The year was 1999, and I was your average younger girl watching a chick flick that would become iconic. The scene was set with Heath Ledger just breaking a girls heart and wanting her back, and as any staple of a great movie, you have to back it up with one incredible soundtrack. “Ten Things I Hate About You” would do just that, and add a song in to the scene where you can feel that Heath knew he just messed up with the one he loves and they are both destroyed. This is where I would first discover the band “Sister Hazel” and what would become my favorite song of they wrote….Hello, “Your Winter” I love you.
If you live in Florida, chances are you have heard Sister Hazel’s name a time or two. Originating from Gainesville, Florida the band formed in 1993 and was named for Sister Hazel Williams who ran a homeless shelter. In 1997 they wrote a little song called “All For You” that quickly took on popularity and was a huge hit in the college towns. It ended up hitting No. 11 on Billboard’s Top 100 and is noted as being the bands most successful single.
I’ve been fortunate enough to see this band live dozen times over the last 18 years, and each time I do, they never disappoint. This time around, I was able to catch them once again at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, but instead of being just a fan, I would be there as a writer and doing a review on their show. Kind of ironic, that while they are up there playing the music they love, and doing what they love, that I was sitting in that crowd able to be doing the exact same thing. If you would have told me in 1999 I would be able to write up an article on what would become one of my favorite bands, I would have thrown back my head laughing and not believed you.
Sister Hazel would give us a night of their unforgettable music, and remind those of us in the crowd that we would always be a fan and as many shows as they play, we will faithfully be there. There’s just something about a Florida grown band.