Kristen Hall was one of the folks who cruised through Genghis Cohen in 1994 when I was booking it. Somehow I managed to pack the joint and she vowed never to play L.A. again unless I promoted the show. Turns out, she didn’t need me because a little band she founded called Sugarland packed houses across the nation. Nevertheless, our friendship was formed.
We found each other again in 2007 when I lived in Nashville. Not only is Kristen a great pop song writer, but she has good taste in food, too. I credit her with turning me on to Ethiopian cuisine. And for that, among other things, I am grateful.