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Welcome to janhauenstein.com

Ladies and gentlemen,

welcome to my homepage!

You will find some pictures here, a biography, links to a few videos,
and, of course, a music store designed to make me rich and famous.
Plus some links! And you can contact me via clever buttons that say (you guessed, I bet)
‘CONTACT ME’ on the Bio-page and on the Music Store page.

There are 45-seconds previews (or rather prelistens) for all the songs of all the albums on the Music Store Page,  click on the titles of the albums, that´s where they hide.

Ah, why should you follow the link to CDBaby to download albums or individual songs
and when you want to buy CDs, but you don´t live in Europe, I can almost hear you think?
Money, money, money. Sending individual CDs from Germany to, say, the USA it costs
a pretty penny or cent.
And CDBaby has digitalized my songs for download and stores the CDs. Good for everybody concerned.

But for each new album there is a pre-order option for the USA, and I pack the CDs, put them in a big parcel, send the big parcel to my friend Art Krause who then unpacks the big parcel and forwards the CDs. You can get a signed CD that way!

But for those of you who dwell in old Europe, this is the place where you can shop to your hearts´ and ears´ desire.

‘Nuff said. Hope you find a few things and songs here that you like.

Best

Jan

P.S. Thanks to Mr. Tappy, without whose technical expertise this homepage probably would be shambolic.

By |April 21st, 2016|Categories: Allgemein, Music|0 Comments

2018 album ‘Look At My Works, Ye Mighty’

About the 2018 album, ‘Look On My Works, Ye Mighty’, published 22 October:

Songs to sing along to, songs that may make you think. Some sad ones, some funny songs. Poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley (with my music) and Rainer Maria Rilke (translated into English and put to music).

A song about a man with ancient ideas, an old musical tune about how not to raise your children, a Germenglish song about the evil lawn tractor man, you´ll learn something about the dress code in heaven, a beautiful old song by Phil Ochs and an old tale from the civil war. And much more.

With Fred Grittner, electric guitars and mastering, Charlie Woodward, guitars and vocals and Claudia Wichmann, vocals. More than an hour of folk, rock, outlaw country and the blues, 10 songs with my music, lyrics by Percy Bysshe Shelley, Rainer Maria Rilke, Terry Lee Ransom, Brad De Long and me, 9 covers.

My songwriting friend Fred Grittner mastered the album. I asked him for a short promo bit:

Jan’s albums are always full of surprises. Over the years I have encountered obscure folk songs, songs from artists who I was unfamiliar with, songs I know but played with a fresh approach, famous poems set to music by Jan, collaborations with friends (including me), and, of course, Jan’s own songs.  His songs have grown more philosophical and political – he has a keen eye and command of the English language.  Jan’s musical arrangements have become richer and more fascinating, showcasing his strong voice.  This is an artist at the top of his game – give the album a listen.

Fred

Some of my heroes, John Stewart, Gordon Bok, Harvey Andrews (and then some) commented favorably on the older CDs.

Now please wend your way to the track previews, buy a few copies of the album.

Don´t hesitate and spend lavishly.

Jan Hauenstein

By |October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Allgemein|0 Comments

New album, ‘Songs For Eternty’, published 18 August 2017

New album out now!

‘Songs For Eternity’ is a double album, one cd with original songs, one with covers,
you´ll hear folk, rock, blues and jazz, poetry, whimsical songs, songs about birth, death and eternity (which is much toooo long), romance, hope, quiet despair, a hamster king,
life and the world.

Fred Grittner played electric lead guitar and mandolin and mastered the album,
Charlie Woodward played guitar, Claudia Wichmann hummed and sang.
Terry Lee Ransom wrote the lyrics for one song, Fred the lyrics for two.
Daniel Tappe created the promo video.

110 minutes, 27 songs, if you like Johnny Cash, Bruce Cockburn and John Stewart, you might like this album.
You may know some of the songwriters that have listened to my music and commented favorably – among others, John Stewart, Gordon Bok, Jez Lowe, Martha Ann Brooks and Dave Moore.

By |August 19th, 2017|Categories: Allgemein|0 Comments

My good friend Rex DeLong

My good friend Rex died in October 2016.
I am saddened. He was a compassionate man.
We did not always agree,
but he was the kind of man who would carefully consider your point of view, always.
And when we agreed to disagree,
there never were any hard feelings on either side. He was a kind man and a fine musicican.
I miss writing songs with him, miss his excellent keyboard playing, his way of writing lyrics.
Rex, I miss you.

Your friend

Jan

By |February 28th, 2017|Categories: Allgemein|0 Comments

New album, ‘Sock It To Me!’, published 29 August 2016

I´m happy to announce that the new album, ‘Sock It To Me!’ is available now!

Published Monday, 29 August 2016.

There are two promo videos in the video section here.

RROARR!!

Some loud songs this time. More blues, boogie and rock music than on the other albums. But they are balanced by jazzy tunes, folky songs, crazy songs.

Comments on the sad and sorry shape of the world (Intelligent Design, Ten Men), songs that will soothe the worried mind (This Love Will Carry), fun songs (Macchu Picchu Big Shoe Circus),  some might bring a tear to your eye (I Come And Stand At Every Door, Same Girl), others offer good advice (The Cape) or were written about a special moment (New Year´s Day In South Station).

A nicely mixed batch.

Fred Grittner played electric lead guitar and mandolin and mastered the album, Charlie Woodward played guitar and bass and sang, Claudia Wichmann hummed and sang. Brad DeLong wrote the lyrics for two songs.

67 minutes, big voice, if you like Johnny Cash, Bruce Cockburn and John Stewart, you might like this album.

You may know some of the songwriters that have listened to my music and commented favorably – among others, John Stewart, Gordon Bok, Jez Lowe, Martha Ann Brooks and Dave Moore.

By |September 6th, 2016|Categories: Allgemein|0 Comments

My favorite guitars

J. H.

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