Hazeldine began playing together in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the mid-90's. Shawn Barton, Tonya Lamm and Anne Tkach moved into a house together, not knowing what the desert stars had in store. It didn't take long for them to discover in each other a similar drive to create music. The vocal chemistry between Shawn and Tonya was obvious from the beginning, and song-writing together soon followed. Anne joined the band a few months later. They found the vibe. The name found them. Hazeldine was born.
Three dynamic women with very different histories, Hazeldine drew from the influences each one carried with her to the southwest. The desert is the greatest mirror of the soul, and Hazeldine held the glass up and took a good look. Pooling backgrounds in country, classical, folk, punk, and classic rock, they created something entirely new. Achingly personal stories of loneliness and loss, joy and redemption, Hazeldine's songwriting moves through the listener like a memory. With minor-key ballads, garage rockers, and broken-hearted celebrations of the human spirit, the pulse of Hazeldine connects through their songs. These women share that magical and elusive chemistry that makes good music great.
Hazeldine's debut album "How Bees Fly" was released to much critical acclaim in May of 1997 by Germany's respected Glitterhouse Records. Three years of solid touring in both the states and Europe helped Hazeldine to be named the Best New Band by German Rolling Stone in 1997, and the band signed to Polydor Records International that same year.
In the early winter months of 1998 they recorded the splendid album "Digging You Up" with grammy-winning producer Jim Scott. Though well-received in Europe, the record was shelved in the Polygram/Universal/Seagrams merger and has yet to be released in the states. The band was subsequently dropped in the melee, but managed to self-release a sublime collection of covers called "Orphans".