Onstage at the Tweed River Festival (2012), Stockbridge VT
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A new solo album from Kristina Stykos, available now at CD Baby
Largely written & recorded in Wyoming, this roots-rockin' project overflows with passionate stories and Kristina's signature guitar playing, and features guest musicians and friends Jeff Berlin, Bow Thayer, Patrick Ross, Mark Spencer, Brian Clark and Chas Eller. A journey into outlaw country and beyond, not to be missed! Listen now
"... Somewhat of a dark fantasy adventure. It boasts strong writing, superior to your previous releases; I honestly think it's one of your strongest collections of songs, filled with bittersweet tales of regret and heartache set to melodic, warm, and elegant music..."
- R.R., County Wexford, Ireland
BEAUTIFUL BLOOD -
A new release from The Cousins Project, available now at CD Baby
This collaboration between Kristina Stykos & Steve Mayone, two veteran East Coast songwriters and producers, explores topics of love, jealousy, existential angst and the wild unpredictability of nature. Both pull out the stops on this lush album, taking turns singing and collectively playing acoustic, resonator & electric guitars, banjo, lap steel, uke, and mandolin on this folk-rock extravaganza, with help from musician friends Jeff Berlin on drums and Patrick Ross on fiddle - look out Americana! ... Listen now
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PERFORMING WITH THE HOLY PLOWmy life onstage with bow thayer and patrick ross
THE LOST TAPES (2011)
"Your work is superb. This latest collection of early songs is beautiful and powerful. Your ability to describe your feelings and perceptions with attention to detail is great journalism and your turning these observations into lyrics is artful and inspiring. The musical compositions are beautiful and your performance displays qualities and abilities I wasn't aware of...Its a sizable amount of material too. Its clearly the work of a special artist devoted to mining the moment for peace and love and a sense of wholeness.. Everyday the artist wakes up and starts knocking on doors of awareness, compelled to paint pictures of animals on a cave's walls hoping to become them..this album is a particular favorite."
~ HB, Northampton, MA
"Throughout the record, Stykos uses her considerable skill as a poet like that of a painter: she draws the listener in and captivates with a canvas of vivid imagery. Her glorious, trance-like guitar riffs and Aaberg’s spacey synthesizer work underscore her words, like sunlight refracted through old glass of deep but vibrant colors ... Raven swirls with a depth and warmth that makes it stand out from the myriad acoustic releases in Vermont each year. It makes me want to duct-tape my old Dynaco A-25 speakers to my head so I can hear every snap and ring. In more ways than one, Raven is a treat for the ears..."
~Robert Resnik, host
"All the Traditions", Vermont Public Radio
IN THE EARTH'S FADING LIGHT (2005)
"If Kristina Stykos’ new album “In the Earth’s Fading Light” was on vinyl I’d have already worn it out. Luckily, it’s a compact disk and should be good for a long time to come. Ever since I received a copy over a month ago it has been spinning in my car’s CD player. “Fading Light” is perhaps the best new album I have heard this year by anyone, and I’m a heavy consumer of music. Bruce Springsteen may have gotten all the hype for this latest effort “Devils and Dust”, but for my money Stykos has written far better songs, delivered them with wonderful style, and can play the pants off of the King of Asbury Park.”
~Art Edelstein, Barre-Montpelier Times Argus