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Love and Other Tragedies

by Red Molly

This hot female trio plays a variety of stringed instruments, and sings tight 3-part harmony, creating their distinctive rootsy, Americana sound. Their live performances resonate with warmth, fun, infectious energy, and a love of great American music.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wichita
2:27 $0.99
2. Beaumont Rest Stop
3:42 $0.99
3. The Mind of a Soldier
3:54 $0.99
4. Summertime
2:37 $0.99
5. Is the Blue Moon Still Shining
4:31 $0.99
6. Honey on My Grave
3:06 $0.99
7. Old Dancing Fool
4:11 $0.99
8. Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia
3:25 $0.99
9. Wayfaring Stranger
5:41 $0.99
10. This Farm Needs a Man
3:23 $0.99
11. Make Me Lonely Again
4:43 $0.99
12. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning
3:18 $0.99
13. May I Suggest
3:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
First full-length studio CD: Love and Other Tragedies (2008)
Produced by Ben Wisch, Love and Other Tragedies finds the women of Red Molly adding a little spice to their winning recipe. The new album features a fuller, more “polished” sound than their previous releases, due in part to the contributions of guest artists Mike Weatherly (upright bass), Duke Levine (mandola, lap steel), and Jake Armerding (fiddle). In addition, the ladies incorporated more original songs into the mix this time. Songs written by Laurie, Abbie, and Carolann mingle admirably with songs by well-known contemporary writers Gillian Welch and Susan Werner, up-and-coming artists Amy Speace and George Wirth, traditional American gospel tunes, and standards from the bluegrass and jazz worlds.

On a July evening in 2004, at their campsite at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Carolann Solebello harmonized for the very first time. As they sang their campmates off to sleep, they knew they had stumbled into something extraordinary. Audiences seem to agree. Since that summer night, Red Molly has garnered a devoted regional fan base, and has begun laying the groundwork for national touring. These ladies have a lot of fun on stage, and it’s contagious. Red Molly consistently brings concert-goers to their feet with stunning three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship, and a warm, engaging stage presence.

The magic of Red Molly stems partly from the richness and diversity of each member’s “pre-Molly” experiences. Laurie (vocals, guitar, banjo) left a career in psychology to pursue her love of singing. She worked for several years as a backup singer, and also released two solo albums, These Old Clothes (1999) and The Things I Choose To Do (2004). Abbie (vocals, Dobro, guitar) has a background in jazz, bluegrass, classical and a cappella music. She released two solo albums, My Craziest Dream (2004), a collection of swing standards featuring her father Herb Gardner on piano, and Honey on My Grave (2006), a collection of acoustic originals. In May 2008, she released a duo album, Bad Nights/Better Days, with Anthony da Costa. Carolann (vocals, guitar, bass, mandolin) spent several years as a professional theatre actor before releasing her solo album, Just Across the Water (2000). She went on to release two albums with power folk quartet CC Railroad, Smile Whatever (2001) and Black Horse Motel (2004).


4-song Debut: Red Molly (2005)
Red Molly's very first recording, made just a few months after the formation of the band, features the signature Red Molly sound: three voices in harmony, uncluttered arrangements, and timeless songs.

First full-length CD: Never Been to Vegas (2006)
In July 2006, Red Molly’s first full-length CD, Never Been to Vegas (2006), was released. Recorded on a December evening before a studio audience of fans and friends, Never Been to Vegas is a collection of fourteen carefully-chosen songs that span more than a century of great American songwriting. Never Been to Vegas quickly climbed into the Top 30 on the Radio & Records Americana chart, a rare accomplishment for an independent album. And listeners of WUMB radio Boston voted the CD one of the Top 10 CDs of 2006.


