MusicTAP is very please to premiere the title track from Tobiano, the 3rd full length release by avant-guitarist-turned-oncologist- returned guitarist/songwriter, Karen Haglof.  The bulk of the ten songs included were written and recorded in the same time frame as the 2018 E.P. Palomino Steady Rocking. The album was produced by Steve Almaas and recorded at Cowboy Technical Services in Greenpoint Brooklyn in 2017, engineered by Mario Viele and mixed at the Fidelitorium in Kernersville NC by Mitch Easter. Guest musicians include: Easter, Peter Holsapple, Liza Colby, Josh Graboff, Sherryll Marshall, Crispin Cioue and Lianne Nelson. Tobiano is a loose companion to Palomino.  

Karen explains the genesis of the album’s title: “”Tobiano” is a type of genetic color pattern for a pinto horse—a horse with patches of white on a base coat color. The effect is flashy contrasts; pulled together and linked on fabulous creatures in life and of my dreams.” Like its predecessors, Tobiano revolves around Haglof’s hard-hitting yet spry, stripped-down blues-inflected playing and writing, ably supported by longtime musical ally Steve Almaas on bass and C.P. Roth on drums. The album is a fully–realized showcase for her master­ful fret work, spirited singing and impossibly catchy riffing; this latest release finds her continuing her development as a complete creative artist in her own right – after years performing primarily as a supporting musician. 

Her first two releases, Western Holiday and Perseverance and Grace, were heralded by outlets like NPR’s All Things Considered, Guitar Girl Magazine, and Popdose among many others. The Tobiano album and preceding Palomino Steady Rocking are sure to win her even more fans!

Tobiano will be released on Friday, April 12th, 2019.

By Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been involved in the music industry for over 30 years - as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, freelance journalist, producer, manager and working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star, traveling down South and his orange Gretsch. He's pretty groovy!