|Birth name||Tristen Gaspadarek|
|Born||1983 (age 30–31)
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, performance artist|
Tristen (Born Tristen Gaspadarek, 1983) is an American musician and songwriter. She grew up in Lansing, IL, a blue collar suburb of Chicago, where at the age of 8, her musician father encouraged her to take up the piano. Growing up with access to her father's modest home studio, Tristen was able to experiment with songwriting and recording from a young age. Initially inspired by the local Oldies station 104.3 and The Beatles she began writing her own songs. It wasn't long before she picked up the guitar and started performing her original material in local coffeehouses. After graduating from De Paul University in 2007, where she studied relational group and organizational theories of communication, she moved to Nashville, TN to focus on her music. Immersing herself in the burgeoning Nashville indie scene, she began recording songs on a $200 Mbox Mini and posting them to MySpace. When she had an album's worth of her home recordings, she self-released them as the record Teardrops & Lollipops, packaging CDs in handsewn sleeves she would sell at shows.
In February 2011 she released her label debut Charlatans At The Garden Gate to critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone magazine praising the record for its "catchy refrains with multiple meanings," and "ear-tugging melodies with hidden hooks." The album was also recognized favorably by NPR, Spin Magazine, The Onion AV Club, and Paste Magazine among many others. At the close of 2011 her record Charlatans At The Garden Gate was cited in many year end lists including American Songwriter Magazine's "Top 50 Albums Of 2011." "Charlatans At The Garden Gate" was also honored by Nashville Alt-Weekly the Nashville Scene as the "Top Local Album of 2011"
Since the release of Charlatans At The Garden Gate Tristen has extensively toured North America with artists including The Elected, Justin Townes Earle, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons as well as other indie bands. She also made her debut at many summer festivals in both the United States and Canada including Bonnaroo where she was named by both Spin and American Songwriter as an "Artist To Watch" at the festival. On March 4, 2013 Tristen reached her goal on Kickstarter to support the release of her new album C A V E S. Backers received downloads, CDs, vinyl, limited edition items such as quilted record covers, quilts, valentines, personally recorded songs and a Tristen House Party. C A V E S was released in October 2013.
- 2000: Something Good (C-Hear Productions)
- 2004: Among The Crowd (Self Released)
- 2007: The Lightest Kind (Self Released)
- 2008: Teardrops and Lollipops (Self Released)
- 2009: Deceivers Are Achievers (EP) (Self Released)
- 2011: Charlatans At The Garden Gate (American Myth)
- 2011: Decks the Halls (EP) (Pupsnake Records)
- 2013: C A V E S (Pupsnake Records)
- "Gold Star"
- Hopper, Jessica (June 30, 2011). "Tristen returns to her roots". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
- Hermes, Will. "Tristen - Charlatans At the Garden Gate". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- Moon, Tom. "Pop Hooks And Pure Inspiration". NPR. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- Goodman, Billy. "25 Must Hear Artists At Bonnaroo 2011". Spin Magazine. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- Williams, Christian. "Tristen - Charlatans At The Garden Gate". Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- Reevers, China. "Tristen - Charlatans At The Garden Gate". Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- "Top 50 Albums of 2011". American Songwriter.
- "Top Local Albums of 2011 The Nashville Scene Critics Poll". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- "C A V E S Kickstarter Campaign".
- "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 2014-03-06.