"Everything Red Molly sings is delivered with tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals, and caramel harmonies. But what is most striking is the ardor they bring to everything they do, whether snuggling into the sweet parochialism of an old spiritual, or the gritty pathos of a Gillian Welch tune. They come on less like stars strutting for their minions than pals sharing their favorite songs. In the friendly world of the coffeehouse, that remains a starmaking quality."
-Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe

"To say we were pleasantly surprised would be a gross understatement. They rock! Their musicianship is flawless. And their voices ... their harmonies sound like they've been singing together for years. Their energy is intoxicating. Their show was our first ever sell-out. For weeks afterward, people were asking, 'Are you getting Red Molly back for next season?' YES!"
-Rick Widdekind, Director, Second Saturday Concert Series (Frederick, MD)

"Red Molly came and made us all so happy. My only regret was that they only had one set; I could have listened to them all night! What they do is so NEEDED: keeping the old music alive, but making it refreshing, new, and unique."
-Lisa Wenzel, Director, Circle Of Friends Coffeehouse (Pleasantville, NY)

"They are just great. I don't think I have ever had as many requests to get someone back as I did for them. Great individual voices that sound wonderful together. See them if you can."
-Jake Jacobson, Booker, Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin, MA)

"Red Molly breathes new life into classic and contemporary Americana. A performance like theirs is the reason why I'm so fortunate to be doing this kind of radio."
-Jerry Treacy, Host, "Crash On The Levee", WFDU FM (Teaneck, NJ)

"Red Molly is a powerhouse NY trio that pulls out all the stops for their energizing stage performances. Laurie's clear, sensual voice shines through. Carolann's connection to the beat allows the band to run. Abbie wields the velvet hammer in the form of her Dobro. Red Molly's connection to the audience is intimate and strong."
-J. Spica, Host, "Thin Air", WVKR FM (Poughkeepsie, NY)

"The only thing that might be better than their harmonies and their musicianship is their stage presence. Tough call - it is all so good."
-Bill Hahn, Host, "Traditions", WFDU FM (Teaneck, NJ)

"These chicks create a sound straight out of their living room, with enough polish for a concert hall. Their voices transcend all. "
-Robert Price, Entertainment Editor, The New Jersey Herald (Newton, NJ)

"With gorgeous harmonies on original work and tasteful covers, plus slide guitar and multi-instrumental versatility, Red Molly brings a breath of fresh air into the singer/songwriter world. Here's hoping we'll be hearing from these three women for a long time."
-Richard Cuccaro, Publisher, Acoustic Live in NYC (New York, NY)

"A cross between the Dixie Chicks and 'O Brother, Where Art Thou'.”
-Frederick News-Post (Frederick, MD)

"Red Molly is one of the finest female groups I have heard in a long while. Their artistry will captivate you. If you want to be mesmerized by shimmering harmonies, I urge you catch one of their shows."
-Jerry Pashin, Writer, Upstage Magazine (Spring Lake, NJ)

“Red Molly plays high-energy, satisfying string band music with a hint of pop and a dash of country, and blends their voices in soul-pleasing three-part harmony.”
-Liz Milner, Writer,

“Their four-song EP makes me love country music. If you love music made by tremendously talented musicians then you owe it to yourself to check out Red Molly. I can’t say enough good things and can’t wait to hear more.”
-Mark Fisher, Writer,

"Red Molly has taste, talent, and voices to die for. They make music the way it should be made: raw, powerful, and beautiful. With this band, you hear and feel the soul inside the songs. It's music to make the spirit soar."
-Michael Scott Cain, Author, "Midnight Train"



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Thumbs Up!
They did it again - great vocals, wonderful songs and a quality CD. I especially love the fact that along with their own songs, they choose - well, let's say they choose songs that most people aren't very familiar with. Not only does this showcase their ability to hone in on some very good songwriters (no mean feat in itself), but it also allows them to do a quality cover of these songs, also no mean feat. I'm not waiting for them to come to my state to see them - I'm planning my next vacation around one of their concerts just to hear them live.


Love and Other Tragedies
Loved this CD! I'm going to see them and can't wait! Their harmonies are beautiful!

Stefan Andersson

Great singing, great songs
Absolutely beautiful. The harmonies are wonderful, the playing too. All Red Molly records are essential to me. Don't miss these wonderful voices.

Jamie Weber

The Best Yet
"Love and Other Tragedies" is a wonderful album – Red Molly’s best yet. It continues the elements that made their 2005 self-titled EP and 2006 live-in-the-studio "Never Been to Vegas" so distinctive: exceptionally strong original songs combined with well-chosen covers and traditional numbers, all bearing Red Molly’s unmistakable stamp of skillful arrangement and gorgeous harmony. "Love and Other Tragedies" adds great production and engineering, resulting in a CD that will remain a favorite for years to come.

