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Kristin Hersh

After the release of Throwing Muses' fifth album, Red Heaven, Kristin Hersh, the band's lead singer/songwriter, took a break from the group and issued her first solo album, the acoustic Hips and Makers, in early 1994. Thanks to the airplay the single "Your Ghost" -- a duet with R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe -- received, the album sold more copies than any of the Muses' releases. Later that year, Hersh also released the Strings EP, which featured versions of selected songs from the album recorded with a string quartet, and did a solo tour. Despite her success as a solo artist, she kept the Muses going as well, releasing their next record, University, in February 1995. Throwing Muses and Hersh as a solo artist moved from Sire to Rykodisc, forming the boutique label Throwing Music in 1996; the label's first release was the final Muses album, Limbo, which appeared that summer. Before the Muses hit the road in support of Limbo, Hersh began work on her second solo album, wrapping it up in early 1997. At the completion of the Limbo tour, Hersh disbanded Throwing Muses, claiming that it was no longer economically feasible to continue with the band. The acoustic-based Strange Angels, her first post-Muses album, was released by Rykodisc in February 1998. That year, she also released Murder, Misery and Then Goodnight, a collection of lullabies and Appalachian folk songs, as a Throwing Music exclusive. In 1999, Hersh and Throwing Music returned to her original label, 4AD, for Sky Motel, 2001's Sunny Border Blue, and 2003's The Grotto. Hersh also established the Works in Progress series, a subscription service of exclusive rarities, through Throwing Music's website, Hersh also released another Throwing Muses album in 2003, then collaborated with Muses bassist Bernard Georges in 50 Foot Wave, a more rock-oriented expression of her sound, for 2004's self-titled EP, 2005's Golden Ocean, and 2006's digitally released Free Music EP. In 2007, Hersh released another solo album, the intense Learn to Sing Like a Star. Cats and Mice, an unedited performance recorded at Yoshi's in San Francisco, was issued in 2010. That same year, Hersh published her memoir, Rat Girl, which focused on events in her teens from 1985 to 1986. Also in 2010, she released the album Crooked via her website. 2013 saw the release of a new Throwing Muses LP, Purgatory/Paradise, and in 2015 Hersh published a new semi-memoir titled Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt, which focused on her long friendship with the late singer/songwriter. Wyatt at the Coyote Palace, Hersh's first new collection of solo recordings in six years, dropped in November 2016. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Stations Featuring
Kristin Hersh

    '90s Indie

    '90s Indie
    2 songs

    Female Focus

    Female Focus
    1 song

Albums by
Kristin Hersh

Top Songs by
Kristin Hersh

  1.   Song
  2.   Your Ghost
  3.   When the Levee Breaks
  4.   Banks of the Ohio
  5.   Trouble
  6.   Hope
  7.   Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
  8.   Summer Salt
  9.   Piano 2
  10.   White Suckers
  11.   Pretty Polly
  12.   Aching for You
  13.   Gut Pageant
  14.   Gazebo Tree
  15.   Vanishing Twin
  16.   Tuesday Night
  17.   Same Sun
  18.   Cartoons
  19.   William's Cut
  20.   Like You
  21.   Krait
  22.   Heaven
  23.   Winter
  24.   Garoux Des Larmes
  25.   The Key
  26.   Spain
  27.   Pearl
  28.   Introduction
  29.   A Cleaner Light
  30.   Windowpane
  31.   Sundrops
  32.   Like a Hurricane
  33.   Poor Wayfaring Stranger
  34.   Under the Gun
  35.   Piano 1
  36.   Sugar Baby
  37.   Lemon Tree
  38.   The Thin Man
  39.   Pennroyal Tea
  40.   Milk Street
  41.   SRB
  42.   Snake Oil
  43.   Deep Wilson
  44.   Listerine
  45.   Candyland
  46.   Silica