Tour Diary Archive

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 11:00 AM

WE'RE BACK!

Howdy RedHeads! It’s been 18 months since we charted a course and set sail for a hiatus from Red Molly. We love making music, separately AND together, and are bursting with excitement to share the news: We are working on FOUR (count them, FOUR) new projects! To keep our Red Molly family on this musical journey, we’re doing a PledgeMusic campaign for the very first time – raising money for all four of these projects collectively.
 
We’re also super excited to share the news that YES we will be doing a handful of Red Molly shows in Fall 2017! Shows will be announced soon.  As of now, we are looking at MA, NY, NYC, PA, DC, VA, CA, OR, and WA.
Here’s our campaign, called ONE FOR ALL & ALL FOR ONE: http://www.pledgemusic.com/redmolly

We’re hoping to reach 100% of our goal, and we also have BIG DREAMS for “stretch” goals, that will allow us to spread our music far and wide! The stretch goals will include things like radio promotion and music videos. And a portion of stretch goals will go to a charity we love. More about all this as the campaign unfolds!
 
THANK YOU from our hearts, for your support of Red Molly. We know how lucky we are to have you as our champions.
 
Love,
Abbie, Laurie & Molly

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 10:46 PM
 
UPDATE ON JAN 7: THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT!
 
🎉 Happy New Year, RedHeads! 🎉
 
We hope your holidays were lovely and that 2017 is full of good things for you.

We want to tell you about a super special event that we are doing, at the Turning Point in Piermont NY on January 27 at 8:30 pm.  As many of you know, two of our husbands are in a fantastic band called Roosevelt Dime.  They are doing their debut show at the Turning Point, and have asked us to join them!   All three of us have begun work on our solo CDs, and will each be singing 2 songs, with Roosevelt Dime backing us up.  So this is not a “Red Molly” show per se, but we will all be there, cheering each other on.  This is a one-of-a-kind event for us, and the Turning Point is cozy (at 75 seats), so we do expect it to sell out.  You can get tickets here:
http://www.turningpointcafe.com/events.htm

We’d love to see you there!  We look forward to seeing you a bit more in 2017 ;)
 
UPDATE ON JAN 7: THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 12:00 AM

8-MINUTE UPDATE VIDEO

Well hello there, RedHeads.  We've been on hiatus for 15 months now, and decided to reach out with a quick hello to you, over Facebook Live.  Click here for an update on what we've been up to, including plans in the works for a solo CD from each one of us!
https://www.facebook.com/redmollymusic/videos/10153873642806338/
We miss you a lot.
❤️RM
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 4:13 PM
RM Tour Diary #267: Last Shows!
 
Helloooooo Redheads! 
 
We are feeling humble and grateful and full of emotion after the outpouring of love we experienced this weekend at our last set of shows. From revisiting the Towne Crier on Friday - the club where both Abbie and Lauire played open mics over a decade ago - to playing to a packed house of 450+ people at Sanctuary Concerts in our home state of NJ on Saturday - to being thrown a surprise party by fans up in Schroon Lake after our final show, our hearts are full and bursting.
 
It was incredibly wonderful to see so many of our favorite fans and presenters from years past come to send us on our way with love and support. We were weighed down with flowers, (thank you Mike and thank you Coco!) muffins from Steve and Mary, hand made gifts from Ginger and a huge party with several red velvet cakes and champagne in red cups - arranged by our sweet friend Joel. Musical guests included Pat Wictor, Fred Gillen Jr, Eben Pariser and Craig Akin!
 
We stayed up late to reminisce and make a bit more music together, with our husbands and plenty of wine & dessert, and are feeling lucky to have so many incredible memories!
 
We have a few more things to share with you, including a recording of a song people have been asking for, as well as a new music video! And we'll keep you posted on our upcoming life & musical projects, including news of Molly's baby.
 
thank you thank you. 
XO Molly, Abbie & Laurie
Sunday, August 9th, 2015 11:55 AM
COUNTDOWN: 3 MORE SHOWS UNTIL WE GO ON HIATUS! Shows selling out fast so get your tickets early! www.redmolly.com/tour.html
 
RM Tour #266: Midwest! 
 
We have to give a special shout out to Mark Franzke of Bradford & Franzke Fret Shop in Kansas City. Molly's guitar had a run-in with the airlines and Mark had us fixed up lickety split! Take your guitars/ banjos & mandolins to this terrific luthier! 
 
Hey there Redheads! We had a wonderful tour of the Midwest these last few weeks, starting with the Rhythm & Brews Festival in Manhattan, KS. (That's right, in Central Park, Manhattan no less!) These folks were super pro with tip top sound and hospitality. We closed down the festival with a long evening set while kids cartwheeled with glow sticks and practiced their hand stands below.  
 
Next we debuted at The Sunday Roadhouse in Omaha, NE; this is a great series that takes place at the Waiting Room Lounge, in the hip and artist friendly Benson neighborhood of Omaha. We had a restful 2 days off - temps dropped into the low 80's and we enjoyed walks in Fontenelle Forest and cookouts with friends Matt & Emily Norman, thanks guys!!! 
 
Wednesday night, we had a surprisingly big crowd in Ames, Iowa at the Blue Stem Theater. Recently under new direction, this place regularly has some of the top folk and Americana acts come through; if you build it they will come! 4 Mile Creek, a band that's been together over 40 years, opened the show. 
 
We had a great time at The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old Time music on Thursday and Friday. Hard core campers braved the rain on thursday night, and several hundred more showed up for Friday's performances. We caught a few other terrific acts like the High 48's and Balsam Range - what a great fest! We ende the tour with a sweet show in Kindred, ND - right near FARGO! We had a lovely crowd at the Kindred Concert Series. We were greeted by big red tractors out front and a community BBQ. This community loves it's lady bands and we love it!
 
Thanks and come say hi in Jersey & New York for our final shows in August!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie
Thursday, July 30th, 2015 1:43 PM
COUNTDOWN: 8 MORE SHOWS UNTIL WE GO ON HIATUS! Shows selling out fast so get your tickets early! www.redmolly.com/tour.html


RM Tour Diary #265: Big Sky Country
 
We had a whirlwind trip to Montana this weekend, where we were invited back for the second year in a row to the amazing Red Ants Pants Music Festival. A giant fund raiser for local agricultural communities and women entrepreneurs, this festival is a giant love explosion! We had a fantastic set with thousands standing up and getting rowdy, and we stayed after for a giant sing along that left very few eyes dry. These folks know how to have fun and do good work!
 
Monday night we performed in Bozeman at the gorgeous Ellen Theater. Fancy curtains, immaculate sound & Montana's characteristically demonstrative audience made this a perfect place to end our trip out west. We also teamed up with our buddy Nic Davis and his awesome film crew to get some footage for an upcoming surprise we have for you fans!
 
Next up, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota! Send your friends!
thanks for checking in,
Molly Abbie & Laurie
 
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 6:00 PM
COUNTDOWN: 10 MORE SHOWS UNTIL WE GO ON HIATUS! Shows selling out fast so get your tickets early! www.redmolly.com/tour.html
 
RM Tour Diary #264: The Great Outdoors
 
This week we played three outdoor concert series to great big crowds, heat wave and all! Wednesday we returned to Sussex County Community College in New Jersey, where the lovely Meg Riley opened the show. At one point, Molly mistook a dog's howl for a human cheer, and after that we judged our performance by this friendly pup's reaction. :)
 
Sunday was our 5th time at the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford, CT, and Abbie's dad Herb Gardner joined us on trombone. With all the picnicking in the shade it was a pretty picturesque scene; a perfect spot for a laid back Sunday show!
 
Monday we played in East Haddam, CT for the first time. This is a great series that routinely draws 500+ people out to the show. There were boaters watching and even some folks on jet skis floating on the river and taking it all in. Everyone was dripping in the heat, especially us Molly's! We wish we'd found this place sooner!
 
Next stop: MONTANA!
thanks for checking in
Molly, Abbie & Laurie


Sunday, July 12th, 2015 9:40 PM
COUNTDOWN: 13 MORE SHOWS UNTIL WE GO ON HIATUS! Shows selling out fast so get your tickets early! www.redmolly.com/tour.html


RM Tour Diary #263: Jersey, Baton Rouge & Nashville
 
Hi Redheads! This weekend was a funny one for us, with a show in New Jersey, then Baton Rouge, then Nashville! We returned to Music on Main St in Woodbridge, NJ on Wednesday. This place has grown a great community since the first time we played there in 2010. The farmers market is pumping and there are almost always a few hundred people in attendance. 
 
For our first show ever in Louisiana, we were invited to the beautiful Manship Theater in Baton Rouge. This town is rowdy! And we bantered back and forth with the audience for much of the show. Sound was superb and we ate crawdads - or "little lobsters" as we call them - three ways!
 
City Winery is taking the nation by storm and opening venues in California, Chicago, Nashville and Atlanta in addition to their flagship location in NYC. We performed in their Nashville location on Sunday, joined by our great friend Robby Hecht to kick off the night. This is such a classy place, we want to travel across the country just playing City Winery's. :)
 
Thanks to everyone who came out! See you next weekend in NJ and CT!
All he best,
Molly




Monday, July 6th, 2015 3:37 PM

COUNTDOWN: 16 MORE SHOWS UNTIL WE GO ON HIATUS! Shows selling out fast so get your tickets early! www.redmolly.com/tour.html
 
RM Tour Diary #262: Happy 4th!
 
This weekend we visited one of our favorite spots in D.C. - the Hamilton Club. These guys run a top notch venue and a killer restaurant to boot! We had our good friend Robby Hecht open the show and woo the crowd with his James Taylor-esque smooth vocals and immaculate song writing. What a great night!
Friday we performed for the 9th time at Sellersville Theater in PA. Our wonderfully talented (and funny as heck) friend Marc Douglas Berardo opened the show. It was a fantastic crowd and we are so grateful for the support of this venue over the years! Saturday we spent watching fireworks and barbecuing. Sunday we played in Cliffton Park, NY. It was the perfect warm & breezy night to a great weekend. Hope you all enjoyed your 4th!
 
Catch us in New Jersey on Wednesday, Baton Rouge on Friday, and Nashville on Sunday!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Monday, June 29th, 2015 4:22 PM

COUNTDOWN: 20 MORE SHOWS UNTIL WE GO ON HIATUS! Shows selling out fast so get your tickets early! www.redmolly.com/tour.html


RM Tour Diary #261: Something Old and Something New


This week we did a whirlwind tour of the Northeast, with 6 shows in 6 days. We started with two shows at one of our earliest haunts, Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. This felt like a homecoming show of sorts, with two sold out shows and rowdy crowds. Thanks to our pal Fred Gillen Jr and wife Peg for hosting us at their lake house- what's not to love about that!?


Thursday we made our way over to Old Saybrook, CT, for our 4th show at the Katherine Hepburn Theater. We love playing this classy theater and have continued to build a great audience at "The Kate", and they were particularly smitten with our opening act Matt Nakoa! We drove north Friday to beautiful Wolfeboro, NH to perform at the Great Waters Folk Festival. We spent one glorious morning by the lake and were sad to leave!


Saturday night we played our first time at new venue The Spire Center in Plymouth this is really a fabulous venue with terrific sound and we were glad to be one of the early acts to stomp around on the stage. Local fiddler & singer Eva Walsh kicked off the evening and tore it up! Sunday found us back down close to home at City Winery- our favorite spot to play in NYC. Opening the show was singer-songwriter Jesse Terry with John Paul on guitar. These are two of the nicest guys you'll ever hope to meet! We're so grateful for all the support and hospitality from these venues over the years!


Next week we'll hit a few more of our favorite spots; The Hamilton in NYC, Sellersville Theater in PA, and a new series up in Clifton Park, NY. 

Happy 4th of July!

Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 1:12 PM
 
COUNTDOWN: 25 MORE SHOWS UNTIL WE GO ON HIATUS!www.redmolly.com/tour.html

RM Tour Diary #260: Double Header & New Hampshire



Sunday June 14 we played a double header in Maryland. First, we opened the day at the Celebrate Gaithersburg Festival. There were bouncy castles and face painting for all, and we got to catch hip Brooklyn act Oh Honey after our set. 

Next we drove 30 minutes to Frederick, to the Baker Park Concert Series. There were hundreds of picnickers out on the lawn and the rain held off long enough for a great show. Eben Pariser joined us on guitar and helped to get the people dancing. 

This Saturday we drove to Northern New Hampshire to perform at the Colonial Theater in Bethlehem. This town is cute as a button and concert-goers were hooting and hollering right from the downbeat. 

Next up we've got 6 shows in a row in NY, CT, NH & MA

see you soon!

Molly, Abbie & Laurie

 

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 8:41 PM
COUNTDOWN: 28 MORE SHOWS UNTIL WE GO ON HIATUS!www.redmolly.com/tour.html
 
RM TOUR DIARY #259: Colorado!
 
Touring is not so hard when you get to visit gorgeous places like Colorado. This trip we traveled west with guitar-player & singer extraordinaire from the band Roosevelt Dime, Eben Pariser. (AKA, Molly's husband). It was great to beef up the sets and give our audiences one more thing to get excited about.  
 
Thursday we performed at Swallow Hill Music Hall in Denver. These folks run 4 or 5 different series throughout the year and a music school to boot. The sound was immaculate and the crowd was hopping. Local opener Robert Cline Jr kicked off the show with a bang. If you live in Colorado and you like live music, you want to familiarize yourself with Swallow Hill!
 
Friday we performed at the Pagosa Folk 'n Bluegrass festival in Pagosa Springs. Rain was no match for the die-hard fans and the massive tent. We caught great acts like Mandolin Orange, Front Country & Lyndsay Lou and the Flatbelly's. We enjoyed the green room hang and we really enjoyed our visit to local hot springs! Just one more reason to like going to Colorado. :)
 
Sunday we finished up in Littleton, CO, performing at a huge private party which was actually a gathering for the Trailmark Housing association. What's more relaxing than listening to live music while your kids play whiffle ball and jump in a bouncy castle? We were happy to oblige. 
 
See you next weekend with two shows (in one day) in Maryland!
thanks for checking in,
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 10:29 AM
COUNTDOWN: 34 MORE SHOWS UNTIL WE GO ON HIATUS!www.redmolly.com/tour.html
 
RM TOUR DIARY #257: Heat Wave!
 
Who knew we had to drive North to get some real heat? Far north! We played two great shows in Geneva, NY and Edwards, NY this weekend, where the temps were close to 90 degrees!
 
On Friday, the Smith Opera House put on a great show for us at Club 86. It was a supper club vibe and standing room only by the end. These guys get great acts like Lucinda Williams and Dar Williams and no wonder- the crowds are great and the sound impeccable!
 
We met our friend & fan Ginger for brunch at "Bagels & Cakes" and ate some mean breakfast sandwiches before she gave us each a piece of the beautiful art work she made this year through that cool online challenge "Real Women Real Songs".  Awwwwwwe! Love. 
 
Saturday night we played in the beautiful old Edwards Opera House way up north in Edwards. It's a lovely brick facade with gorgeous wooden high ceilings. We were wined and dined on a platter of grilled meats and vegetables and even served eggs & pancakes in the morning. That's our kind of BnB! 
 
Thanks to all who came out - you can catch us next in the Midwest! MN, WI, IL & IN!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 9:21 PM
 
COUNTDOWN: 36 MORE SHOWS UNTIL WE GO ON HIATUS! www.redmolly.com/tour.html


RM Tour Diary #256: Breezes and Sneezes!

Allergy season followed us down to Virginia this weekend- Gesundheit!But also sunshine and green leaves on the trees. We drove down through the Delmarva peninsula to Virginia Beach to perform at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Virginia Arts Festival. That bridge connecting to the mainland is truly epic!!! These folks run a top notch series and we were met with a warm welcome.

About 5 hours west, we performed in beautiful Rocky Mount, Virginia. It was our first performance at the Harvester Performance Center- where just a few days prior David Wralings Machine (with Gillian Welch) played a last minute show! The sound is fabulous and the crowd was rowdy. Lots of Merlefest peeps came out to see us and it felt great to connect to such a responsive audience!

Next stop: upstate NY. Hope to see you there!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie
 



Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 2:18 PM
 
COUNTDOWN: 37 MORE SHOWS UNTIL WE GO ON HIATUS! www.redmolly.com/tour.html


RM Tour Diary #255: May Flowers.
 
Halleluia for the Spring! We spent this weekend close to home, performing at Daryll's House Club in Pawling, NY, and The Turning Point in Piermont. 
Daryll's - of Daryll Hall & John Oates, is owned by Daryll himself and is at the site of the old Town Crier. The space has been redone and is beautiful with scrumptious food, not to mention a state of the art video system! We tried not to look at ourselves during the show. :)
 
Our 24th & 25th shows at the Turning Point were both intimate and rowdy, with longtime fans packing the small room and shouting requests. This place has been so good to us over the years- we'll miss it - and we'll miss the burgers and chimichangas they serve us. 
 
We'll be in 9 states in May: VA, NY, MN, WI, IL, & IA. Hope to see you soon!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 11:58 AM
RM Tour Diary #256: Easy Breezy
 
COUNTDOWN: 39 MORE SHOWS UNTIL WE GO ON HIATUS! www.redmolly.com/tour.html
 
T'was a lovely little spring weekend for Red Molly. We cruised down to Ardmore, PA Saturday afternoon to play our first show at the Ardmore Music Hall. This is a hip bar/listening room and we had our good friend Jon Paul open the set and sit in on some songs. He and Abbie wrote "Bumblebee" together during Abbie's year of Real Women Real Songs and it is one groovy tune. We love this sweet guy!
 
Sunday we had a 3pm show (talk about luxurious) at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcelville, VA. It was a great crowd and the early time slot made us think "these children's music performers really have it figured out - early bedtime!!!"  Some wonderful fans gave us delicious adult beverages and even a spring cactus. THANK YOU!
 
Next stop, Daryl's House Club in Pawling & The Turning Point in Piermont, NY - Saturday & Sunday.
39 more shows till the hiatus- hope to see you soon!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie
 

Monday, April 13th, 2015 5:43 PM
RM Tour Diary: Brought to you be Betty

For ten years, our trusted GPS "Betty" has deftly and efficiently directed us to and from shows, festivals, and brought us safely home again. Lately though, she's been feeling threatened by our dependence on the traffic & driving app "Wayz". While Betty's powers of satellite reception far outreach that of a smart phone, she is no match for Wayz' creative routing and multi-user traffic updates. 

In her desperation to spend more time with us, Betty has begun acting more and more erratic; choosing routes with the longest drive time... "why make a U-turn when there's a round-about just three miles ahead" she urges. "Why drive around D.C. at rush hour when you can go right through it" she manically blurts. "Poor Betty", we say, "she's not what she used to be." 

We tell her, fear not old friend, you are still useful! We'll always appreciate your single-mindedness and restraint from multitasking. On a backcountry drive from Idaho to Oregon, your service is unparalleled. Still, as we tuck her snugly into the glove compartment we think we hear a faint, electronic scream. 

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 10:13 AM
RM Tour Diary #255: "Pops"
 
We've had a lot of fantastic musicians join us onstage as side guys, and there's one we often get requests for. Abbie's dad Herb Gardner - aka "Pops" - joined us for this weekends shows. He played lively swing tunes on the piano before each show to warm up the crowd, and joined us onstage on Trombone. It's a sweet affair, and there's always a Gardner family story or two to liven the evening. :)
 
We returned to Peterborough Playhouse in New Hampshire for a sold out show on Friday. Lucy Wainwright-Roche opened with her high smooth vocals, smart songwriting and very natural stage presence. This chick is awesome. Saturday we played our first show at the gorgeous Barre Opera House (pronounced Barry, not Barrrrrrre, as we learned). We had over 300 people and the sound was impeccable. It was a wonderful weekend- even if it was still cold up there!
 
Also, on Tuesday, Huffington Post premiered Molly & Eben's video for the Goodnight Moonshine mash-up "Dark Side of the Rainbow" , it's super slick!
 
See you soon at a show near you! Laughing
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Monday, March 30th, 2015 1:05 PM
RM Tour Diary #254: Walk Beside Me

With the announcement of our hiatus starting in September, there were more than a few moved and supportive fans who made a special point to wish us well and sing our praises. It was very sweet and heart warming. We played 5 packed shows in 3 days and, other than Molly's gnarly head cold, we had a fabulous time! 

The Parlor Room in Northampton is a super fun little venue run by Signature Sounds recording Label and they always have great acts come through! Our 9th show at The Sounding Board in Hartford was delightful- we love that big wooden space ship! Sunday we played our 12th & 13th show at Club Passim in Cambridge. This place has always had great sound and a loyal audience, and now with a new incredibly delicious kitchen, it's hard to think of a better place to see music in the Boston area!

The highlight of the weekend for us, though, was a short workshop/performance we had with the bright & talented girls of the Stonleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, MA. Head of School Sally Mixsell and her husband Hank have been family friends with the Venters for 30 years and they invited us to stay the night and meet up with their students, some of whom have been performing Red Molly songs with their a cappella group, The Octet. We played a few songs and talked about songwriting and arranging and touring, but the real treat came when The Octet performed for us, first Dear Someone and then Walk Beside Me. It was so unexpectedly emotional for us and the girls were surprised to see the three of us all in tears! Thank You, you bright beautiful things!

See you in Peterborough, NH & Barre, VT this weekend!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Thursday, March 26th, 2015 2:38 PM

Big News from Red Molly

Hello RedHeads!

After over 11 years on the road, we’ve decided it’s time to take a break from touring.

As you probably know, touring as Red Molly is a full-time endeavor.  While we truly love it, we are hankering to explore other projects, and to have more time for creative pursuits.  All three of us have things we wanna do!  

LAURIE!
Laurie’s craving the time to dig into songwriting in a serious way, and she’s also fantasizing about a new solo album - it’s been over 10 years since her last one.  Maybe she’ll make a record of duets with her favorite singers!  She's also excited about the possibility of a daily yoga practice, and cooking delicious meals.

ABBIE!
Abbie’s excited to write a slew of new songs for solo dobro and vocals.  She's going to study Kelly Jo Phelps and other masters of the solo slide guitar, and see what kind of trouble she can get into on her own.  An album and touring to follow, as well as sharing shows and sitting in with some of her favorite musicians.

MOLLY!
Molly’s looking forward to more time for songwriting and finally taking percussion and keyboard lessons! She'll record another album and tour with Goodnight Moonshine - her duo project with husband Eben Pariser (of Roosevelt Dime). But first, Eben and Molly will expect the unexpected with their first baby due in September!


So, our last show in 2015 will be on August 25.  At this time, we’re not sure how long the hiatus from touring will last.

We hope you know this, but we’ll say it anyway: There are no words to describe how grateful we are for you, our fans.  Our beautiful careers would not be possible without you.  You are the best, and we love you.

Whenever we have more info, we’ll let you know.  We hope to see you at a show soon - we have upcoming shows in 20 different states: http://www.redmolly.com/tour.html

With love,
Laurie, Abbie & Molly


Red Molly




Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 3:02 PM
RM Tour Diary #253: Early Spring

Leaving Jersey City, we took note of the dirty melting snow, slowly revealing lost winter garments and winter's trash. Down south, it was a different story. Grass is turning brown to green and there are buds on the trees. One sunny drive from North Carolina to West Virginia we even had to turn on the air conditioning. 

Our first time at Community Church Concerts in Chapel Hill, NC, we had a great crowd. There was a gaggle of young girls furiously clapping and beaming from the first row - and we were served the most delicious cake of our lives! In 11 years there have been exactly two truly noteworthy cakes (we're not really cake people) and this apple cake was one of them. Thank you Katie- send us that recipe! :)

Bristol, TN now feels like our home away from home. We had over 500 people at the legendary Paramount Theater - the sound at that place! Our fan "Bootleg Jack" was there with a brand new Red Molly shirt - complete with glitter guitars. We heard people at the merch table asking him where they could get his shirt. We think we need to consult with Jack next time we make shirts. Our new shirts are here by the way! They are classic and oh so comfy. 

We returned to Mountain Stage for our second appearance, this time at Mountain Stage headquarters in Charleston, West Virginia. We had a great crowd despite the Mountaineers playing in March Madness that night! We loved hearing the other acts The Gibson Brothers, Drew Holcomb, Goodnight Texas, Sam Amidon and of course the rad Mountain Stage house band. This show will air May 22, tune into NPR!

Next stop, Northampton, MA, Hartford, CT & 2 shows at Club Passim!
Hope to see you there,
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 7:58 PM
RM Tour Diary #252: Texas!

We had a blast on our three-show Texas mini-tour this weekend. Highlights included chasing chickens at a rest-stop and copious amounts of Mexican food. In Austin TX, our first time at Strange Brew, we had a sell-out crowd and fantastic sound. This place rocks, and so do the fans!  
In Houston, we returned for our third show at Mucky Duck. We played a rowdy late-night set, starting at 9pm, and got to catch a great CD release show by Austin band MilkDrive, on before us. These guys can really groove.    
And in Dallas we performed at the gorgeous Kessler Theater, with Matt Hillyer trio opening. What a wonderful note to end on- this crowd wins the most enthusiastic award and late night just down the street, Cesar's Tacos hit the spot.  
And now, to be at the airport at 7am - after the clocks go forward no less!! GULP.
Thanks for checking in and see you soon!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie
 
RM Tour Diary #251: Jerry Douglas!
We've been told we're too young to have a "bucket list", but opening for Jerry Douglas was definitely on our list! The Earls of Leicester is his bluegrass project and these men are fantastic! There was a blizzard outside, but everyone inside of the Tarrytown Music Hall was glowing with delight. We were so glad to be a part of the show!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 4:09 PM
RM Tour Diary #250: The Alliance!

It was the 47th international Folk Alliance conference this weekend. Hundreds of musicians and industry folks flocked to Kansas City to be a part of the festivities. We played 6 showcases and were joined by some of our favorite people; Mark Erelli, Eben Pariser, Andrew Green, Craig Akin & Tony Montalbano. We swooned over artists like Dan Bern, Tall Heights, Rose Cousins, Jeff Plankenhorn, Peter Mulvey and many more!

We split rooms with our friends (/husbands) Roosevelt Dime, and were privy to their very cool recording project. They collaborated with a dozen Folk Alliance artists on an old Bunny Wailer song "Pass it On" - about helping each other out and paying it forward. It came together very organically with artists like The Stray Birds, Laura Cortese, Ellis Paul, Matt Nakoa & a whole lot more. The song will be mixed then sold pay-what-you-like, with all profits going to the Equal Justice Initiative. 

The conference was an inspiration start to finish!
Next up... we open for JERRY DOUGLAS, Sunday March 1st at Tarrytown Music Hall. 
See you soon!
Molly, ABbie & Laurie

Sunday, February 15th, 2015 5:20 PM
RM Tour Diary #249: The Egg
                                                                           
We learned that the architect of Albany's iconic civic building was none too pleased to have it formally nicknamed "The Egg". But really, it's a massive egg resting upon an impressively slender cylinder. There are two amphitheaters inside of it and countless conference rooms. We played to a rowdy, near sell-out room and a rowdy crowd! these folks are not afraid of a little snow. Per special request we resurrected The Last Call from our "James" CD. We love you Albany!
 
Here's a list of our upcoming showcases at International Folk Alliance in Kansas City:
THURSDAY 1 am: Cantina Navarro (540) - 30 min 
FRIDAY 10 pm: OFFICIAL SHOWCASE (Liberty) sponsored by ASCAP - 30 minutes 
FRIDAY 12:10 am: Kingswood Records/Pushing Chain (635) - 20 minutes 
SATURDAY 7 pm: FA Music Fair (Atlanta Ballroom @ Sheraton) - 45 minutes
SATURDAY 11 pm: Singer-Songwriter Heaven (709) - 25 minutes
 SATURDAY 12 mid: The Alberta Room (712) - 30 min 
 
hope to see you soon!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie
Monday, February 9th, 2015 3:10 PM
RM Tour Diary #248: Snow and Sun
 
We just love playing Maine in the middle of February, during storm season. This time we made the best of it and Molly even got a ski in! We travelled with a few special guests this trip- Maine natives Ellis Paul & Eben Pariser; otherwise known as EP squared. 
 
Thursday we performed as part of Camden Winterfest up in Camden, ME. David and the Lowdown and Miners Creek also played; this theater is gorgeous! Eben delighted his hometown with some steamy guitar licks and Ellis had a cameo of Never Want to Lose You- the single off his new album "Chasing Beauty".
 
Friday we returned to Stone Mountain in Bronfield, ME. A sold out show with immaculate sound, and after the show we played pool, ate pizza and listened to records downstairs in the sprawling greenroom. This is the kind of place you dream of as a budding musician! 
 
Sunday we played to a packed house at The Narrows in Fall River, MA... which feels almost like a homecoming after so many years of playing there. The young & super-talented Hayley Reardon opened the show- keep an ear out for this little lady! 
 
Thanks for checking in!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie
 

Monday, January 26th, 2015 7:21 PM
Tour Diary #247 : VINYL! & Pennsylvania Revisited
 
Howdy Redheads, we played some of our favorite local venues this weekend, one new spot, and received our brand new Vinyl Records "The Red Album". Just imagine- you can sit down some quiet evening, dust off the old LP player, carefully place the record onto it and drop the needle for that satisfying tap. You can sit with the beverage of your choice, sans-multitasking, and listen to the album in the order we intended! It's the perfect activity for any evening- or if you're snowed in. :)
 
Thursday was our Rams Head debut in Annapolis, MD. The crowd was rowdy and in just the right mood to be entertained - they especially enjoyed our opening act Mr Michael Clem from Eddie From Ohio! That man is funny and talented. Friday we played two shows at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, PA. It's been too long since we played this intimate listening room - as we were quickly informed Godfrey Daniels loyal concert goers! Thanks for the warm welcome. :)
 
Satruday night a church, Sunday a winery! This was the 2nd time Reverend Paul invited us to perform in the gorgeous St Paul's Episcopalean and we loved it. We especially enjoy the meet and greet part of the evening and feeling a part of this wonderful community- thank you for sharing yourselves with us! Sunday at New Hope Winery we played to another boisterous and jovial crowd; they gave us a run for our money with their wise-cracks. How dare you be funnier than us! :)
 
Thanks to all who came out and looking forward to seeing you at a show real soon!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 1:21 PM
RM Tour Diary #246: Happy New Year!
 
Happy New Year Redheads! We had a fantastic time playing with Tom Rush at Boston Symphony Hall - what a rush indeed! It was really cool to share the stage with so many other great musicians like Grace Kelly, Monica Rizzio, Matt Nakoa and many others! We're still coming down. :)
 
We played our first show of the year at the new and improved Town Crier, now in Beacon NY. Despite a slight wintery mix we had a great crowd and a tremendous time playing to fans new and old. The food was terrific!  
 
Sunday night we returned to Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT, a gorgeous room with rich wood floor to ceiling. The wonderful Jesse Terry opened the show and wood the audience with his beautiful songs and sweet nature. (Shenanigans in the green room stay in the green room.) Speaking of the green room- it was plush and our meals divine. What a way to start the year!
 
Thanks for checking in and see you soon!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie
 
Monday, December 15th, 2014 11:29 PM

THE LAST SHOW OF THE YEAR IS A BIG ONE!

SYMPHONY HALL in BOSTON with TOM RUSH!
 
Sunday December 28 at 7:30 pm:
 
http://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/70093
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 6:04 PM
RM Tour Diary #245: Big Finale
 
Several new venues for us on this great short-tour of the West Coast: The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco is a gorgeous Baroque theater in the Tenderloin neighborhood. Our wonderful friend Robby Schaefer - of the band Eddie from Ohio - opened the show with a beautiful set. Folks here were ready for a good time and especially boisterous for a Wednesday night!

