"The 4th Annual Jersey Acoustic Music Awards (JAM Awards) were held on Sunday, April 07, 2013 at the historic Jersey Shore Arts Center in Ocean Grove, NJ. The awards ceremony included performances by 50 original acts from all corners of the state while awards were presented in 32 categories."
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One part Americana, two parts Folk, a dash of Country-flavored rock - all served up by multi award-winning, chart-topping songstress LORETTA HAGEN (hay-gen)
Loretta Hagen delivers rich alto vocals, polished award winning lyrics and tightly woven harmonies; the hallmark of her musical career. A 2013 JAM Awards "Top Female Songwriter of the Year", NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition Winner, and CT Folk Festival Finalist, Loretta recently released her third CD, Mud and Stone, featuring uplifting heartfelt ballads, playful up-tempo country swing, and cool bluesy grooves. "Mud and Stone" debuted at #10 on Folk DJ Charts, consistently #1 on the Roots Music Report for NJ, #5 Top 50 Folk Albums RMR, and receiving airplay throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Loretta has shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Roger McGuinn, Steve Forbert, Richie Havens, Gretchen Wilson to name a few and plays premiere stages across the Northeast. Loretta's melodies leave folks feeling as if they are listening to their own stories set to song."This effort (Mud and Stone) is first class, top tier, a true contender as an artist to reckon with." John Apice - No Depression- Loretta Hagen "Mud and Stone"
"(Mud and Stone) .....is rich in significant and poignant ballads in the footsteps of Mary Chapin Carpenter, her contemporary John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky and the whole series of artists whose genuine commitment to tell the emotions and the charm of life has certainly influenced her approach to songwriting in the folk and country matrix.........the whole album is inspiring and highly recommended."
~ Remo Ricaldone a reviewer for The Long Journey which is a BCMAI Production featuring "Roots & Country Music" Read the entire review
"Loretta Hagen is a very special performer with a deep understanding of human emotions and this is reflected in the songs that she writes. "
- Sol Zeller, Borderline Folk Music Club
"With her smart, insightful lyrics, and catchy melodies Loretta Hagen certainly knows her way around a song. Plus judging by my audience's reaction at her recent appearance at Concerts at the Crossing, she's got a knack for connecting with a live audience as well. My only regret is that it took me so long to book her."-Scott Cullen, Concerts at the Crossing, Titusville, NJ
"Mud and Stone will be a treasure for weeks, months, and years to come." - Ron Olesko, WFDU-FM 89.1, Traditions Radio Show