Louise Holmer, Rebecka Hjukström and Sophia Hogman, have been playing together for over a decade. They released their debut album From A Safe Distance in 2007. It was met with critical acclaim, as well as a warm welcome from the record buyers, going straight in at number 7 in the Swedish album chart. The record soon made waves across the Atlantic Ocean and four tours during 2008-2011 have given them a great reputation in America. The band’s second album, Traveler released in 2008, was awarded a Swedish Grammy for Folk Album of the Year in 2009.
Their third album is called Chocolate & Cigarettes (2012). Just like on the previous album, Nashville and its merited country and bluegrass players and producers have played a big part in the creative process. On Chocolate & Cigarettes, three of Nashville’s biggest names appear: Grammy winning mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush (who has played with Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and others), guitarist and producer Buddy Miller (who has toured with Steve Earle, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss) and, last but not least, producer Steve Fishell (whose name appears on albums by Dixie, Chicks, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson). Fishell was in the audience when Abalone Dots played Nashville during one of their American tours, and excitedly insisted on producing them. They were happy to let him. On the track ”Regrets”, Rebecka sings a duett with legendary Ron Sexsmith.
In the spring of 2015 Abalone Dots released their fourth album, Red. It takes them closer to an indie folk genre, and is more political.
From A Safe Distance (2007)
Chocolate & Cigarettes (2012)