Thursday we played in the cute town of Arcata, this time at Humboldt Brews. We set the room up as a seated venue and had a really nice time connecting with fans who've been coming to see us for years. Friday night in Eugene we played The Shed Institute- a big place with exquisite sound; we hope to come back to this fantastic venue!

Another first on Saturday night- we played the Aladin Theater in Portland. Bigger than the Alberta Rose theater, this place still has an intimate feel to it and great sound. Melody Walker and Jacob Groupman opened both Sat & Sun shows and totally wowed the crowd! These guys are not to be missed. We played to a sold-out crowd at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. It was a fantastic last show before our winter break!

We have one more show in December- Sunday the 28th at BOSTON SYMPHONY HALL!!! We've been invited to join Tom Rush in his annual Holiday Concert - we cannot wait to get onto that stage! Expect some folk-tastic collaborations. :)
 
XOmolly, abbie & laurie

Monday, October 27th, 2014 8:29 AM
RM Tour Diary #244: UK MVP's

With 17 shows in 19 days, this last leg of the tour could have been exhausting had it not been for two very important, Most Valuable Players. Firstly there are incredible mini-supermarkets all along the freeways with a bounty of healthy and delicious prepared foods. M&S and Waitrose- we wish you'd come across the pond so that we have more rest-stop options than subway and starbucks! And of course there was our trusty driver and tour manager Peter Christopherson, who did all the heavy lifting and who plied us with paella and chocolates, wine and cheese; life will be less colorful without your company! Thank. You.

We had some fun week-night shows at Hare & Hounds in Birmingham and The Stables in Milton Keynes, and were impressed with the turnout in these places! We had a fabulous time at Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, yucking it up with both the audience and our sound tech. We even appeared on BBC Scotland while we were up there, thanks to all these DJ's have been majorly helping us out!! We're only sorry we didn't see any kilts other than in shop windows. :) Gateshead Old Town Hall was also a fantastic show; we had a full house in this gorgeous Victorian style Town Hall! 

We finally got to meet our UK booking agents face to face on Saturday as they drove 3 hours to see our show at the Cranleigh Arts Center- thanks Bob and Claire!! And we wrapped things up in Nottingham; where we searched in vein for Robin Hood - or any man in tights for that matter. You'll be pleased to know that we made aa stop at BOX HILL on Sunday morning to see an impressive collection of bikers! There was no Vincent Black Lightning to be found but there was a great looking 1962 Triumph! We got a nice photo with it for facebook. :)

All in all, this tour has surpassed our expectations and we are already scheming about when we can come back! Thanks to everyone who made it such a successful trip. Especially you, our fans, who sent your friends and family to see shows, who made T-shirts commemorating the event, and who snatched up our CD's to share with more music lovers. We couldn't do this without you!

SMASHING! Cheerio! We love you!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 8:54 AM
RM Tour Diary #243: Postcards from across the Pond.

There's still a little magic left in Ireland! Our "host with the most" Andy Peters took us to see a real fairy ring- a large circular area where the ground is raised up about 3 feet, with trees ringing the edge. (Molly suspects Aliens) Much of Game of Thrones is filmed nearby as well- we've reached a consensus that we'd rather get our picture taken with Jon Snow than with a sheep. 

We've been told by our British hosts - orthodontists and amateur linguists - that English spoken in New England is actually closer to the original Medieval English than Brittish English. Reason being, "you were slower to evolve... or rather, you appreciated what you had and were slower to change." Forsooth! 

We woke at 5am the morning that we sailed from Ireland to Wales (where we were warned not to make Sheep jokes. We did anyway). None of us has been on such a massive ship - there was a movie theater onboard! Shows have continued to go swimmingly well, Sligo Ireland was such fun and we were even given stuffed sheep with our names on them. Our reputation precedes us. 

Wales was wonderfully sweet with some very special salmon & egg breakfasts. Dioch! The Colwall Village Hall in Malvern was a wild ride - our friend Adrian from The Spooky Men's Coral brought us there and these folks were ready to have a good time! We were put up by 3 different hosts and had a real English experience. The prestigious Jazz Cafe in London was a great venue; we had fans there from France, and people who had seen us at Bristol Rhythm & Roots that made bootleg Redhead T-shirts for the show, featuring a 1952 Vincent Black Lightning. 

We're enjoying a glorious day off in Harringworth at the home of Julian & Lizzie O'Neill, where we've been wined and dined on sumptuous paella- thank you Peter!!!

Five more shows in England and one in Scotland, onwards!
Thanks for checking in,
Molly, Abbie & Laurie 




Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 3:32 PM
RM Tour Diary #242: Ireland & UK part 1
 
The first of a three-week tour of Ireland and the UK have brought us stunning scenery, friendly people and delicious food! We spent our first 6 shows in Ireland & Northern Ireland, chasing down a fluffy sheep for a photo-op and trying enough different kinds of shepherd's pie - and Guiness draught for that matter - to start a food blog!
 
Our first show was at Rathfriland's Bronte Music Club (of the Bronte Sisters) - a gorgeous old deconsecrated church now used for concerts and special events. Burning candle chandeliers set the scene and the show was recorded for later broadcast by BBC radio Ulster! We played Thursday at the Island Arts Center in Lisburn - a fancy little performing arts center complete with a fog machine. Local singer Catherine McGrath opened the show - what a voice!
 
Clonmel World Music is a fantastic monthly series held at Raheene House, and these music lovers have perfected the art of tasteful heckling. We had such fun bantering back and forth with the crowd; we think we gave as good as we got. :) Thank you Jerry and Martha and Paddy! The Whitehorse Inn in Ballincollig is a great pub/restaurant/venue with delicious food and a wonderful staff. In response to some dismay over the sold-out monkfish our waiter replied: "There is no more monkfish in the sea, life's full of disappointments." Thanks to some special fans who travelled far to see us here - one flew in from Paris!
 
Sunday night we had a great crowd at Venue Theater in Ratoath, with fantastic sound, a delicious house made dinner and our second standing ovation. Monday night the die-hard music fans turned out to the Balor Theatre in Ballybofey, there were musicians as well as folks who'd traveled to the show on the recommendation of friends. Over and over again at our shows people told us they'd come out because of our early morning appearance on RTE's John Murray show. Turns out, it's well worth waking up at 5am for a national radio spot!
 
The biggest, heartiest, happiest thanks goes to our booking agent and tour manager Andy Peters, who tirelessly drives us around, wrestles with our giant suitcases, and generally sees to our every need.
 
Stay tuned for more adventures and thanks for checking in!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Sunday, September 21st, 2014 2:10 PM
RM Tour Diary #241: Rhythm & Roots Reunion!

It was five times the charm with our fifth consecutive appearance at The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion!  Bristol TN/VA - "Birthplace of Country Music" - boasts some of the very first commercial recordings of country music including Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter Family. And this festival continues to foster quite the musical community... baby's with noise canceling headphones, toddlers with a birds eye view from their parents shoulders, grandparents toe-tapping in lawn chairs. Our fans come back year after year- allowing us to meet their growing children, showing off their custom Red Molly T-shirts.
We feel the love!!!

Thanks to Larry Gorley and all those who bring us back each year and make this such a wonderful festival!

And now, the time has come: IRELAND & THE UK!!!
Tell your family! Your friends! Your frenemy's! :)
Thanks for supporting the music,
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Monday, September 15th, 2014 12:39 PM


RM Tour Diary #240: Our Tribe!



Tribes Hill is a wonderful collaborative music community in the Hudson River Valley, and the Tribes Hill Music Festival felt just that way. Situated at the lovely John Jay Homestead in Katonah, this place runs on solar energy and home brew Kombucha! ! Sunday was a glorious crisp fall day and a perfect one for an outdoor festival. (Was it just one week ago we were all sweating bullets outside?!) We loved reconnecting with our pal Fred Gillen Jr and hearing the Sloan Wainwright Trio. Thanks for all the good vibes! 


Gearing up for Ireland & the UK in October- tell your friends!

But first, our 4th year back at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Fest!

hope to see you soon

Molly, Abbie & Laurie



Monday, September 8th, 2014 5:28 PM
 
RM Tour Diary #239: Heat Wave!

We've been waiting for it to heat up all summer and this weekend we got our wish! We returned from our end-of-August vacations refreshed and energized for our 6 shows in 4 days this weekend. Thursday was our fist appearance at Alternate Root TV, a video taping with live studio audience in Norwood , MA. This was incredibly fun - we'll send an update when we post the videos!

Friday we sold out two shows at Club Passim in Cambridge. This was a first for us - this club is one of our absolute favorites and we love that so many folks were able to tune into the show via Concert Window!

Thunderstorms were no match for CT Folk Festival in New Haven the next day - actually, we lucked out and they only touched down for a moment in the afternoon. There was a great crowd as we closed out the festival on Saturday night, and we had friends Pesky J Nixon join us for the finale!

We spent Sunday at another one of our long time stomping grounds The Turning Point in Piermont, NY. After two sold out shows with special guest Pops Gardner and a cameo by Abbie's brother Andy on Harmonica, we were feeling pretty fired up. Ireland & the UK here we come. :)

Next week see you at Tribes Hill Music Fest in Katona, NY 

thanks for checking in!

Molly, Abbie & Laurie

 

Sunday, August 24th, 2014 9:47 PM
RM Tour Diary #238: No place like Kansas!
 
Howdy Redheads, Red Molly is fresh off a lovely Kansas weekend. Normally 105 degrees with 2000% humidity, the weather was lovely this weekend being only in the mid-90's, and thus we return home happy as clams. 
 
Friday's show in Newton was at a larger venue this year- the Fox Theater, an old movie theater downtown. We had a nearly sold-out show and fans were feisty and appreciative. We like that. Saturday we headed to Garden City for our fourth appearance at the Tumbleweed Festival. Two days of turkey legs, dinosaur skeletons and actual monkeys wooping at our show... it's fun to play a festival at a zoo
 
Russ Tidwell has done a great job of carrying on this festival after founder Willis Pracht. We met up with out buddy John McCutcheon - whose performances transport - and asked him if he'd kindly dump a bucket of ice on Red Molly in the name of ALS research. We didn't have to ask him twice!
 
Catch us next in Boston, CT and NY. 
Big hugs!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 12:33 PM
RM Tour Diary #237: RED ANTS PANTS music festival

In it's 4th year, this festival has already hit it's stride - and a home run for that matter. in 2006 Sara Calhoun started Red Ants Pants clothing, making work pants made to fit women. She started the festival to raise money for rural families, and all of the festival proceeds go to grants for the community. She's even got a clothing line for the Red Ants Pants Foundation- selling rad snap shirts and flannels w/ the red ants insignia. SHeeSH; what have you (we) done for our community lately?!

We loved hearing Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Josh Ritter, Baskery & many more! A handful of lucky Montanans got to see Red Molly get involved in that dunk tank and the beer-bobbing station. It felt to good to goof off, Montana style. We'll be back!

Thanks for checking in,
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 12:53 PM
RM Diary #236: Rocky Mountain High

It is such sweet luxury to escape to the Rocky's for a summery weekend of shows. We started out just north of Colorado Springs at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake, CO. This is a sweet little concert series and we had the formidable Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman open the show. These guys are fantastic! We even had a fan from Westcliffe show up with 19 friends and tailgate in the parking lot!!!

Saturday we drove to Snowmass to play at the annual Aspen Camp for the Deaf picnic and concert. John Denver was the first musician to headline this event back in the 70's, and there was a fantastic John Denver tribute band closing the show. We are pretty big Denver fans and so we delighted in belting out "Rocky Mountain High!"

Sunday we were invited for a private party/ fundraiser for the Crested Butte Arts Council. The stage was at the idyllic home of Joel Benisch (longtime fan of Red Molly), and what a backdrop we had! Free the Honey, a sweet female trio from the area, opened the show. For supper we feasted on lamb stew and naan. Whose life is this anyway?

Thanks to all our hosts and to our friends and fans!
Next stop, Montana!!!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Monday, July 14th, 2014 1:14 PM
RM Tour Diary #235: Summer Lovin'
 
Fresh off a music-filled wedding for Molly & Eben at Lighthouse Point in New Haven, Red Molly headed north to splash around in Schroon Lake, NY. The Schroon Lake Arts center brought us back the second year in a row for another sold out show at the Boathouse. This is such a sweet and lovely venue- we got to watch the sunset on the lake as we performed. Magic!
 
Saturday we recorded a live video with Adam Moyer for the Briarcliff Sessions. You'll soon get to see & hear us playing Vincent Black Lightning in a vibey little twinkly-lit fairy cave! 
 
Sunday we returned to Ringwood Library in NJ - we were last here in 2007! This time, despite a highly competitive world cup final match on the tele, we had a sold out crowd and so much fun. The best part? At a live concert, EVERYONE WINS!
 
Thursday we're Westward bound to Colorado. Hope to see some of you there!
Thanks for all your support and well wishes!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie
 

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 4:09 PM
RM Tour Diary #234: Conjugal Visit

This weekend Red Molly had a few collaboration-filled concerts in NYC & CT.City Winery in New York has become our favorite home-town show and this time we made it a family affair by playing with our great friends Roosevelt Dime. Our group songs were so fun to work up that we've begun dreaming up a super-band scenario. With soon-to-be two married couples between the two bands, we've thought up a working band name "Conjugal Visit".

Sunday night we returned to the Kate and had two special guests! Marc Douglas Berardo played an infectiously energizing opening the set, and Singer Songwriter Ellis Paul made a cameo with his new hit song "Never want to Loose You". Red Molly sang on 5 of the tracks from Ellis' new album and it was so fun to join him onstage for this one!

Next up- a wedding featuring Molly Venter & Eben Pariser! Then we're back on the road to upstate NY, NJ, Colorado & Montana this month!
 
see you soon!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Monday, June 16th, 2014 12:22 PM
RM Tour Diary #243: Avocados
 
Avocados on our sandwiches, on our eggs, on tacos & even tuna tartare!! Avocados are in our top 5 list of things we love about going to California. 
 
It was a quick trip to the sunshine state this weekend. We played City Winery in Napa. This is a sister venue to CIty Winery in NYC- one of our favorite haunts. They've renovated the old Napa Opera House and are serving up killer food and libations. Why don't they jus open up 20 more and we'll do a City Winery tour?!?
 
Aiofe O'Donovan (of Crooked Still) opened our set. This sweet little lady will transport you to a far off place with her ethereal vocals - we didn't want to come back to earth!
 
We returned for our second show for Livermore Performing Arts Center at the Bankhead Theater. The crowd was extra jubilant and we had a great time making strange and off color jokes with them. We absolutely love this place and the sound is exquisite. We'll be back!
 
Next we'll be in NYC's City Winery for our CD release show with special guests Roosevelt Dime!! 
Hope to see you soon!Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 11:47 AM
The Red Album has arrived!
 
Get your hard copy or digital download HERE
 
RM Tour Diary #242: Lady's Night
This weekend we zipped up the coast to play one show in Natick, MA. Our 4th concert at TCAN, this time the Porch Party Mama's opened the show! Abbie's very first guitar teacher, Ksenia Mack and her 4 lady-bandmates tore it up! Folks from around the country tuned in via Concert Window, it was a rocking good time!
 
This week we head to California for a festival and one show with the formidable Aoife O'Donovan!
 
RM Tour Diary #241: No Snow in Maryland
 
Friday we drove down lovely, lovely I-95 to play our snow-postponed show in Frederick, MD. The Weinberg Center is huge and gorgeous and we had over 500 people come out!! We're About 9 opened the show for us and Mike Clem of Eddie from Ohio sat in on upright bass. We had a great time and we hope it was worth the wait! :)
 
Saturday Abbie made a pit-stop at Beard Guitars in Hagerstown, MD where she tried out lots of "Dobro's" - She's using her grant money from Club Passim to have Bill Beard build her a custom resonator guitar. Hooray!!!
 
See you soon and enjoy the new album!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 12:30 PM
RM Tour Diary #240: Upstate Greenery
 
Look out for Red Molly mention in USA Today on Tuesday, May 20th! We're in there pick of the week section!
 
This weekend, as other parts of the country are parched to the bone, we were quick to express our gratitude for more rain here in the Northeast... as we sloshed around in our cowboy boots. :) 
Friday night we returned for our second show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. This place is epic! The sound is glorious and we had over 500 people in the audience- our largest indoor audience yet!
 
Saturday we headed west towards Homer, NY. Our first time in this sweet town, most of the folks at the show had seen us at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. There was a gaggle of teens who've been going to Falcon Ridge each year as part of an outreach program. It was wonderful to see all of their beaming faces!
 
And Sunday we spent Molly's Birthday at a really cool women's festival "Muses in the Vineyard". We got to hang out with our good friend Amy Speace, sing some songs and even eat birthday cake! This festival raises money for a local women's shelter each year. It's good vibes, man. 
 
One week till the official CD release!
thanks for checking in
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Monday, May 12th, 2014 4:18 PM
RM Tour Diary #239: It's Jazz Baby!
 
This weekend Red Molly played shows with one of our most requested side-guys. Abbie's dad Herb Gardner! AKA "Pops" He brought along a new CD by he and Sarah Gardner - Abbie's sister. It's called "Jass pour le Bebes" and it makes a great gift! http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sarahgardner
 
We played The River Club Music Hall in Scituate, MA on Friday and The Sounding Board in Hartford, CT on Saturday. We've played several shows in Scituate - these folks are always a hoot! And for our eight show at the Sounding Board we played in a new venue, the Unitarian Society- this is one beautiful funky space with gorgeous acoustics! As ever, Pops was the big hit of both nights!
 
Sunday we woke up in New Haven and celebrated a brief mother's day brunch with honorary band-mom Martha Venter. Thanks for all you do Martha!!! Then we headed down to record an interview w/ our friend Arthur. We talked about our process in making The Red Album and had some laughs- we'll be excited to premier the interview on Facebook later this week!
 
Sunday evening's show at New Hope Winery was wonderful, the crowd was a hoot! This was the first weekend we were able to sell the hard copy of The Red Album and they are flying off the table. :)
 
Thanks so much for all your continued support!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 5:32 PM
RM Tour Diary #238: Pack-a-thon! 
 
The new CD's have arrived! They will be available at CDbaby.com May 27th, and we'll bring them to our live shows starting now!
 
Red Molly spent a rainy couple of days in Virginia and Maryland playing some delightful mid-week shows. Tuesday we played the Virginia Arts Festival at the Robin Hixon theater in Norfolk, VA. It was a great sold out crowd and we had monster bassist Craig Akin join us on upright. 
 
Wednesday we headed over to Salisbury University in Maryland: Holloway Hall Auditorium has absolutely gorgeous acoustics and sound. Our good friend Eben Pariser of Rosevelt Dime (and Goodnight Moonshine) was our special guest on electric guitar. 
 
Thursday we drove to SiriusXM headquarters in Washington DC. Mary Sue Twohy of "The Village" hosted us for a world premier of "The Red Album". We played down the album and talked about the songs. Then we took lots of pictures with Willie Nelson's portrait. 
 
We end this week at home in Jersey City, stuffing 750 envelopes with CD's for our radio campaigns. 750 puffy mailers, 1,200 labels, 1,500 stickers; all packed in under 3 hours! We are geek-ily proud of our efficiency. Folk radio, Americana and AAA here we come!
 
See you next weekend in PA, MA & CT.
Thanks for checking in!
Molly, Abbie & Molly

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 1:27 PM
Tour Diary #237: My Kind of Town
 
New album on itunes! : https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-red-album/id852763745
 
The second half of our Midwestern tour went smashingly well! We had Jake Armerding with us, opening all shows and accompanying us on fiddle & mandolin. Jake is a terrific singer-songwriter and we were continually inspired & delighted onstage by his musicality!
 
We spent three glorious nights in Door County, Wisconsin, a gorgeous peninsula in Lake Michigan. Our first show at the White Gull Inn sold out so we added another! We ate extremely well at both the White Gull Inn and the Whispering Swan... can we come back in the summer?!
 
The Stoughton Opera House was a gorgeous old theatre with terrific sound - Gillian Welch had painted her name on the wall just 2 years earlier. So we painted ours next to hers. :) Saturday in Green Lake, WI we played through a hail storm at the Thrasher Opera House. During our off-mic "May I Suggest" thunder boomed at just the right moment- causing giggles and gasps in the crowd. 
 
We ended the tour on a particular high note, playing at Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. This place has all kinds of classes & community outreach programs, a killer music store where Abbie found her obscure brand of Dobro strings and finger picks, and a lovely theater with pristine acoustics! We've decided to try to get back to Chicago and the midwest once a year- it's just a hop-skip away and our kind of town!
 
Thanks for checking in!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie 

Monday, April 7th, 2014 9:20 PM
Tour Diary #236: Spring not Sprung!
 
We're here to report that spring has NOT yet hit the midwest! We've had a lovely first week of shows here in MI, WI & IA; our 38th, 39th and 40th states to play!!! Can we please go to Hawaii next?
 
Acoustic Roots Music Series is held at the historic Shattuck St. Mary's theater; with crushed red velvet seats and velvety sound to boot! And what's one more winter storm after this winter- these folks are so friendly we got an unsolicited push up the hwy onramp in the middle of the night! 
 
Friday we played at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls. They were a happy bunch dontcha know- hooting and hollering. They clapped wildly at the mention of Jonathan Byrd and Susan Werner… my what good taste you have Wisconsin.
 
Saturday we played in St Croix Falls, WI and went head-to-head with the Wisconsin/Kentucky final four basket ball game! Our poor Badgers lost… but at least everyone at our show left happy! We had Craig Akin with us and a whole crew of his family to enjoy the show AND celebrate his birthday. :)  A hearty thanks goes out to Jan & Bill Friedrich for hosting us, we love our Minnesota home away from home!
 
Sunday we made tracks down to Cedar Rapids, IA - our 40th State! This is a gorgeous renovated Theater dating back to 1898, and it feels like the cultural hub of the city. Our audience was fantastic and so was the sound. All three Mollie's got massages on our day off, and explored the local fare. Iowa we will be back! 
 
Next up more Wisconsin and Chicago!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 7:59 AM
"THE RED ALBUM" releases digitally April 1!
CDbaby is the first to have it: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/redmolly23
 
RM Tour Diary #235:  Fans Gone Wild!
 
From a packed house at the Barns in Vienna VA to hooting and hollering in Lancaster, PA, our fans made us feel famous this weekend! Thursday night we had our third appearance at the Barns at Wolf Trap. Special guests included Mike Clem of Eddie from Ohio on upright bass, and Mark Erelli opening the set and backing us up on tenor guitar, electric guitar, lap steel and mandolin! The sound is always pristine at the Barns and the crowd was electric!
 
Friday night we got to share a bill with a true artist, Iris DeMent. Her stories and her songs transported us… how many people can describe their move to California as a toddler, riding in a strawberry box by her mother's feet on the passenger side of her family's station wagon?! She was inspiring. 
 
Saturday we played our first show in downtown Lancaster, PA, at Millersville Universitie's Ware Center. There was much excitement and synchronicity surrounding this show: our friend and Millersville President John Anderson - formerly of Alfred State University in upstate NY - took over at Millersville exactly a year ago and was delighted to learn that his new college had already booked Red Molly for their winter concert series! Molly's mother's family hails from Lancaster and they came out in droves. With so many Mennonites in the crowd - and their strong tradition of four part harmony - our Happy Birthday sing along was positively transcendent!
 
We feel SO lucky to have shared the entire weekend with our good friend Mark Erelli- expect more from the four of us as we LOVE his contribution to the music! 
 
Next up, Midwest we're headed your way!!!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie
Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 5:31 PM
 
 
<---- "THE RED ALBUM" releases digitally TODAY!
 


RM Tour Diary #234: Bass-tastic!
 
***NEW ALBUM RELEASES (digitally) APRIL 1st***
 
Howdy Y'all! Local shows for us this weekend; we were joined by our pal (and Abbie's husband) Craig Akin on upright bass. This was super fun for us and Craig was bombarded with compliments- he even debuted a few songs on the mandolin!
 
Friday Night Folk in New London, CT was a full house with a rowdy crowd and one very well behaved puppy-dog. But what's this, we weren't allowed to keep the puppy?!? Saturday night we returned to the lovely Emelin Theater in Mamaroneck, NY. These guys took great care of us - albeit no puppy - and Craig blew a killer whistle solo during When It's All Wrong. You don't hear that everyday. 
 
This weekend we're joined again by multi-instrumentalist Mark Erelli in VA, PA & NJ. Hope to see you at a show!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Monday, March 17th, 2014 3:19 PM
RM Tour Diary #233: Mark & Mollies
 
This weekends shows were extra special as we were joined by our secret weapon side-man Mark Erelli!  Mark is a tremendous singer-songwriter- we recorded 2 of his songs on our last record Light in the Sky, and just recorded his Western Swing tune "Pretend" on our forthcoming CD The Red Album!  He's also a fantastic multi-instrumentalist and plays "sidie" to Paula Cole and Lori McKenna! We were lucky ducks to have him on this weekends gigs and we look forward to having him again in a few weeks in VA, NJ & PA!
 
Friday night we returned to the fabulous Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, ME. This place is far out- literally. And once you walk into the old barn you realize you've arrived at one of the most special places to experience live music! Hospitality is always wonderful where and we love staying at the Snow Village Inn! 
 
Saturday we played our first ever show at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport- wow! This place is stunning with the entire stage wall opening up to ocean views. We've built up our audience over time, playing several shows at The Old Sloop Coffeehouse. We love coming to Rockport, thanks to all our fans who support us there!
 
Both shows were sold out- we think in part by our feature article in the Boston Globe, wahoo!
Hope to see some of you next weekend in CT & NY!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 9:56 PM
RM Tour Diary #232: Southwest is for Music Lovers
 
Hello Redheads! 
Special announcement, there will be a feature article in The Boston Globe this Friday (3/14) on Red Molly. Look for us!
 
We've had a truly wonderful time here in the Southwest.  All shows were sold out on the second leg of our tour, with rowdy crowds every day of the week! Wednesday in Flagstaff we were greeted by a giant spread in the Flagstaff Live! and got a chance to hang out with our good pal JJ Jones from Girlyman and Po Girl. The Coconino Center for the Arts does a great job with sound, we loved this place!
 
Thursday we drove through gorgeous Sedona down to Cottonwood, AZ. Old Town Center for the Arts is a lovely venue and the light show/slide show portion of their concerts is particularly fancy. Thanks to the Eatons for creating such a great space for live music! Friday night we played at the Pinos Altos Opera House; a funky, beautiful old theater just north of Silver CIty, NM. We were hoping for some gold nuggets in our bucket but no such luck! But we did get some great hugs out of the deal. :)
 
Saturday night we discovered another delicious southwest restaurant- Flying Start Cafe. This and Picazzo's Pizza Kitchen were the surprise discoveries of the tour with so many fresh veggies in every dish! We wish we could open one or both of these restaurants in Jersey City. Music in Corrales is a music series held in a beautiful old Adobe Church. The sound was beautiful and it was a lovely way to end our tour - thanks to Judith at the Sandhill Crane for a wonderful overnight! 
 
We'll miss our silly antics with Robby Hecht- who traveled with us opening shows for the entire Southwest tour. His songwriting slays us and what a gem of a guy he is! Check it: robbyhecht.com
 
Thanks and see you next weekend with Mark Erelli in Maine and Massachusetts! 
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 4:09 PM
RM Tour Diary #231: Live from Phoenix!
 
Hola Redheads! We're touring the great SouthWest with our pal Robby Hecht, and he's convinced us to do a backyard concert via Concert Window. You can tune in Tuesday March 4th @ 8pm Eastern to watch, listen and chat with us live! We'll even do our best to take requests!
 
Concert Window Link!
 
Two great shows in Arizona this weekend. Saturday we played for a rowdy crowd at Prescott Center for the Arts - a super cute old theater in Prescott. Sunday we competed with the Oscars and still had a lovely turn out at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert, AZ. Abbie's 98 year-old grandfather - former navy band director and music critic - and came to the show and sat in the front row! 
 
Robby Hecht is slaying the crowds here with his poetic songwriting buttery vocals. His new album releases March 25th. Check him out y'all! Robbyhecht.com
 
We're staying in the foothills of Piestewa Peak Park in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, working on a press release for the new album and... taxes!
Tune in Tuesday to see the sweet view of the mountains here at Casa Neville. Thanks guys!
 
 

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 9:21 PM
RM Tour Diary #230: Flowers and Corsets
 
After productive rehearsals in New Haven - (think electric guitar, stomp pedals, old and new songs) - we headed to Boston for a music video shoot with artist extraordinaire Asia Kepka. (Think bolts of fabric, flowers and chandeliers, old books and wash bins.) This was 1/2 of the video shoot and we're excited to share the finished product with you later this spring!
 
Friday we returned to The Narrows in Fall River, MA. Rain and lightening was no match for our fans who poured in - happy it wasn't more snow - and enjoyed an opening set by our good buddy Marc Douglas Berardo!
 
Saturday at Peterborough Players Theater in New Hampshire we featured Marc again - his energy is infectious - and also Abbie's dad Herb Gardner, aka "Pops"! We had a sold out crowd, it seems "the nude hamsters" - as Abbie named them onstage - are unfazed by ice-coated parking lots. 
 
Thanks to all our faithful Redheads for supporting us! 
see you soon
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 4:59 PM
RM Tour Diary #229: Red Hot Snow
 
Howdy Redheads, Red Molly got a snow day this weekend! Frederick, Maryland is still digging out and our show at the Weinberg Center has been moved to Friday, May 23rd. See you then!
 
We did make it over to Long Island for a Valentines Day show at Boulton Center for the Arts in Bayshore, NY. Our second (or third!) show at this lovely theater, we wore our reddest dresses for the occasion and made sure to sing all about love, lost love, and taxes. :)
 
See you this week in MA & NH!
LOVE
Red Molly

Monday, January 27th, 2014 10:14 PM
The show in FREDERICK MD at the WEINBERG on THURSDAY FEB 13 has been rescheduled - the new date is FRIDAY MAY 23!




RM Tour Diary #228: Snow flakes keep falling on my head!
 
Friday we zipped over to Brooklyn to snap some new press photos for the upcoming album! Our friend and photographer Whitney Kidder got some great shots at Jalopy School of Music. Think RED.
 
We drove all the way out to Elkins West Virginia - taking the matrix on a wild ride through the Allegheny Mountains during yet another snow storm! There was even an opportunity for Laurie & Molly to get out of the car and push! 
 
Many thanks to the fine folks at the Randolph County Community Arts Center - as well as the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation - for inviting us to play at your wonderful concert series. The sound was glorious and we had a blast!
 
We selected a lovely non-mountainous route to head back East, and the 7 hour trip only took 11! We needed to get Abbie home quickly and safely - because this thursday she is getting MARRIED!!! (sorry fellas) 
 
thanks for checking in!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 12:27 PM
RM Tour Diary #227: Happy 2014 Redheads!
 
We had a fantastic second leg of our West Coast tour in California, with several more sold out concerts and the incredibly talented Antje Duvekot opening all five shows! The Arcata playhouse was packed to the gills on a Tuesday night! David & Jackie run a great venue and this crowd is always up for a good time; we even spied several dancers taking full advantage of the front hall! Wednesday we played our first show at Sierra Nevada Brewing company - "the big room" was sold out at 350 people! With so many great beers on tap and a whole crew of people seeing to our every need, we felt like rock stars. We must return! 
 
