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The Red Album

by Red Molly

Now in VINYL! A wildly cool collection of songs produced by Ken Coomer (Wilco). The Americana/Folk trio takes a distinctive shift towards darkness in the new indie collection, while maintaining their signature three-part harmony; gorgeous
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Clinch River Blues
2:49 album only
2. I Am Listening
3:18 album only
3. You Don't Have the Heart for It
3:47 album only
4. Willow Tree
2:46 album only
5. Homeward Bound
3:23 album only
6. When It's All Wrong
3:40 album only
7. My Baby Loves Me
2:17 album only
8. With a Memory Like Mine
3:43 album only
9. Sing to Me
3:29 album only
10. Pretend
2:14 album only
11. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
5:08 album only
12. Lay Down Your Burden
3:10 album only
13. Copper Ponies
1:56 album only


Album Notes
This is the VINYL edition of Red Molly's popular 2014 recording.

On their 2014 release ‘The Red Album’, Red Molly delivers their edgiest recording 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 vinyl record 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, Ireland & the UK in 2014, and will be taking a hiatus at the end of 2015.



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Carl Esbjornson

Red-Hot Red Album!
“Red Album” takes the Americana band Red Molly in bold new directions, putting on full display the band’s instrumentalist and vocal talents, mastery of a variety of musical styles, and an appealing mix of original and cover songs. Red Molly may be known as an Americana folk-country band, but these ladies can sing the blues with anyone as evidenced in “Lookin’ for Trouble,” which melts into your soul, and “Come into My Kitchen” from previous albums ,“James” and “Light in the Sky” respectively, and is evident once again in in “Red Album” in an Abbie Gardner original, “When It’s All Wrong,” featuring edgy lyrics, killer harmonies (as one would expect), and Abbie’s soulful bluesy lead vocals (she is also an accomplished jazz vocalist). From blues to ballads, band member Molly Venter adds her considerable song-writing talents to “Red Album” in her lovely ballad about longing for home, “Sing to Me”—if this song doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, then you better get to the ER on the double because you ain’t got no pulse! Another Venter original, “Willow Tree,” distinguishes itself by its lyricism and vivid imagery such as “sudden as a cold front in September” (to which I’m sure people living in the Northeast or Northern Rockies can relate). All three band members are superb instrumentalists and blend these talents nicely—Laurie McAllister lays down a tight bass line that anchors each song and Molly Venter adds energetic rhythm guitar. Abbie Gardner brings a signature dobro-playing style she has developed, which makes her stand out from the crowd (although the “crowd” includes such powerhouse dobro players such as Jerry Douglas). I am especially pleased that Red Molly sings an a cappella number, “Copper Ponies,” an Abbie Gardner original, which highlights their unrivaled mastery of vocal harmonies. In contrast, “Clinch River Blues” is characterized by an energetic driving beat, a dark song with some real edge. “Red Molly” originals are so good that I almost wish they would write more of their own songs, except that thei covers are so-o-o-o good, including a most welcome and lovingly-rendered cover of Simon and Garfunkle’s “Homeward Bound,” featuring Laurie Macallister singing lead (Red Molly features this song in a can’t miss beautifully filmed, artfully-rendered video which you can find on their official website). As much as I enjoy all the songs on “Red Album,” I will talk about just one more, namely, the long-awaited cover of Richard Thompson’s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” where the band’s name originated with a character in the song, named Red Molly. The song features all three band members singing lead, showing all three to be very strong singers . I wonder why it took so long for Red Molly to sing and record this song. Sure, Del McCoury and Richard Thompson turn in masterful performances in their versions, but Red Molly does it their way, in their own distinctively identifiable style, and they nail it! I want to close to put in a good word about their live performances, which I have been lucky enough to witness three times—Red Molly performances convey the pure joy of performing music and the band has real charisma and stage presence characterized by witty bantering between songs as well as spirited performances. In short, Red Molly is one of the best and most underrated bands I’ve ever heard and I wonder why the acclaim they’ve received is not more widespread, including Grammy nominations for Grammy-worthy efforts such as “Red Album” and “James.” Yet Red Molly does not need celebrity, fame, and large arenas—they do very well performing in intimate theater setting and cultivating a loyal, passionate fan base punningly known as “Redheads” (afetr the “Deadheads” that followed the Grateful Dead). I recommend “Red Album” in particular and Red Molly in general in the strongest possible terms.