Caitlin Hanford



"Four Shades of Country"

Caitlin Hanford has a voice with a pure, Appalachian quality, perfectly
suited to the high, lonesome sound of traditional country and bluegrass. She hails from Bainbridge Island, Washington. She grew up in a house filled with music, from The Weavers to Dave Brubeck to Flatt and Scruggs. At age eight her father showed her how to play chords on a vintage jumbo Kay guitar, and she never looked back.

In 1978 Caitlin immigrated to Canada after graduating from McGill University and meeting her husband, Chris Whiteley. Together Chris and Caitlin carved a path in the Canadian country music scene in the 1980s with several Juno nominations and many charted singles of original country songs. She has also had many songs published in Nashville, her most recent, a cut on the Rounder recording "A Little Girl, A Big Four-Lane" by Alecia Nugent, produced by Carl Jackson.

Caitlin currently enjoys a rich musical life with her solo career, Quartette, and the roots-based trio The Marigolds, with Suzie Vinnick and Gwen Swick.

"A solo debut doesn't get much better than Caitlin Hanford's new album. The album is bursting with confidence, as Hanford's cool, crystal-clear soprano moves effortlessly between bluegrass and country, with hints of blues, jazz and Cajun music. With BLUER SKIES, Hanford has found exactly where she belongs: front and centre stage."
- Nicholas Jennings, Maclean's Magazine

"Four shades of country are her cornerstones, but Hanford- a highly regarded veteran of Ontario's acoustic and bluegrass scenes - routinely veers beyond the edges of the idiom to showcase her gentle, lonesome blues, torch ballads and even classic jazz. Having waited 20 years to make a solo disc, Hanford pulls it all together with a wistful, intuitive voice that wrings the most from her lyrics."
- Mitch Potter, The Toronto Star

"Caitlin Hanford's talents have finally been given centre stage on BLUER SKIES her first solo album. Hanford's high lonesome vocal styling is supported here by some marvelous acoustic arrangements, highlighted by special guest appearances on harmony vocals by Nashville's Carl Jackson, and Stuart Duncan's fiddle and mandolin work."
- Larry Delaney, Country Music News

"(Caitlin's voice is) sweet, edged with pain.....a singer who deserves to be near to country perfection as anyone can get, inside or outside Nashville.
- Greg Quill, Toronto Star

"The highlight of the set was arguably Hanford's 'Soul To The Bone', a heartfelt and moving tribute to late country star, Keith Whitley, an artist who lived his songs too well. "
- The Austin American Statesman


"BLUER SKIES" is Caitlin Hanford's first solo album. It establishes the Quartette member as an artist with a restless and wide-ranging talent. In one moment she can turn the blues into a country ballad, in the next moment spice a bluegrass rocker with a subversive Cajun twist. As if that's not enough, she then stands the whole album on its head with some classic jazz. That it all hangs together so beautifully is a testament to Hanford's break-your-heart voice, to John Sheard's stellar production and to the musical talent she has assembled, including the driving fiddle and lonesome tenor of her Nashville guests, Stuart Duncan and Carl Jackson." - Stuart Mclean, CBC Radio
Chronological Discography List

CDs & Albums

Produced by
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2005 - Festival Distribution Inc.
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Produced by John Sheard
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Available from:
HYC RECORDS - c/o Quartette
35 Fraserwood Ave, #1
Toronto  Ontario, CANADA
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Produced by Bill Garrett
HYC RECORDS - c/o Quartette
35 Fraserwood Ave, #1
Toronto  Ontario, CANADA
M6B 2N6
Produced by Ken Whitely
1981 -Troubadour Records
Distributed by A&M
1075 Cambie Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5L7



Caitlin Hanford