Fred Hale releases “Diamond in a Haystack” LP album

Singer-songwriter builds musical bridges with latest release

Fred Hale has released a full-length LP that spans multiple genres, each filtered through his own unique style. The album “Diamond in a Haystack,” showcases this vision with a selection of tunes that are sure to please.

For Hale, the drive and passion for music came early, while living in a trailer home on the banks of the Chena River, deep in the interior of Alaska. Listening to “everything from Ravi Shankar to Led Zeppelin” Hale became a musician-in-training at an early age.

The following selection from Hale’s autobiography is taken from the CD’s liner notes:

“I began my attempts playing music with percussion. At that time I had no drums, but imagined that the heavy cast-aluminum pots my mother used for cooking sounded very much like Indian tablas. So I
proceeded with the creative make-do spirit of a 12-year-old, and pretended that the tablas could be instantly mastered by listening to Indian classical music, and by playing along with aluminum pots (the latest convenience in modern cookware). Since then, I have collected many musical instruments and been influenced by many styles. Fortunately, I have kept that 12-year-old’s awe of music, and
continue to be inspired by great musical traditions from ancient contemplative chanting to modern blues, jazz, rock, folk, klezmer, Celtic, and more.”


Hale’s influences are diverse, including artists like the Gypsy Kings, Klezmatics, Al Dimeola, Leo Kotke, Yes, Robert Johnson, Django Reinhardt, Led Zeppelin, The Decemberists, Bob Marley, Damien Rice, and The Beatles. This has surely had an influence on his creativity, and it shows in his approach to “Diamond in a Haystack.”


The first single from the album, “Moonlight and Shadows,” is a perfect example of that creativity. A modernist take on country blues, it incorporates elements that make the song feel like something completely new. It’s a perfect example of Hale’s philosophy, which he describes as “exploring various musical genres and reinterpreting them with a fresh, personal approach.”


– L. Cutler

Staff Press Release Writer





The LP “Diamond in a Haystack” is distributed globally by MondoTunes ( and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download


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