Meg Duffy began building a reputation as a session musician and touring guitarist for singer/songwriters including Kevin Morby while developing the songwriting outlet Hand Habits. Begun as a home-recorded solo venture, the project's dreamy, delicately textured guitar songs first surfaced on a split EP in 2014. Hand Habits had expanded into a band by the arrival of its second album, 2019's Placeholder.
Defining the project as a group instead of a solo alias, Hand Habits returned in 2019 with a fuller but still intimate sound on Placeholder, issued on Saddle Creek Records. Duffy's other credits that year included playing electric guitar on William Tyler's Goes West, an album that also featured Bill Frisell. ~ Marcy Donelson