November 20, 2023—Emerging singer, songwriter and musician Abby Hamilton made her television debut on “CBS Saturday Morning” this past weekend, where she was featured as part of their “Saturday Sessions” series, performing three songs from her acclaimed debut album, #1 Zookeeper (of the San Diego Zoo): “Lucky,” “Mayday” and the title track.

Produced by Justin Craig and Duane Lundy, #1 Zookeeper (of the San Diego Zoo) was released last month via Blue Gown Records—a new imprint run by WhizzBangBAM’s Ian Thornton (Tyler Childers) in partnership with Virgin Music (stream/purchase here). Across these ten tracks, Hamilton shares her sharp lyrical perspective and entrancing vocals, further establishing her as one of music’s most intriguing new voices.

Critical acclaim for #1 Zookeeper (of the San Diego Zoo):

“infectious…introducing the acclaimed songsmith’s captivating blend of folk and indie rock” —American Songwriter

“One of the most refreshingly out of step voices in country music has made one of the year’s most genuinely brilliant and beautiful records.”—Holler

“channels a universal relatability that will aid anyone's journey of self-discovery and healing” —Wide Open Country

“a set of powerful, imaginative and evocative songs… a strong, mature and engaging work” —Lexington Herald-Leader

“Kentucky native brings plenty of Bluegrass State heartbreak, radio-friendly twang and burgeoning maturity to her debut” —Americana Highways

“an enthralling blend of folk and indie rock. Abby Hamilton is pure unadulterated musical heroin.”—The Amp

“Hamilton puts you at ease; you can be yourself in the presence of this singer, you feel, because she understands her characters. By the transitive property of music, she understands you.” —Columbia Daily Tribune

“impressive…absolutely worth keeping an eye on.”—303 Magazine

“it establishes Hamilton as among the year’s most appealing new artists”—Routes & Branches

In addition to signing with Blue Gown Records, Hamilton has also signed a publishing deal with Limited Edition Music in partnership with Warner Chappell Music. Of the deal, Greg Sowders and Marc Wilson, Co-Presidents of Limited Edition Music Publishing, share, “Limited Edition Music Publishing proudly welcomes Abby Hamilton to our family of extraordinary artists. With her unique sound and unparalleled artistry, Abby’s music transcends boundaries and resonates with the deepest corners of the soul.

Reflecting on the album, Hamilton shares, “This is an album about the worlds we create to cope with the world we are in. The places we go to for comfort within ourselves when we are grieving, strategizing, fantasizing, creating, and so on. These songs are fake worlds rooted in my own experiences processed through my own lens of anxiety and hope. I hope this brings comfort to those who are in the process (whatever that may be). You are not alone. I was not alone in creating it either. With the help of Duane Lundy, Justin Craig, Zac Hamilton, Zach Martin, Carson Childers, and many more, I was aided in creating a sonic landscape that supported the fantasy vision. The goal was to integrate the sounds of country, rock, and anthemic choruses to create my own footprint. Tucked away in the studio for 5 months in Kentucky, we found a sound I am so proud of. #1 Zookeeper will always be the perfect timestamp to me of the process it takes to truly know and love yourself.”

Born and raised in Nicholasville, KY, Hamilton has garnered a reputation as an engaging live performer and musician. In the past few years, she has opened for artists such as Tyler Childers, Shakey Graves, Wynonna Judd, Blackberry Smoke, Kelsey Waldon and The Mountain Goats and also performed at many major festivals including Bonnaroo, AmericanaFest, Railbird, Luck Reunion and more. Ahead of her full-length debut, Hamilton released her EP, Afraid of the Dark (Live Sessions), in 2022 of which Brooklyn Vegan praised, “showcases Abby’s grizzled-yet-soaring voice.”    

For more information, please contact Asha Goodman, Catherine Snead 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.

1. Lucky
2. Good Thing
3. Baby Let’s Ride
4. Mayday
5. #1 Zookeeper (of the San Diego Zoo)
6. Soccer Field
7. Satisfied
8. Whatever Helps You Sleep
9. Fine
10. Displacer

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