Thursday we rehearsed and moseyed our way down the coast to San Francisco. We had all of Friday morning to peruse the shops in the marina district and even jog out to the Golden Gate Bridge - thanks Donna & Mike! That night we returned to Freight & Salvage for our first ever sold out show! People poured in for standing-room only spots and 69 people even tuned in from across the country ~and even Australia~ to watch a live stream of the show. Concert Window is the bomb! And man do we feel famous in Berkeley. :)
 
Saturday we landed just north of San Louis Obispo at Castoro Cellars Winery for our 4th sold out show. There was a beaming audience and very fine wine indeed! *Side note: Pier 46 Seafood Co in Templeton has devastatingly good sashimi tuna tacos - not to be missed! For our last show we played at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz California. We were mildly concerned about how the day's football results would effect the crowd, but these folks were hooting and hollering it up like party animals! Our fans really make our jobs fun, and meaningful! Thank you!!
 
Drumroll please….. and die "Diehard Redhead Award" goes to….  Jerry & Garnet who came to all 5 California shows! 
Next we'll be zipping down to West Virginia, with some Northeast shows to follow in February.
thanks for tuning in!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie 



Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 2:57 AM
RM Tour Diary #226: Happy 2014 Redheads!
 
We kicked off the year with a long West Coast tour. The wonderful Pete and Anne Sibley opened the first 5 shows and our audiences were smitten by their beautiful harmonies as well as by what truly lovely people they are. 
 
We played Triple Door in Seattle for the second. This place is classy; there's fine food and fancy booths to watch the concert. There's great sound and they take such good care of us! The rowdiest crowd award goes to Portland, OR- where we played at the Alberta Rose Theater. This show may have wandered into PG-13 territory. Thanks Portland for making us feel like comedians. :)
 
Friday night we returned to Cozmic in Eugene. There's terrific hospitality at this spot and we have to give Eugene the award for the wildest dancers! We had great big crowds at all of our shows this trip but Bend really came out in full force. We had 350+ people at the Tower Theater at our very first time in Bend! We have to give Sister's Folk Festival a big thanks for introducing us to this area back in 2011. You guys rock.
 
There was one long harrowing drive on Crater Lake Hwy - on route from Bend to Ashland. Snow came down heavy on the roads and massive pines; it was 1 part majestic 2 parts nerve-wracking. :) Ashland embraced us at the show and also gave us tips on where to go for our day off. We treated ourselves to massages and hot springs, yippee! Next up, 5 shows in California! 
 
Thanks for checking in!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 10:22 AM
RM Tour Diary#225: Deep in the heart of Texas Winter!
 
Hello fine friends! We finished off our 2013 touring schedule last week in Texas with 5 wonderful shows. 
 
The Cactus Cafe in Austin, TX felt like a reunion show for Molly. With so many dear friends in the house the love was almost overwhelming! It had been 4 years since our last show at McGonigel's Mucky Duck in Houston, and this time we sold out the place. Rusty and Teresa run a great venue and they sent us on our way with hip new Mucky Duck T-shirts! 
 
Driving to Fredericksburg on Friday we stopped at Buc-ee's super rest stop and were bowled over by the cold. By Saturday morning every tree and shrub in the Hill Country was wrapped in ice! It was grey and very beautiful. Our show at the Whiskey Tasting Fundraiser in Fredericksburg was a moving event. Promoter Steve Sosland AKA "Steve Awesome-Sauce" is an extraordinary person and curated one special evening for us and the people of Fredericksburg! We'll be back!
 
We played Poor David's Pub for the first time in Dallas Saturday night. Thanks to so many of our friends from previous shows at Uncle Calvin's for coming out on a cold rainy night! Weather in Oklahoma was worse- with snow and ice covering the roads. We still had a nice crowd, with a strong showing by the Akin family. We love you guys. 
Our apologies to fans who requested "May I Suggest",  Abbie brought back the flu from her Dobro convention ResoSummit, and this kept us from singing a cappella, as well as her from singing lead on as many songs as usual. But the show must go on and Abbie was a super trooper. She's now very much on the mend!
 
Happy Holidays everyone and we'll see you on the west coast in January!
Gobble Gobble
Molly, Abbie & Laurie



New Album in the Works!
Hello Redheads! We've just emerged from 9 furious days of recording our next album in Nashville!  It was a creative adventure as super producer Ken Coomer (original drummer for Wilco & Uncle Tupelo) had us experiment with new sounds and arrangements. Lightening quick engineer Patrick Miller kept us on task and we were joined in the studio by bass player Craig Akin and multi-instrumentalist Adam Ollendorff. It was incredible to have so many talented individuals working with us on this album. We can't wait to share it with you in 2014!



Monday, November 11th, 2013 4:57 PM
 
RM Tour Diary #244: Florida Fun in the Sun
 
Hola Redheads, we are just returning form a lovely tour in Florida~ not a bad place to be in November. We returned to a few of our favorite places to play. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at UFL Gainsville and The Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tamps both run great series'. It was neat seeing some of our favorite people on the list of upcoming artists!
 
We had a few glorious days off on the Beach in Clearwater where we walked on miles of beach and swam in the ocean. Thank you Tom!! And then we made our way to the Hideaway Cafe & Recording Studio in St Petersburg where we recorded back-round vocals for Ellis Paul's newest album!!! This is a gem of a spot with a great bar & grill and music line-up. Not to mention producer/engineer extraordinaire John Kelly. This was so fun for us!
 
Friday we played at Riverhawk Music Fest in Brooksville, FL. We got to catch some of our favorite people performing. Jimmy Lafave played two beautiful sets with a full band, including Radoslav Lorkovic on keys & accordion and Rich Feridun on electric guitar! And we did some impromptu picking and singing with Frank Vignola & Vinnie Raniolo. What a treat. We ended the tour with a really fun show at Labyrinth Cafe in Ft Lauderdale. What a great crowd and wonderful acoustics!  
 
And what's better than touring Florida in November? Heading to Texas two weeks later!
Thanks for checking in!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie
 


New Album in the Works!
Hello Redheads! We've just emerged from 9 furious days of recording our next album in Nashville!  It was a creative adventure as super producer Ken Coomer (original drummer for Wilco & Uncle Tupelo) had us experiment with new sounds and arrangements. Lightening quick engineer Patrick Miller kept us on task and we were joined in the studio by bass player Craig Akin and multi-instrumentalist Adam Ollendorff. It was incredible to have so many talented individuals working with us on this album. We can't wait to share it with you in 2014!

Monday, October 28th, 2013 3:51 PM
RM Tour Diary #243: If the Spirit Moves you!
 
Red Molly played a couple of really cool and synergistic shows this weekend! It was our first time to perform at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan art in New York City. Beforehand we took a tour of the museum and learned about Tibetan Buddhism - our assignment was to pick a piece of art that moved us and relate it to one of our songs. We chose a gorgeous Mandala - not unlike the one that comes up on Wikipedia when you search "Mandala". The idea is to use visualization and meditation to get into the center of this "universe" - reaching the deity of compassion there that also lives within each of us. We thought of Susan Werner's tune "May I Suggest" and did our best to let the music bring us all "into center". :)
 
On Saturday we played at St Paul's Episcopalian church, and then again on Sunday at the church as part of a beautiful Sunday service! If we weren't already feeling spirited, we certainly were after singing with the choir, taking in Father Paul's thought-provoking sermon, and basking in the incredible reverberations of the church's main hall. Did someone get this show on tape?! We'll have to find it and post it for you all to enjoy. 
 
Next up, Texas and Florida!
thanks for checking in,
Molly,Abbie & Laurie


 
New Album in the Works!
Hello Redheads! We've just emerged from 9 furious days of recording our next album in Nashville!  It was a creative adventure as super producer Ken Coomer (original drummer for Wilco & Uncle Tupelo) had us experiment with new sounds and arrangements. Lightening quick engineer Patrick Miller kept us on task and we were joined in the studio by bass player Craig Akin and multi-instrumentalist Adam Ollendorff. It was incredible to have so many talented individuals working with us on this album. We can't wait to share it with you in 2014!
 

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 5:00 PM
RM Tour Diary #242: Me & Thee & Circle of Friends makes 2


This weekend Red Molly played two shows in the Boston area. Yes, people could still think about music with Red Sox playoff games happening! We performed at Me & Thee Coffeehouse in Marblehead, MA. This town is adorable, and we watched giant cranes take boats out of the water on what felt like the last day of fall. Eben Pariser of Roosevelt Dime joined us on bass & guitar for several songs and had our audience all a-twitter. Jake and Ethan from Pesky J Nixon even joined us for our final song. Our favorite fan comment: "I like how you sometimes add some testosterone to your set."
 
Saturday we returned to Circle of Friends Coffeehouse in Franklin, MA. Jake Jacobson and his whole team always take great care of us and this is one of our most beloved venues. The fantastic Canadian singer-songwriter Layah Jayne opened the show - both nights actually - she and Oliver Johnson sang a beautiful set and were a true delight to meet! Eben and Pops joined us as well, what could be better?
 
Catch us at the Rubin Museum in NYC and PA this weekend!
thanks for checking in
Molly, Abbie & Laurie


 
New Album in the Works!
Hello Redheads! We've just emerged from 9 furious days of recording our next album in Nashville!  It was a creative adventure as super producer Ken Coomer (original drummer for Wilco & Uncle Tupelo) had us experiment with new sounds and arrangements. Lightening quick engineer Patrick Miller kept us on task and we were joined in the studio by bass player Craig Akin and multi-instrumentalist Adam Ollendorff. It was incredible to have so many talented individuals working with us on this album. We can't wait to share it with you in 2014!
 



Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 4:16 PM
New Album in the Works!
Hello Redheads! We've just emerged from 9 furious days of recording our next album in Nashville!  It was a creative adventure as super producer Ken Coomer (original drummer for Wilco & Uncle Tupelo) had us experiment with new sounds and arrangements. Lightening quick engineer Patrick Miller kept us on task and we were joined in the studio by bass player Craig Akin and multi-instrumentalist Adam Ollendorff. It was incredible to have so many talented individuals working with us on this album. We can't wait to share it with you in 2014!

 
RM Tour Diary #241: Fall Festivities
What a perfect weekend to drive into upstate NY and admire the foliage! Our first show was in Norwich, VT; the scene of Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival which Red Molly played several years ago. We performed Saturday's show at the Kappel Theater and stayed around for a community outreach Q&A session. We had a really nice time connecting with our fans in this setting. No one even asked us if we were "young or old" this time! :)
 
We tallied it up, and we have now played 20 shows at the Turning Point in Piermont, NY! Sunday in Piermont is over-the-top quaint- with a farmer's market, food truck and even a bike festival. We played two sold out shows and our favorite band dad and bluegrass-trombone king Herb Gardner (a.k.a. Pops) joined us! We always love playing the Turning Point. Thanks for making it our home away from home. 
 
You can catch us in the Boston area next weekend, in Marblehead and Franklin, MA.
Thanks for checking in!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 7:16 PM
RM Tour Diary #240: Power in Numbers
 
Hello Redheads! We have just emerged from 9 furious days of recording our next album in Nashville!  It was a creative adventure as super producer Ken Coomer (original drummer for Wilco & Uncle Tupelo) had us experiment with new sounds and arrangements. Lightening quick engineer Patrick Miller kept us on task and we were joined in the studio by bass player Craig Akin and multi-instrumentalist Adam Ollendorff. It was incredible to have so many talented individuals working with us on this album. We can't wait to share it with you in 2014!
 
On our way home from Nashville we stopped to play 2 great shows and collaborate with more folks! At Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD, our friend Pat Klink of We're About Nine joined us on guitar for several songs, and the very talented Poor Old Shine opened the show and blew us away!
 
Saturday we returned to Sanctuary Concert Series in Chatham, NJ. We split the bill with Brother Sun - they just get better and better! The NY & Jersey folk scene was well represented and we were honored to have to have so many presenters in one room. There really was magic in the air. Thanks to everyone who came out!
 
We'll keep you posted as to our progress on the new album, and look forward to seeing you at a show soon! (NY, MA, PA, Florida & Texas before the year is out!)
 
thanks for checking in on us
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 12:02 PM
RM Tour Diary #229: 4 Times the Charm
 
This weekend we headed to Virginia and played our first concert at the Reston Center Stage - a great little theater close to DC with gorgeous sound. Our dear friends We're About 9 opened the show. These guys have been singing, writing and arranging together for over 10 years and it shows! The crowd was smitten. Also- there was a London Broil waiting for us backstage after sound check. Oh Reston, we'll be back. 
 
We made our way across the state to Bristol VA/TN for our 4th year in a row at the Britsol Rhythm & Roots Fest! The twin cities are beloved to us and we are continually humbled by their outpouring of support. We picked the right day to sing - we played our 2 outdoor sets on a breezy Sunday with clear blue skies. We capped off the festival by videotaping 4 live songs in the Pointer Brand clothing factory - making denim in Bristol TN for 100 years! We'll let you know when "Live and Breathing" productions posts our songs to their website!
 
And now we are westward bound- working with our first Nashville producer to make this next record, yeeehaw!
thanks for checking in,
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 7:14 AM
RM Tour Diary#228: Tønder Forever!
 
We are now, after our first appearance, hopelessly addicted to the Tonder Folk Festival in Denmark. We spent a whole week in this idyllic town; people are warm and happy, they even gave us bikes! The festival is run by some of the most hard-working music-loving folks around and sustained each year by it's host of 2,000 volunteers! 
 
Some of our all-time favorite musicians were there like Sinead O'Connor, The Avett Brothers and Billy Bragg. We made some incredible discoveries such as Hudson Taylor, Lucan Graham and Admiral Follow. Truly an international festival, there was a host of musicians from Louisianna and the south - Pokey Lafarge and Meschiya Lake, as well as a fantastic group of celtic musicians - Carla Dillon and Duncan Chisholm! Check some of these bands out- we were so inspired! 
 
Highlights include singing in a bright blue water tower with the 17-man Australian a cappella group The Spooky Men's Choir. Cameras caught our collaboration and a clip from this session made it onto Danish national radio & TV! We were asked to sing in the farewell song of the festival - surrounded by so many tremendous musicians onstage with us. And on the monday night following the festival we went to the volunteer party- almost a mini-festival unto itself. Folks cooked curry for 1,200 people and 10 different bands took the stage to show their appreciation for all the hard work of the volunteers. We were danced as we've never been danced! This is the stuff of memories. We feel utterly full and grateful. 
 
We're looking forward to hitting the studio in September and recording our next album!
We'll keep you posted. 
Molly, Laurie & Abbie 

Monday, August 5th, 2013 5:23 PM
RM Tour Diary #227: Schroon Lake and Falcon Ridge!
 
Holy Cow what a great week we had in upstate New York. Tuesday night played a fabulous little concert series in Schroon Lake - right on the water at the beautiful boathouse. Great acoustics and great people! Next time we will find the bigger venue, sorry to those turned away!! Special thanks to our hosts Raoul and Carl. 
 
Falcon Ridge celebrated it's 25th anniversary this year! And what would it be without a passing thunder storm and copious amounts of espresso? This is truly a community event with tons of arts and crafts for the kids, all kinds of music and a killer late night camp fire scene.
 
We got to sing and hang with some of our favorite people in the folk world like Mary Gauthier, Susan Werner, Ellis Paul, Eliza Gilkyson, Vance Gilbert, Dar Williams, Jason Spooner, the Stray Birds and the list keeps going!! We had so much fun collaborating with our favorite Brooklyn band Roosevelt Dime. And both Red molly and the Dime boys snagged upright bass player Craig Akin to play with a little extra hot-fire!
 
25 years for Falcon Ridge, 9 for Red Molly and we hope to see many many more!
 
thanks for checking in,
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Sunday, July 14th, 2013 11:28 PM
RM Tour Diary #226: Bartlett Arboretum
 
We love this place! Last year is rained cats and dogs at this lovely garden and historical building in Stamford, CT. This year we lucked out and happy picnickers sprawled out under the trees for a delightful afternoon of music. Someone brought us fresh peach margaritas - is this work?? Thank you CT. 
~Abbie, Laurie & Molly
 


 
RM Tour Diary #225: Colorado BBQ & a gondola ride
 
What a blast we had in Colorado this week! The tour kicked off just outside of Denver at the Bonfils-Stanton Ampitheater in Lakwood, CO. The lovely and talented Katey Laurel opened the show and 1,000 people gathered on the hillside to picnic and listen. We couldn't think of a a better place to spend a warm and breezy evening!
 
Next, we returned to Hight Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival for the second time. What a special place this is! Set in bucolic Westcliffe, CO, the festival is run by some of the loveliest folks around and much of it's proceeds go to the Custer County Medical Clinic. Ron Thomason of Dry Branch Fire Squad has been putting this festival together for 11 years and always hosts a killer line-up.
 
We got to chat it up backstage with great acts like Sons and Brothers, Blue Canyon Boys and Foghorn String Band. The Old-Time Kozmic Trio, consisting of some of the best string players around - Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Rushad Eggleston (formerly of Crooked Still) - absolutely blew us away. These guys are not to be missed! 
 
Like the end of summer camp, it was sad to leave. Lucky for us our favorite BBQ vendor "Grillers in the Mist" piled us up with pork ribs for the road! We made the long winding drive to Aspen just as the sun was setting and it was glorious. The gig was a first for us; we took a gondola to the top of the ski mountain! We sang three sets at 11,000 feet! Fans showed up from far and wide - Texas and Connecticut - and we made many new friends atop Mtn Aspen. We'll be back!
 
Over and Out
~Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 5:47 PM
RM Tour Diary #224: Old Shine Copper Ponies
 
One of the many perks of playing music is sometimes getting to pick great opening acts. This weekend we had two! Poor Old Shine is a CT based high energy quartet ala Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers. These guys kicked off the night for us at our long-awaited show at The Narrows in Fall River, MA. (This was the show that was cancelled due to "Frankenstorm" back in February.) Thanks for everyone who came to the rescheduled show - it was sold out!!
 
Saturday night we returned to the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Society in Fair Lawn, NJ. Our long time friend Eric Balkey recently teamed up with vocalist Annie Donohue to form a duo named (by Abbie) The Copper Ponies. These are sweet people with sweet harmonies. It's been especially fun playing our new tune "Lay Down Your Burden" with our opening guests at the end of the night. 
 
We've got some time off now to write and rehearse - our next big trip is back to Kate Wolf Festival in California!
 
Happy Summer!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Monday, May 20th, 2013 11:04 PM
RM Tour Diary #223: I'm on a BOAT!
 
Hello Redheads!
 
We had a blast this weekend! Returning to TCAN in Natick, MA Friday night, we found the room packed to the gills with Sat-night-style raucous crowd. The highlight was certainly when we came out for our encore and part of the crowd was singing Abbie's new tune "Lay Down" at us! Laurie said "It's about time we were entertained up here!"
 
Sat was Molly's Birthday and the band woke up in New Haven to her favorite- a lox and bagels brunch courtesy of Molly's mom and brother. And then we took a ferry ride from Bridgepory to Long Island! We tried to remake the SNL skit "I'm on a Boat!" 
 
Saturday night we played Landmark on Main in Port Washington, NY. After a great set- what a sound system this place has -we got to kick back and enjoy the enigmatic Nellie McKay play for an hour. This chick is brilliant!
 
Sunday we played at the Appalachian Brew Pub in Harrisburg, PA as part of the Susquehanna Folk Music Society. Our sound guy was none other than the permanent sound man from Scythian - one of our Merlefest favorites. The place was full and the crowd was wonderful. There was even a birthday funnel cake complete with candles and raspberry syrup. YUM
 
Look for us in a few weeks in MA and NJ!
thanks for checking in
Molly Laurie & Abbie

Monday, May 13th, 2013 9:35 AM
RM Tour Diary #222: Scenic Upstate Playmobile  
 
Upstate New York is bursting with color right now; bright green fields and yellow dandelions, red barns, black & white cows; we thought we were back in our childhood playmobile sets. 
 
Friday night we played our first show in Cazenovia, NY (Syracuse area) at the Catherine Cummings theater. Local fiddle player Sean Martin opened the show; at 16 years old this guy has talent! We had an enthusiastic crowd and we got to stay right next door at the Linklaen house - what luxury!
 
Saturday we returned to Golden Link Folk Society in Penfield, NY (Rochester area). There were a few dancers in the house who made the show a treat for us. Four year-old Anna in the front row twirled around to the upbeat numbers, and then there was a man on stilts in an Uncle Sam outfit boogie-ing down! We asked the crowd if Uncle Sam was always at Golden Link shows and no one seemed to know where he had come from- we joked that all you need to get in anywhere for free is learn to walk on stilts and dress as Uncle Sam. (It's a long-term investment).
 
Next week we'll be in Natick, MA, Port Washington, NY & Harrisburg, PA.
Hope to see you soon!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Monday, April 29th, 2013 4:20 PM
RM Tour Diary #221: Merlefest & Beyond
 
Hello Redheads! As always, Merlefest was a love-fest this year. It was joyous and a tad bittersweet, as this was the first festival since the passing of both "Doc" and Rosa Lee Watson. There were reserved seats on the side of main stage for these two, and the gratitude for all they gave to the music community was palpable. We loved hearing the Album Hour featuring the Waybacks, as well as sets by Jerry Douglas, Della Mae, and one of our new favorite groups the Honeycutters. 
 
Sunday night we played at the coolest new venue in DC- the Hamilton! Not only is this a super swanky listening room with terrific sound and a wonderful crew, but the menu is divine and we dined on scrumptious sushi before the show! If you are in the DC area, this venue is not to be missed!
 
Looking forward to our upcoming shows in MA, PA & NY this month. Hope to see you at a show!
thanks for checking in,
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 10:05 AM
RM Tour Diary #220: Back in the saddle.
 
Smooth sailing this weekend as we had very short drives to NY & CT for our shows. No emptying liquids and stripping down before the plane! No squishing everything into one carry-on or trying to disguise a guitar as a stroller!
 
We blissed out to the sweet songs of Robby Hecht during his opening set of
both our shows. Common Ground Coffee House hosted us Friday at Irvingtom Town Hall Theater. it being a Town Hall, sirens started whooping half way through the opening set. Robby kept starting a song between blasts- further endearing himself to the crowd.
 
Saturday we played to a sold out crowd at the Sounding Board in West Hartford. The amazing Herb Gardner joined us on trombone both nights - and there were cheers of "Popsy!" after his solos.
The whole crew spent two nights with Molly's family in New Haven, feasting and enjoying the weekend.
 
Next up-
Thanks for checking in!
Laurie, Abbie & Molly

Monday, April 1st, 2013 9:50 AM
RM Tour Diary#219: Australia part 4
 
What an incredible 4 weeks we have had, our first big overseas tour could not have gone better! Thursday night we played at the Quarterdeck in Narooma. This venue is right on the water and right out of a Jimmy Buffett theme park. A lot of folks from previous shows made their way to this show making us feel a bit like locals. 
 
We closed out our monthlong Australian visit at the National Folk Fest in the capitol city of Canberra. With at least 14 stages, endless kiosks for food and clothes, and late night jams at the immense Sessions Bar- this was certainly our biggest festival to date. The festival was extremely family friendly and interactive with music competitions and dancing classes and a parade using all the arts and crafts made on site!
 
We got to hear some great Australian acts like Jordie Lane, Husky and Mustered Courage. See these guys when they come to the states! We caught a gorgeous set by Paul Brady of Ireland, and a rocking show by Nashville's David Olney & Sergio Webb. We stole Sergio for a few tunes on two of our shows, and also hijacked an Australian cajon player Mark Aspland for a late night set. We even got into the dance scene- Tango, Swing and a good old-fashioned rave!
 
We are sad to leave our wonderful hosts- Jim Ros Eric and Deb. We can't imagine Australia without you!  Last tidbits of Aussie lingo for you: let's go to the rub a dub and have a few pigs ears (Let's go to the pub and have a few beers). It's time to hit the frog and toad = hit the road!
 
We love Australia!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 9:33 AM
RM Tour Diary #218: Australian part 3
 
Last thursday night we had a blast in Wagga Wagga (Actually the saying is, don't call Wagga "Wagga Wagga"). Dale Allison and his band The Groove Factorie hold a monthly hootenanny of sorts at the Home Tavern, and we were pleased to be the first international act to share the bill!
 
Friday we headed to our third Australian Festival in Yackandandah. We were greeted with our picture plastered on the cover of the festival program. We felt pretty famous. This is a super sweet town and the festival is delightfully cozy. We caught some great groups like the local men's a cappella sextet VIvox - as well as our good pal James Keelaghan and his bass player David Woodhead. We stayed in a gorgeous home with panoramic views and our hosts Ken and Fiona kept us well fed and enjoying a variety of fine Australian vintages. Thank you, guys!
 
Monday and Tuesday we had two sporty stops- first the Alexandra Folk Music Society put us up for a lovely little show in the tennis clubhouse; there was a nice jam session outside the clubhouse before the show. Next the Bendigo Folk Club hosted us at the QEO- we literally performed under the grand stand at the Queen Elizabeth Oval- their Australian football stadium (they play soccer on a massive oval field down here - and they use their hands!).
 
The other night someone said to Abbie "I'm not trying to piss in your pocket - you guys were really brilliant!"  And she said "Fair Dinkum Mate, much appreciated!"
 
See you Aussies at the National Folk Fest this weekend!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Thursday, March 21st, 2013 7:33 PM
RM Tour Diary #217: Australia part 2
 
Greetings from Australia; where the birds sound like monkey's and the pies are full of meat!  Last week Red Molly dined at an oyster farm in Merimbula and found a bakery serving up the most delicious (also the only) meat pies we've ever tasted! Early morning excitement included Abbie having not one but two rainbow lorakeets sitting on her wrist and eating from her hand. 
 
Thursday, after getting lost and ending up on a dairy farm, we found our way to a delightful house concert in Cadgee. We woke to a chorus of cows, birds and a rooster and we left with bundles of fresh lettuce and cucumbers from the garden. What a special spot, thanks, John!
 
Friday through Sunday we went to Katoomba for the Blue Mountain Folk fest. We met up with more "Muso" friends like Go Jane Go (whose record is a big hit in our car) and spent quality time at various vendors "giving back" - which is what we like to call shopping. :)  Our extremely awesome fan Ginger Fowler came all the way from Massachusetts to see us at this festival! We believe this is the farthest a fan has travelled to see us perform. Plus, she then had an incredible vacation in Australia. Good on you, Ginger!
 
Monday and Tuesday we played two more lovely shows in Terara and Moruya. And then had a glorious day off at the beach where our amazing hosts Eric and Deb Brooks took us splashing in the surf. The sand here is so fine and clean that it literally squeaks under the feet! Big thanks to all our house concert hosts for such lovely places to play music and get a good night's sleep, and to our new fans for coming out and taking a chance on us!    
 
Next up- Wagga Wagga and Yackandandah. (Is someone making these names up?)
 
We're having a glorious time and we miss you all back in the states!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie
 
A few more Australianisms we've done our best to understand: 
Fair suck of the sav ~ aw, come on, be fair. 
Fair dinkum ~ for real!
Good on you ~ this seems to mean good for you and sometimes also hello, goodbye, and thank you. 
Our favorite phrase we learned from our friend Ros is: I'd like a pup off that hat. As in, I'd like that hat to have babies, so that I can have one just like yours!

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 5:52 AM

RM Tour Diary #216: Australia part 1: Cheese Might!


It's been non-stop excitement for Red Molly since arriving in Melbourne last week. After the windy left-side drive up Great Ocean Highway towards Apollo Bay we luxuriated on the beach and ate fried flake (shark!) & chips for dinner!


Our first performance in Australia was at the Port Fairy festival. It was 10am, blazing hot, and there were 3,000 people in the tent listening to our set! We got to catch some great acts like Ruthie Foster, Gurrumal and Kate Miller-Heidke. And we sang in a very touching Woody Guthrie tribute with Arlo Guthrie, Glen Hansard and Chris Smither- among others. There were no turkey legs to be found but we did gobble down some spicy noodles in a cone! 


Tuesday night we sang for a great crowd in Valencia Creek- a beautiful farming spot north east of Melbourne. A nice big bat flew around in the rafters as we sang. :)

Our hosts are teaching us some local slang- "have a captain cook" is have a look. Pass the "dead horse" is pass the ketchup. Still no kangaroo or koala's but we'll let you know as soon as they are spotted!


Also, by saying "Cheese Might" quickly- you'll be saying "Cheers Mate" in Australia speak.


Cheese Mights!

Molly, Abbie & Laurie



Monday, February 25th, 2013 12:34 PM
RM Tour Diary #215: The Alliance!
 
This weekend Red Molly travelled up to Toronto, CA for the International Folk Alliance Conference. For those of you unfamiliar with this event- there are hundreds upon hundreds of musicians as well as booking agents, DJ's and industry folks housed in a ginormous hotel for 4 days.
There are educational panels and official showcases- and late night room upon room of singer-songwriters and bands holding guerrilla showcases in small suites with the beds folded up. Dance parties and jam sessions generally extended to the 4-6am time! 
 
We got to hear plenty of our favorite musicians perform, as well as get hip to some awesome new music. Pharis and Jason Romero and Rachel Sermanni are our new obsessions from the conference. We played one "off-campus" show at Hugh's room in Toronto that was such fun we're already trying to figure out when we can play more shows in Ontario!
 
Next up - it's finally time to go to AUSTRALIA!!
Happy March!
Molly Abbie & Laurie

Monday, February 18th, 2013 9:15 AM
RM Tour Diary #214: Steel Wheels Tour!
 
We are still buzzing from our 5-date run with The Steel Wheels the weekend. What a blast! The tour started out in Steel Wheels tromping grounds Harrisonburg, VA. Clementine Cafe's Jackson Pollock-esque backdrop makes for a striking stage and the home town crowd gave us a taste of what was to come on this tour- rowdy fans and lots of collaboration!
 
We spent Valentine's day at the Barns at Wolf Trap- this grand old post and beam barn is a beautiful place to play and hear music. We collaborated on a few tunes and had so much fun that we decided to add more songs each night- until we were playing the entire set with one another! Well we never quite got to that point, but the highlight of each evening was clearly when the bands took the stage together - look out for us in 2014! 
 
Friday night we had our first sold-out show in Sellersville, PA. Fans were buzzing with excitement - some had their feet up on the stage. And we had Philly-based harmonica player Bob Beach join in on our encore tune "Workin' on a Building". Saturday night we played the great GE Theater as part of Eighth Step Concert Series in Schenectady, NY. After the show both bands were already lamenting the fact that our tour was almost over!
 
Sunday we had another first time sell-out show at City Winery in NYC. Special guests included Craig Akin on bass and Eben Pariser on guitar for a debut tune off Molly & Eben's new duo project "Goodnight Moonshine". We truly didn't want the night to end and our audiences couldn't say enough about The Steel Wheels Red Molly combo. Best of all- these guys are just class-A gentlemen. Fun and sweet and incredibly talented. Thanks for an epic tour guys! :)
 
Next stop: Toronto for Folk Alliance and then AUSTRALIA!!!
Hope to see you soon!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Monday, February 11th, 2013 11:01 PM
RM Tour Diary #213 : NEMO!
 
What an adventure for Red Molly. Thursday night we played our first show at the Palace Theater in Stafford Springs CT. Excellent sound in this spot and it seemed everyone there had seen us several times! Due to storm Nemo, our Friday night show at the Narrows in Fall River was moved to May 31st, and we were set to drive up to Maine the next morning in the hopes of missing the worst of the storm. 
 
We got an early start - the crack of 9 - and made it to just a half-mile shy of our destination when the 4-wheel drive Molly Mobile could go no further up the slippery hill. Laurie and Molly got out and literally pushed while Abbie babied the accelerator and our faithful Matrix chugged up the last of the way, leaving Molly and Laurie puffing behind!
 
Our promoter did her best to hold the concert on Sautrday night as planned, but eventually hideous weather in the Portland area and driving ban in CT & MA compelled her to move the show to Sunday. On a normal day, we might have been disappointed. But we were being hosted (wined and dined no less) in the idyllic Snowvillage Inn in Eaton, NH. With wonderful snowshoeing trails, cozy fireplaces in each of our rooms and gourmet dining, we definitely felt like we were getting away with something. This is the spot to have your next getaway!
 
