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Red Molly: As Americana As They Come

By Gary Wien


Just as with Pink Floyd, there really isn't a Molly in the band Red Molly. But there are three incredibly talented artists who discovered that together they have something truly special.

Red Molly was formed innocently enough during one late night of campsite singing at the 2004 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. It was during those early songs that Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner, and Carolann Solebello came together as a band.

"We'd all been buddies, listened to each other's music, and appreciated what each other was doing, but it never occurred to us for several years to sing together," said Carolann Solebello. "That night we sat up late and sang when everybody else was asleep and hit ourselves in the head and said why didn't we do this sooner?

"We were just sitting around playing songs. I think we played Gillian Welch to start with and then Abbie brought out this bluegrass fake book and we started singing bluegrass and gospel harmonies and it just kind of fell into place. Abbie naturally fell into the top place and Laurie naturally fell into the middle and I fell into the bottom part. It was fate."

It didn't take long before the three began playing shows together even if it did take hundreds of names before they knew what to call themselves.

"To us Red Molly says vibrancy, it says life, it says fire, Americana, passion, and girl next door all at the same time," explained Solebello.

These days Red Molly is the main focus for the three artists. This summer the band will be playing all over the tri-state area plus dates in Connecticut, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The band's success doesn't leave them much time for their solo work, but the three don't seem to mind since Red Molly is really taking off.

Red Molly released the band's first full-length record ("Never Been To Vegas") last summer. The record includes 14 songs by songwriters like Hank Williams, Gillian Welch, Billy Edd Wheeler, Patty Griffin, as well as songs by Abbie Gardner.

"We're kind of a hybrid of bluegrass, country, folk, and even jazz," explained Solebello. "We're like a hybrid of American music.

"When you blend three voices, it can become sort of transcendent," she added. "Occasionally, you get that tingling feeling on stage. Even a song that you've sung hundreds of times can still bring that tingly feeling when the three voices hit all at the same time."

The band is proof that everything old becomes new again. Their sound is so refreshing yet it's a sound your great grandparents would probably love. Red Molly's wonderful musicians and harmonies make every song something special. They're as Americana as they come.

Red Molly will be performing at the Black Potatoe Music Festival on July 15th. For all of their upcoming shows in the area visit www.redmolly.com or
http://www.myspace.com/redmollyband



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Riverside Rhythm and Rhyme Presents Patrick Fitzsimmons On December 16
(SUCCASUNNA, NJ) -- Riverside Rhythm and Rhyme (RR&R) presents Patrick Fitzsimmons on Sunday, December 16 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Investors Bank Theatre in Succasunna. Tickets are $20 for general admission; $15 for RAA/SSG/JAM members; and free for those under 18.
Outpost in the Burbs Presents Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Outpost in the Burbs presents Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams on Saturday, December 8th at 8:00pm at the First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Avenue.  Opening the show will be New York City-based singer-songwriter Leslie Mendelson. Outpost volunteers will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys for the holiday season for Toys for Tots at the show.
Jann Klose and The Voice's Josett Diaz To Perform At Ethical Brew To Benefit A Cause Close To Home
(TEANECK, NJ) -- On Saturday, December 8th, singer-songwriter and recording artist, Jann Klose will perform at Ethical Brew on behalf of Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, a community arts and cultural center for children and teens located in Bronx, New York.  Doors open at 7:30, show begins at 8:00pm.
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(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- Focusing on smaller venues and markets not directly impacted by his massive stadium tours, Kenny Chesney sought to make his Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour mirror the intimacy of its namesake album. Inspired by the resilience of the people around him, Chesney doubles down on the human connection for his 2019 tour by seeking those members of No Shoes Nation who have spent the past decade and a half making the trip to stadium markets for what is now a summer tradition. On Saturday, May 11, 2019 he brings the tour to Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena in Atlantic City, NJ.
State Theatre New Jersey presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze on Friday, December 7 at 8:00pm, Saturday, December 8 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, December 9 at 2:00pm. Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a division of Cirque du Soleil, has become a critically acclaimed, state-of-the-art Broadway musical, and a fun-filled, holiday family show. Tickets range from $35-$98.


"Great Music!" Tavares and Harold Melvin's Blue Notes LIVE! at the Strand Theater
The music of the 1970s is alive and well this Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Lakewood, NJ’s Strand Theater with a concert by the ’70’s R&B and soul groups Tavares and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes!
"An Amazing Musical Genius!" Brian Wilson LIVE! at the State Theatre
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Jazz Saxophonist Don Braden LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center
It’s a breezy day for a new installment of the Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon concert series at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Sunday Oct. 27, 2018 afternoon. Today’s special 3pm performance is entitled Earth, Wind and Wonder and is presented by jazz saxophonist Don Braden.
Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge LIVE! at The Strand, Lakewood
The stars are out this Saturday Oct. 26, 2018 evening in Lakewood, NJ for a “Golden Oldies” concert featuring Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge!
PODCAST: Grammy Winner Terri Lyne Carrington At TD James Moody Jazz Festival
Drummer, leader, and composer Terri Lyne Carrington made history as the first woman to win a Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz for her album “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue.” Now, she brings her interpretation of Duke Ellington’s “Money Jungle” to the TD James Moody Jazz Festival at NJPAC on November 11, 2018, as part of a program called “Jazz Vinyl Revisited.” Producer Susan Wallner talks to Carrington about her connections to the jazz greats Clark Terry and Max Roach; her newest project, the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice; and why she thinks drummers make natural leaders.






Event calendar
Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018


THEATRE
The Madness of George III @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 2:00pm and 7:00pm


MISC

Warren Miller’s Face of Winter @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 7:30pm

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