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New Music Video and T-Shirts

Figured I'd better play a show while I'm in Denver so I snagged one at Denver's The Hi Dive. Come out and say hello, hear some of the new music and dance. Feb. 23rd, ticket information here:

Also, just before I left Colorado I teamed up with some talented young filmmakers to create this music video for "Life, Love and Pain" which was featured on MTV in 2012, take a look!

Finally, i've got some new t-shirts for sale, head on over to and snag one, it includes a free download of my first album!

Farewell To Colorado | John Hiatt

Big news, I've decided to leave Colorado.

In the 7 months since the release of "oh oh", my music career has grown exponentially. Between concerts, film/tv and album sales, I'm now able to shift my focus entirely to touring and recording full time. Over the coming winter I'll start working a new album to be released on sonaBLAST records sometime next year, and am moving to Louisville Kentucky to work and tour out of sonaBLAST's HQ.

I've truly loved the time I spent in Colorado and feel so fortunate to have gotten to make music and learn from so many wonderful, creative people. I want to express my deepest thanks to everyone who has supported me, whether by coming to a show, donating to my kickstarter, taking some lessons or just sharing some insightful conversation.

Thank You.

I will be back for many colorado shows in the future, but there are two big chances to see me play before I leave at the end of October:

Thursday August 30th I have the very large honor of opening for the legend, John Hiatt at Chautauqua auditorium in Boulder.

Saturday October 13th I'll be having my official farewell show at the Hi-Dive in Denver. Click HERE for ticket information.

I hope you can join me for my sendoff show October 13th so I can thank you in person. Stay in touch, KJ.

Somebody That I Used To Know - Elliott Smith

I was invited to play at a tribute concert and film premiere for Elliott Smith a few weeks back. Elliott was a huge inspiration to me, and this song in particular. Check out the film "Searching For Elliott Smith". I was moved to record my solo banjo/voice rendition and film a music video, check it out below.

Thanks to Scott McCormick and Josh Mackey(House in Motion) for their work on this video.

Public Radio, 16 & Pregnant, Paste Magazine online and my first tour!

Colorado Public Radio's new station, Open Air just played an in studio i recorded last month with Grant, Ian and Phil. Check it out here! and tune into CPR's Open Air at 1340AM!

Also had a fun mention in Paste Magazine online's a story about musician's college life and whether or not their degrees have served them well. I think I'm the only one in the article who has a degree in music...not sure if thats a bad sign or not...Read all about it here!

I'll have a tune in an upcoming episdoe of MTV's 16 and Pregnant, I'll post more info about it when it airs, but tune into MTV April 3rd to see it live!

Hitting the road on weds in my little 93 Honda for my first ever solo tour! Please take a look at my upcoming shows on the left side of the page and visit me if you live near any of those towns!

thanks as always for the support :)


btw ~ SXSW was CRAZY. and fun. i'm still recovering's a picture from backstage at Lucero, they're awesome!

The Banjo Newsletter

There's a great review of Oh Oh in this month's Banjo Newsletter. I've been a fan of this banjo-centric publication for quite a while so am really happy to be a part of it!

some highlights from the article:

"What makes this record a bit different from many other new acoustic and contemporary folk recordings that include 5-string is, this is excellent 3-finger banjo playing (as opposed to rudimentary frailing or picking or strumming). If you go on YouTube and search for Kyle, you’ll discover that he’s a very competent bluegrass banjo picker, as he demonstrates on a couple of standards. While he uses those banjo techniques on this recording, his music isn't bluegrass, and so his playing isn’t either. Fans of Crooked Still, Nickel Creek, Mumford & Sons and other new acoustic and indie rock bands with banjo will most probably enjoy this, which is well arranged and produced. It features Hauser’s vocals, catchy songs, and banjo playing, which is alternately sensitive and robust, and even thrilling."

check it out in the magazine or read the article online here:

SXSW and other goodness.

Very excited to announce a SXSW showcase for Weds. March 14th at Valhalla in Austin, Texas. This will be my first time playing SXSW and it's my BIRTHDAY! woot. come say hi if you're out that way.

Had a great ol time playing with the yawpers and onward soldiers this weekend. good couple of bands.

and a big thanks to Colorado Music Buzz and Music Savage for featuring "Oh Oh" Click the links to check out the articles!