Sunday night the show did go on! Great food and beautiful ambiance and terrific sound make the Stone Mountain Arts Center one of the finest places to see live music. Downstairs in the green room there is a foosball and pool table, a record player, and copious amount of food so - it wasn't bad for us either.  Thanks to all who came out!
 
And thanks fans for all the well-wishes this weekend!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie
 
P.S. We heard that Disney paid to name the storm Nemo - is this true? 

Saturday, February 9th, 2013 10:37 AM


SHOW POSTPONED ONE DAY!

Due to the blizzard, our show at Stone Mountain Arts Center will take place on SUNDAY, instead of SATURDAY!


Thursday, February 7th, 2013 1:28 PM
Due to the snowstorm, our show at the Narrows on Feb 8 has been rescheduled for May 31.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 2:21 PM
RM Tour Diary #212: Californ-I-A!
 
Oh California, why do you have to be so far from New Jersey? We were greeted by fantastic presenters & staff at each show and every audience was mightily responsive! This trip was made extra special by Anne and Pete Sibley, whose beautiful music and pure goodness helped to create a memorable collaborative experience at each concert they opened for us! Check out their beautiful songs and harmonies here: http://www.anneandpetesibley.com/
 
Wednesday night in Felton, Don Quixote's filled up with people for our second time playing at this great spot. Mmm Mexican food and down home singin'! Thursday we returned to the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. The sound was exquisite as usual and 30 extra fans from around the country were able to catch the show via a live web stream! We'd like to use this cool company- Concert Window- at more of our shows!
 
Friday's Women's Music Festival took us north through the redwoods to the Mateel Community Center in Redway, CA. Four great acts played and Red Molly closed out the night! Saturday, on the windy route from Redway to Philo, Red Molly stopped to ride horses on the beach! (Yes, sometimes the road is a harsh and unforgiving mistress). Thank you Ricochet Ranch- it was glorious!!! 
 
Saturday night we played Anderson Valley Grange Hall and the crowd was wild. There were animal noises from the audience which prompted Laurie to do her very best chicken impression that she learned from her grandfather. It was epic. 
Sunday's show was equally memorable at the Sebastopol Community Center. Cloud Moss and his able-handed crew took great care of us. There was even a massive disco ball for our final number!  Special thanks to radio DJ's - especially at KZYX and KRSH - for playing our music and helping to spread the word about our shows!
 
For now, Laurie is off to Boston to sing harmony on Susan Werner's new album, Abbie is doing intensive Dobro lessons for a week outside of Sacramento, and Molly is heading down the coast of California for 7 shows with Eben Pariser to debut their Goodnight Moonshine album. You can find the schedule at http://www.goodnightmoonshine.com/
 
Thank you fans and we already miss you Sibley's!!!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 1:00 PM
RM Tour Diary #211: Pacific Northwest
 
Ring it in, ring in the new year! It's good to kick off 2013 by touring in one of our favorite places- the Pacific Northwest. Wednesday we returned to Traditions Cafe in Olympia- a sweet little venue, cafe & fair trade bazar. The audience of strong singers sang along loudly to Oklahoma Hills, and each "Molly" left Traditions with something felted. 
 
Thursday we played our first show at the Triple Door in Seattle, a big beautiful venue & supper club with great sound. Our fan Michael brought us a massive bouquet of dried flowers and brownies. (The brownies were separate from the bouquet). Local musician and vegetable grower Nathaniel Talbot opened the show with a few gorgeous tunes!
 
In Portland we returned to the Alberta Rose Theatre, a lovely historic theater that's constantly improving- the sound is always fantastic! Our friend Nels Andrews - whom we've dubbed as the happiest folk singer in the land - opened the show for us and warmed up the already spunky Portland crowd. 
 
We took a long drive down the Oregon coast on Saturday (*what sights*) to reach Pistol River, an idyllic little spot just south of Gold Beach. Our sound man and host Les Stansell builds houses and guitars of equal beauty and makes a mean fish stew to boot. Thank you Pistol River!
 
Sunday rounded out our first leg of the tour with a show at Cozmic in Eugene. This was our first time playing Eugene and we had a fantastic time at Cozmic. Our pal Bob Beach brought down the house when he joined us on harmonica! Tara Stonecipher and the Tall Grass opened the show- what a voice! 
 
In our down time we're hitting up hot yoga spots all down the coast and have been asked if we are flight attendants. :) 
Next stop, California!
 
Thanks for checking in
Laurie, Abbie & Molly

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 11:18 AM
RM Tour Diary #210: Out with a Bang
 
We ended this year close to home at a few of our all-time favorite venues. Both the Turning Point in Piermont, NY and Circle of Friends in Franklin, MA have been long time supporters of Red Molly. Our fans showed up to sell out both shows in Piermont and we had a record turn-out for Circle of Friends as well! What's more, we ended the weekend playing a co-bill with one of our favorite musicians Tim O'Brien!!
 
Storm surge from Hurricane Sandy crept up just yards from the Turning Point but thankfully the venue did not experience any flooding. We know much of the rest of the town did, and we're grateful for all the folks who showed up for the music. Herb Gardener helped to make it an extra special night but playing trombone and piano!
 
The wonderful Robby Hecht opened for a full house at Circle of Friends. Robby's fantastic singing and brilliant songwriting are undeniable and his set was as moving as anything we've heard this year. The audience agreed and gobbled up his CD's. 
 
Our first time in Shelburne Falls, Memorial Hall is a great old theatre with a fantastic sound system. We've been long-time fans of the great Tim O'Brien and finally got to share a show and break bread with this fine fellow. To top it off, he agreed to join us during our set for "Willow Tree" and "Come on in My Kitchen". What a way to end our 2012 touring!!!
 
Many thanks to John and Daren at Turning Point, Jake Jacobsen and the whole Circle of Friends family in Franklin, and Jim at Signature Sounds for hosting such great concerts! For all of you fans who continue to support live music, you make this all possible and we cannot thank you enough!!!
 
We'll be getting some R&R and family time over our break, and we'll see you in 2013 with a big West Coast Tour! Keep an eye out for our very first music video "Hello Goodbye" - to premier early in the new year.
XO Laurie, Abbie & Molly
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 11:26 AM
RM Tour Diary #209: Perspective on Winter
 
Whose idea was it to tour Alberta in November anyway?  We never quite figured out the fahrenheit/celsius thing, but it was c-c-cold. No matter- Canadian hospitality is warm as a hot toddy!
 
We made it our of Newark by the skin of our teeth, just as the latest Nor-easter shut down airports last Wednesday. Our first stop was Medicine Hat Folk Music Club (we were greeted with roses) which takes place in a neat old converted pottery factory. Old brick walls, a killer sound guy, and a full house of friendly folks made for a wonderful evening!
 
Next we drove North to Edmonton during "travel advisory" weather. We stayed safe and on the road, though- slow and steady wins the race. Canadian singer-songwriter Dave Gunnning opened our show at the Full Moon Folk Club and wowed the audience with his beautiful songs and quick witted humor. We had fans giving us their cell phone numbers and promising to pull us out of a ditch should we get into trouble.
 
In Calgary, the Bow Valley Music Club has been putting on concerts for 21 years and its devoted fan base showed up in spades on Saturday for another sold-out show. Coyote Moon played the first set, followed by Dave Gunning, whose alternate tuning & flat-picking style lent itself perfectly to "Annabelle" - so we had him up during our set as well!  We got to see plenty of our friends from this summer's Canmore Folk Festival, and we made it a band goal to play at ALL of the Canadian music festivals this summer. (OK well, maybe MOST).
 
Sunday we drove to Athabasca. (For you non-Albertans, this itinerary is like driving New Jersey to Rhode Island to Vermont to Philadelphia to Maine and back to Jersey… It's always a good time when the audience starts laughing as you announce the towns of your weekend shows.) But Athabasca was a hoot! This tiny town knows how to have a good time and was the perfect sending-off show. Plus, landing back in New York at 2am Monday night, the weather felt positively balmy!
 
Catch us next weekend in Piermont NY, Franklin MA and Shelbourne Falls MA with TIM OBRIEN!!!
Stay dry and warm!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie
 
 

Monday, October 29th, 2012 12:15 PM
RM Tour Diary #208: A Wild One
 
It felt like something was in the air this weekend, with two especially boisterous audiences. Was it the full moon or Halloween approaching? Or was it... FrankenStorm!?!  Well, there is definitely something in the air now, with Hurricane Sandy bearing down on us. Hope you've battened down your hatches folks!
 
We first performed at the Strand, a gorgeous old theater in Southern New Jersey that is being revitalized by a group of hard working music-loving individuals. We had an on-air interview with Home Grown Radio, Friday afternoon, along with our new friends the Glimmer Grass Band. These guys rocked the house with a long opening set Friday night.
 
Saturday we returned to First Acoustics- a great series in a lovely church in downtown Brooklyn. Last year there was a full-on conga-line at the end of the show, facilitated by our pals of the Roosevelt Dime band. So we brought up banjo player Andrew Green for the final tune, and also upright bass-player extraordinaire Craig Akin, for several tunes on bass. Up and coming Gypsy-Bluegrass sensation Union Street Preservation Society opened the show with some foot stomping tunes and great singing. We love it here- thanks Coco!
 
Next up is Canada, eh? We hear November is a great time to visit the Canadian Rockies- so you may consider a road trip. :)
 
Thanks for tuning in!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie
 
 

Monday, September 24th, 2012 2:12 PM

CORRECTION!
We thought our interview on KPR was airing on Tue Oct 9, but it's actually Sun Oct 7!
Click here for more info:
http://www.redmolly.com/tour.html
 
 
RM Tour Diary #207: Carousels and Clam Chowder
 
Fall is here and it's put a swing in our step! Good thing, because this weekend we recorded our first ever music video! Working with our friends at Extraneous Noise, we found a beautiful old carousel to film a live video recording of Abbie's tune Hello Goodbye. We had a blast chasing each other around the carousel and trying our hand at skeet ball at the Cape Cod Carousel Funhouse Arcade. There's even a cameo by one of our musical friends. We can't wait to show it off!
 
Saturday night we returned to Common Fence Music in Portsmouth, RI. Not just a concert series, Common Fence Music also has a youth outreach program bringing music into schools; it's a great group of folks and we were thrilled to kick off their 20th year. It was a perfect weekend to be in coastal New England and eat some serious seafood. 
 
Next stop will be The Strand in Lakewood NJ, and First Acoustics in Brooklyn!
 
Thanks for checking in!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Monday, September 17th, 2012 5:01 PM
RM Tour Diary 206: Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
 
We were disappointed that the Tony Rice show was cancelled at the Birchmere and we wish Tony a speedy recovery! Sorry to miss our DC fans - we look forward to seeing you at The Barns at Wolf Trap on Feb 14th. The upside was that we were hosted by Abbie's Uncle Guy Zoller for the best dinner we've had in ages- and we left for Bristol happy and well rested. 
 
Our third trip to this fabulous festival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is fast becoming our home away from home. Stage managers and fans alike were quick to offer help and pay us a compliment- this place makes us feel like queens!
 
We played three stages in three days- returning to the Paramount Theater on Saturday night, where we were joined by some great friends. Anne and Pete Sibley sang one of their gorgeous original tunes, and Jason Norris of Bearfoot played mandolin and fiddle, making it a very special night! On Sunday, we had Cahalen Morrison, of the duo Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, join us on mandolin and banjo. 
 
We also got to check out great acts like Della Mae and April Verch; there was some serious girl power happening in Bristol. Before hitting the road, we popped in for a quick live radio taping on Knoxville's WDVX.
 
Huge thanks to Leah Ross, Larry Gorley and everyone at this festival for a wonderful weekend.
 
See you soon!
Laurie, Abbie & Molly
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 9:06 PM
BIRCHMERE SHOW ON 9/13 CANCELLED
We're sorry to report that Tony Rice will not be able to make the show at the Birchmere on Thursday, so the show has been cancelled.  But ... we look forward to seeing our DC-area fans in February, when we're on tour with The Steel Wheels! We'll be at The Barns at Wolf Trap on Valentine's Day (February 14).  Click on the TOUR button above for more info.

Monday, August 27th, 2012 7:38 PM
RM Tour Diary #205: There's no place like KANSAS!
 
Kansans are not just nice, they are also surprisingly rowdy and die-hard music fans. 
 
For this tour we took along our good friend and quasi Kansas native, Craig Akin, on the upright bass! We kicked off our tour with an in-studio recording with Bob McWilliams and his able team on Kansas Public Radio. The show will air in October, date to follow.
 
We then headed over to play our second show with West Side Folk Concert Series in Lawrence. The house was full, the audience was in top form, and Molly's face was almost back to normal after her brawl with a bumble bee. 
 
Saturday we played in Hesston, at Prarie Window Concert Series. The Dyck Arboretum is a beautiful spot on a nature preserve. Singing "Wichita" and "Oklahoma Hills" while looking out onto grassy plains was pretty special. 
 
We ended in Garden City at the Tumbleweed Festival- our second "Zoo Gig" this summer! We love this place and got to befriend some great acts like Tom Paxton and Brennen Leigh. We even got a special tour of the Zoo afterward- if only we'd had a video of Laurie when she caught sight of the jaguars. She's very into the big cats. Thanks to Willis and Russ for two great years at this festival.
 
And special thanks to the Akins for slow-cooked barbecue and a taste of home on the road!
 
Thanks for checking in,
Abbie, Molly & Laurie

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 9:43 PM
RM Tour Diary #205: Canmore!
 
Canmore is a gorgeous town an hour east of Calgary- 40 miles or 86 kilometers west of Banff- or, as we like to call it, Banfffffffffff. Man this place is pretty! Right in the heart of the Canadian Rockies with glacial streams and rivers running through. (Yes, we swam!)
 
It was no surprise then, that this Canadian festival set in a summertime paradise was full of very happy, very friendly people. We had a wonderful main stage set friday night, just before Australian phenom Kim Churchill, and several workshops where we got to collaborate with other fine folks. Sunday morning Gospel hour we had a hoot playing with Gurf Morlix, Ray Bonneville and Mike Farris.
 
We also got to spend time with our friends Raina Rose, Andrew Pressman, Anthony DaCosta, Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt. Perhaps best of all we tasted plenty of local wild game at Sage Bistro and even found time to jump in the river. FREEEEEZING! 
 
After a bit of time off we'll be back on the road heading to Kansas!
Keep an eye out for us.
Happy August!
Abbie, Laurie & Molly
 

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 9:35 AM
Red Molly Tour Diary #204: RockyGrass!
 
It's hard to imagine a more inspiring place to take in music than Lyons, CO. Planet Bluegrass is nestled in the curve of a river with plenty of trees and red cliffs reaching up behind the stage. Our schedule allowed us to get to Lyons early in the week to teach a quick class at RockyGrass Academy, sit in on some amazing instrument classes, and play in the late night campsite jams with so many great musicians!
 
Thursday we sped up to Rawlins, Wyoming, our 35th state, to play a great little outdoor concert series, featuring a frisbee golf course, tasty pork ribs, and a whole slew of happy Wyomingers taking in the summer evening. A few of our Utah fans even showed up!
 
Friday we headed back to RockyGrass for the weekend's festivities. We were incredibly inspired by so many of the musicians at this festival including The Punch Brothers, Peter Rowan, Michael Cleveland, The Infamous Stringdusters and Tim O'Brien. Red Molly played two great sets and even earned a standing ovation on Sunday! We just loved being "on the planet" and we especially love all the new friends and fans we met here.  
 
Next up is Canada, then Kansas!
Thanks for all the support,
Abbie, Molly & Laurie
 

Monday, July 23rd, 2012 9:56 PM
RM Tour Diary #203: Rocky Mountain High
 
Our first stop on this Rocky Mountain tour put us into Albuquerque NM, for the Summer Nights Concert Series. It was a zoo, literally! This popular weekly concert series was packed with people picnicking, dancing and even hula hooping. We had a blast with the crowd in this lovely setting- Abbie put it best when she told the crowd the next night "I've never seen elephants dance like that!"
 
Friday we played in gorgeous Telluride CO. We were thrilled to be a part of the Telluride Americana Festival. Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack played a killer set before us at the Sheridan Opera House and the crowd seemed to be buzzing with electricity. We are huge fans of Steve Stagner and all of the fine folks who put on this fun fest! We danced in the hail storm and ate baked potatoes from a street vendor. Telluride, we hope this is the start of a long and beautiful relationship. 
 
Saturday we drove through Moab and other Utah awesomeness to Salt Lake City. The Free Folk & Bluegrass Fest is a neat little festival held right smack in the center of downtown Salt Lake. We got to hang out with - and more importantly listen to - our friend Ellis! She is as lovely and uplifting as ever. Good times, Utah.
 
We're taking in the sights, listening to books on tape, and psyched for State #34 this week- Wyoming!  And then… ROCKYGRASS!!!
 
Thanks for checking in,
Laurie, Abbie & Molly

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 5:04 PM
RM Tour Diary #202: Full Service Operation

 
Sunday Red Molly returned to the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford, CT. This is a beautiful outdoor concert spot, and we were so eager to play on the lawn that we decided to gamble with the weather and, well, we lost.
 
We had Pops Gardner with us- who is the MacGyver of folk and jazz music. He rigged up a microphone by placing his patented trombone case/mic stand atop several granite blocks. There was multi-colored velcro involved. We were all set up and sound-checked when the skies opened up and dumped on us. After procuring several garbage bags for our instruments, we managed to lug our gear through the thunder and lightning to the inside venue.
 
We rung out our dresses - literally- and launched into song! This ended up being an especially fun unplugged show for the die-hard RM fans who braved the weather. We love having pops on trombone and so did our audience! On our way out we even stopped to jump-start the car of one of our new fans. That's what we like to call, a full service operation.
 
And now, Westward Ho! Come see us in NM, CO, UT & WY!!
Many thanks
Molly, Abbie & Laurie
 

Monday, June 25th, 2012 9:18 AM
RM Tour Diary #201: Willie Nelson!

This week Red Molly had the huge honor of opening two shows for the legendary country singer Willie Nelson. What an experience! Both of these 2,500 seat venues in Hyannis and Cohasset MA are intimate and in-the-round style, complete with a rotating stage under a giant circus tent; and both were were packed to the gills with enthusiastic Willie fans!  There were a couple of girls there in their 20's who had been to see Willie Nelson ONE THOUSAND TIMES.

We took the stage in front of many very happy people, and felt immediately welcomed by their generous applause. The first night we had them under our spell by the time we sang "Dear Someone" and "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind". The second night the audience was even more demonstrative, needing no invitation to clap along to "Beaumont Rest Stop", "Honey on my Grave", and "Goodbye & So Long to You". When Abbie introduced "Hello Goodbye", we located it's co-writer Herb Gardner in the crowd and the whole place applauded for Abbie's dad!

Willie Nelson & Family were incredible. You could hear the rumble of the applause start upon first sighting and whip into a frenzy by the time he took the stage. The man is beloved, and for good reason. He played nonstop for 90 minutes, pausing just long enough to throw one of his red bandanas into the crowd. Willie's "Little Sister" - she's 81 - didn't miss a beat on piano either! Women handed him flowers and reached out for hugs - to which he obliged. And we are fairly certain a purple bra was thrown onto the stage the second night. And Willie played all the hits- you name it he played it- and then a few knockouts from his new album.

We made pals with his band and crew and got a tour of the buses (we grinned to see Seinfeld on the TV screens inside). They even indulged us in snapping some photos of us sitting in the bunks of the bus. Willie's famous red white and blue guitar strap is in the shot! We heard some great stories from the decades of touring this crew has done together. Laurie even shook Willie's hand in the hallway on the second night. "It's a captive audience," she said, "what with all the rain." And Willie laughed out loud. Yes, yes he did.

Many thanks to Vince Longo, Tony, Eric, Frank, Paul, Tommy, Bud Rock and the whole fabulous crew for having us.
Roll us up and smoke us, we've died and gone to heaven. :)
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Monday, June 18th, 2012 11:47 AM
RM Tour Diary #200: Pennsylvania is Fecund
 
This weekend's shows took Red Molly to the fertile farmland of PA. We hit up the Kennett Square (aka mushroom capital of the world) farmer's market for some spicy micro greens before playing two shows at Kennett Flash. Our 4th time at this great venue, we had local talent Matthew Rineer open the show. Our friends Jon Paul, Craig Akin and Phil Minissale even showed up to the late show and played a few tunes. 
 
After a relaxing stay in New Holland, PA with Molly's cousins, RM took the scenic route to play at the Gettysburg Festival. We passed through Intercourse, PA as well as Bird-in-Hand. Who is naming these towns?? Day 9 of this 10-day festival, we played at the Majestic Theater in downtown Gettysburg, with Voxology opening the show. The crowd cracked up when Abbie told them of our beloved Jersey City farmer's market- complete with knife sharpeners and a pizza truck. :) All in all a great weekend. 
 


Monday, June 11th, 2012 9:18 AM
 RM Tour Diary #199: Roots and Divas
 
This weekend we returned to one of our favorite little festivals in all the land, Roots on the River! This year's line-up was outstanding, including Melissa Ferrick, The Steel Wheels, Hayes Carll, Roger Marin, Barnstar! (the exclamation point is part of the name) - and of course the Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show. And that was just Saturday! It was so much fun to pal around with these folks and take in some incredible music. Summertime rocks.
 
Sunday we were part of a benefit concert for the Diva Day Foundation at the YWCA of Cambridge, MA. This show featured not one, not two, but three female trios! Diva's Daughters and Jan Bell & the Maybelles had great performances and we saw some of our die-hard fans in the crowd.  Good times had by all.
 
Headed to PA next weekend and then, yes, opening for Willie Nelson the 21st & 22nd in MA!
Abbie, Laurie & Molly
 

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 1:58 PM
RM Tour Diary #198: Drives and Rides

Red Molly logged on the miles this weekend, high-tailing it from Narrowsburg, NY Saturday night to our afternoon set in Herndon, VA on Sunday. Our first time at the Tusten Theater Saturday was a great success, with a full house and Joe and Zoot on lighting and sound taking good care of us.

We were thrilled to close out the Herndon Festival Sunday afternoon with special guest Mike Clem of Eddie from Ohio! We got to catch a few songs from the great North Carolina band Delta Rae - such a huge sound. The sun beat down, face-painted kids scampered around the stage, and festival rides somersaulted in the background. We had a blast Virginia!                                

Thanks to our generous hosts this weekend Janelle & David and Guy Zoller!

We'll be at Roots on the River Fest in Bellows Falls VT this weekend, then in Cambridge for Diva Day benefit!

thanks for checking in,
Abbie, Laurie & Molly

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 11:42 AM
 
RM Tour Diary #197: New T-shirts & Old Friends

It was our first time playing at the Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury, NY - this sweet little venue filled up with families and friends for the show. After sound check we headed a hop-skip away to WIOX, where DJ Terry Doyle has been a huge RM supporter over the years. We hammed it up as per their request and were rewarded with red cookies and red velvet cupcakes!

We unveiled our new T-shirts in Roxbury, and got both Terry and a pair of 6-year old twin boys to model the shirts onstage. Quite a few shirts found new owners that night - we're thinking we'd do well to find some young twins to man our merch table. We stayed at Scudder Hill House - a perfect spot for anyone in search of a sweet ski vacation!

One of our (many) stops along the Mass Pike Sunday was made exponentially more interesting when we ran straight into our pals from the band Pesky J. Nixon! Ethan, Jake, Eric, and Dan were coming from a show in Rochester - What fun!  We haven't enjoyed ourselves so much at a rest stop since... well, ever.  

Sunday we returned to Rockport MA- what a beautiful place! We sold out the show at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse, and got to see the Hansens, Steve and Mary Ingalls, Gail & Jo-Ann, Amanda Bock, and Laurie's high school friends Eric Klein and Matt Nugent!  The crowd was so happy and demonstrative - we look forward to a return to this town.  Thank you, Geof and Celene - you're wonderful.

We enjoyed so many scrumptious treats this weekend - we may have to start requesting carrot juice and kale chips! (;

many thanks,

Molly, Laurie & Abbie

 

Monday, May 14th, 2012 3:46 PM
Red Molly Tour Diary #196: Pipes and Drums
 
Friday we played to one of our largest indoor audiences ever at the Troy Savings Bank Theater. It lived up to it's reputation; this theater has spectacular sound! Several of our biggest fans caravanned from far off lands like Bethlehem, PA and Tampa FLORIDA. We had the formidable Brother Sun open the show. What a delight to hear so much harmony in that space- May I Suggest we sing in 6 parts more often?
 
Saturday we had a rare day off on the road, and filled it with fun! Red Molly was literally wined and dined; with wine tasting at Dr Konstantin Frank vineyards (THANK YOU GEORGE), dinner at the Alfred State College president's house, and even a tour of the college farm. Piggies and ponies and cows, oh my!
 
Sunday we were honored to be a part of Alfred State's 101st commencement ceremony. The theme this year was animal rights and the college reached it's goal of finding a home for 101 shelter animals by graduation day- wonderful!
Sound on Sound folks did a bang up job with… sound. Gates Keystone Pipe and Drums- our favorite bagpipe band- made our hearts go thump thump. This was our second time to be invited to Alfred graduation and we're getting used to the royal treatment- we can't give enough thanks to John and Vivien Anderson for all their generosity.
 
Thanks for checking in, come see us next weekend in Roxbury NY & Rockport MA
Molly, Laurie & Abbie
 

Monday, May 7th, 2012 9:55 AM
RM Tour Diary #195: The Burbs
 
We've played Outpost at the Burbs in Montclair, NJ a half-dozen times now and it's always a treat! So many of our pals are there and the crowd is super up-beat. Let's try to rhyme this whole entry using our hands and feet...Err, scratch that idea.
 
We had the one-and-only Carsie Blanton open the show. We love this sassy lady! Plus Abbie's dad Herb Gardner played with us on a good number of tunes, giving us a swing in our step! Thanks to all you hard-working Burbs folks and all you hard-loving music fans who made this a wonderful night.
 
This coming Friday we play the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall - the NY Times has written that this theater has the best sound in the country!  We're psyched to have Brother Sun opening.
 
thank for listening!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Monday, April 16th, 2012 12:47 PM
RM Tour Diary # : I'd like to check you for ticks
 
What a weekend! We hope you soaked up the sunshine. Red Molly had a lovely Saturday drive to Blairstown, NJ to perform at the Blairstown Players Theater. It was our first time here - what a sweet little theater! The sound was stellar with the Marks at the helm and the black and red seats in the audience looked like box of Good & Plenty. We had our friend and super mandolin & fiddle player Jake Armerding playing with us this weekend so the groove was extra rocking.
 
Sunday we returned for our second show at "The Kate"; the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Theater in Old Saybrook, CT. A tribe of Molly's family friends were in attendance and this gorgeous theater was nearly full. We listened to Country FM on the drive up 95 and our ears perked up to a Brad Paisley song- we decided to delight the crowd with our version of "Ticks". You can see us hamming it up at soundcheck here. The whole "Kate" crew is top notch on lighting, sound and hospitality. We love this place!
 
Next week we've got a BIG show (800+ seats in NYC) at NY Society for Ethical Culture- an Earth Day event @ 7pm. 2 W. 64th st. Bring your friends!
 
Thanks tons,
Molly Abbie & Laurie

Monday, April 16th, 2012 12:47 PM
RM Tour Diary #194: Red Goes Green
 
Red Molly played a really neat show this weekend at NY Center for Ethical Culture. This was an Earth Day Event benefiting Clearwater, The Nature Conservancy´s LEAF program, and Million Trees NYC. Opening the show was Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, founded by Pete Seeger- we Mollies got Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" stuck in our heads!
We also reflected on the ways that the band is green- including traveling with our own water bottles and bamboo cutlery. Not to mention we are a one car band!
Big thanks to all who came out to this special evening.
 
See you soon!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie
 
RM Tour Diary #193 : I'd like to check you for ticks
 
What a weekend! We hope you soaked up the sunshine. Red Molly had a lovely Saturday drive to Blairstown, NJ to perform at the Blairstown Players Theater. It was our first time here - what a sweet little theater! The sound was stellar with the Marks at the helm and the black and red seats in the audience looked like box of Good & Plenty. We had our friend and super mandolin & fiddle player Jake Armerding playing with us this weekend so the groove was extra rocking.
 
Sunday we returned for our second show at "The Kate"; the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Theater in Old Saybrook, CT. A tribe of Molly's family friends were in attendance and this gorgeous theater was nearly full. We listened to Country FM on the drive up 95 and our ears perked up to a Brad Paisley song- we decided to delight the crowd with our version of "Ticks". You can see us hamming it up at soundcheck here. The whole "Kate" crew is top notch on lighting, sound and hospitality. We love this place!
 
Next week we've got a BIG show (800+ seats in NYC) at NY Society for Ethical Culture- an Earth Day event @ 7pm. 2 W. 64th st. Bring your friends!
 
Thanks tons,
Molly Abbie & Laurie

Monday, April 9th, 2012 12:36 PM
RM Tour Diary #192: Special guests = special shows!
 
This weekend Red Molly played two super sold-out shows, yahoo! Music at Lily Pads is a great venue run by David Floyd in Peace Dale, RI. This was our second show here and we were joined by our friend and singer-songwriter extraordinaire Mark Erelli. Mark wrote two tracks from our latest album, "Ghost" and "Why Should I Cry". We are huge fans so it was really wonderful to get to hear Mark play an opening set and have him join us for several songs during ours.
 
Saturday night we returned to Laurie's home state of New Hampshire to play at Peterborough Players Theatre. This place seats 250 and is like a little Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA - or maybe the Barns is like a big Peterborough Players Theatre! Anyhoo, it's beautiful. We were joined again by Mark Erelli as well as Abbie's dad Herb Gardner! What fun we had rocking out with these guys. You never know what's going to happen with all that collaboration and we love the energy.  Big thanks to Deb McWethy and CJ on sound!
 
Hope to see many of you next week in NJ and CT!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 7:26 PM
RM Tour Diary #191 Downeaster "Betty"
 
Betty is the name of our GPS, and also sometimes the Matrix. The Downeaster "Alexa" is the song we listened to - on repeat - this blustery tour up the coast. We had a fabulous turnout for our first show at the River Club Music Hall in Scituate, MA. Our favorite "Altoon" and keyboard player Herb Gardner joined us for the show. Pops was tickled by the response of our audience- quite the happy, demonstrative crowd! 
 
Sunday the sun came out as the Downeaster "Betty" made her way inland, to Bridge Street Live in Collinsville, CT. Our good buddies, the gentleman of Roosevelt Dime opened the show for us and rocked the house. Several collaborations were hatched for the gig, including "Hello Goodbye", "By the Mark", "Beaumont Rest Stop" and a foot-stomping encore of "I'll Fly Away".  Soulful Swingin' Bluegrassy goodness to be sure! And during "Hope" Abbie got the crowd to hold up their glowing menus like lighters. Totally righteous. 
 
See you next week in Peterborough, NH and Peace Dale, RI.
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 5:47 PM
RM Tour Diary #190: Lucky Ducks
 
Lucky ducks is what we kept calling ourselves this last tour. Driving through glorious forests of the Pacific Northwest we couldn't help but wonder, "Why don't we live here?" 
 
After a great Arcata show we drove to Sisters, Oregon for their Winter Concert Series. We had a very fun workshop with Sisters High School students- such talent! To top it off there were over 500 people at thursday night's concert. We are so impressed with the whole Sisters community and the Americana Project which brings music and songwriting to high school students. Brad Tisdel you rock!
 
