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Meg Duffy grew up in a small town in Upstate New York and they cut their teeth as a session guitarist and touring member of Kevin Morby’s band. The Hand Habits project emerged after Meg moved to Los Angeles; it started as a private songwriting outlet but soon evolved into a full-fledged band with Meg at the helm. Hand Habits’ debut album, Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), released by Woodsist Records in 2017, was entirely self-produced and recorded in Meg’s home during spare moments when they weren’t touring. Two years later, Hand Habits returned with their sophomore album, placeholder. The songs on placeholder are about accountability and forgiveness,” Meg explains. “These are all real stories. I don’t fictionalize much.” Instrumentally, it can be situated alongside some of Meg’s folk-adjacent contemporaries like Angel Olsen or Big Thief, and the guitar work on it proves that Meg continues to be one of the finest young musicians working today. Since the release of placeholder, Meg has toured and collaborated with Sylvan Esso, Angel Olsen, and Perfume Genius (in which they're a touring guitarist), among others. 2021 sees the release of a new EP, dirt (Saddle Creek), and a forthcoming LP.