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Music Releases (more headlines) 03-20-2014

Edgy And Ethereal, Red Molly’s Wildly Cool Album Brings To Mind ‘Mazzy Star With A Twang’ - Major U.S. Tour Underway

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Edgy and Ethereal, Red Molly’s Wildly Cool Album Brings to Mind ‘Mazzy Star with a Twang’


A Gritty Sonic Landscape is Juxtaposed with the Band’s Signature Three-Part Harmonies


Over 40 Tour Dates are Confirmed



On their upcoming ‘The Red Album’, Red Molly delivers their edgiest CD to date, with a wildly cool collection of songs. Previously perceived as a straightforward three-part harmony Americana/Folk trio, the band takes a distinctive shift towards darkness with the new indie collection.  Think ‘Mazzy Star with a twang,’ and you may get a sense of the ethereal, sometimes even unsettling quality the women evoke in the buzzworthy album.


From the haunting opener, ‘Clinch River,’ to the classic vibe of ‘I Am Listening,’ to the cinematic lyrics of ‘Willow Tree’ to the stunning ‘When It's All Wrong’ and ‘Copper Ponies’, ‘The Red Album’ (set for digital release on April 1 and physical release on May 27) is full of meaty, meaningful tracks — ‘Sing to Me’ feels like an ‘adult lullaby’…and the band’s cover of ‘Homeward Bound’ is simply gorgeous...and then of course they switch up the pace completely with ‘Pretend’.


The trio, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2014, is comprised of Laurie MacAllister (bass,) Abbie Gardner (dobro,) and Molly Venter (guitar), and they are road warriors who regularly perform 100 or more concerts each year. Over 40 tour dates are already confirmed for the months ahead, and more will be announced soon. An itinerary follows.


The upcoming CD marks the trio’s first Nashville-produced album with Ken Coomer (original drummer for Wilco & Uncle Tupelo). Coomer shook things up sonically, putting Abbie Gardner's dobro through effects for a few songs. He also had Molly Venter use six different guitars on the album - including an electric. Guest artist, bassist Craig Akin funked things up as well – and the overall result is a grittier sonic landscape, juxtaposed with Red Molly's signature pristine three-part harmonies. Coomer also pushed for more original material than previous records -- eight original songs made the cut; four written by Venter & four by Gardner. The band also continues their long tradition of honoring other songwriters, with MacAllister on lead vocal for four covers, including Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Homeward Bound'. Plus, after years of fan requests, the band recorded their namesake song ‘1952 Vincent Black Lightning,’ by Richard Thompson.


Red Molly has been featured by American Songwriter, No Depression, Bluegrass Unlimited and more. They have an engaged, supportive fan base and regularly sell out venues ranging from Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA to City Winery in NYC. The trio toured Australia & Denmark in 2013, and are headed to Ireland & the UK in 2014.


They were recently featured in The Boston Globe:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2014/03/13/red-molly-hits-ten-years-sweet-harmony/3nRFuxwAC5I2ry1kSQx6WK/story.html#skip-target


Red Molly Tour Dates:
March 21, 2014           Friday Night Folk                                New London CT
March 22, 2014           Emelin Theater                                   Mamaroneck NY
March 27, 2014           The Barns at Wolf Trap                       Vienna VA
March 28, 2014           South Orange Performing Arts Center       South Orange NJ
March 29, 2014           Steinman Hall at The Ware Center    Lancaster PA
April 3, 2014               Shattuck St. Mary's                            Faribault MN
April 4, 2014               Heyde Center for the Arts                  Chippewa Falls WI
April 5, 2014               Festival Theater                                 St. Croix Falls WI
April 6, 2014               CSPS                                                    Cedar Rapids IA
April 9, 2014               White Gull Inn                                                 Fish Creek WI
April 11, 2014             Stoughton Opera House                     Stoughton WI
April 12, 2014             Thrasher Opera House                       Green Lake WI
April 13, 2014             Old Town School of Folk Music          Chicago IL
April 29, 2014             VA Arts Festival                                  Richmond VA
April 30, 2014             Salisbury University                          Salisbury MD
May 9, 2014                River Club Music Hall                         Scituate MA
May 10, 2014              Sounding Board                                   West Hartford CT
May 11, 2014              New Hope Winery                              New Hope PA
May 16, 2014              Troy Savings Bank Music Hall                        Troy NY
May 17, 2014              Center for the Arts of Homer             Homer NY
May 18, 2014              Muses in the Vineyard                                   Belvidere NJ
May 23, 2014              Weinberg Center for the Arts             Frederick MD
June 6, 2014                The Center for Arts in Natick             Natick MA
June 12, 2014              City Winery                                        Napa CA
June 13, 2014              Livermore Valley PAC                                    Livermore CA
June 20, 2014              City Winery                                        New York NY
June 22, 2014              Katherine Hepburn Theater                Old Saybrook CT
July 18, 2014               Tri Lakes Center for the Arts             Palmer Lake CO
July 19, 2014               Aspen Camp for the Deaf                        Snowmass CO
July 24, 2014               Red Ants Pants Festival                      White Sulphur Springs MT
August 23-24, 2014     Tumbleweed Festival                         Garden City KS
September 6, 2014     CT Folk Festival                                  New Haven CT
September 19, 2014   Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival         Bristol TN
October, 2014             Ireland/UK tour

Updated tour activity, here: http://redmolly.com/tour.html



More about the band:
Since 2004, Americana trio Red Molly has been bringing audiences to their feet with gorgeous three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship, and their warm, engaging stage presence. The band consists of Laurie MacAllister (bass,) Abbie Gardner (dobro,) and Molly Venter (guitar). In 2013, the ladies were invited to open multiple shows for music legend Willie Nelson and they performed at the venerable RockyGrass festival in CO. Their last CD "Light in the Sky" spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association's Top 40 radio chart and charted as Folk DJ's #3 Top Album of 2012. In 2013, the band toured throughout Australia, and, for the first time, also performed at  Denmark's Tonder Festival. They were also invited to appear for the third time at NC's legendary music gathering, MerleFest. They also made a fourth appearance at the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, where in September 2012 the Bristol Herald Courier dubbed Red Molly "The Twin City's sweethearts", saying the band "lit up the stage, as a massive crowd of adoring fans sat mesmerized by their silky smooth harmonies and superb musicianship."  Read the expanded bio, as well as individual band member bios, here: http://redmolly.com/bio.html


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