Abbie Gardner is a fiery dobro player with an infectious smile. Whether performing solo or with Americana darlings Red Molly, with whom she toured for eleven years, her acclaimed tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, are propelled by her impeccable slide guitar chops. After Red Molly decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2015, having graced stages from Denver to Denmark and from Australia to Austin, Abbie began performing solo, just her voice, songs and dobro.
Her live show is truly unique - as both an award winning songwriter and interpreter of folk styles, a captivating vocalist, and a world class lap style dobro player, she has an unmistakable sound all her own. Her latest CD, Wishes on a Neon Sign was released in January 2018, and features twelve original songs, including a co-write with Chris Stapleton. She has opened for Lori McKenna, Hot Rize and Martina McBride.
Her background is as varied as the songs she writes. Abbie has listened to the sweet sound of high lonesome harmonies since her first bluegrass festival at the age of three. Her father, Herb Gardner, is a swing jazz and stride pianist and dixieland trombonist. Watching him laugh as he went off to "work" every day was her first introduction to the joy of being a musician. Abbie studied classical flute growing up, but once she started playing Dobro in 2004 she found her main instrument -- and she has indeed mastered it.
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