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On January 19th I’ll release the single “Wiseblood”, the first new studio recording I’ve released since 2012 and the first solo studio recording I’ve released since Nowhere Nights in 2010. That will be followed March 23rd by a digital-only release of Stray Dogs: B-Sides and Live Recordings, a collection of previously unreleased live and studio tracks that slipped through the cracks between 2010 and 2017, largely because I was not present enough, figuratively and then literally, to release them.

In June, the band I write and sing and play guitar for, Hawks and Doves, will release our first album, From a White Hotel, and that will receive the full LP/CD/digital release. This will be the first album of entirely new material I’ve released in nearly six years. In the span of that time, I’ve been diagnosed as bipolar, sought treatment for the condition, accumulated five-years-and-change worth of earnest sobriety, been convicted of wire fraud, and spent two years in prison, where I also completed a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

I understand that some people will be excited I’m releasing music again, some will be angry, and some won’t notice or care. I can’t see anything wrong with any of those reactions. I’ve done some truly reprehensible things in my life - not just the crime, but the way I treated my family, friends and bandmates, people who trusted me, people who were so generous to me - but I’m incredibly proud of the changes I’ve made in my life over the last six years and, beyond that, I’m incredibly proud of the songs - new and old - that comprise these two albums. I do hope people listen to, and share, these songs with one another. I do hope I get to spend a little time traveling and playing them for people. Music is not my full-time job; it hasn’t been for a while now and it may never be again. That’s okay with me. I’ve spent most of the last six years trying to make amends and piece my own life together, and I’m proud of the work I’ve done in that regard. I’m proud of the work I do with others who suffer from mental illness and addiction, and of the work I do in my community in general. If I’d left prison and never written another song or made another record again, I’d still be very proud of and content with my life. 

But, as it turned out, I did write some songs and I am going to release some records. I hope you’ll listen to them. I let a lot of good songs and a very good band go to waste between 2010 and 2017, and that was not the largest mistake I ever made, not by a long shot, but it’s one of many I’m determined not to repeat.

KA | January 02, 2018 | Portland, OR

"Wiseblood" Credits:

Kasey Anderson - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar; Jordan Richter - electric guitars, 12-string guitar; Ben Landsverk - bass, keys, viola, vocals; Capers Ogletree- drums, percussion

Kasey Anderson