Elizabeth Hummel

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Elizabeth Hummel
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Background information
GenresFolk, neofolk
Years active1993–present
LabelsBrew Records

Elizabeth Hummel (born July 8, 1958, in Topeka, Kansas) is an American singer-songwriter best known for her activities in the San Diego area, where she was voted “Best Acoustic Artist” in 1995.


Early in life, Hummel was exposed only to the old-style folk of the Appalachians, as both of her parents and their ancestors settled in Garrett County, Maryland, near the Mason-Dixon line where her family fought on the side of the North. Most of her family still resides there.

Musical career[edit]

Over the years, Hummel has worked with musicians such as Cindy Lee Berryhill (who coined the term “anti-folk”), Joy Eden Harrison, Mary Dolan, Morgan Doctor, Scott and Rosebud Ireland, Steve Poltz (The Rugburns, Jewel), Gregory Page, Lisa Sanders, and many others. Often in San Diego while performing at Java Joe’s, Poltz or Jewel or Berryhill or whoever was around from that community would accompany her on stage.

In the San Diego area, she was voted “Best Acoustic Artist” in 1995 (other honoraries were Jewel 1994, Poltz 1993).

In 1998, Hummel teamed up with Berryhill and created the “Living Room Tour” that was attended by their Internet fans. She also performed at The Lilith Fair with Sarah McLachlan and others in 1998. She lives in Olympia, Washington, where she spent most of her early life and continues to compose and release her music.

Hummel is starting work[when?] on a new more musically eccentric project with her co-producer Brian Castillo called "Waterwitch Canticles". Her most recent CD, released un January 2006, is entitled The Turning Point and was co-produced with Castillo (The Living Jarboe, Salon Betty, Euclid). Previous to her new album, she had released The Cauldron in 1995, American Stories in 2002, and several cassettes and limited edition CDs. Hummel's songs have appeared in several movie soundtracks, which she has claimed as one of her favorite ways for her music to reach an audience, and she continues to build upon her catalog with well over 500 songs to her credit.

She is also contributing to a project from Jarboe called Sweet Meat Love and Holy Cult.

In October 2008, Hummel co-produced and appeared in a music video for Sandman The Rapping Cowboy.

In 2009, Hummel and Castillo released their first collaborative full-length recording, entitled Waterwitch.

2014 saw the release of the full-length CD, "It's About Time". “…an enchanting new album” George Varga, voting member of Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.


Albums and EPs[edit]

Year Title Format and notes
1995 The Cauldron CD
2002 American Stories CD
2003 Dear Friends CDx3 Limited Edition
2004 Teach Me CD-EP
2005 Live at the Prosperity Grange CD
2006 The Turning Point CD
2009 Waterwitch CD and download from site
2010 Jarboe - Sweet Meat Love CD
2014 It's About Time CD


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