Friday night we played our very first Portland show to a rowdy crowd at the Alberta Rose Theater. We took note of all the funky food carts and had the tastiest Thai coconut soup from Vita Cafe. On Saturday, Seattle Folklore Society hosted us for another great sold-out show. We've got to give a shout out to Dusty Strings in Seattle for fixing the pick-up in Molly's guitar. We took note of the tech's T-shirt which read. "I do what the voices in my wife's head tell me to do."
 
Sunday we ended the tour in Vancouver at the Rogue Folk Club. Our presenter Steve Edge made a few wise cracks about our "communist" pricing system and we all commiserated about border crossing. All's well that ends well. We had a fantastic trip! So many wonderful people came out to these shows, we know we'll continue to tour the west coast as often as possible.
Now for some down time before more shows in the Northeast. 
 
Thanks for checking in!
~the luckiest ducks

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 9:38 PM
RM Tour Diary #189 Culinary Delights
 
Well folks, we're out in sunny California again - one of our favorite times of the year!
 
This very fine tour began in Fresno. Thursday we appeared on local NBC and then played our first show at Warnor's Center for the Performing Arts. Our good buddy Tony Montalbano (from Roosevelt Dime) rocked the house on drums and also upstaged us with his raffle-drawing skills. :) We sang, laughed, and were gifted homemade jams and honey. 
 
Bankhead Theater in Livermore is a gorgeous venue and we were thrilled to have a nearly full house. With Tony on drums, half his family in the audience, and a cameo by Eben Pariser (also from Roosevelt Dime) on guitar and bass, we had a lively evening in Livermore. May we please come back soon?! 
 
Saturday, Abbie's birthday show (25 again!) was held at West Side Theatre in Newman. The crowd performed a rousing Happy Birthday (let's face it, this song can go south, but you Newmanites were impressive!). We commented on the beautiful almond blossom trees and were gifted a bag of fresh almonds!
 
We showed up to a beautiful old vineyard for our Sunday show at the "The Barn". This is such a sweet concert series- you've never heard such great sound in a barn! Gilroy is known for its garlic - the air is pleasingly full of the stuff - and even boasts garlic ice cream. Can you guess what we were gifted with? Such loot! What culinary treats await us on the rest of this tour? 
 
Other highlights include a stay with Molly's cousin Nancy in Berkeley - and a 5:30 am earthquake!!!  Laurie felt it, but decided to go right back to sleep.  Today we drive North, to the Arcata Playhouse. We have such fond memories of this place, and behold, a sold-out show on Tuesday!
See you soon,
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 9:09 AM
RM Tour Diary #188: J-Sizzle & the City that Never Sleeps!
 
What's better than home-town gigs? Really awesome hometown gigs!
 
Friday night we drove down the street to play for our friends at Brennan Coffee House. This is a wonderful series held in the courthouse in downtown Jersey City, aka "Chill-town" or "J-Sizzle". We stood under the huge dome in this beautiful marble hall and the acoustics were truly glorious. Laurie and Abbie gave a shout out to all their favorite J-Sizzle spots; everything from SunMoon Yoga Studio to the Hamilton Laundromat got applause. Yoga poses were demonstrated. 
 
Saturday we drove down to PA for our first sold out show at Sellersville Theatre! We've played this great hall 5 times now and this was our first headlining spot. We had our good friends, father/son duo Beaucoup Blue open the show. The audience gobbled these guys right up and we had a ball collaborating on a few tunes. We enjoyed a scrumptious meal together next door at the Washington House restaurant. What a treat!
 
Sunday we split a bill with high-energy Philly band Hoots & Hellmouth at City Winery. The place was packed and it was our largest New York City audience yet! We were psyched to have Roosevelt Dime drummer Tony Montalbano join us for our set; it's such fun to play with this man. Hoots & Hellmouth is electric and totally brought the house down. How can anyone sleep after such a performance?!
 
Thanks to all the fans, venues, sound techs & street teamers (Gordon and Marge, that's you) who made this weekend so great!
Next stop; Californ-I-A up to Vancouver!
 
~Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Monday, February 13th, 2012 12:39 PM
RM Tour Diary #187: Virgin Islands 2012!
 
We feel like the luckiest girls alive after last week's gig for Arts Alive in St. Thomas. We made a vacation of it, spending 5 glorious days and nights!
 
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort generously hosted us and there we got in our fair share of lazing on the beach, eating fried conch fritters, and even learning how to paddle board and wind surf! This is a great family run spot- thanks Paul and Colleen!
 
It wasn't all play... exactly. Monday morning we visited the VI's premier DJ Sam Topp on WVWI. What an inspiration this man is. Sam is a beacon of wisdom and positivity, with a voice like James Earl Jones. Monday night we dined with some board members of Arts Alive courtesy of Cafe Amalia- scrumptious!  
 
Tuesday we made it over to Yvonne Bowsky Elementary School to sing for some very appreciative and very musical students! We met charming opera singer and head of Arts Alive Larry Benjamin, and our new buddy and island musico Danny Silber. The kids were full of applause and hugs for us which made us feel like a million bucks.
 
Tillett Gardens was a majestic spot for our Wednesday night show. We had an amazing time playing for all the gracious and enthusiastic Thomians- as well as harmonizing with tree frogs and the like! Big huge thanks to Doug Dick and Lynn Berry for bringing us, also Polly Watts (hope you're on the mend!), Carrell and Kris at Fish Face, and the whole Arts Alive crew.
 
We even found time to check out some local beaches and even a surfing hot-spot. We had an adventurous time, although Hull Bay is not a spot for amateur surfers! :) And we made it to St. John for some snorkeling at Trunk Bay and general gawking at the island's beauty. We hope, we hope we get to come back to the Virgin Islands soon. Heck, why not an extended tour??
 
We're looking forward to this weekend's show- especially with Hoots & Hellmouth at City Winery!
Many thanks, Molly Laurie & Abbie

Monday, January 30th, 2012 12:29 PM
RM Tour DIary #186: Texas; big cars & nice people!
 
What a wonderful six shows we had in the great state of Texas.
Our first stop was the Rear Window Listening Room in Ganado, TX. Mayor Clinton and his wife Lori run this great venue with the help of music extraordinaire Alan. We got the royal treatment at this show - and afterwards. Lori took us over to the 1941 Ganado Theatre where owner Alvin showed us some after hours clips of Phantom of the Opera and served us his home-made sauerkraut and wine! They even taught us the Texas Two-Step!
 
Thursday we played at Dosey Doe in the Woodlands- such fun! Situated in a newly constructed honky-tonk barn right on the side of Hwy 45, this venue has fantastic ambiance and a killer sound system to boot! We had Arkansas-based trio Three Penny Acre open the show and man those guys can sing and play. We also coveted their Sprinter van tour-machine. 
 
Friday we headed north for our second appearance at Uncle Calvin's, a long-time folk series in Dallas. Each of us in the band became familiar with this great community of folks years back at the Kerville Folk Festival. Long live Camp Coho! The lovely Raina Rose played an opening set with bass player Andrew Pressman. We loved joining Raina for her encore tune, and cooing over her new son Emitt backstage!
 
We added an early show in Austin Saturday night- giving us two sold out shows at the Rock Room! This venue is deliciously swanky- as was our pre-show meal. (We even got a pre-show swim in. Can we put "access to heated swimming pool" into our rider?) Both shows were boisterous and such fun. Our sound man Keith was stellar and one heck of a nice guy! Our host Steve proposed a late-late show, but we were pooped. :) We love coming to Austin (especially Molly), and we will book more shows next time so that everyone can come! 
 
Our Sunday night Boerne show also sold out weeks in advance. What a perfect end to this fantastic tour! There was a great crowd, who brought a tasty Texas potluck. Plus it was our first show at an RV park. Other first from this trip include a comped room at La Quinta Inn- they found out we were playing in town and gave a us a free room complete with snacks and extra towels! It doesn't take much to make us feel like rockstars. Thank you The Woodlands La Quinta!
 
Next stop is the VIRGIN ISLANDS!!!
thanks for your support!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Monday, January 23rd, 2012 5:43 PM
RM Tour Diary #185: Wintery Mix
 
We are thrilled to be back on the road! Our first show of the new year was in Brooklyn at Jalopy- a great little community venue in the heart of Red Hook. We sold the place out and had special guests to boot! Jon Paul opened the show for us www.johnpaulmusic.net, joined by the ubiquitous Craig Akin- who played several tunes during our set as well. Our pals Andrew and Eben from Roosevelt Dime band jumped up for some rocking banjo and guitar solos. We loved this show!
 
Friday morning we high-tailed it down to SiriusXM headquarters in D.C. We had fun speaking to our invisible listeners. We'll let you know when the show airs! We had another full house for our evening show at the Barns at Wolftrap. This was our first time at this beautiful theatre - what a sound! What a space! The wonderful Robby Hecht played an opening set and joined us during our set for a glorious sing along! 
 
A wintery mix started falling shortly after our show and roads were mighty slippish. The next morning, though, we made it safely to New Jersey to play at Coffee with Conscience Saturday night. This is a great series run by Arpie Maros that donates their profits to charities. Thanks to everyone who came out Saturday- we raised $1,700 for Arpies' buddy Keith! We were psyched to have Robby with us again for another wonderful show. If you haven't heard Robby's music- take a listen at www.robbyhecht.com
 
Next stop, Texas! 
We can't wait for that sweet blue-bonnet spring- or perhaps we're a bit early…
Thanks for checking in!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Saturday, January 7th, 2012 11:29 AM
Happy New Year, RedHeads!

We've had a great winter break of relaxing, writing and practicing and are excited to get back on the road in January! Here are some recent Red Molly news highlights!

RED MOLLY IN SIGNATURE DISCOVERIES!

Signature Sounds has a division called "Signature Discoveries", which features "a hand picked selection of favorite independent releases."  We're excited to announce that their latest "Discovery" is … Red Molly's "Light in the Sky"!  So if you haven't gotten your copy yet, get it here:


NINE WEEKS IN THE TOP 15

"Light in the Sky" has been in the Top 15 on the AMA radio chart for the last nine weeks; so far, we've climbed as high as #10! Check out the chart here; we're right between Tom Waits and John Hiatt!


RED MOLLY ON LUFTHANSA!

Red Molly's "Walk Beside Me" has been selected to be part of Lufthansa's Inflight Program. In January and February, it will be played on their Country/Americana/Folk Playlist on all long-distance flights worldwide.  Check out the playlist here, which includes Willie Nelson, Indigo Girls and more:



 
See you soon!
Laurie, Abbie & Molly
 

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 4:22 PM
RM Tour Diary #184: Last shows of 2011!
 
Red Molly closed out the year with a weekend of NY shows and special guests!
 
Thursday night at Rockwood Music hall we were joined by Roosevelt Dime drummer Tony Montalbano. This show rocked - in a folk/americana Red Molly way. Tony will join us again on February 19 at City Winery!
 
Friday we played two shows at one of our favorite old stomping grounds in Piermont, NY; the Turning Point. We had our album bassist from Craig Akin play the upright on a number of tunes- and that bass line sang! Abbie's dad Herb Gardner joined us on the piano and on his very own invention- the Altoon! It was pretty much a party. 
 
We drove up to Schenectady, where we were greeted with a Holiday Parade on Saturday afternoon. We had a great big crowd in the GE Theatre as part of Eighth Step Concert Series. Pat Wictor opened the show and lent his slide-guitar skills to a few of our tunes at the end of the night.  We can't wait to return to this area on May 11 for a show at the 1100-seat Troy Savings Bank Music Hall!  We hear it has amazing acoustics.
 
Sunday we played our first show at Beacon Theatre in Beacon, NY. Our friend Anthony da Costa brought along a terrific fiddle player Eric Lee to open the show with him. We collaborated on a few tunes at the end which was so fun it was hard to stop grinning. We love playing NY shows and seeing old fans and Falcon Ridge friends! 
 
Now for some long anticipated R&R. Which will include- but is not limited to- sleeping, laundry, songwriting, yoga, reading, practicing our instruments, cooking, sleeping (it bears repeating) & general merrymaking!
 
Thanks for all the support!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 9:22 AM
RM Tour Diary #183: Five days, Five shows, Five states!
 
But first- exciting news- "Light in the Sky" was #1 for Folk DJ's in October- and this week it was #13 on the Americana charts- between Tom Waits and Gillian Welch!
 
Our recent tour was exciting from the start. Tuesday afternoon we flew into Nashville and, as we walked through our gate, Abbie did a double take and spotted Alison Krauss with Dan Tyminski! After brief Red Molly discourse, Laurie grabbed the one copy of Light in the Sky we had on us and walked over to pay Alison a compliment and give her a CD. The pair was very friendly and Alison commented on the Dolly Parton and Buddy Miller tunes on our album. We like to imagine that she is listening to it right now!
 
Wednesday we played a few tunes on WSM with Joe Limardi - Opryland was in the middle of getting its holiday makeover - and ran into our buddy Jim Lauderdale as well. Wednesday night we played to a nice crowd at the historic Bluebird Cafe. Our friend Amy Speace (co-writer of "It's too Late to Call It a Night") showed up just in time to hear us sing the song!
 
Thursday we drove the backroads towards Madisonville KY to play at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts. And Friday night we headed to Charlotte's Web performing arts center in Rockford IL. Both of these venues have wonderful sound and lighting to boot- we love this! And we must thank Mary's Market in Rockford for hooking us up with some seriously good eats.  Best mac and cheese ever. 
 
Saturday we made our way to Goshen IN to play at LVD's. Our presenter Elva took pictures of us beside his beautiful 1940 Pontiac, which he says is named Red Molly. The whole crew here took good care of us. Special thanks to Al Kniola of WVPE who helped to promote the show and gave us a great intro. 
 
Sunday we returned to the Benton Harbor MI for our second show at the Livery - a terrific micro-brewery and restaurant. We had more time to spend in Benton Harbor this trip and went to the beach! It was a windy, grey day with choppy surf and half a dozen kites flying overhead. The Red Molly magnets on our rental van tipped off one family and Abbie was approached by a little girl who wanted to give her a rock … they traded. :) 
 
We are having lots of fun playing through the album start-to-finish. Just 4 more shows this year until our winter break.
 
Thanks for checking in!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 3:18 PM
RM Tour Diary #182: New England's Finest... shows!
 
This weekend Red Molly traversed up and down New England for some wicked-fun CD release shows. We decided to play down the songs from the CD start to finish, with the help of some special guests. What a treat to have so many enthusiastic fans at these shows. 
 
Also this weekend our MOUNTAIN STAGE show aired- you can hear lots of good music including our set, as well as hear Vince Gill say nice things about us!
http://www.mountainstage.org/mtnstageaffiliates.aspx
 
Thursday night we returned to the Flying Goose in New London NH for a sold-out show. We love this lovely supper club- especially dinner. :) Friday we appeared on WFUV, Boston with the funny and feisty Dave Palmater. It's always a pleasure to visit WFUV!! 
 
Friday night at the Narrows in Fall River, MA. our buddy Chris O'Brien opened the show for us. Chris always blows us away with his voice and songwriting and this time had us rolling with laughter at some youtube videos backstage. (Clean ones, mind you - mostly involving cats). We also loved the Lego sculptures in the gallery and the ceramic rings we were gifted!
 
We drove back up to Vermont Saturday for a show in Randolph. The Chandler is a gorgeous old theatre and we were lucky enough to have long-time Red Molly side-guy Jake Armerding join us. Jake is a wonderful singer-songwriter and has played on our last three albums. He kicked the night off with a beautiful opening set and played mandolin and violin though out most of our show. What a wonderful venue and audience- we love Vermont!
 
We headed South again on Sunday and played two packed shows at legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. Jake joined us for our sets there and we also employed the help of our friend Eben Pariser, singer and bass player of the Brooklyn-based band Roosevelt Dime for a few tunes. Opening both shows we had a reading by Scott Alarik from his new book, Revival: A Folk Music Novel. It was inspiring! 
 
Many thanks to promoters and sponsors and fans for making this weekend so much fun.
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Monday, October 17th, 2011 6:08 PM
 
MOUNTAIN STAGE!
We performed on this legendary radio show (with 4 other artists including VINCE GILL) back in August.  It's airing over the next week, starting October 21.  Click the here to see which NPR stations carry this wonderful show:
http://www.mountainstage.org/mtnstageaffiliates.aspx


 
 
RM Tour Diary #181: Red Molly loves Fall!
 
After three weeks off and the release of our new CD, Red Molly stayed close to home for our first CD-release shows. We've been playing mostly songs from the new album, with a few old favorites for good measure! 
 
Friday afternoon we appeared on Bethlehem's WDIY where we played a few tracks from "Light in the Sky" live in the studio. The three of us picnicked in the glorious Fall air before heading to Godfrey Daniels to play our 6th show at this historic venue! The sold-out crowd was overflowing and a few hard-core fans lingered in the lobby for wafts of song. We unveiled our new T-shirts at this show and they were a hit!
 
Saturday we headed to Music at the Mission in West Milford, New Jersey - Jersey may be the home of our rowdiest fans! We love it. It was our second show at this venue and we were joined by local favorites Mike Baglione and Anne Loeb as our opening act. This gig was noteworthy in part because we were served turkey w/ stuffing and cranberry sauce as well as hot spiced cider. Ahhhh Fall!
 
Lots of Northeast shows coming up and a trip to TN, KY, IL, IN & MI before the year is out!! Hope to see you at a show soon.
Thank you fans for keeping us going!
XO Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 12:01 AM
TODAY'S THE DAY!  Here it is:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/RedMolly22






 
ONE DAY TO GO! - "Light in the Sky" CD Release Date: October 4
Tomorrow's the big day!  We'll post a link soon so you can hear, see and buy the album.  YAHOO!






ONE WEEK TO GO! - "Light in the Sky" CD Release Date: October 4

 
This week, we're having another FACEBOOK TRIVIA CONTEST, this time with harder questions!  The first person to answer all three of these questions correctly will get:
-A free advance copy of our new CD "Light in the Sky"!
-A free Red Molly T-shirt!
 
1. What instrument did Abbie play in her high school marching band?
2. What is Molly's favorite quote from our October 2010 tour to Alaska?
3. What is Laurie's favorite festival food?
 


RM Tour Diary #180: Thank you, MerleFest!
 
MerleFest, we realize, happens in late April/early May, but after the resounding applause whenever we mentioned MerleFest at all of our shows this past week, we have to attribute our large crowds in North Carolina to this great festival!
 
100 people showed up to our Tuesday night show at the Evening Muse in Charlotte (party animals). We love this place!  Next we played to a sweet little theatre of folks in St James, NC, called Playhouse 211. Our good buddy Marc Douglas Berardo opened both shows and kept the audience and Red Molly entertained with his moving talent and his witty ways. 
 
Thursday we headed to Morehead City- but not before a quick stop at the beach where we laid in the sand and jumped in the surf! Our second show at the Crystal Coast Civic Center was a ton of fun, and we fell in love with our opening act Drew Wright from the first song, Lyle Lovett's "If I Had a Boat". Drew: sweet as pie. Oh- and some very kind fans picked up our dinner tab at Snapperz before the show- we must be in the South. 
 
Friday night in Durham, Strings Attached concert series was the place to be! The sound was perfect and the audience was wildly enthusiastic. We had one young fan dancing around in pink sequined sneakers, mimicking our stage movements and even being our roadie at the end of the night. And then we were asked to sign the green cloth diaper of our smallest fan yet! Half the proceeds from the show went to Urban Ministries- a non profit feeding and finding housing for families in need. A feel-good show to be sure. 
 
Our last show on this longer tour was in Staunton, VA at Mockingbird Cafe. This is a great spot for live music with great food; grass-fed beef and local produce. Our friends Dan Navarro (of Lowen and Navarro) and the epically funny Michael Clem (of Eddie From Ohio) kicked off the night with a great opening set. We traded dirty jokes backstage and generally had a lovely time. 
 
And now for a few weeks off!
In the meantime, look out for the new CD, "Light in the Sky", releasing October 4. 
10-4 good buddy,
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 11:51 AM
TWO WEEKS TO GO! - "Light in the Sky" CD Release Date: October 4
 
This week, we're having a FACEBOOK TRIVIA CONTEST!  The first person to answer all three of these questions correctly will get a free advance copy of our new CD "Light in the Sky"!
 
1. What is the first and last name of the person who named Red Molly's 2008 album "Love and Other Tragedies"?
2. In how many US states has Red Molly played, since forming the band in 2004?
3. Molly Venter joined Red Molly in 2010.  Where did her first official show (as part of the band) take place?
 
*WOW- contest was won in 30 minutes! Yahoo! Thanks for playing :)


 
RM Tour Diary #179: Rhythm & Roots
 
This weekend Red Molly was invited to perform at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots festival for the second consecutive year. 
The entire festival takes place within several blocks, there were 20 stages this year and State street is a buzz of music and vendors and spectators. There was no shortage of giant turkey legs and garbage bags of kettle corn and we lusted after instruments, jewelry and boots. 
 
We arrived friday afternoon to do a quick TV interview and then hammed it up for the local newspaper. High temp friday was only 64, so we were bundled up walking down the street when Laurie decided we should run at the camera man. He captured the wild shot and it made front page of the paper Saturday morning! You can see the fun shot on Facebook.  
 
We played three fun sets to three great crowds and caught other acts like the Greencards, the Quebe Sisters Band, and Folk Soul Revival- a local group with a lot of soul! We felt especially famous when John Oates (of Hall & Oates) came to our Saturday show and told us "Vince Gill said I needed to see you gals." :)
 
Sunday we played to a full house at Mack & Mack in Greensboro, NC. It felt like walking into a room full of friends- the audience was so warm and responsive. We had a wonderful time there and were soooo appreciative of the swanky accommodations our presenter Bill Payne found for us. What a great way to start our NC/VA tour!
 
Thanks for the support!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 2:54 PM
THREE WEEKS TO GO! - "Light in the Sky" CD Release Date: October 4

This week, have a peek at our brand new T-shirts by visiting
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Molly/20466566337
 
T-shirts will be available at shows starting on the CD release date (October 4)!


RM Tour Diary #179: Sisters!
 
Allrighty so maybe we say this often, but seriously, Sisters Folk Fest in Oregon is the greatest!!
 
We flew in a day early on the advice of festival director Brad Tisdel. And boy we were glad we did. Sisters Oregon is a sweet little town set in central Oregon's pine forests, about 30 minutes from Bend. Nearby fires didn't seem to faze the locals as they came out in droves for the festival. There was a bit of smoke in the air the final day of the festival, otherwise it was a picture perfect setting! 
 
With a day off to enjoy the music, we were able to watch our friends Dala, Matt the Electrician and Cahalen Morrison & Eli West. Saturday we caught two moving shows by Johnsmith and Mary Gauthier. We had a wonderful time at both of our Saturday shows- the Sisters audience is both demonstrative and attentive. Later on, Joe Pug and the 100 Mile Band were as good as their reputation, and Willy Porter immediately became our new favorite! Sunday we were mesmerized by the ever brilliant Anais Mitchell, and bopped to Hoots & Hellmouth and JT & the Clouds. 
 
It was an incredible line-up and such a great spot for friends and families to gather and enjoy music. Festival goers even pitched in and stacked chairs when the music was over. Afterwards, Rebecca Sokol hosted an impressive artist/staff potluck. Sitting in the grass, eating salmon, curried rice, fresh greens & tomatoes beside fields of cows and mountains beyond was one of the more magical moments of Red Molly history. Thanks to the entire festival staff (with a special thanks to Jay Mather) for this fantastic experience. We love Sisters!
 
OH- and Abbie & Molly enjoyed their first boot shine on the trip home. Executive Shine at the Denver airport is the place to go- they even do "pay-what-makes-you-feel-good!" 
 
Thanks for checking in & hope to see you at a show soon!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie
 

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 1:31 PM
FOUR WEEKS TO GO! - "Light in the Sky" CD Release Date: October 4
 
NOW, with the release of Light in the Sky, our stickers are getting an upgrade too!
 
Just go to our Facebook page to see:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Molly/20466566337
 
As always, you can get your free sticker at all Red Molly shows.

Send us photos of where you've put your Red Molly stickers - we'd love to see where they end up!

See you soon,
Laurie, Abbie & Molly

 






 
Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 12:12 PM
 
FIVE WEEKS TO GO! - "Light in the Sky" CD Release Date: October 4
Everybody's been asking, "Which songs are on the new CD?"  You have questions, we have answers.  Here they are!
 
1. Dear Someone (Gillian Welch, David Rawlings)  
2. Walk Beside Me (Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott)  
3. Come On In My Kitchen (Robert Johnson, Arr. Abbie Gardner)  
4. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind (Dolly Parton)  
5. Oh My Michael (Abbie Gardner, Jonathan Byrd)  
6. Does My Ring Burn Your Finger (Buddy Miller, Julie Miller)  
7. Ghost (Mark Erelli)  
8. Hold It All (Molly Venter)  
9. Hello Goodbye (Abbie Gardner, Herb Gardner)  
10. Your Long Journey (Doc Watson, Rosa Lee Watson)  
11. By the Mark (Gillian Welch, David Rawlings)  
12. It's Too Late to Call It a Night (Amy Speace, Jonathan Byrd)  
13. Why Should I Cry (Mark Erelli)  
Bonus Track: Fever (Otis Blackwell, Eddie Cooley)  


RM Tour DIary #178: We're not in Kansas anymore.
We came to Kansas to miss the storm at home! This trip marked state 33 for Red Molly. We flew into a very manageable Kansas City airport and were greeted by our friend Craig Akin's kind parents, who lent us their mini-van for the first leg of our tour. Thanks so much! And sorry again about the parking break. (;
 
Thursday we drove down to play at the Blue Door in Oklahoma City, a very cool little venue. The fabulous trio of Raina Rose, John Elliot and Anthony DaCosta, joined by Andrew Pressman on bass, opened the show.  Each of these fine people have great records of their own and together they are just dynamite! We were tempted to do some band-swapping with our twin mini-vans parked side-by-side, but we couldn't quite come to an agreeable arrangement.
 
Friday night we played our first show in Kansas to a sold-out crowd at West Side Folk concert series in Lawrence. Craig Akin joined us on upright bass for the second night in a row, helping to make this show super high energy.  He also played with our opener Cindy Novello, who delighted the crowd with her fast fiddling and lovely songs.
 
After the show we made tracks clear across the state to the Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City. We saw nary a tumbleweed in our 6 hour drive across Kansas, but when we got to the festival, (held at the Zoo), we saw Caribou and Giraffes and a man dressed in a giant dinosaur suit… Archeologist, "Mr Bones". We ran into our new friends Sons and Brothers from Westcliffe, CO, and got to catch sets from 2 Austin bands; Del Castillo and Carolyn Wonderland, making Molly homesick for TX.
 
Tumbleweed is a great 20-year old festival, and promoter Willis Pracht along with the whole festival team make sure to take good care of their artists and give listeners a great variety of music. Weather was a steamy 102 degrees, but there was lots of shade, shaved ice, and no tornados, so who can complain! 
 
We returned home to find wet streets and fallen trees but trains running on schedule. There's no place like home…
 
Next up: Sister's Folk Fest in Oregon! Check out www.sistersfolkfest.org to see the killer line-up.
 
Thanks for stopping by,
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 1:03 PM
SIX WEEKS TO GO!
"Light in the Sky" CD release date: October 4
 
Every Tuesday until our new CD comes out, we're doing something special! This week, we'd like to share the CD cover with you - Enjoy!


RM Tour DIary #177: Mountain Stage!
This weekend we drove 20 hours to play 20 minutes- and it was worth every second!
 
Mountain Stage is a weekly radio show taped in front of a large audience and distributed worldwide by NPR. This weekend's show was held in Bristol, VA and featured Vince Gill, Jim Lauderdale, David Mayfield Parade, and John Lilly. Tickets sold out in 48 hours!
 
David Mayfield, our friend from the band Cadillac Sky, has put together a positively high energy project with David Mayfield Parade and currently tours with the Avett Brothers. Jim Lauderdale has written songs for the Dixie Chicks & George Strait, plays guitar & sings w/ Elvis Costello and Willie Nelson. Vince Gill has sold over 22 million albums and earned 20 Grammy Awards. In other words, we were in good company. And everyone was so friendly!
 
Magic moments include sitting side stage with the whole line-up, including Mountain Stage's top notch house band, shaking our heads in awe at Vince Gill's voice, songwriting and guitar playing. He is humble and gracious and also funny! He got a lot of laughs when he said, "Great to hear Red Molly- I wish I were a Mormon so I could marry all three of them…. just kidding y'all." During the ensemble encore Pretty Polly he subbed in Red Molly and we practically giggled and blushed. Awe shucks y'all.
 
The whole show will air sometime early October- we'll let you know. 
Thanks for checking in, see you soon!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 12:00 PM
SEVEN WEEKS TO GO!
 
We're SO excited to let you know the title of our BRAND NEW CD!  It will be called "Light in the Sky".  And, the official release date is OCTOBER 4.  
 
In anticipation of the release, we're going to do something special every Tuesday, until October 4.  These Tuesday announcements will appear:
1) on the HOME page of our website (www.redmolly.com)
2) on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Molly/20466566337)
 
Today, we'd like to share with you this fun video we made at Dead on the Creek in Willits CA on August 6.  Enjoy!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl3ptimv2YU
 
xo
Laurie, Abbie & Molly

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 10:41 AM
RM Tour Diary #176: Ahh, California, we can’t get enough!
 
Our third trip to California in 2011, this short tour began with a stop in West Sacramento at the CSA performing arts center. The Thursday night crowd was half composed of Kate Wolf Festival goers and we were thrilled to see these new fans back so soon. Our lovely and amazingly talented friend Raina Rose opened the show, accompanied by Andrew Pressman on bass and their dog Hopi on stage left. We love playing shows with these guys! Check out Raina’s music at www.rainarose.com
 
Friday we returned to Freight and Salvage, Berkeley’s historic music venue. Nothing quite compares to this space and the sound they have. This was our third show at the Freight and we are finding our growing audience there to be quite boisterous and demonstrative. We love it! Raina and Andrew opened the show and once more wowed the crowd.
 
Saturday we drove deep into the backwoods of Humboldt County California for Dead on the Creek Festival. This is an amazing little fest that’s been going on for the last 10 years. Only 150 tickets are sold each year, and price of admission gets you 3 scrumptious meals a day and all the refreshments you can enjoy. It’s a family friendly festival with face-painting and tie-dye stations, a swimming pond, and an enormous parachute that shields listeners from the sun. It was a magical show and we’d love to come back!
 
We ended the trip on Sunday in lovely Sunnyvale. House concerts are such sweet community builders, and these Californian’s sure know how to throw a potluck! Sunny and cool, it was a beautiful scene. “Wow,” Abbie gawked, “There are oranges growing on the trees here!To which Laurie and Molly responded by bursting into a rendition of Lemon Tree by Peter Paul & Mary. (Our parents clearly listened to a lot of folk music). Thank you Bruce and Heather!  
 
Next stop- Mountain Stage! The show will be syndicated on national NPR stations across the country. We’ll keep you posted on the details.
 
Thanks as always for all your continued support!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 6:04 PM
RM Tour Diary #175: Heat Wave! Lemonade & Lobster Rolls
 
Red Molly took to the road for 10 days in the Northeast last week. First we partook in the Prescott Park Americana Festival in Portsmouth, NH. What’s better than playing a festival with Mark Erelli & Jake Armerding and Lori McKenna? Eating fish & chips under a tree with these fine folks! This show was brought to you by Mad Mission Booking Agency. J Thank you Lori Peters!
 
Sunday we played at “Higher Ground” in Burlington, VT. This is a great big established venue with lovely sound and lovely staff! Nice reprieve to be indoors during festival season. Thank you Vermonsters for supporting us and treating us so special!
 