Bill King

Let’s start with a disclaimer The gals of Red Molly are friends. That being said Upon arriving home from work yesterday I received a bubble package envelope with a Red Molly return address. I knew this was there new just release CD “Love and Other Tragedies” I quickly opened it and loaded it into the CD Player. The 13 track disk consist of a perfect mix of Traditional (Wayfaring Stranger - Keep your Lamp Trimmed and Burning) Covers (Wichita - May I Suggest) and Red Molly penned songs. (The Mind of a Soldier /Abbie - This Farm Needs a Man / Laurie - Summertime / Carolann) This collection is a gem after a listen through I did a Google of Producer Ben Wisch asking Who the heck is this guy why don’t I know him and why is he not mentioned along with Peter Asher, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno and Rick Rubin? Wayfaring Stranger with Laurie singing lead vocal is the best version of this well known song since in was done by Emmylou Harris back in 1980. Although there are 13 tracks there is nothing unlucky about this collection in fact I think I would advise anyone afflicted with Triskaidekaphobia to purchase “Love and Other Tragedies” to rid themselves of it overnight. Back in 2005 when they released there EP Red Molly it was a if they were touching there toes in the lake to test the waters the disc had nice harmonies and a good feel to it Then in 2006 there first full fledged CD “Never Been to Vegas” They pulled that toe out of the water and waded in splashing around and drawing lots of attention. The live audience in studio recording gave a preview of what was possible with these ladies Laurie playing banjo Carolann strumming that 4 string acoustic bass gave the tracks a unique sound add to that Abbie on her beloved Dobro they made even murder sound appealing. Now with the current release They stopped wading and splashing and dove head first not into a lake but the ocean I wish the best for anything or anyone that gets into there way. Because there is no stopping them now. One indication of that is the presents of Duke Levine as a guest Duke just don’t answer the call to accompany someone because he was asked . The liner notes Red Molly have played shows in 14 states. I hope they realize that it only the start they still have 36 states to hit and I hope there passports have plenty of room for stamps and I also hope no customs agent in any country attempts to handle Abbie’s Dobro how many languages can you say “Red Molly causes International Incident.

Carol Hartman

You Go Girl!
This will definitely be a CD that you keep on the top of the pile. Mylin's newest disc is fantastic! Her songs continue to warm your heart and soul. I've had the fortune of hearing Mylin perform several times since I first met her at Edwards AFB in 2004. Not only is she an incredibly talented artist/musician, but she is equally one of the sweetest individuals that I have ever met. I can't wait to hear you perform again, Mylin! Hugs from back East!

Dawn Finlay

Love and Other Tragedies
We love Red Molly! Heard them live for the first time in June 2007 and I've been listening ever since. Keep up the amazing harmonies.

evan Teatum

This is one of those special CDs that goes into the CD player stays there. A Graceful stream of tunes that flow into the soul.
Pristinely produced. This is a timeless masterpiece that feels like its always been with us. RED MOLLY has done it again!

Neal Wexler

Red Molly Keeps Getting Better
I've been a fan of Red Molly from the start. I love their homespun brand of Americana. Folk, country, bluegrass, whatever you want to try and label it. I call it great. I love their harmonies. These girls have a chemistry that lights up a room live, and it comes across great on their second full length CD. I fell in love with their first release "Never Been To Vegas" (I was one of the lucky few to be in the studio when this was recorded.) and "Love And Other Tragedies" is the perfect follow up. Some of the songs will tug at your heart strings, some will make you want to get up and dance, and some will just take your breath away. These girls are headed for stardom, and I'm glad I'm along for the ride.

Phil Britton

Love and other Tragedies
Have seen them live at Appel Farm twice, they just take you away with their harmony,wit, and versatility. At first expected something like their first album, but was pleasantly surprised with the depth in their choices for this album. Can just lay back an listen to the three talents take me back to their live performance. It stay on the player, has to be moved for something else. Just a great job in showcasing their individual and group talents. Hope they just keep doing it their way.
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