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. Winter Wind welcomes the group to the stage in the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones, at 7:00 pm, Sunday, November 24. Tickets are $20. Seating is limited.
Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo) and Molly Venter (guitar) make up the group. The band's fans, referred to as "RedHeads", have always responded to the sense that the band is a group of friends, sharing songs in their living room. That's exactly how it felt in 2004 when Laurie MacAllister Abbie Gardner and Carolann Solebello (guitar, bass) sat around a campfire at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, singing and talking about their favorite songwriters. Knowing they had stumbled into something extraordinary, they formed Red Molly.
Between knocking out audiences from coast to coast, the trio found time to record three albums: Never Been to Vegas in 2006; 2008's Love and Other Tragedies, which spent ten weeks in the Top 15 on the Americana Chart, and 2010's James which logged four months in the Top 40 on the Americana Chart, peaking at #4, and landing at #23 in the year's Top 100.
Last year, when founding member Carolann Solebello stepped down, MacAllister and Gardner asked Austin-based singer songwriter and guitarist Molly Venter to join the band. "Molly has a unique, edgy tone to her voice," MacAllister says. "Her sound is a bit pop-oriented, and while it hasn't changed our overall sound, I'd say it's a bit more gutsy, upbeat and modern." Their recent 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.
The group has just emerged from “9 furious days of recording our next album in Nashville!” It was a creative adventure as super producer Ken Coomer had them experiment with new sounds and arrangements. The new CD will feature more original songs than any previous album. Perhaps there will be a preview of some of those songs at Winter Wind!
Concert tickets are $20 and are available by clicking the "Buy Now" button above and at the Norman Depot. Seating is limited. Advance purchase is highly recommended.
For additional information about this and other PAS programs, phone 405-307-9320.
Winter Wind Concerts are a program of the Performing Arts Studio and made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by sponsors Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion, and Nancy McClellan. Additional support comes from contributors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Hugh and Keri Young; Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; Mike Goodman & Karen Furman. Friends include Danna Primm; Marie Soliel; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.