We had three luxurious days in Cape Elizabeth, ME thanks to Molly’s family friends the Rintels! We went boating, swimming, running- Abbie and Molly are making themselves sore from jogging in these new-fangled “5-toed shoes”. Very fun. We practiced songs, worked on art for the upcoming CD and enjoyed lemonade and lobster rolls. Thanks tons to the Rintel family for hosting the band!
 
Thursday we headed into Portland for a television taping at WSCH channel 6, you can see us here! http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=166384
 
Next we drove to the Ossipee Music Festival in Hiram, ME. Like many states last weekend, Maine enjoyed record high temps. Festival-goers scattered into shady spots and found reprieve in the river, though they were not deterred from their musical enjoyment! We loved hearing the Wiyos and Sierra Hull’s band.
 
We’d been expectantly schlepping around rain boots for 10 days in anticipation of the Falcon Ridge Folk Fest so, naturally, there was no rain! Returning to “the scene of the crime” as one fan said, we had a terrific trio workshop with “Red Horse” - John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson & Lucy Kaplansky, and “Brother Sun” – Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor and Joe Jencks.  
 
We were honored to be a part of a very special tribute to the late, great, Jack Hardy. Musicians came out of the woodwork to pay homage to this great songwriter and inspiring teacher.
 
We played our main stage set on a beautiful Saturday evening. We were joined by Craig Akin on bass and Tony Montalbano from Roosevelt Dime made a special appearance on drums!  We stayed late to watch Greg Brown work his magic on the crowd.
 
Sunday morning’s gospel set was not to be missed! We collaborated on several songs with Brother Sun and Susan Werner, who was joined by Trina Hamlin and Natalia Zukerman. It was such an inspiring mix of music and voices and ended with Susan in giant Mickey Mouse hands leading the audience to a clap-along. Good Stuff!
 
Next stop, California!
Thanks for checking in,
Laurie, Abbie & Molly

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 6:29 PM
RM Tour Diary #173: Colorado Rocky Mountain High
 
We had an incredible visit to our 32nd state! Swallow Hill Music puts on a Wednesday night series in Glendale, CO. It rained on and off that afternoon but by 6:30 a great crowd gathered at Four Mile Historic Park. There were horses, teepees and old wagons- the weather was mild and we tossed a Frisbee. During our set we had a brave young fan wander up to us onstage. We let our 4-year old friend sing a tune to the audience. She got so comfortable that she came back up during Oh My Michael and Hold it All and hugged onto Molly’s leg.
 
Thursday we drove north to Ft Collins to appear on KRFC. Our hour-long “Live at Lunch” interview and performance was delightful and went by so quickly! We played that night at Avogadro’s number. The place filled up and we had our buddy Justin Roth get up and sing a song from his latest album “Now You Know”. Back in 2004 it was Justin who convinced Molly to go to Folk’s Fest in Lyons - which is where she first met Abbie; ahh two young eager song-schoolers.
 
Friday we headed to Westcliffe to spend the weekend at High Mountain Hey Fever Bluegrass Festival. Started by Ron Thomason – whom Abbie grew up listening to at Grey Fox Bluegrass fest in NY - this little festival is perched at the edge of a stunning canyon (photos on facebook). The yellow and white circus tent seats about one thousand and the festival grounds can be walked around in 3 minutes. This makes for an extremely manageable and satisfying festival experience. No lengthy lugging of stuff, no rushing around, no frenetic “what am I missing” thoughts that often go along with larger festivals.
 
Albert and his small crew were working so hard to keep all the acts sounding great. Volunteers brought fresh baked goods and made us sandwiches in the small performer’s tent. Laurie sampled some of the BBQ from a vendor and told the crowd it was perhaps the most delicious meal she’d ever had. (We were pretty hungry). “Grillers in the Mist” was immediately swamped and ran out of pulled pork sandwiches. They didn’t miss a beat, and offered us complimentary Dinosaur ribs, which were about the size of our forearms. The grillers then whispered “next time talk about the brisket.”
 
The icing on the cake was getting to go to Ron Thomason’s for the annual performer’s barbeque. We gawked at mountains from the wrap-around porch and ate popcorn in his recently built movie theatre. (Horse training is significantly more lucrative than mandolin playing, Ron informed us).
 
We were so glad to be invited to these bluegrass festivals; one lady said to us “You bring the blues part of bluegrass.” Another fan complimented us profusely on our class and posture- oh my! Bradley Walker is our new favorite voice- http://www.bradleywalker.com And the band he shared with Alecia Nuegent was downright inspiring.  All these players were.
 
We can’t wait to get back to this glorious state!
Thanks for all the support friends!
Molly

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 2:06 PM
RM Tour Diary #172: California & Kate Wolf
 
Where to begin? Our long weekend in California was chock full-o-fun. We flew into Fresno Tuesday night and wasted no time finding sunshine and swimming holes. Wednesday morning we made a day trip to Millerton Lake where we hiked and swam in the 108° desert heat. We played an upbeat show at Fulton 55, a great new venue in downtown Fresno that we hope to visit again real soon!
 
Thursday we meandered up Hwy 101 to Redwood City. On the way into town we caught sight of a sign “Redwood City: best climate as tested by the U.S. government.” Hmm… What does this even mean we wonder? Well, it was lovely there. Ruth Gerson played a fine opening set and then saved the day with a back-up E string.
 
Outside of Club Fox on the town square, Jurassic Park was being shown on a massive movie screen. Partway through the first set we heard the gnashing of teeth and the crunching of metal thundering in from outdoors. It was pretty exciting. Abbie almost left the stage to watch! Laurie was once quoted as saying “If it [TV/Movie] doesn’t involve murder or dinosaurs, I’m not interested.” She told our audience that sandwiches recently made the list. We enjoyed this show immensely.
 
Friday we made a quick stop at radio 95.9 KRSH before heading to Sebastopol for our second show at the Hopmonk Tavern. Guayaki Mate is headquartered in Sebastopol, and we’d been looking forward to returning to this venue and enjoying the fully stocked green room since our February show here (fully stocked with delicious mate that is; we were a bit hopped up by show time). Three Legged Sister, a local female trio, opened the show with some sweet harmony singing. These gals are lovely.
 
And finally: the Kate Wolf Music Festival! This was our first-ever festival in California and we’re not sure we’ll be able to top our experience here. The friendliness of concert-goers, volunteers, and musicians alike reminded us of the Kerrville Folk Festival & Rocky Mountain Folks Fest. We caught incredible sets by Houston Jones, The Wailin’ Jennys, Jorma Kaukonen (founder of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna), Mavis Staples and more. It was epic.
 
We played two shows to a hugely responsive audience; Californians are a happy bunch! We ate incredibly fresh and delicious food and even got massages. Now I feel like we’re bragging! We were very grateful to Duck and Weezie, the backstage massage volunteers. We think you guys should make a bumper sticker: “We got Ducked and Weezied at Kate Wolf”. Too much?
 
We spent a long time meeting new fans and signing CDs after our main stage set, and then an even longer time at our favorite clothing booth “Synergy”. Just keeping that festival economy flowing. J Thanks so much to Cloud Moss, Chris Bramble, and the entire staff!
 
In fact, thanks to all the fans and presenters that keep us coming to California; we’ll be back in 6 weeks!
Yeeehaw
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Monday, June 13th, 2011 8:35 AM
RM Tour Diary #173: Hot & Cold
 
If you live in New England, you know this past week went from 97 to 57 in a few days. Abbie's dad Herb Gardner came to our show Saturday and noted, "this part of the country doesn't have spring, just alternating days of summer and winter."  Someday soon we will learn to pack for this. 
 
Anyhoo- just two shows this past week. "Woodbridge Wednesdays"; a free outdoor concert series in Woodbridge New Jersey, a mere 30 minutes from our Jersey City hub! It was quite a steamy day and we brought Craig Akin to the show so he could rip it up on bass for a few songs. He also drove the matrix home, which was extra nice of him. Lots of our long-time fans came out to the show, we're so grateful for your continued support!
 
Friday we had the marvelous idea of driving to New Haven early so we could rehearse and get an early start for Saturday's show in Hartford. We thought we'd miss the traffic by leaving at 1pm, alas. The drive took 4.5 hours instead of 2! We posted a few pics from our thrilling afternoon on the road and one facebook fan commented; "I-95 + Friday + 5pm = 0 miles per hour".  Indeed. But laying in the grass, rehearsing outside, and having the Venter family cook us hamburgers that evening made it all worth it. 
 
Saturday was rainy and teeth-chattering cold and our show at Tom Sawyer day was moved indoors to the Mark Twain House. This was a pretty fun scene, with much music and activities and children & adult pirates roaming the building. We were glad to be invited and want to thank those who drove several hours to the show! After our set we each got the very best hug ever from 3-year old Audrey after the show. *sigh*
 
Thanks all for checking in!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 3:05 PM

RM Tour Diary#172: Sunny Skies
 
Photo time! Oh boy, after weeks of dreaming up album-cover scenarios, Laurie, Abbie & Molly drove down to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, where we were photographed by Annabel of Belathee photography. It was a perfect day and we traipsed all over the park for our shots. We stayed so late that we returned to the visitor center to find everyone at the park gone and our things securely stored in the building! Luckily, Abbie has her ways of getting into locked buildings...
 
Friday we drove clear across Pennsylvania to play at SummerSounds concert series in Greensburg. We played to a whole lot of new faces; there were 2,500 people out on the lawn! We were psyched to see some fans from Ohio made the trip, and we also met the famous "Boy" ~ a cat on a leash who makes an appearance at most community events in Greensburg. 
 
Saturday we drove to the D.C. area for our third opening set at the Birchmere - a really great venue in Alexandria, VA. This time we played with the infamous "Seldom Scene" a terrific bluegrass band that started playing the Birchmere in 1971!!! These guys have incredible chemistry and are as fun to watch as they are talented. Red Molly was honored to encore together with the band and hope to share a show soon!
 
Sunday was Concert Sundaes in the park (think ice cream & hot dogs) in Souderton, PA. The sky was threatening rain early in the day so the show was moved indoors. Which is just as well for Red Molly- the sound was great in the auditorium and we didn't have to worry about sunblock. :)
Actually- this weekend marked the start of outdoor summertime shows & festivals and we love this time of year!!  
 
thanks for checking in and hope to see you under sunny skies soon,
Molly, Abbie & Laurie


Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 9:55 PM
RM Tour Diary #171: The Wheels on the Matrix go...
 
We logged another 800 miles onto the Matrix this weekend with a trip to upstate NY. (I know- such a round number!)
 
Friday night we played at Folkus Projects concert series in Syracuse, NY. It’s pretty neat when our fans do some serious travelling of their own to see us. One family came from Ottawa and encouraged us to play the Ottawa folk fest. How nice are Canadians, eh?
 
Saturday we headed west to Buffalo to play at the Buffalo Friends of Folk Music. Again, folks drove in from Rochester and Alfred. Caleb Hawley opened the show for us, and, WOW. Caleb is a true triple threat- he’s an incredible singer, a fantastically groovin’ guitar player and a wicked-smart songwriter. If you haven’t already, you should check him out www.calebhawley.com.
 
Both shows were played in small churches, which always makes for a sweet time singing a cappella off-mic.  Now we’re driving through the green, green landscape of Western NY, listening to comedian Mitch Hedberg, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.
Life is good, we thinks.
 
Thanks for your support, which makes this all possible.
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 11:03 AM
RM Tour Diary #170: Commence!
 
Thursday Red Molly drove down to Maryland for our first show at the Mainstay in Rock Hall. We've noticed that “school night” crowds tend to be especially rowdy- like they're getting away with something. Rock Hall audience was no exception, and included our presenter jovially hassling the crowd about their contributions to our “pay what you like” bucket. Good times. We even had several Merlefest fans come out to see us and bring friends- we love this!
 
Friday we played a gem of a gig in Hamilton, NJ at “Grounds for Sculpture”. This place is awesome. We walked around the gardens seeing live peacocks, rabbits, sculptures that fooled us into thinking they were actual people, and many more haltingly beautiful scenes. Abbie and I filled our I-phone cameras with ideas for the upcoming album cover. The sound was really spectacular and we had a camera crew there from NJ public television! Clips from the show, along with a short interview, will be airing Thursday May 19th and will be available online NJN.net on Friday 20th. We were especially thrilled to see many of our long-time fans filling up the first few rows.
 
Saturday we headed to Wellsville, NY for our third appearance at the Wellsville Performing Arts Center. The show will henceforth be known as “the gig Bill Pullman came to”. (Not ringing a bell? Think the president in Independence Day.) The house was packed to the gills, in large part due to our friend and long-time RM supporter John Anderson, who routinely brings 20 people to our shows in Western NY.
 
As the head of Alfred College, John Anderson also gave us the opportunity to play our first graduation ceremony. It was the 100th year anniversary of the college so the commencement was quite a spectacle with an impressive Scottish pipe and drums group, a speech from NY Senator Chuck Schumer, and Red Molly singing “Does My Ring Burn Your Finger” and “Honey on My Grave”.
… Just kidding. John wisely asked us to sing Laurie's original tune “Beaumont Rest Stop”, “May I Suggest”, and “Imagine” by John Lennon.
 
I'm pretty sure I didn't enjoy my own graduation as much as this one. Special thanks to the guys at Sound on Sound out of Ithaca, NY, for making an enormous gym sound great!!
Thanks to John Anderson, all our presenters & volunteers this weekend, and to our fans.
We have the best fans.
 
Thanks and have a great week!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie. 
 



Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 12:35 AM
RM Tour Diary #169: Merlefest 2011!
 
Holy smokes, we can’t say how thrilled we were to have been a part of Merlefest for the second year in a row. This festival, named after the late Merle Watson, has been running for 24 years- with a few greats like Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush appearing every year.
 
The weather was absolutely perfect – sunny and clear and warm. We spent most of Friday afternoon listening to great acts such as the Wailin’ Jennys and Jerry Douglas. Abbie was obviously in heaven getting to catch several dobro greats including Rob Ickes and Andy Hall. Jerry Douglas played the funkiest, most rockin’ set ever with Omar Hakim and Viktor Krauss. Laurie and Molly can sometimes space out during purely instrumental sets- but all three of us were on the edge of our seats for the entire show. Where can we get a copy of this brilliant set?!?
 
We debuted at festival this year with a short Friday night set on the Austin stage. Admittedly the thumping bass from the Doobie Brothers show made it slightly hard for Molly to hit her modulated notes in “May I Suggest” – but what was cool was how we settled right back in without getting rattled. Who needs perfection when you’ve got band-mates like these? 
 
Saturday we played Cabin Stage under the midday sun and later on the Americana Stage facing the setting sun. Glad we brought our sunblock and slathered up! All the sound-techs and MC’s here were quite a hoot to work with. In fact, artist hospitality was tremendous all around at this festival. What would we have done without all the on-demand golf cart rides to and fro every commitment? Laurie joked onstage that she was gong to miss them on her Jersey City walk to the subway. 
 
Other highlights: The Casey Driessen set was dance-tastic and Crooked Still blew us away. Lyle Lovett is as earnest and gracious as he is talented and we swooned while watching his set from the side of the stage. We were honored to have Greg Lizst of Crooked Still, a.k.a. “Dr Greg” join us for Can’t Let Go on the hillside stage Sunday morning. Red Molly signed our first few body parts and smiled for pictures until our faces hurt.
 
The experience was amazing and we hope to be one of those bands that returns to this festival again and again!
We love you Merlefest!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie   

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 4:37 PM
RM Tour Diary #168: Hope for Rhode Island
 
Last thursday the Mollie's basked in the first deliciously warm sunny day of the season. Then Friday we took off, as is our custom, with optimistically little in the way of jackets for the short Northeast Tour. Well, you probably know the rest...
 
Rhode Island was our first stop, where we sang at "Lily Pads" in Peace Dale. As Abbie donned Molly's guitar to play the title track off her new solo album, one listener piped up; "Hey Abbie, Hope is the Rhode Island motto," to which Abbie admitted that, indeed, the entire album is dedicated to the fine state of Rhode Island. :) Kristi Martel opened the show. We loved this place!
 
Next on the agenda, we played our 6th show at Circle of Friends in Franklin, MA. Jake Jacobsen was one of the earliest Red Molly supporters and started booking the band in 2005. This venue has killer sound, killer lights, and killer accents on all the volunteers. "Lhaaawry" is music to Laurie MacAllister's ears.
 
Pesky J Nixon (whom we met at Falcon Ridge a few years back) opened the show. This fun band travels with a life-size ceramic monkey- we're still not sure why. We really like these guys and the crowd enjoyed a raucous rendition of "Can't Let Go" at the end of the night. 
 
Sunday we traveled to Putney, VT, a cute town just north of Brattleboro with a very fine Food CO-OP. Chris O'Brien opened up the show for this Next Stage concert series performance. We were having such a nice time belting out songs in the green room that RM decided to join Chris on "Black Tornado". Oh, Dan Bern. Here, too, the sound was strikingly good. We're getting spoiled- as is appropriate. :) 
 
Tuesday- oh my, today! We are back in the studio putting the finishing touches on the vocals. Then, let the mixing begin!
 
Thanks to all our presenters and sound techs this weekend - and to Sarah, Mike Billy & Tony for meatballs and trampolines!
 
Can't wait to unveil the new album to you, friends!
thanks for the support
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Monday, April 11th, 2011 10:02 PM
RM Tour Diary #168: Tracking
 
Our first week in the studio was so much fun! Seven people tracking together, and Mark Dann manning the helm in his TriBeCa studio. Mark Dann (it’s impossible to call him just Mark) is a wizard with engineering, and the big band had a lot of laughs recording. Our friend Brenda Wirth came and documented the events with her camera. We tracked most of the instrumentation in two days! Jake, Ben, Craig and Herb were terrific!
 
Friday night, after scoping-out some fun festival-season dresses, we had a night of pure musical enjoyment. A few of us Mollies went to the concert and live taping of our friends in Roosevelt Dime. It was a foot stomping, sweaty good time in Fort Greene. We can’t wait for the live album!
 
Saturday we zipped up to Dobbs Ferry, NY to play at Common Ground Concert Series. We saw so many of our Falcon Ridge friends at this large and very full church! The delightful and talented Carsie Blanton opened the show, and our buddy Craig Akin joined us again on bass. Thanks Carter for organizing the show! The home-cooked stew was much appreciated. J
 
Now we put our recording hats back on- time for copious amounts of listening and singing!
Thanks for all the support!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Monday, April 4th, 2011 2:55 PM
RM Tour Diary #167: Gearing Up!
 
Hello friends! Red Molly has been working hard and excitedly gearing up for recording our new album- we start tracking Tuesday! We rehearsed last week with full band; which will include Jake Armerding on fiddle and Herb Gardner on keys, Craig Akin on upright bass and Ben Wittman on drums. 
 
Here is a tiny video clip of the band at Abbie's house. (One fan noticed our unintentional product placement of Abbie's new solo CD. Perhaps you will catch a glimpse!)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpRbMEAbppo
 
Saturday we took the short trip to Bayshore, Long Island where we played at the Boulton Center. It's a big beautiful theatre and Scott did a superb job with the sound. Ahh we love playing venues with a big Marquee and a spotlight.
We promise to play Long Island Cowboy next time we play Long Island!
 
Look for video/ photo posts on facebook and youtube of our upcoming fun in the studio!
Thanks for checking in,
Molly, Laurie & Abbie
Monday, March 28th, 2011 8:22 PM
RM Tour Diary #166: Collaboration!
 
Friday night Red Molly traveled to Kennett Square, PA for two shows. We’re thrilled to be able to put on two shows at the Kennett Flash venue! The late show was especially rowdy and called out their requests at will. We were happy to oblige. We also told them of our newest discovery- the Microtel.
Now we’ll tell you, should this information ever be of use. A person of modest height can sleep comfortably in the window seat in all Microtel rooms!
Yup, you heard it here first.
 
Our friend Phil Minisalle opened both sets at Kenneth Flash with his sweet songs and bluesy voice. He brought a killer harmonica player Bob Beach, and Phil and Bob performed dueling harmonica solo’s during “Can’t Let Go”. Phil was also joined by bassist Craig Akin- otherwise known as “that wicked-awesome upright bass player from Abbie’s new solo album.” Look for more of Craig in the upcoming months…
 
Saturday we played in Hartford, CT, our sixth show at The Sounding Board! It was a very full house and Molly’s brother Josiah played a stellar opening set. We brought him back up onstage to sing a lovely duet of “Gulf Coast Highway” with the whole band. What fun!
 
Another perk at the Sounding Board is that some kind soul spends the day baking enough homemade goods for 150 people. When the crowd does not devour all of these truly exemplary baked goods, they are wrapped in tinfoil and stuffed into a suspicious looking Toyota Matrix parked out back.
 
Up and coming for this week; Red Molly rehearses with full band and Abbie debuts her solo album at Rockwood Music Hall- 7pm Friday!
 
Thanks for checking in!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Monday, March 21st, 2011 3:42 PM
RM Tour Diary #165: Dance Train
 
Just a few shows close to home this weekend. Friday we split a bill with Vance Gilbert at Appel Farm in NJ. This was Red Molly’s fourth concert at this lovely venue. One of the real perks of sharing a show with someone is being serenaded backstage. That Vance Gilbert is a killer vocalist and played us one of his new tunes while we kicked our feet up in the green room. He also schooled us on vocal care. Oy vay.
 
Saturday we played in Brooklyn Heights at First Acoustics. This concert series has had a terrific line-up and great attendance for a series just in its third season. The Brooklyn crowd was pumped up! We had our friend Pat Wictor open the show, and our friend Andrew Green from Roosevelt Dime played banjo on a few tunes. At the end of the show, during “Can’t Let Go” with all five of us on stage, there was an actual dance train of people that came down the center aisle of the pews (thank you, Tony!) “It’s not a Red Molly show without a mosh pit”- was Pat Wictor’s quote of the day.
 
Also at Saturday’s show, Laurie and I were teary-eyed as Abbie debuted her gorgeous single “Hope” from her new solo CD! The formal release happens April 1 at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. 7pm sharp people.
 
We are working hard to begin recording the new RM album in 2 weeks!
 
Thanks for all the support,
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 2:09 PM
RM Tour Diary #164: Oh Me Oh My-O
 
This weekend kicked off in Ohio. We flew into Columbus and played at a funky little spot, Rumba Café. With all the rain Ohio has been getting (and it was pouring that night) we were thrilled people came out to the show Wednesday night!
 
Next we headed to Bowling Green, Ohio to play the long-running concert series at Grounds for Thoughts. This is clearly a favorite community event and the place filled to standing room only, the energy was fantastic! Also we got gift certificates to the book store and café- really a nice treat.
 
Friday morning we woke up to a snow-covered rental car, and as we drove East to Peninsula, OH, the landscape turned to a real winter wonderland. People in Ohio are apparently ready for spring to be here- but it looked absolutely majestic as we pulled into the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. After a short interview with Tom Ball of Just Plain Folk, WAPS, we played a very fun show to a very full house at the Happy Days Lodge.
 
Onward to the Windy City! Saturday night we played the Acoustic Renaissance Concert Series, held in a pretty little church in Hinsdale, IL. All the seats were full and the audience was incredibly generous with their applause. “Looking for Trouble” by Steve Goodman and “May I Suggest” by Susan Werner were big hits to this Chicago area crowd.
 
We didn’t know what to expect Sunday night as we arrived for our first appearance in Benton Harbor, Michigan. We landed in a great spot. The Livery is a locally owned and operated brew-pub. They took us for a tour of their giant kettles and kegs and served us delicious food. By the 6pm show time the bar had filled up with eager listeners who clapped and snapped and sang along at every opportunity. We can’t wait to come back!
 
Again and again we noted how nice our Mid-western crowds were. The sound was exceptional at every show, so big thanks to our sound technicians as well as our presenters on this tour! Also to our Banjo lenders for saving the day.
 
Thanks to all for coming to shows and supporting live music.
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 8:39 PM
RM Tour Diary #163: Hometown Shows
 
PLEASE NOTE: THE SHOW ON MARCH 13 AT THE LIVERY HAS BEEN MOVED TO 6 PM!

 
This weekend the band played 5 shows close to home, starting at the Rockwood Music Hall in lower Manhattan. This venue has been growing in popularity for several years due to its cozy vintage vibe and tremendous sound. They recently opened a second stage with a larger capacity, and we played an upbeat set to an energetic crowd!
 
Friday we headed to the Katherine Hepburn Theatre in Old Saybrook, CT. This was Red Molly’s first show at “The Kate” and will not be our last! The space is gorgeous and they do a terrific job with sound and lighting. We were thrilled to nearly fill the 250-seat theatre. Molly’s brother Josiah Venter opened the show and Molly joined him for a few tunes, including Simon & Garfunkel’s “America”- a family favorite. There were some proud parents in the audience.
 
Saturday we headed to Natick, MA, stopping off for lunch at Abbie’s sister’s place where we were introduced to two velvety bunnies. Laurie kept her eyes (and hands) on the fluffy white one, but they don’t make good road pets. We played at TCAN that night for our second time. The sold-out show had great energy. In fact, during our encore of “May I Suggest” a beautiful young couple got engaged! That’s a first for Red Molly, and we were honored to be a part of the special moment.
 
Our two Sunday shows at the Turning Point were also sold out. This is a funky downstairs spot right on main street in Piermont, NY, and one of our favorite hometown gigs. Abbie’s dad Herb joined us on piano for both shows and we were all grinning ear to ear. One of Red Molly’s newest songs is a co-write between Abbie and Herb, so the audience got a special taste of the family magic.
 
On a side note, our friend Gordon surprised us by leaving a stuffed animal fox on stage - a reference to one of our Alaskan adventures. We just may adopt this fox as our mascot. 
 
Before signing off, we want to give a special shout out to one of our long-time fans Arpie Maros. He’s been a loyal Red Molly fan since the beginning and he makes delicious fair trade coffee. Check it out here: http://www.fairtradecoffee.org
 
Thanks for all the good vibes!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie
 

Thursday, February 24th, 2011 12:19 PM
RM Tour Diary #162: The Alliance!
 
Once a year, folk musicians from around the country, Canada and beyond scrape together their dollars and pile into rooms at the downtown Marriott in Memphis, TN. That’s right, for the International Folk Alliance Conference! With hundreds of panels, workshops, and showcases going on 9am – 4am, and nearly 2,000 musicians, presenters, DJ’s and artist reps, the conference is always very stimulating.
 
We had a fabulous time this year. We made a schedule of acts to see and often scuttled about in a little pod, making friends and catching some incredible performances. We saw old favorites and folks we like to cover like Darrell Scott, Jonathan Byrd and Lynn Miles. Some new faces like John Fullbright and Danny Malone, and for the first time we got to hear Abigail Washburn with her band. WOW- we swooned.
 
There’s a lot of spontaneous collaboration; Abbie played with Phil Minissale in his official showcase, Laurie sang with Cliff Eberhardt- leaving the audience verklempt, and Molly two-stepped in the lobby with Johan Wagner.
 
We caught several cool pairings including Jimmy LaFave & Stonehoney, AJ Roach & Nels Andrews, Robby Hecht with Rose Cousins, and the electric Elliott, Rose & Da Costa trio. There were bluegrass jams in the stairwells and cinnamon toast being passed out in the hallways. There were showcases where you had to cover a song of someone who was in the room. There was hooting and hollering as we rocked out to our favorite new Brooklyn band Roosevelt Dime - high energy “Steamboat Soul” music!
 
Last but not least we had so much fun playing our showcases, so thanks to those who filled up the rooms!! And a huge thanks to Louis Meyers and all of the Folk Alliance staff. It was a fantastic conference. Sleep deprived as we were, we didn’t want to leave! Now onto the Northeast and then Ohio!
 
Thanks for checking in with us,
Molly, Abbie and Laurie

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 11:37 AM
Red Molly Tour Diary #161: Astronauts & Grapefruit
 
OK so we didn’t meet any Astronauts in Florida, but we did eat copious amounts of grapefruit and grapefruit juice. Abbie and Laurie flew in without a hitch while Molly narrowly dodged the Texas ice storms – flying in a day early for the three-show mini tour.
 
Our first time in Gainesville was a blast- with ticket sales high enough to add a second show at the Phillips Performing Arts center. Playing two days in a row at the same great venue was a first for us. Easy load in, no sound check; is this what Vegas is like? Plus the team of folks working there made us feel especially well taken care of – they even recommended some muy deliciouso Cuban food. Thanks to Michael Blachly and the whole crew!
 
We had a short drive to Tampa where we played to another sold-out show at the Straz Center. The sound was immaculate, the light show a special treat, and the crowd super peppy for a Monday night! We tried giving them the Gator chomp we learned in Gainesville but apparently Tampa and Gainesville don’t root for the same teams.  Who knew?  We're grateful to Michael Kilgore and the whole team at this awesome venue.  
 
We head to Memphis for the Folk Alliance conference next week. We’re excited to debut new tunes as well as our beefed-up arrangements of old favorites. We’re especially looking forward to catching up with friends and hearing some great music!
 
Thanks as always for all the support!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 12:39 PM

Red Molly News - JANUARY 2011

Hello Redheads:
 
We had such an amazing time out West!  A warm sunny welcome to our new fans out there.  One of the highlights of the tour was the show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley CA, and we've already been invited back - see you on August 5!  This month includes shows in Florida (2 of the 3 shows are sold out!) and the Northeast, plus a trip to the Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis.  Fun!  Click on TOUR (above left) for all details.
 
1) "JAMES" is #23!
We mentioned it last month, but it bears repeating that we're thrilled and honored that our latest CD, "James", showed up at #23 on the AMA's TOP 100 of 2010 (http://www.americanamusic.org).  The Top 25 is occupied by some of our musical heroes, like Darrell Scott, Patty Griffin, and Willie Nelson!
 
2) MORE BEST OF 2010
"James" also showed up on lots of other "Best of 2010" lists, including the following:
-TOP ALBUMS OF 2010 (#2): Folk DJ radio airplay chart (http://nwfolk.com/topfolk/topalbums2010.html)
-TOP TEN OF 2010: John Platt, WFUV (http://www.wfuv.org/music/best/bestof10_staff)
-THE BEST OF 2010, Ron Olesko, WFDU (http://www.folkalley.com/music/top-albums-2010/folk-djs)
-BEST ALBUMS OF 2010: Norm Mast and Al Kniola, WVPE (http://wvpe.org/index.php#/backporch.php)
-TOP 10 OF 2010: Jean Geiger, KBCS (http://kbcsweb.bellevuecollege.edu/downloads/KBCS_Best_of_2010.pdf)
-AMERICANA FAVORITES OF 2010: JC Shepard, No Depression (http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/jcs-americana-favs-of-2010)
 
3) RED MOLLY'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Subscribe to us on YouTube for instant alerts any time we post a new video!
http://www.youtube.com/redmollyband
 
Happy Groundhog's Day!
Laurie, Abbie & Molly
 

Monday, January 24th, 2011 3:30 PM
RM Tour Diary #160: California Dreaming
 
Leg two of our West Coast tour started leisurely. We took our first Bikram Yoga class together in Eugene OR – whoa – and then were California bound.  After filling up our “feed bags” at the Ashland Food Co-op, we crossed over into CA where they almost confiscated our grapefruits! We spent Tuesday night in Mt. Shasta and woke up to a blue-bird day and snow-covered mountains. It was sunny skies from there on out.
 
We rolled into Sebastopol on Tuesday evening and treated ourselves to a lovely meal. We’d worked up a new a cappella tune on the drive and we debuted it to our chef after dinner! Then we peeked in on a seriously energetic open mic scene: guitars, banjos, washtub basses and washboard percussion! Wednesday morning we walked on the hike-and-bike trail and soaked in the outdoor hot tub. Laurie and I even ventured into the unheated pool while Abbie claimed not to drink water that cold.
 
