4/25/2004 - Eileen Hemphill-Haley


Eileen's songs are perfectly crafted, ready competitors for those of Nanci Griffith and Mary-Chapin Carpenter. Like other vignette-style singer-songwriters, Eileen spent much of her childhood in the American southeast, absorbing the melody, humor and tension of the south. Eileen began with the guitar young and learned to play bluesy-folk and Americana. In the 80s she met Michael Hedges and expanded her use of alternate tunings. Her music today is catchy, evocative and rich, with a depth that feels Northwest and a melodic sense to match the best of the Southeast performers.