town outside of Great Barrington, Massachusetts called South Egremont. Growing up in the Berkshires, the mountains, woods and ponds were her childhood muses, as were poets she read (like Mary Oliver, Robert Frost and William Butler Yeats), and the songwriters she listened to (like Greg Brown and Joni Mitchell). When she inherited her grandmother's 1957 Martin guitar at age eleven, her love of words found an inspiring instrument, and there was no turning back. "Songwriting is not something I chose, I've just somehow always known that this is what I love to do. This is what I can't help but do", she says.[citation needed]

After graduating from Bard College at Simon's Rock, with a BA in Liberal Arts with concentration in Creative Writing, Hutchinson quit her longtime job on an organic lettuce farm and settled in Boston, Massachusetts. In between gigs at pubs, coffeehouses and subway train stations, she won a Kerrville New Folk Award (2000) and was nominated for a Boston Music Award for her first studio album "Against the Grey." She went on to win awards at the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, the Telluride Troubadour Songwriter's Showcase in Colorado and The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in North Carolina, all in the course of a year, causing national publications like Performing Songwriter to take notice, calling her "A master of introspective ballads filled with understated yearning and an exquisite sense of metaphor."[citation needed]

After recording her live CD Any Given Day in 2001, she went into the studio with producer Crit Harmon (Lori McKenna, Martin Sexton, Mary Gauthier) to record The Crossing. Released in 2004, this album was enthusiastically received by critics and DJs across the country,[citation needed] catching the attention of folk/roots label Red House Records. Label president and veteran producer Eric Peltoniemi said "Meg won me over with the profound yet easy depth of her lyrics—rich words married to melodies I just can't get out of my head."[citation needed] Peltoniemi signed Hutchinson to the label.

2008 Album Come Up Full[edit]

Come Up Full was inspired by Maine lobster fishermen and was Hutchinson's first collaboration with Connecticut sketch artist and painter Mary Devaney.

Come Up Full was Hutchinson's first release on Folk label Red House Records. A record about encountering good things when you least expect them, Hutchinson's introduction to the Folk community was well-received within the genre.[citation needed] The album includes the songs "Ready", "Home" and "Come Up Full" In "America (Enough)", Hutchinson explores American culture, excess and war by writing about how things taken to an extreme almost become their opposite.[citation needed] Another song on the new album is her "Song for Jeffrey Lucey", based on the real story of Lance Corporal Jeffrey Lucey, who returned from Iraq, suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

2010 Album The Living Side[edit]

"The Living Side" was Meg Hutchinson's first collaboration with Polish modern art photographer Asia Kepka.

Upon the release of The Living Side, Hutchinson's second album on Red House Records, songwriter John Gorka said, "After you hear Meg, you feel you've been somewhere." [3][not in citation given]

"I grew up in the country without a TV or internet," Hutchinson says. "There were so many quiet hours in the day. So many spaces between events. We have forgotten how to be alone in our thoughts. All the best work comes out of that rich stillness of waiting."[4]

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Year Album Radio Charts Sales Charts Song notes
Folk Roots [5][not in citation given] Billboard [6][not in citation given] Amazon [7][not in citation given] iTunes [8][not in citation given]
2010 The Living Side 27,[9] 23[10] 15 32 9 8 "Hard To Change" reached #2 on Folk radio;[11] "Seeing Stars" reached #109 in iTunes-US Singer/Songwriter[12]
2008 Come Up Full 10,[13][14] 11 - 18 24 "Home" reached #6 on Folk radio[15]
2004 The Crossing 74[16] - - - - While this album did not appear on most charts, it was the first serviced to radio stations in New England primarily, received heavy airplay from WERS Boston.
2001 Any Given Day (Live) (remastered in 2009) - - - - - While this album did not chart, "True North" was the song that introduced Hutchinson's music to the Folk community at festival competitions.
1999 Against The Grey - - - - -
1996 Meg Hutchinson - - - - -

Singles[edit]

  • "True North" (2007, studio version)

Collaborative albums[edit]

  • Winterbloom: Traditions Rearranged (2009)

(with Antje Duvekot, Anne Heaton, and Natalia Zukerman)

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