Elizabeth Hummel Artist Press Kit
While living in San Diego, Elizabeth won “Best Acoustic Artist,” and performed in the Lilith Fair. She has released eight albums on Brew Records, and continues to write and record. Now in Olympia Washington, she performs often, tours occasionally, and hosts a twice monthly concert series called Waterwitch Presents.
Elizabeth has composed hundreds of timeless tunes, with lyrics inspired by myths, nature, and just living. On stage she is funny and real, playing guitar, banjo, and Appalachian dulcimer to accompany a pure and authentic voice. Elizabeth’s music reflects her heritage and speaks to the heart about what really matters.
Pre-1986: Born where Dorothy was in the barren state of Kansas, during a tornado. Moved to Washington State at age two, grew up listening to bow-tie wearing, hillbilly psychiatrist father play old time, bluegrass, and Dixieland banjo after dinner. Began writing secret songs on guitar and Appalachian dulcimer as a teenager while living in Olympia Washington. Majored in English at University of Washington, ate up the words of the very best.
1987-90: Lived on a lake beside a mountain near Victoria Canada, became a born-again pagan who could do a pretty good raven croak, wrote a flood of ecstatic songs and a dozen or so short stories.
1990: First release: cassette tape of The Other Side, recorded at the University of Victoria radio station on 1960s quarter inch reel-to-reel tape.*
1991-95: Moved to San Diego and started performing at coffee houses and clubs. Fell in love with the warm ocean, eucalyptus trees, and big golden cliffs. Wrote a lot of love songs and funny songs and questing songs and yet more power-of-nature songs. Some people always wanted the funny songs, others preferred the witchy ones.
1995: Released my first CD The Cauldron in San Diego on my own label, Brew Records: recorded out in the boonies with an eclectic and brilliant bunch of punk, classical, pop, and folk artists. Moved away from record deals and out to the desert mountains, wrote a lot of songs sung into a mini-cassette recorder while traipsing around in the sagebrush with my wolf dog, Sila.
1995: Voted “Best Acoustic Artist” in the San Diego Music Awards. The Cauldron nominated for best album.
1995-97: Several tours of the west coast and the US, played SxSW and NxNW, regular performances in San Diego and LA. Opened for Shawn Colvin. Wore a lot of velvet.
1998: Performed in the Lilith Fair with Sarah McLaughlin and others.
1998: Conceived of and performed a “Living Room Tour” with fellow artist and pal Cindy Lee Berryhill, organized by internet fans & friends. Started playing and writing on the banjo, the hillbilly groove came to me right natural.
1998: Released Naked and Shouting/Live at the Auld Sod as a cassette tape.
2000: Released Dear Friends, a 36-song limited collector’s edition CD which included spoken word stories about the songs and a personalized track for each purchaser. Excellent vine doodles on the cover.
2001: Returned from California to Olympia, WA to be near the old folks and enjoy the clouds again.
2002-03: Conceived of, produced, and hosted “Open Stage for Peace,” a weekly standing-room-only venue for spoken word artists and musicians in Olympia who did not want the US to invade Iraq. Some of my songs became more political at this time, commenting on war and the hurting of people and planet. Did a 10-day Vipassana meditation course: songs about peace and mindfulness.
2003: Recorded American Stories in a closet, toured the west coast a bit.
2004: Tiny release of Teach Me, an EP recorded in Olympia with Carl Dexter.
2006: Released The Turning Point, produced and recorded with Brian Castillo in the Waterwitch Cathedral.
2009: Released Waterwitch, a folk-groove collaboration with Brian Castillo. Started composing and tracking on a rescued Hammond organ a neighbor was taking to the dump.
2010-14: Performed a slew of fundraising concerts and other random shows, kept writing and recording new songs. Discovered extra joy in singing, deepened my relationships with incredible musicians in the area who joined me on stage and in the studio many times. Added a video studio to the Waterwitch Cathedral, began production of videos with Brian for non-profits such as the Washington Toxics Coalition, other artists, and our own videos.
July 2014: Projected release of It’s About Time and re-percolating of Brew.
*This first tape included my homage to Homer and love, “Ode to Aphrodite,” which is also on the upcoming collection.