Then back to work… We appeared live with Bill Bowker on 95.9 “The KRUSH”. Woohoo! Our show at the Hopmonk Tavern filled up with a boisterous crowd - several of whom had seen the band before in AK and NJ! We loved this funky little venue and the endless supply of Mate tea backstage.
 
We backtracked a bit and headed up to Arcata the next day. We drove right into Redwood territory, stopping to snap photos and walk “through” the trees… as in there were holes you could actually walk through at the base of these enormous beauties! We had a full house that night at the Arcata Playhouse and our fans were seriously fun to play for.
 
We woke early and headed to Berkeley for Friday’s show at Freight and Salvage. Almost a year ago RM played at the San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival and we’ve been looking forward to returning to this gorgeous venue. The sound was impeccable (Thanks, Brian!) and we had a great turnout for our first headlining gig!
 
Our last show was Saturday night at the Nevada City Theatre – California’s longest continually running theatre. This is a gold rush era town with a real sweet vibe and it was a nice place to end the tour… Not that we are ready to leave this weather!
 
We’ve been warned that it is not always sunny in Arcata, nor it is usually 73 degrees in Nevada City in January. But we’re paying little heed to such claims as we fiendishly plan our next West Coast adventure. August!
 
One consolation is that we head to Florida in 10 days. Thank you, Lori Peters. J
 
We want to give a huge THANK YOU to all our presenters, radio DJs and fans for making this tour an extra special one.
We hope to see you at a show soon!
Molly, Abbie & Laurie

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 1:05 AM
RM Tour Diary #159: West Coast 2011!
 
Hello beautiful people!
We are ringing in the New Year with a most excellent West Coast tour.
We flew out of Newark last Wednesday… you may remember it as the day a massive snow storm hit the Northeast? Indeed. We changed our flights to early morning- a good thing since all subsequent Continental flights were canceled that day.  After just a few hours of plane de-icing we made it out to the west coast safe and sound.
 
Our first show was in Olympia, WA, playing to a sold out crowd at Traditions Café. We appreciated the intentional absence of wireless internet at this café and also the plethora of woolens for sale. The band debuted three new songs and the crowd was warm and boisterous. Laurie was even encouraged to demonstrate her now yoga postures while singing the Folgers theme song.
 
Friday night we headed into Canada- crossing the border through the commercial lane with the semi-Trucks. Those custom folks mean business. We arrived in Vancouver with enough time to get some delicious Vietnamese food, this being the restaurant capitol of Canada. We played to a full house at the Rogue Folk Club and had a great time! As we discovered last August in Nova Scotia, Canadians are serious music enthusiasts.  
 
Saturday we crossed back over the border without hassle to play at the Seattle Folklore Society- yet another sold-out show! Our friends Cahalen Morrison and Eli West opened the show with their mean picking skills and beautiful harmonies. We learned that Seattle folk do NOT like Starbucks. We maintain that it’s better than the alternative in many places we play. Still, by the end of the show our audience had made us a list of 15 local coffee spots. So we tried them all…
 
Sunday’s afternoon show was at the Mt. Angel Performing Arts Center in Oregon. Apparently Mt Angel is the “World Capitol of the Chicken Dance” because of their October-fest competitions each year, when 300,000 people descend into this tiny town. We tried to entice the audience to dance by doing our own absurd version onstage, but apparently they need the official music to really let their feathers fly.
 
Ahh well. We must note that after the show we enjoyed some of the tastiest – and certainly the most affordable – sushi we have ever had! Momiji’s Sushi in Salem Oregon is not to be missed!
 
We want to thank the states of Washington and Oregon for becoming Red Molly’s 30th  and 31st state to play in.  We now have a few days off and after 4 days of rain the sun is finally coming out!! We’re going to check out Ashland and Mt Shasta and keep taking in all the natural beauty.
 
Next up, Northern California; Sebastopol, Arcata, Berkeley and Nevada City.
Hope your 2011 is so far going swimmingly!
Molly, Abbie, Laurie
 
 
 
 



Saturday, January 1st, 2011 12:00 PM
Red Molly News - JANUARY 2011

Happy New Year, Red Heads!

1) TOP 100 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
The Americana Music Association just released their Top 100 Albums of 2010 - "James" is #23! And it's the only independently-released album in the Top 60. This is a HUGE honor, considering our company; the Top 25 is occupied by some of our musical heroes, like Darrell Scott, Patty Griffin, and Willie Nelson! We extend our great appreciation to all the folk and Americana radio DJs who played "James", and to our wonderful radio promoter, Lisa Grey. See the list here:
http://www.americanamusic.org (on the right, click on AMERICANA TOP 100 ALBUMS)

2) BEST OF 2010 FROM WFUV's JOHN PLATT
Our friend John Platt is a fantastic DJ on New York's venerable radio station WFUV. He's helped us get our music heard in so many ways; we love you, John! We made it on his Top 10 list for 2010, again with excellent company, including Josh Ritter and Richard Thompson. See John's list, and ALL the WFUV Best of 2010 Staff Picks here:
http://www.wfuv.org/music/best/bestof10_staff

3) LAURIE SINGS TV COMMERCIAL FOR FOLGERS COFFEE
You may have heard that in 2010 Laurie landed her first national TV commercial - singing the jingle for Folgers Coffee. Many of you have seen it on TV, but for those who haven't seen it yet, here it is! You'll hear Laurie's voice at the end:
http://www.youtube.com/redmollyband#p/a/u/0/g471Nd6a1Lc

4) VIDEO OF THE MONTH
January's video is Red Molly on Soundcheck with Alfa Garcia. We chatted a bit and played two songs, while sitting backstage at NYC's City Winery:
http://www.youtube.com/redmollyband#p/a/f/0/w9XWyHyzQS8

5) GEARED UP FOR 2011
We're super excited for a fun year of touring and recording, starting with a West Coast tour in January - see below for details. Then in February, we're headed to FLORIDA (Gainesville and Tampa). And, looking ahead further in the year, we've been invited back to MerleFest, where we'll get to play a bunch of shows (and see a bunch, too, including Lyle Lovett)!

Happy New Year!
Laurie, Abbie & Molly


Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 4:52 PM


Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
TOP 100 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR!
We just got word from our excellent radio promoter, Lisa Grey, that the Americana Music Association just released their Top 100 Albums of 2010. "James" is #23! This is a HUGE honor, considering our company; the Top 25 is occupied by some of our musical heroes, like Darrell Scott, Patty Griffin, Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson! We extend a huge thank you to all the folk and Americana radio DJs who played "James" this year. See the list here:
http://americanamusic.org



RM Tour Diary #158: Going out with a bang!
 
Our last tour of 2010 was incredible. We played first at City Winery in NYC with our friends Girlyman. It was a sold out show on a Wednesday night and we loved listening to Girlyman’s harmonies as well as their improvised tuning songs. These guys are so much fun on and off stage and we would do it again in a heartbeat!
 
Thursday we headed to Trenton, NJ to perform at the On Patriot Stage concert series. We were joined by our friend Pat Wictor and the very talented Woody Mann. The audience sat right on stage and we played with our backs to this expansive opera-house. It’s a great spot and everyone helping to run the show was a real pleasure to work with.
 
Next we met up with NewFound Road for our much anticipated Red Road Revival Tour. It was fantastic! We arrived early at our first stop in Sellersville, PA and worked up 4 songs to play together. Right away we knew we were onto something. These guys are hugely talented and a lot of fun to play with. Tim’s vocals are achingly good, and the crowd swooned when he and Laurie sang a duet of “How’s the World Treating You”.
 
Saturday night brought a rowdy crowd to Music at the Mission in West Milford, NJ.  Judging by the applause the audience very much appreciated JoshJosh’s dark songwriting and banjo picking as well as his cameo appearance during Red Molly’s rendition of “Fever”. The man can dance.
 
By Sunday night even Jamey was treating us each like one of the guys, and Molly popped onstage for a dance during “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone”.  Mandolin Joe is electric onstage and he and Abbie had a wicked-good instrumental duel during our encore. The energy was palpable. You can check out a clip form Saturday night’s show on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk_UmVvgvZg
 
We might have to release Sunday night’s performance as some kind of i-tunes exclusive, it was that magical. We just adore our new good buddies of NewFound Road.
 
Now we take a much needed break. In addition to sleeping and more sleeping, we will be writing and working up new songs for the upcoming album, set to release mid-2011. Also over the next few weeks Abbie will be recording her new solo album!
 
We have an enormous amount of gratitude for our fans for helping to make this ride possible.  Thanks to everyone who keeps coming out to support us!
 
Gobble-gobble people, and Happy New Year!
Molly, Laurie & Abbie

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 2:01 PM
RM Tour Diary #157: Family and Felting
 
After playing Woody Fest this summer in Okemah, OK, the Guthrie family invited Red Molly to appear at Thursday’s “This Land Is Your Land” concert- a fundraiser for Huntington’s disease held at Irving Plaza, NYC. The line-up was great with Jonatha Brooke, our friends Hope Machine and more.  We were honored to be a part of the show and had a great time getting to know everyone involved with this special night.
 
Friday we headed to Fall River, MA, to play at the Narrows. This is a neat venue, overlooking the Taunton River from the top floor of an old mill building. Anne and Pete Sibley opened the show with stunning songs and vocals. We were so smitten that we worked out more harmonies and joined them onstage for a song. Check them out- they are lovely and talented people!
 
Saturday we played our first show in Rockport, MA to a sold-out crowd. The sound was great and it seemed we had a professional audience – we so appreciated all the hooting and hollering! And we’ll be back.
 
Sunday we played our annual show at the Waldorf School in Wilton, NH. That morning in Wilton we met sheep and chickens and were fed fresh chocolate-ship cookies at our friend Sandy’s home. We left wishing we had farm-fresh eggs everyday and a felting station by the fire!
 
Herb Gardner, Abbie’s dad, joined us for our set at the school and the crowd went nuts. Leave it to kids to applaud with unbridled enthusiasm. Abbie and Herb played a few duets while Laurie and Molly found prasols and unicycles backstage.
 
We love it that we not only get to play music for people but also catch a glimpse of different communities along the way. And even visit friends and family! (Thanks Sarah & Mike)
 
Wednesday Nov 17th we’ll be back in the Northeast playing shows with Girlyman, Pat Wictor, and New Found Road!!!
 
Thanks for tuning in,
your Mollies:
AbbieMolly, LaurieMolly, and MollyMolly

Monday, November 1st, 2010 11:45 PM
RM Tour Diary #156: Sweet New England
 
Wednesday evening the band convened in New Haven, CT where we filmed our monthly you tube video. This time we sang Woody Guthrie’s  “Oklahoma Hills” in honor of the upcoming “This Land is Your Land” fundraising concert at Irving Plaza, NYC. The show is Thursday night and we’ll be appearing with several bands including Hope Machine and Jonatha Brooke. You can watch the video in classy black and white: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6YK_5HKZ1k
 
The red matrix pulled onto rt 15 N on Thursday morning, the leaves all turning and weather a sunny 75 degrees. We sped off without a care in the world or a jacket in the car… Doh!
We played Thursday night in New London, NH to a full house at the Flying Goose Restaurant. It was a lovely show and afterwards Abbie spotted 6 out of 7 Pleiades stars in the clear New Hampshire night sky. She tried to show Laurie and Molly but they were busy foraging for leftover chicken.
 
With temperatures rapidly dropping, and still no coats in sight, Red Molly headed up to Burlington, VT to play the Lane Series at UVM. The UVM recital hall is gorgeous and the show was sold out early on Friday. The students had a Jack-O-Lantern carving station set up when we arrived and the foyer smelled like pumpkin guts… in a good way. We split the bill with the Wiyos- a super fun eclectic gypsy-folk group from New York. The gals tried to swing dance and Molly bought some sauerkraut off the Wiyos merch table.
 
Saturday night we played at the town hall in Tunbridge, VT; a sweet, all-wood hall with surprisingly wonderful acoustics. Before the show, locals had a potluck and Red Molly took notes on all the dishes: roasted veggies, bean & brown rice casserole, and half-baked chocolate chip cookies.
 
The three Mollies were happy as clams as we headed home after the short tour. We stopped for coffee in North Hampton, MA Sunday morning and spied some rad Halloween costumes.
 
Thanks to all who hosted us and came to shows this weekend!
Still to come in 2010- next weekend in MA, our big NYC show with Girlyman Nov 17th, and a Northeastern tour with New Found Road! Also…. Jackets.
 
Many thanks!
Abbie, Laurie & Molly
 
 

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 11:56 PM
RM tour Diary #155: Alaska’s Finest
 
Where to begin? The trip was amazing. Sold out shows and captivated crowds- some more rowdy than others.
 
We played Tuesday’s show in Kodiak Island to a boisterous audience, thrilled to have live music. During our second set one man gifted us a dead fox. Yup- placed him on our monitor speaker. Several folks patted foxy and said, “oh he’s a nice one.” We were speechless…
 
The next day we took a driving tour of the island and saw a bald eagle, one seal and a dozen or so bison. At lunch we were eating the tastiest salmon burgers* on the planet, listening to Jimi Hendrix on the radio, when out the window we spied a great big mama bear lumbering across the road with her cubs. It was incredible.
 
We had a day and a half of down time in Sitka, with sunshine to boot! We went whale watching and saw sleeping otters, and humpback whales synchronized swimming. Captain Davey with Esther G Sea Taxi gave us a great tour, check out www.puffinsandwhales.com if you are ever up that way. Sitka Civic Center is beautiful and we sang to one of our largest indoor audiences ever! Thanks to Lon Garrison for bringing us to Sitka!
 
Incidentally we went out on the town that night - a rarity for us - and spotted Sitka’s other infamous wild-life; “Red Man.” Red Man dresses head to toe in Red and Black lycra and appears periodically doing outlandish things. We were startled and entertained, and we’ll leave it at that. J
 
The weather finally caught up to us on route to Ketchikan. October is notoriously rainy and stormy, luckily it wasn’t until flight #7 that we were delayed. We made it to Ketchikan in time to hold a workshop and then rush to sound check for our big dance set. And boy did they dance…
 
We woke in Ketchikan at 5:30 am to a power outage, dressed in the dark, and dashed to the ferry ride to the airport. We arrived in Juneau at noon and ate a scrumptious lunch at the Sandollar café. I managed a hike up Perseverence Trail- more glorious mountains and long vein-like waterfalls cutting through the hills!
 
Playing our last show was bitter sweet. After a total of 12 flights we are ready to stop moving, but Alaskans were so warm and welcoming, the scenery so beautiful, that we are feeling the inevitable lull after the rush. We will be coming back to Alaska- already looking forward to it!
 
For you New Englanders, we’ll be up that way end of October, and we’re psyched for our mini tour with New Found Road November 19-21st.
 
Thanks for all the support,
Laurie, Abbie and Molly
 
*Side note: We learned that Alaska salmon population is well maintained by state-run fisheries; salmon is a sustainable food up there so we continued to eat it with abandon.

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 2:19 PM
RM Tour Diary #154: Greetings From Alaska!
 
Holey smokes, Alaska does not disappoint. We flew into Anchorage last Wednesday and spent Thursday morning acquiring new hats and puffy coats for the trip. We underestimated the cold! Although we are told by the locals that it is not, in fact, cold yet.
 
Thursday afternoon we took a small plane over to Valdez, a gorgeous little valley at the end of the Alaskan pipeline with jagged peaks reaching up out of the sound. Valdez gets tons of snow, 47 feet in the winter of 89’-90’, And 21 hours of sunlight in the summer. The Valdez crowd was extremely enthusiastic on Friday night- maybe due in part to the onset of winter?? We loved playing our first Alaska show to such a receptive audience!
 
Saturday we flew back to Anchorage to play at the Snow Goose theatre. Big thanks to Mike McCormick – our presenter for Anchorage and Palmer – for bringing us here and being such an entertaining MC! Both shows in Anchorage and Palmer were sold out and we are rapidly depleting our CD supplies. We’ve been having fun trying out new songs at the shows too!
 
We’ve talked a lot onstage about wanting to see wildlife. So much so that our Palmer audience interrupted our patter to point out a flock of geese. Where else can you see geese and mountains from the stage? We saw the famous “Star” in Anchorage, someone’s pet reindeer right there on 10th and Avenue I. Kind of interesting and kind of strange. Still, as of Sunday evening we hadn’t seen any big animals in the wild.
 
Getting in the car I’ve taken to saying “Moose Hunt Twenty-Ten” - although Abbie is not entirely comfortable with that phrase. Yesterday morning we finally found a family of Moose in Kinkaid Park! We posted a short clip posted on Youtube for your viewing pleasure. Some folks have since commented that we were quite close to the moose – we were excited! We’ll keep a safer distance from the Kodiak Bears…
 
Here are some other fun Alaskan tidbits we’ve discovered:
 
1- Alaskans drink a lot of coffee, there are espresso booths on every other corner.
2- Because of the intense summer sunlight Alaska grows really sweet, really big vegetables. Palmer holds the world records for kale, kohlrabi, rutabaga, romanesco broccoli, turnip, and the green cabbage.
3- Alaskans eat more ice cream per person than any other state… they don’t wait for a warm day. We were told this by a gal at the one-stop shop for ice cream, espresso, and tanning.
4- The hotels all have really hot jacuzzi tubs, it’s very nice.
5- The salmon is delectable- we’ve had it every day!
 
We’ve still got another 6 days and 4 shows in Alaska and we are so grateful to be playing in this beautiful state! Thank you Red Molly fans and supporters!!!
Laurie, Abbie, Molly
 

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 3:14 PM
RM Tour DIary #153: PA, VA... and Tennessee??
 
We started our tour on Wednesday with a 9pm show at Stage on Herr in Harrisburg, PA. This was probably the funkiest venue Red Molly has ever performed in. There were flags and instruments hanging form the ceiling, an old bicycle and a wooden wheel chair on one of the landings, and a manniquen covered in pennies onstage with us. We loved the spot, and revealed ourselves as true folkies by frequently remarking on how late it was!
 
Next we travelled west and performed at the Pittsburg Arts Center; another eclectic venue with a great lounge vibe in the performance hall and 30 working looms up in our green room area. We appreciated the special intro from our friend Ken Batista of WYEP, and all the positive feedback from concert go-ers and staff alike!
 
Friday we survived DC traffic and arrived in Alexandria with enough time to grab some delicious Sushi and Salad at Whole Foods. Mmmm. Sunspot is a terrific venue with a fantastic sound system. Our sound engineer David gifted us a CD of Robert Plant’s new Project-  Joy Band. It was a lovely, lovely show.
 
Each day of this tour the crowds grew larger! We spent Saturday and Sunday at the 10th annual Rhythm and Roots Reunion. We played our first set at the Paramount Theatre – where 750 people crowded in to watch the show! We literally ran onto the stage we were so excited.
 
Abbie greeted the crowd, “Hello Bristol Virginia!” And some folks called back that we were, in fact, in Tennessee. We thought they were joking with us but it turns out the state line runs right through the center of town. So we sang 3 sets in TN and signed CD’s in VA.  J
 
We loved this festival and would go back in a heartbeat. We watched some favorites like Sarah Jarosz and Darell Scott. We also saw our friends Cadillac Sky and New Found Road we are so looking forward to touring with New Found Road Nov 19-21 in the Northeast!!!
 
It’s almost time for our big trip to the northwest extremity of North America! That’s right- we will play 7 shows all over the great state of Alaska Oct 1st-10th so please tell any friends you have up there to come to a show!
 
Phew! We are having fun.
Thanks for tuning in,
Abbie, Laurie and Molly
 

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 1:48 PM
RM Tour Diary #152: Hula Hoops, Bicycles, and Twitter
 
With just two shows this last weekend, Red Molly had lots of time to try out new things. We had a very productive few days in Jersey City where we started working up some new tunes and polished some old ones.
 
We’ve also been enjoying our new PRO-EQ instrument pre-amps, currently on loan to us from the fine folks at Fishman. It is sooo nice to get predictable instrument sound at every show. Our friend Chris Demaria took us for a tour of the factory last week and we watched a dozen or so happy people making guitar pickups… with their HANDS!
 
On Friday we made our 3rd appearance at Garden Stage in Garden City, NJ. Our good friend DJ John Platt of WFUV gave us a great introduction and we had lots of fun making music for the crowd. We unveiled our masterful new tune- a 9 second theme-song for our friend Gordon. It took Gordon just 6 years as a dedicated Red Molly fan to receive his own song… GORDON!
 
The Connecticut Folk Festival takes place in New Haven, in lovely Edgerton Park; which is right across the street from Molly’s parents house! Molly remembers staring out her window into that park as a girl, listening to the Indigo Girls and Tracy Chapman on repeat… But I digress! The house was the green room for the festival where musicians and volunteers found overflowing platters of food. Thank you Venters and CT folk fest!
 
The festival line-up was super and to our delight, Susan Werner joined us on her song “May I Suggest”. She even surprised us by sporting red and white to match our color scheme. We were thrilled to sing harmony on two more songs during her set that evening. Susan consistently inspires and amazes us.
 
Red Molly found a little time for play at the Green Expo portion of the festival. Ever since we were re-introduced to hula hooping by our friend Lissa in Hamilton Park, Red Molly has wanted to shoot some kind of hula-hooping video. We’ve posted a fun and very informal video on Facebook of our first attempt. We posted another 30-second clip of our very own Laurie MacAllister speeding away in the “Silver Bullet”- a sleekly designed low-to-the-ground bicycle. Enjoy!
 
Sunday night Abbie had a slide gig with Pat Wictor in Brooklyn. She ripped out some notes on a distortion pedal during a Jimi Hendrix tune! Awesomeness. 
 
And finally, Red Molly has joined Twitter. That’s right, Twitter. So if you want to keep up to date on where we are playing and what strange and noteworthy things we see on the way there, you can “follow” our new Twitter account!
 
We heard Lois Morton sing “20th Century Girl” on Friday night- a fantastic song about all this new technology stuff. She writes,
“We used to write out words, we used to even have to spell,
now it’s BTW and TTYL… 
Everybody’s Bloggin’ and I can’t even Login”
 
So if you relate to this sentiment, by all means keep it simple by visiting us here, or in a town near you!
 
Many thanks!
Laurie, Abbie & Molly

Monday, September 6th, 2010 11:12 PM
RM Tour Diary #151: Good Sweaty
 
We started out the long weekend with an afternoon radio spot on Boston’s WUMB and had a great time with John Laurenti, who is so funny and conversational.
 
That night our Club Passim show sold out, yahoo! This was Wednesday, during the heat wave, and we were a room full of sweaty people. At one point Laurie said, “Oh, but it’s a good sweaty!” When pressed about what a bad sweaty might look like, Laurie paused then described having to beat an old rug in sweltering heat and getting the dirt stuck to your face and body…   so true, so true.  
 
Then on to Maine! Oh my we love LOVE Maine. So clean! So few bill boards! Plus Jud Caswell lives there. We adore Jud. In addition to being a killer songwriter with a voice “like buttah,” we enjoy his quick-witted and slightly off-color humor. He's one heck of a touring buddy, that Jud. Wicked fun!
 
Hurricane Earl briefly threatened to cancel Saturday’s show and wash us out to sea, but the big storm ultimately passed by leaving just enough wind and rain to clear out the heat-wave. Maine got more and more lovely the farther we drove! By the time we arrived in Eastport we felt as though we were back in Nova Scotia; our cell phones even thought we were in Canada. And I saw a real live seal.
 
All in all we put 1,300 miles on Abbie’s Matrix. Which is NOT, as it turns out, on the recall list – (not this week anyway) – because Abbie’s is a 4-wheel drive. Phew. Our tour soundtrack included Eva Cassidy, the Avett Brothers, Ray Charles, Dala, Darrell Scott & Tim Obrien, and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” for those late night stretches.
 
A huge thank you to our presenters who brought us to Maine, to the volunteers and wonderful sound and lighting folks, and to our friends the Rintels for making the trip better in more ways than one…
We’ll be back!
 
Laurie, Abbie & Molly

Monday, August 30th, 2010 11:40 PM
RM Tour Diary # 150: Nice Things, Big and Small
 
Well if felt like Red Molly had the home-team advantage at both shows this weekend. Thanks to the many warm and familiar folks that came out, and to the new faces in the audience as well! – Abbie’s family got a nice shout out Friday at the Botanical Gardens, and Laurie dedicated “Beaumont Rest Stop” to Molly’s parents on Saturday. Our friends Sue, Allison and Gordon helped us sell CD’s at the shows. Thank you street team!!
 
There was quite a crowd Friday night for the band’s third appearance at the Botanical Gardens in Ringwood, NJ. We sang and stomped in the grass, so lovely! That night our friends Fred and Peg generously invited us to stay at their home while they were away – Ahh to wake up in the morning with a real teapot and cutting board! The little things are so sweet.
 
Of course, we appreciate the big things too. For example we loved playing at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport, CT. The immense stage was set back in the trees on the end of a peninsula. The lighting and sound were terrific – (oh my, do we appreciate not running our own sound)! We spotted real wine glasses and floral tablecloths in the sea of picnickers. Sophisticated and rockin’…
 
In other news, the Red Molly Mobile – Abbie’s Toyota Matrix – was recalled on Thursday ☹
We’ll get on that ASAP, safety first. ☺
 
We’re excited to play Club Passim in Boston this Wednesday. We’ll be appearing on WUMB radio at 2pm. Then on to Maine!
 
Hope everyone is soaking up the last of these summer evenings!
Thank you for all your support,
Laurie, Abbie & Molly

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 2:39 PM
RM Tour Diary #149: Friends & Family
 
Every so often, if you're a lucky band, you are invited to take part in a significant milestone of someone's life. Red Molly may not be your go-to wedding band - unless you are passionate about murder ballads - but we fit right in on Sunday, at a Country Western themed 50th Birthday Bash.
 
It was an intimate show, with much hooting and hollering, tears and cheers. We were honored to be included in the celebration and inspired to bear witness to all of the love and laughter and teasing that comes with family and close community. The group fixed Abbie's broken capo with a paper clip, and served us M&M's with "Red Molly" written on them. 
 
Thank you for sharing your special day with us Robin and Arnold! :)
 
Next order of business: working on some fun new tunes. Yeeehaw!
 
Many thanks from the Red Molly clan-
Abbie, Laurie & Molly

Monday, August 16th, 2010 11:01 PM
Tour Diary #148: Taste of Southern Hospitality
 
Our first stop on this weekend’s tour was in Frankfort, at the Kentucky Coffeetree Café – a sweet little venue across from the old Capitol building. The small room was stuffed full of live-music enthusiasts, and after the show we were gifted homemade hot sauce labeled “Olde Angry Liberal Pepper Sauce” and a bottle of Ale 8, “A Late One;” Kentucky’s own soda-pop that’s high in sugar and caffeine, and impossible to get out of state. Pretty nifty and quite delicious.
 
Our presenter in Bloomington, Indiana got us a great article in the local paper which helped to draw a record crowd at “Friday Night Folk”. Also, as luck would have it, Bloomington is the nation’s 7th ranked epicurean destination. Mmmm.
 
Saturday we drove back to Kentucky for the Henderson Bluegrass festival. These folks were so very hospitable, bringing us cold towels and providing a big spread of fried chicken, coleslaw, and peach cobbler backstage. It was a whole day of toe-tapping bluegrassy-goodness. Abbie noticed that Bluegrass pickers “play fast and talk slow.”
 
During our evening set we witnessed a spontaneous outburst of some kind of wonderfully wiggly chicken dance. Naturally, we invited our new friend to start a dance contest.
Holy smokes, we sincerely hope that a YouTube video surfaces of the event.
The Wiggly-Chicken was epic.
 
We’re looking forward to a couple days off, several days devoted to co-writing and rehearsing, and then back on the road for shows in Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine.
 
Thanks for checking in, hope to see you soon if we’re in your neck of the woods!
Laurie, Abbie and Molly

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 5:53 PM
RM Tour Diary #147: Lunenburg and CFA's
 
This weekend Red Molly was honored to be invited to the 25th annual Harbor Folk Festival in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. (That’s Canada, friends). We discovered that Canadians aren’t just nice, but also truly FUN people.
 
Lunenburg is a stunning coastal town and the festival ran like clockwork. We had the opportunity to play with and get to know some super Canadian bands; “The Good Lovelies” and “House of Doc” being a few of our very favorites. We even got served up seafood chowder and fresh corn at the after-hours parties, where Abbie shredded it up on Dobro with the other pickers. What fun!
 
A CFA is a “Come from Away,” or, tourist/transplant in Nova Scotia-speak. Laurie told one audience that she thought this meant “Canadian from America,” and declared us as honorary CFA’s. The crowd approved.
 
Other highlights include salty sea air, hand-knit woolen goods, and the very BEST Cesar salad in North America. One word: Garlic. Thank you Knot Pub.
 
As the newest "Molly", I feel as though I’ve died and gone to heaven. (And I already felt like one lucky-duck)! I knew Red Molly fans were a wonderful bunch, and getting to meet your new Canadian counter-parts was heart warming. Leaving Lunenburg felt like leaving summer camp…    
Farewell to Nova Scotia!
 
Lucky for us, we fly to Kentucky tomorrow for several shows and a healthy earful of Bluegrass music.
 
Thanks for visiting us,
Abbie, Laurie and Molly

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 9:00 AM
RM Tour Diary #146: Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
 
We had some terrific gigs leading up to Falcon Ridge.  First was Tuesday, where HERO OF THE DAY Hank Soto fixed Laurie's banjo, which apparently was injured on the way home from Woodyfest.  He had the tools, he had the skills, he even had the strings!  Thank you, Hank, and thank you Stony Creek NY for the warm welcome.  Then onto Lake George NY where the weather got apocalyptic after 4 songs, so we invited the audience onto the backstage for an intimate unplugged concert.  So fun!  Thank you Randy Valentino for the hard work and great sound.  And Lebanon NH was gorgeous, with a wonderful crowd.
 
Our performances at Falcon Ridge were a blast!  The Family Stage was a great way to start it off.  The Budgiedome was a fun unplugged homecoming.  The Sweet Harmony Workshop with our fabulously talented buddies We're About 9 and The Brilliant Inventions was a dream come true; we've all come out of the Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge and are so grateful.  The main stage on Saturday night was something we'll never forget.  Joined by Fred Gillen, Jr. on Gulf Coast Highway, we were in heaven.  Carolann said goodbye and thank you to the audience in the classiest of ways, and I imagine there wasn't a dry eye on the hill, and I don't mean due to the rain.  Carolann invites anyone who wishes to stay in touch, or sign up on her e-mail list, to visit www.carolannsolebello.com.  Then there was the Gospel Workshop with Vance and Gandalf.  I wish we could do that again TOMORROW!
 
Our next shows are up in Nova Scotia, where our new bandmate Molly Venter performs with us for the first time!  Thank you everybody for all your support.
 
Laurie
 


 
Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 3:56 PM
Carolann & Molly 
 
Thank you Texas, for such a warm welcome!  We had an amazing time at the Kerrville Folk Festival this weekend.
 
Many of you have commented on how much Red Molly is growing - playing larger venues, touring nationally, etc.  It's true we're getting lots of nice offers, and are eager to see how far we can go!  As Red Molly’s calendar shifts toward extended national tours, Carolann will no longer perform with the band, but will instead pursue solo opportunities that allow for greater balance between the two loves of her life – family and music.  Her final appearance with Red Molly will be in late July, at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.  Carolann invites anyone who wishes to stay in touch, or sign up on her e-mail list, to visit www.carolannsolebello.com.
 
We're excited to announce that Austin-based singer/songwriter Molly Venter will be joining Red Molly!  Molly first caught Abbie's attention as a New Folk Finalist at the 2008 Kerrville Folk Festival.  Laurie and Carolann met Molly for the first time in June 2008, when Molly opened for Red Molly in Arlington, VA, and both were stunned by the beauty and power of her voice.  That first opening slot led to eight more opening slots (in GA, AL, MI, OH, and MA), where Molly won over Red Molly's audiences night after night, with her gorgeous singing and undeniable charm.
 
