Jennifer Hartswick “Something in the Water”

Jennifer Hartswick Releases New Album

Something in the Water

via Brother Mister Productions

“…a vivid and tender portrait of the essentials of human existence” – Relix


“…Reflecting the festive sounds of Dr. John, Jon Batiste, and Irma Thomas” – Glide Magazine

Acclaimed vocalist, trumpeter and composer Jennifer Hartswick has released her new album, Something in the Water, available now via Christian McBride’s Mack Avenue Music Group imprint, Brother Mister Productions. Hartswick released a series of singles in advance of the album, along with an acclaimed music video for “Only Time Will Tell.” She followed this with the New Orleans-influenced “By the River” which showcases her skill with brass arrangements as well as her commanding vocals. The album is currently available for download / purchase here.


Reprising her studio collaboration with renowned bassist and dear friend McBride, the highly sought-after singer and trumpeter interprets nine new tracks comprised of original repertoire and fresh arrangements of familiar songs alongside her core ensemble and featured guests. Co-written with, Something in the Water presents a tender portrait of the human condition, brimming with humor and vulnerability. “We wanted to celebrate the human experience,” says the Nashville-based artist. “We wanted to write about all facets of love and life and loss and gain. There’s definitely an arc of someone’s life in this album.” 


Hartswick is a true working artist. For the past two decades, the small-town girl turned powerhouse professional has appeared at clubs and arenas throughout the world, in diverse ensembles and as a founding member of the Trey Anastasio Band (TAB); her buoyant expression and harmonic reflexes have become integral to the project’s signature sound. To her original music, Hartswick brings effervescing spontaneity and degrees of self-disclosure. Her songs intensify. She layers sound on sound, stacking horns, threading vocals and seeking opportunities for instrumental role-shifting and conversational trades. In addition to those from McBride and Cassarino, Something in the Water features contributions from longtime collaborators drummer Conor Elmes, vocalist Celisse Henderson and keyboardist Rob Marscher, as well as trombonists Natalie Cressman and Roy Agee, among other special guests. 


Recorded at Sound Emporium alongside engineer Joe Costa, and mixed and mastered by Greg Magers and Dan Shike, respectively, Something in the Water came to life in Nashville following an impromptu writing retreat in New England. Hartswick and Cassarino spent a week and a half at a closed bed and breakfast in Vermont during the winter of 2021; there, they focused on composing the entire record in a controlled environment, with lyric input from songwriter Erin Boyd. “We’d write and cook and write and cook and laugh and cry and write and cook,” says Hartswick. “That was the purpose of the trip, to see if we could write an album.” 


Over the years, Hartswick’s sound has evolved and refined. She views her horn and her voice as different facets of a single expression that shapeshifts as she enters new phases of life and work. Something in the Water presents a snapshot of one moment’s present tense. She appreciates her listeners’ willingness to explore each discovery alongside her: “My music is blossoming. More life has been lived and evolution is happening. I hope people who listen do so with an open heart.”


01 Only Time Will Tell

02 Fairytale

03 Two Way Mirror

04 By the River

05 Guilty

06 For You

07 Innocence

08 Enamored

09 When I’m Weary

Tour Dates:

10/04/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theater

10/06/22 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

10/07/22 – Santa Barbara, CA @ The Arlington Theatre

10/08/22 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley

10/12/22 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery

10/13/22 – Dayton, OH @ The Brightside

10/28/22 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater

10/29/22 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater

11/09/22 – Portland, ME @ Cross Insurance Arena

11/11/22 – Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena

11/12/22 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun

11/13/22 – Glens Falls, NY @ Cool Insuring Arena

11/15/22 – Moon, PA @ UPMC

11/17/22 – Fairfax, VA @ EagleBank Arena

11/18/22 – Syracuse, NY @ War Memorial Arena

11/19/22 – Reading, PA @ Santander Arena

Photo Credit: Dani Barbieri

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