Kay Hanley / Ryan Schmidt
August 1, 2012
Kay Hanley is an American alternative rock musician best known as the vocalist for the band Letters to Cleo. Upon the split of Letters to Cleo, Hanley embarked upon a solo career and has released her first solo album, Cherry Marmalade in 2002. That same year, she appeared on the "Face to Face vs. Dropkick Murphys" split cd, providing guest vocals on the original version of the song 'The Dirty Glass'. Ten years on and she's now back to rock it again.
With a healthy respect for the folk-inspired work of such predecessors as Bob Dylan and Nick Drake, as well as inspiration from more contemporary artists like Clem Snide and The Shins, Ryan Schmidt has a defined vision of where he is taking his music. His full-length debut, “Black Sheep, Run” (2010), a hook-laden gem, has received local acclaim and for the first time the singer-songwriter has toured outside of New England, including appearing at the 2011 South By Southwest Music Festival.