Red Molly – Adding a taste of blues to their mix

photo by Annabel Braithwaite

Now this Blog post is about a group I might not normally write up.  Red Molly is a group with a reputation for Roots and Americana music.  They hit around the blues edge with folk too.

They promise an evening of unforgettable entertainment.  But why the blues?  As blues fans know so much has been taken from the blues.  And has been spread through the music scene.  Whether it was used by other groups or artists deciding to record the blues or advertisers taking advantage of it.  The blues is out there.

In the case of Red Molly, their latest and first release “Light in the Sky” the band showcases their songwriting expertise with three solid original tunes and an inventive re-imagining of Robert Johnson’s “Come On in My Kitchen”.  Red Molly tweaks Johnson’s “Come On in My Kitchen” by adding a bridge that ups the song’s emotional ante and by rewriting the lyric to make it a story of women supporting each other.

Now Robert Johnson has been done by many people carrying the blues into other terrains.  That is the case with Red Molly.  Not a blues band but if one word describes their music, it is joyous.  They put together “tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals and caramel harmonies.”  Red Molly creates a gorgeous a cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing, all done up in Red Molly’s trademark three-part harmonies, signature dobro licks and inventive arrangements.

They started in 2004 and moved quickly from NYC coffeehouses to the festival circuit in less than two years.

Red Molly will be at Bridge Street Live April 1 with Roosevelt Dime.

About bluesbeatnews52

Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

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