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OriginAlbuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
GenresAlternative country
Years active1996 (1996)–2002 (2002)
Past members
  • Shawn Barton
  • Tonya Lamm
  • Anne Tkach
  • Jeffrey Richards

Hazeldine were an American alternative country four-piece band based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[1] Members were Shawn Barton (vocals, guitar), Tonya Lamm (guitar, vocals), Anne Tkach (bass), and Jeffrey Richards (guitar, banjo, drums). They were more popular in Europe than in the US.[2]

Hazeldine, a female-dominated group named after a street in their home town Albuquerque, New Mexico, began to get national recognition in 1997, when they played the "No Depression tour"—named after the fanzine associated with the alt.country movement—together with Rhett Miller's band Old 97's, and Whiskeytown fronted by Ryan Adams.[3]

The band, described as "a mix of blistering rock, windswept country, and desert romance", recorded their debut album How Bees Fly in a pool hall of Route 66 in Albuquerque, and it saw a Europe-only release through the German independent record label Glitterhouse Records later in 1997.[4] They had a brief deal with the major label Polydor that failed mainly due to a music industry merger where the record company was "swallowed" by the Universal Music Group.[5][6]

Lamm currently tours with Tres Chicas, Tkach played and sang for numerous bands, among them Bad Folk, before her death in 2015,[7] and Barton is married and living in Jacksonville, Florida.


  • How Bees Fly (Glitterhouse, 1997)[8]
  • Digging You Up (Polydor, 1998)[9][10]
  • Orphans (E-Squared, 1998)[11][12]
  • Double Back (Europe: Glitterhouse, 2001; U.S.: Okra-Tone, 2002)[13]


  1. ^ Guarino, Mark (28 March 1997). "No Depression Here: You Got Country, You Got Rock and You Got Roots. and, Baby, Does It SMOKE". Daily Herald  – via HighBeam (subscription required). Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  2. ^ Colin Larkin; Joyce Grenfell; Hans Koller (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. MUZE. ISBN 978-0-19-531373-4.
  3. ^ Steve Terrell (23 March 1997). "Tuned In and Tuned Up". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Santa Fe, New Mexico. p. 9.open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ Colin Larkin (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music. Virgin. pp. 188–. ISBN 978-0-7535-0427-7.
  5. ^ Cartright, Garth. "Hazeldine: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Album: Hazeldine". The Independent. 18 January 2002. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  7. ^ Schaeffer, Christian. "Anne Tkach, 1967–2015: Remembering a Wide-Ranging Musician". Riverfront Times. St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  8. ^ No Depression. 7-8; 10-11. No Depression. 1997. pp. 97–.
  9. ^ "Digging You Up — Music Review — Album — Hot Press". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  10. ^ Wolfgang Doebeling. "HAZELDINE – Digging You Up :: POLYDOR". Rolling Stone (in German). Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  11. ^ Oliver Götz. "Hazeldine – Orphans :: Rock & Pop". Musikexpress (in German). Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  12. ^ Tim Footman (2007). Radiohead: Welcome to the Machine : OK Computer and the Death of the Classic Album. Chrome Dreams. pp. 276–. ISBN 978-1-84240-388-4.
  13. ^ No Depression. 38-42. No Depression. 2002. p. 6. Finally out in the U.S., on Okra-Tone, is Double Back, the third album by HAZELDINE but the band's first disc of original material to be released domestically. ... Double Back came out in Europe last year on Glitterhouse.