We are deeply grateful for all the support and love our fans have shown us over the years.  Words can't even describe how appreciative we are and how lucky we feel!  We're so excited for what the future may hold, and hope you will welcome Molly warmly, the way you have always welcomed us.  Her first show with us will be on August 6, at the Lunenburg Folk Festival in Nova Scotia.
 
See you soon,
Laurie, Abbie & Carolann



Monday, June 7th, 2010 4:37 PM
RM Tour Diary #145: Strawberry Park and The Turning Point

 
A big huge thank you to Karen Samuels for the beautiful custom beaded bass strap!  It's got hundreds of tiny little red and white beads, spelling out our names and both Red Molly logos (the original one and our current logo).  It's just so beautiful and we're so grateful!  We have the best fans in the world!  :)
 
We saw Karen and Jeff, as well as a whole host of friends, at Saturday's Strawberry Park Folk Festival in CT.  Highlights included playing right before Ron Thomason and the Dry Branch Fire Squad, watching the Greencards, and getting to see our friends Dala, Vance Gillbert, and The Kennedys.  Wahoo!
 
Sunday, we did two shows at one of our favorite venues, The Turning Point (Piermont, NY).  So many wonderful fans showed up, including Gordon, Gene & Isabel, Karen & Jeff, and more.  We also got to make some new friends, talk about office supplies, and sample the lovely Mexican food from upstairs.  Abbie's Dad, Herb Gardner, sat in on keyboards for the night, too!
 
Up next:  We're heading out West for the Kerrville Folk Festival!  YAY!  Click on the TOUR link above for details.



Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 9:51 PM

RM Tour Diary #144: We gotta go to O-Hio!

What fun we had out in the Mid-West!  We started out at The Independent Media Center, a cool venue in the back of a Post Office in Urbana/Champagne, IL.  A nice big audience, even on a Wednesday night, and we got a chance to see some family in town, too!  Then it was off to our return engagement at the Canal St. Tavern- a listening room/bar that is one of our favorite places to play.  The best of both worlds!  The "Old Bag Factory" was way classier than it sounds and then it was off to Chicago for two nights.  We played Rich Warren's "Folk Stage" live radio hour and got to open for Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  What a great theater, complete with balcony, and a school of folk music on par with no other.  Even the "gift" shop was legendary!
 
Up next:  Kickin' off Festival season at Strawberry Park and 2 shows at The Turning Point!  Click on the TOUR link above for details.
 
James is still holding steady at #4 on the Americana Charts!!



Monday, May 17th, 2010 11:04 PM
RM Tour Diary #143: Susan Werner

We had the honor of splitting a show with Susan Werner Saturday night at Landmark on Main Street (Port Washington, NY).  This is the same venue where our friend Gordon came up with our last album title "Love and Other Tragedies."  As expected, Susan put on a stellar show with several new songs and selections from "The Gospel Truth" too!  Absolute highlights for us included having Susan sing a 4th harmony to our arrangement of "May I Suggest" and backing her up on "Did Trouble Me" and "Our Father."  It really made us think about stuffing her in the Red Molly Mobile and taking this show on the road!
 
Up next:  we head to off to the Mid-West!  Click on the TOUR link above for details.
 
James is holding steady at #4 on the Americana Charts this week!!  WAHOO!



Monday, May 10th, 2010 8:11 PM
RM Tour Diary #142: Kennett Flash

This past weekend we headed to Kennett, PA for two shows in the 5th coolest town in America!  The people were wild and crazy- the early show nicknaming Laurie "O.J." right before she sang "Lookin' for Trouble" (which gave the song a whole new meaning).  Then the late show tried to get Abbie to sell her shoes.  But everyone had a grand ol' time and held up their cell phones for "Last Call."  That's right, people, embrace your inner cheese!!  Pat Wictor opened both shows and was featured on his co-write with Abbie, "A Little Love is Gonna Do."  All around, it was tons of fun.
 
Up next:  a split bill with Susan Werner in Port Washington, NY and then we head to Ohio!  Click on the TOUR link above for details.
 
PS- Did we mention the CD is now #4 on the Americana Charts!!  WAHOO!
 


 
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 10:51 PM
RM Tour Diary #141: MERLEFEST!!!

Our latest tour started out in Nashville with the Loveless Cafe's Music City Roots show.  WOW!  We got to perform with some amazing musicians including our buddies in Bearfoot and the legendary Peter Rowan, for a few hundred screaming enthusiastic fans.  Singing "Midnight Moonlight" with Mr. Rowan was a special moment.  Quite a welcome! Not to mention a daytime slot on the one and only WSM radio show, coming to you straight from Opryland itself.  Then it was off to the Blue Plate Special radio show out of Knoxville, TN for a live daytime split show with Cherryholmes, a great family bluegrass band.  We played an evening set with The Sweetback Sisters at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and then headed down to the Carolinas for Merlefest.  Whoa.  This was a total dream gig.  Dierks Bentley, Sam Bush, Elvis Costello, Steve Martin, Jerry Douglas, Cadillac Sky, Bearfoot, The Avett Brothers, The Traveling McCoury's, and so many many more acts.  We were absolutely honored to have more than a thousand people turn out for our first set and even more for the three other sets.  We sold out of all the CDs we brought and hope that everyone's enjoying the music at home and putting those stickers on their trucks.  We'd love to see them next time we're in the South.  What a thrill it was to play "Oh My Sweet Carolina" for the crowd at the Austin Stage.  Trying out the Beard GRE model metal body guitar at the Lounge set was really cool, too.  All the volunteers were exceptional, especially the shuttle drivers who helped us get around the festival.  Ryan Adams had it right when he said "the the sweetest winds they blow across the south."  Our first Merlefest was an amazing, unforgettable experience and we do hope to come back!!  Please share any photos with us!
 
 
Up Next:  Two shows at Kennett Flash in Kennett, PA.  8pm show SOLD OUT, 5pm show just added.  Pat Wictor opens!
 



Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 2:22 PM
RM Tour Diary #140: Adirondack Chairs and Big Black Bears

What an eventful weekend we had in Western NY!  We started out at the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, playing to a standing room only crowd who educated us on the difference between a "crick" and a "creek."  Then it was off to the beautiful Fredonia Opera House.  Along the drive we saw cows that looked like Oreos (big round fluffy ones with a big white stripe around their stomachs) and stopped in a beautiful town called Angelica for some salt-rising bread.  The show at Fredonia was a joy and we made a slew of new friends.  Saturday night we played our second show at the Walton Theater.  Two beautiful theaters with balconies in one weekend!  Lucky us!!  Smile
 
As we headed towards home that night we took a wrong turn and ended up on a remote dirt road that went over a mountain.  We have a GPS named Betty, so there was no worry about getting lost.  But that's when the ride turned into a bit of a wildlife expedition!  We saw a beautiful black bear (we were in the car, don't worry, and he wandered off safely), as well as a herd of deer and two adorable porcupines.  We were hoping to see a hippo too, but no such luck.  Maybe next time!
 
Up next:  Nashville, Knoxville and MERLEFEST!!  See tour link above for details.



Sunday, April 18th, 2010 11:53 PM
RM Tour Diary #139: Upstate NY

All's well in Wellsville!  This picturesque town has an amazing creative arts center that was packed to the brim with happy people Friday night!  We had dinner at the Texas Hot retro diner next door, fully expecting Biff (from Back to The Future) to walk in the door.  After a great show and a bag of lemon cookies, we headed to Rochester for a morning interview on WXXI and a Saturday night show at The Golden Link in Penfield, NY.  The audience doubled (from 150 to 300 people!) from the last time we'd been to this concert series and they even had to use overflow parking.  That's a first!  We tested the audience on their knowledge of the 8 vegetables in V8 juice (not as easy as you think) and played tons of songs from our new record James.  The CD is holding steady at #10 on the Americana Charts and recently jumped up to #2 on the Roots Music Report!  Go James, Go!!
 
Up Next:  We're headed back upstate to Glens Falls, Fredonia and Walton, NY.  Click on the TOUR link above for details.  See you there!



Monday, April 12th, 2010 10:01 AM
RM Tour Diary #138

Thanks so much for everyone who came out to the WUMB Member Concert this past Friday night!  It was so good to be back and the crowd was overwhelmingly supportive.  DJ Dave Palmater interviewed us during the show and had everyone cracking up.  Those of you who missed it, you can tune in on Thursday April 20th at 6pm to hear the broadcast.
 
Saturday was our 5th time back at The Sounding Board in West Hartford, CT.  This time our good friend Pat Wictor opened the show.  We couldn't resist backing him up during his set and even brought him back up to do a duet with Abbie on their song, "A Little Love is Gonna Do."  It was great to see so many familiar faces and meet some new friends, like 4-year old Kennedy, who wore her bright red boots to the show!
 
Stay tuned for more radio updates and come see us this weekend in Northwestern NY!  Click on the tour link above for details.
 


 
Monday, April 5th, 2010 4:48 PM
Top 10!

James has climbed to #10 on the Americana Charts this week! We're also #1 on the March Folk DJ Chart and Red Molly is the #1 Top Artist (also on folk DJ). We've got five songs in their Top 20: "Jezebel" is #5; "Gulf Coast Highway," Tear My Stillhouse Down," and "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" all tied for #8 and "End of the Line" is #20.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 11:24 AM
Big News!

James is this week's TOP MOST ADDED AMERICANA with 27 ADDs and is debuting at #32 on the Americana Charts!


 
James is now featured as a "Signature Discovery" on
The Signature Sounds Label!
 

And here's the new album's
first review!!
Monday, March 22nd, 2010 11:58 AM
RM Tour Diary # 137: CD RELEASE PARTY!


We celebrated the release of our new CD James this past Friday, in Morristown, NJ at The Minstrel.  It was a sold-out show and we were sad to turn some people away at the door, but thrilled to have such a packed house!  The talented Fred Gillen, Jr. (male voice on "Gulf Coast Highway") lead off the night with sing-a-longs and stories about the band.  What a beautiful sound, hearing all those people sing "Hallelujah" together.  We played almost all songs from the new record, featuring Fred on "Gulf Coast Highway" and Herb Gardner (Abbie's Dad) on piano for "Jezebel" and "End of the Line."  So many great friends were there, as well as a ton of people who had never seen us before!  We even had a cake with a picture of the CD on it, thanks to Gordon.  (see pictures here) All in all, it was an amazing night.  Thank you!!

Saturday night we headed up to Reading, MA to play in the beautiful Ivy Chord Coffeehouse.  Our friend Brian Gundersdorf (from We're About Nine) was in town, so we featured him on a song.  It's always a "wicked good time" up there in Massachusetts!
 
The new CD, James, is now available on iTunes and online.
 
Up next:  WUMB Member's Concert (4/9) and The Sounding Board in CT w/special guest Pat Wictor (4/10).  Just click on the TOUR link above for all details.
Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 9:12 PM
RM Tour Diary # 136: Red & Blue & Rain


What a packed weekend! We started out at Godfrey Daniels for two shows. It was our sixth time in this great listening room and we were excited to see several people stay for both the early and the late show! There were folks celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, people with coolers, and even someone crocheting in the front row (yup, folk music is WILD!).

Saturday night we braved the storm to team up with Beaucoup Blue at Concerts at the Crossings (NJ). We're honored by how many people filled the seats on such a rainy night- thank you!!

Sunday we played Jammin' Java for the 2nd time and had a real blast. See pictures of the show here (from Brandon Wu of The Washington City Paper).

The new CD, James, is now available on iTunes and online.
 
Up next: CD release shows in Morristown, NJ and Reading, MA. Just click on the TOUR link above for all details.
Monday, March 8th, 2010 10:07 AM
RM Tour Diary # 135: Red Kennedys and Caffe Lena


We started out the weekend with two shows in Saratoga Springs at Caffe Lena. Highlights from the early show include Laurie singing her Folgers theme song and the audience singing Happy Birthday to Abbie! The late show was wild and crazy, with an extended numbers game that had everyone laughing and crying, including the band.

Saturday night we played to a sold-out crowd at the beautiful Emelin Theater in Mamaroneck, NY. We split the show with The Kennedys, who put on a stellar set, and we were also lucky enough to have specials guests from our new CD, Fred Gillen Jr. and Herb Gardner. What a memorable night! Here's a review and some photos.  

The new CD, James, is now available on iTunes and online.
 
Up next: shows in Bethlehem, PA; Titusville, NJ and Vienna, VA. Just click on the TOUR link above for all details.
Monday, February 22nd, 2010 7:01 PM
RM Tour Diary # 134: Playing with the boys

This past weekend we got to split bills and collaborate with Mark Erelli and Peter Mulvey, both extremely talented musicians and songwriters.  At the Iron Horse, we debuted "My Love" (written by Mark Erelli) during our set and also had him sing "Gulf Coast Highway" with us.  It was a blast to sit in with his band, Barnstar, at the end of the night and Jake Armerding played fiddle with both bands.  We were lucky enough to have Jake with us for 2 sets at the Finch Coffeehouse in Newburyport Friday night for a sold out show.  Amazing food there, and such a welcoming crowd!  Then it was up to New Hampshire for Saturday's split bill with Peter Mulvey at the Peterborough Players Theater.  Abbie's Dad sat in on piano for the night- what a crowd pleaser!  Other highlights include singing "Gulf Coast Highway" with Peter Mulvey, sitting in during his set, and getting to see our Northern "Mini-Mollies" who are growing up so fast!  (They're not so "mini" anymore!) 

The new CD, James, is now available on iTunes and online.
 
A special Wednesday night show in NYC this week, to benefit a friend of ours! Just click on the TOUR link above for all details.
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 3:07 PM
RM Tour Diary # 133: California Gold

Wow, what an adventure it was to get to California!  But it was soooo worth it.  We played 4 memorable shows for some of the happiest people on that green sunny stretch of earth.  From the Redwoods in Felton (Don Quixote's) to the Freight & Salvage in Berklee, from Valentine's Day in Fresno to Newman's beautifully restored West Side Theater... by the end of our trip we just didn't want to leave!  Thank you California, for making our suitcases light on the way home!  All the CDs you ordered were shipped Tuesday and we can't wait to make plans to come back!

James is now available on iTunes and online.
 
Or pick one up at a show!  Next, we're headed to Northampton, Peterborough and Newburyport for some big shows with exciting special guests! Just click on the TOUR link above for all details.
Friday, February 12th, 2010 2:32 AM
 
We made it!  While we normally like to arrive at venues 2-3 hours before showtime, sometimes a MASSIVE BLIZZARD interferes with business as usual.  We pulled up to Don Quixote's at 8:30 for an 8:45 set time!  A minor miracle.  We're so glad to be in California!
 
We'll be in Berkeley, Newman, and Fresno on the rest of the tour - send your friends and family!  Just click on TOUR above for all the details.
 
:) Red Molly

Thursday, February 11th, 2010 5:00 PM


UPDATE 5pm

We're gonna make it! Two Mollies are safely in California, waiting for the third to land, just in time to rush to the gig! Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration, don't fail us now!

xo
Red Molly



UPDATE 9am

Abbie got on a plane and is on her way to San Francisco. Carolann and Laurie are on standby.

Wish us luck!

We will post updates here, if possible.

xo
Red Molly

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 10:48 AM


WINTER STORM

 
We were supposed to fly to CA today at 5:45 pm - but our flight was cancelled.  :(
 
We're going to the airport anyway, and will do everything possible to get to CA, on time for our 4 shows.
 
Check back here for updates.
 
xo
Red Molly

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 9:38 PM

RM Tour Diary # 132: ALL Y'ALL TEXANS

We figured January would be a nice time to head West for a Texas tour, soak up the sun and warmth... well, it snowed! But the people we met were so warm and welcoming that they more than made up for it. Second Street Live in Arkansas was an amazing way to start the tour, full of rowdy happy folks who had trouble believing we were city folks. Carrie Elkin opened the show in Dallas and we wish she'd been with us for the whole tour- what a cool and talented songwriter. Laurie actually got an "on the spot" royalty payment from a fan at the Austin house concert (Mountain House Concerts), for singing the Folgers jingle! Along the way, we got to visit Willie's Place (yup, Willie Nelson), several boot shops, and a strange rest-stop featuring items made out of beavers. A big shout out to Rockin' Robin Music shop in Houston and all our new friends in Dallas, Austin, Houstin and Fort Smith! You can see a silly video tour diary on our facebook page, for more of our adventures!


Pre-orders for James will be mailed out next week. Expect "him" at shows this month, too!

Next, we're headed to Woodstock and Oswego! Just click on the TOUR link above for all details.
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 1:24 AM

RM Tour Diary # 131: Plymouth and Framingham

We went up to Massachusetts this past weekend for a show at the Uncommon Coffeehouse and the Driftwood Coffeehouse. Saturday night we were lucky enough to have Jake Armerding (the fiddle player from our records) join us for the whole show. We backed him up on one of his songs and also got to play new songs from James, including one he wrote called "Falling In." A rare private concert was a special treat for us on Sunday afternoon- thanks Rawley and Nancy!

Next, we're headed to Texas and Arkansas! Just click on the TOUR link above for all details.
Monday, January 11th, 2010 11:04 AM

RM Tour Diary # 130: The Turning Point and APAP

Our first gig back after the holidays was a blast.  We played 2 sold out shows at the Turning Point in Piermont, one of our favorite venues.  It was also the very first time Abbie's Dad, Herb Gardner, joined the band on piano!  What a thrill!  He's on the new record, James, and will be sitting in with the band from time to time to celebrate the release.  We played a slew of songs from the upcoming CD, which is at the manufacturer right now!  (To pre-oder, click on STORE above)
 
This past weekend, we hung out at the APAP conference in NYC.  Really fun to catch up with our friends from bands like Girlyman, Bearfoot, and New Found Road, as well as our folk buddies Susan Werner and Vance Gilbert.

Up next is a very special acoustic ballads show at the beautiful Brennan Coffeehouse (1/15), back to the World Cafe in Philly (1/17) and then a big opening slot for the Carolina Chocolate Drops at The Birchmere (1/18).  Just click on the TOUR link above for all details.
Monday, November 23rd, 2009 3:33 AM

PRE-ORDER THE BRAND NEW RED MOLLY CD, called "James"! Just click on STORE above.

RM Tour Diary # 130: Molly and the Mollies

We started out the weekend with our buddy Mark Douglas Berardo in upstate NY's Kirkland Arts Center. Our second time at this beautiful listening room. The walls were lined with watercolors, the people full of carrot cake, and our voices ready for singing! Thanks for making us feel so welcome KAC!

Molly Venter opened for us at The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse in Franklin, MA. Our 5th time at this venue- can you believe it?! We had tons of fun being Molly's backup band for a song during our set and played songs from our upcoming album as well as some old favorites. Thanks again to Jake Jacobson and the whole army of volunteers!

We're off from gigs until the new year, but check out our individual websites for solo gigs (see links at the bottom of the BIO page) and pre-order the brand new CD by clicking the STORE page above!

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 3:33 AM
RM Tour Diary # 129: Jiffy Lube

While driving around to our gigs this past weekend (NJ, PA, MD) we ended up temporarily naming our new record "Jiffy Lube!" Ha! That's what happens when you look out the window of a car to find your album title...

In any case, we had some great shows, starting out in Montclair, NJ doing our first headliner at The Outpost in The Burbs. Opener Joe Crookston made the night extra special, as did the three little mini-Mollies who surprised us with flowers after our encore! Sunday we played the intimate Psalm Salon near Philly and we had a great Monday night turnout for our Maryland show at The Institute of Musical Traditions.

This weekend we'll head up to The Kirkland Arts Center in NY and up to Franklin, MA for a return engagement at The Circle of Friends, one of our favorite venues. Just click on the TOUR link above for all details.

Friday, October 30th, 2009 2:17 PM
RM Tour Diary # 127: NC/SC Tour!

We had such a good time on our NC/SC tour! We played our first ever ALBINO SKUNK FEST (yeah, that's right) and had a blast. Even rain couldn't put a damper (ha) on the fun - the audience just gathered close to the stage, under the awning. Thanks to everyone who came to NC shows for making us feel so welcome.

We're in the studio working hard on the new CD, which will come out in early 2010. We couldn't be happier with our choice of engineer, our new buddy Mark Dann.

We've got 5 great gigs coming up in November. Just click on the TOUR link above for all details.

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 3:33 AM
RM Tour Diary #126: The Folk Project

We had a great time last weekend with the good people from NJ's Folk Project. We taught workshops on harmony, song arrangement, songs of Gillian Welch and slide guitar, and also got to do two concerts! Big thanks to everyone who made it possible, all the attendees, Mike DelVecchio and to Vance for making us laugh. We even got to sing the TV theme song "Movin on Up" backstage with Vance and Mike! Fun!!

Coming up: Tour of North and South Carolina!! Click on the TOUR link above!

Monday, September 28th, 2009 11:10 PM
RM Tour Diary #125: Nude Hampsters

We got to see some of our favorite Red Heads up in Wilton, New Hampshire (home of Norman, the yarn turtle who has become our dashboard mascot). It's so great to get to play for gaggles of pre-teen girls. They made us feel really famous, as they mobbed us after the show for autographs! :)

Saturday, we made our way down to the Homegrown Coffeehouse in Needham, MA. The series is "powered by carrot cake" and we can see why! Yum. Jud Caswell opened the show and then treated us to his version of a certain Richard Thompson song. The acoustics in this new venue are so great that we were able to do our encore, May I Suggest, off the mic in the center of the room. Thanks for letting us kick off the season at Homegrown!

Sunday we fought off the drizzle to play a real hometown gig- right in Hoboken, NJ at the bi-annual street festival. We followed an amazing singer from Australia, who specializes in those old Elvis & Sinatra tunes!

Coming up: The Folk Project in Bloomingdale, NJ on 10/9.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 3:33 AM
RM Tour Diary #124: Pennsylvania 6500

We played to a sold out crowd our first time at Kennett Flash last Friday. What a rowdy group! Carsie Blanton did a stellar opening set and had all three of us Mollies dancing backstage. We did two sets of mostly music, some comedy and some weird talking about the crazy idea of walking around without socks on. I TOLD you it was a wild night!!

Saturday we got to play our first headliner at the beautiful Sellersville Theater. Our friends Beaucoup Blue opened the show and even joined us during our set for a little slide duel. We also got to perform "Oh America" one of the songs we recorded on their latest CD, Free to Fall.

We came home Sunday to play a home town gig at Joe's Pub in NYC. We split the show with The Nields, two sisters of folk and harmony who have been mainstays at Falcon Ridge for many years. It was nice to do an indoor show together!!

Coming up: Pine Hill Waldorf School in Wilton, NH  on 9/25,  The Homegrown Coffeehouse in Needham, MA on 9/26  and  Hoboken Arts & Music Festival in Hoboken, NJ  on 9/27.

Note:  Tour Photos  updated!


 
Monday, September 14th, 2009 3:33 AM
RM Tour Diary #123: East Hartford and Stone Ridge

We got to play at the Center for Creative Education in East Hartford, CT on Friday, where they treated us like Queens. There was enough food to feed a vegetarian army backstage and setlists from bands who came before us, like Blue Highway and the Quebe Sisters. Abbie nearly lost her voice from a cold, but the show went on with Laurie stepping in to sing "Crazy in Love."

Saturday we headed towards the New Paltz/Woodstock area to play a gig at the Stone Ridge Arts Center. After dinner at the Rosendale Cafe, we relaxed at the Arts Center's upstairs yoga room. Wow, what a nice way to rest before a show!! The show was packed and we had a blast. Big thanks to Billy on sound, Ev, Cliff and everyone at the series.

Coming up: Kennett Flash in Kennett Square, PA  on 9/18,  The Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA on 9/19  and  Joe's Pub in NYC  on 9/20.

Note:  Tour Photos  updated!


 
Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 3:33 AM
RM Tour Diary #122: Back to NY

After a short end-of-summer break, we got back to touring starting with City Winery on Sunday night. It was our first time in this swanky new NYC venue and we were lucky enough to open for Jonathan Edwards. He's a great performer and even joined us on "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" (playing harmonica and guitar).
 
Monday we spent the day at the Turning Point American Roots Festival in Piermont, NY. It was a beautiful day for an outdoor show and we were able to reconnect with old friends as well.

Coming up: East Hartford Community Center in CT  on 9/11,  Center for Creative Education in Stone Ridge, NY on 9/12. 


 
Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 3:33 AM
RM Tour Diary #121: The Narrows and The Wolves

We started our weekend out with a hometown gig in New Jersey. The mayor of Rahway came out, as well as Red Heads new and familiar (I've been told not to call them "old" Red Heads!) We had lots of fun and the crowd made us feel like rock stars when they got up and danced for the last song.
 
Maybe that was a theme, since we got people to dance during "Old Dancin' Fool" on Friday night at The Narrows in Fall River, MA. What a great space, really open and big, in a loft-type place... not "narrow" at all! We were able to clean house, giving away a secret hidden stash of the 2006 Naked Folk Calendars (we're Ms. November!).
 
Saturday night we went up to Wolfeboro, NH for the Great Waters Folk Festival. What a classy place on the banks of Lake Winnipesaukee. The night kinda blew us away because we were on the bill with the fabulous Susan Werner, who worked up a 4th part to our arrangement of her song, "May I Suggest"! John Gorka graced us with his voice on our version of his song, "Houses in the Fields", and also invited us up to play and sing on the last song of his set! Let's just say we went home happy.
 
Coming up: City Winery in NY, NY  on 9/6,  Turning Point American Roots Festival in Piermont, NY on 9/7. 


 
Monday, August 17th, 2009 11:15 PM
RM Tour Diary #120: How to bathe a chicken

It was our second time at the Bolton Fair and I think maybe this time we felt more at home among all the livestock.  Not sure if that's a good thing or not, but we made friends with a mammoth donkey, learned how to properly bathe a chicken, watched pig races, and marveled at the Flying Walendas!  Good times over a total of 6 sets!  Whew!
 
Sunday we finally made good on our promise to The Greenfield Energy Park!  Last year, after Falcon Ridge, we had to cancel our gig there due to the tornado and downed trees.  It's the only gig we've ever had to cancel like that, so we were thrilled to finally get to play in this beautiful park.  Especially while the sun was shining!
 
Coming up: Mayor's Summer Concert Series in Rahway, NJ  on 8/20,  Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA on 8/21 and Great Waters Music Festival in Wolfeboro, NH on 8/22. 


 
Monday, August 10th, 2009 6:14 PM
RM Tour Diary #119: Cow Fest

Well, ok, so it wasn't exactly "cow" fest, but we did talk a whole lot about the art and hobby of cow-tipping.  Up in Rotterdam Junction this past weekend, Canal Fest was held inside a beautiful old barn.  The sound reverberated so well in this barn, filled with some really friendly folks who seemed to enjoy our antics and songs.  It was our second time playing this little festival and we hope to be back again.  Big thanks to Olivia, who helped us out as impromptu "roadie" after the show.

Coming up: Bolton Fair in Lancaster, MA on 8/14 & 8/15 and Greenfield Energy Park in Greenfield, MA on 8/16.


 
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 2:38 PM
RM Tour Diary #118: Pennsylvania

The Wind Gap festival this past Friday and Saturday was tons of fun.  We got to do our one-mic thing outdoors, thanks to Harry on sound.  With 4 sets and a harmony workshop, we played just about every song we knew and met some of the best bluegrass bands out there.  NewFound Road was one of our favorites- thanks for hanging guys!  We love your CD!
 
Sunday we opened up for the Gibson Brothers at Duke Island Park, which sort of DID become an island during the show!  The river backed up and backstage became a pond, but Abbie was able to rescue Carolann's car thanks to the Falcon Ridge red rubber boots!
 
Monday we returned to Musikfest and played on the Main Street Stage for a whole slew of people.  Lots of new faces and lots of people wearing the new Red Molly shirts.  We were lucky enough to meet Marie, the designer of the "Red Head" shirt, at this show.  It was great to see our new friends in Bearfoot, who played right after us.  Check out their new CD, if you haven't already, they're a fantastic band from Alaska!
 
Coming up:  Canal Fest in Rotterdam Junction, NY on Sunday 8/9.


 
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 12:12 AM
RM Tour Diary #117: Our 5-Year Anniversary!

Wow, it's already been 5 years since that fateful night we survived the Falcon Ridge rain and became a band.  I guess some things don't change much!  You may have seen Carolann and Abbie hanging out in the mud at Falcon Ridge this year, while Laurie stayed at home in Hoboken (dry, clean and eating lobster as usual).
 
Sunday night we performed in Harrisburg, PA at the Sunset Performing Arts Series.  It was a beautiful night for a concert and about 300 people showed up with their lawnchairs and blankets, ready for a show.  Someone from the crowd informed us that 5-year anniversaries call for presents made of wood...  ah, Laurie had fun with that one from the stage.  Too bad only the first anniversary is paper, but maybe we'll make an exception since we like office supplies so much!  Thanks to Joe Sr. and his wife for requesting "Mind of a Soldier" (dedicated to their son, overseas).  By the end of the show the crowd really let loose and was up on their feet, dancing and clapping along.  What a lucky life we lead!  Thank you Harrisburg!
 
Coming up:  AFBA in Wind Gap, PA on Friday and Saturday 7/31 & 8/1, Somerset County Concert Series in Bridgewater, NJ on Sunday 8/2, and Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA on Monday 8/3.


Monday, July 20th, 2009 2:48 PM
RM Tour Diary #116: Bodles

Bodles Opera House in Chester is one of our favorite local places to play.  It's more of a pub than an opera house, really, and always seems to be filled with the most friendly, laid-back people.  I think the writers of "Cheers" actually based the show on this club.
 
In any case, it was a big night, with Carolann debuting her new solo CD "Glass of Desire" and singing a song solo for the crowd!  She hadn't performed solo in about 5 years, but really nailed it. 
 
We debuted a new Red Molly song called The Last Call, written by our opener Anthony da Costa (much to his surprise!).  He played his own set introducing his latest release "Not Afraid of Nothing" and even joined us on stage playing bass on Beaumont Rest Stop.
 
Coming up:  Sunset Performing Arts Series in Harrisburg, PA on Sunday 7/26.  This weekend is Red Molly's 5 Year Anniversary!  It's been a good 5 years for all of us and we can't wait to see what the future will bring!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 1:53 PM
RM Tour Diary #115: Headbanging Tots

Three gigs over the past week or so, including opening for the Duhks in NYC's beautiful Madison Square Park last Wednesday.  We felt like rockstars with our backstage passes and giant stadium speakers!  WFUV's John Platt introduced us and the  big crowd of happy city dwellers couldn't have been nicer.
 
Saturday's Pleasantville Music Fest was the scene of "The Great Red Molly Sticker Heist!"  We had a whole gang of young kids right in front of the stage dancing, headbanging and putting our stickers on all parts of their bodies!  It made it so much fun for us on stage, watching all the little ones let loose.  :)
 
Yesterday we played the West Cape May farmer's market, where Laurie had so many crab cakes she started to walk sideways during the 2nd set!  A couple of fans drove 2 hrs to see us and another rode his bike 5 hrs!  We're so luck to have such dedicated fans!
 
Coming up: Bodles Opera House in Chester, NY on Sunday 7/19.  Anthony da Costa opens.

Monday, July 6th, 2009 3:33 AM
RM Tour Diary #114: SUMMAFEST

We had a "wicked good" time up in New Bedford, MA this past weekend.  Summerfest is such an amazing festival, bringing together so many different acts in unique combinations.  We started our day Saturday by singing with Dala, a great female duo from Toronto who were making their US debut.  Then we had two main stage sets, one with The Kennedys and The Englishmen (rockin!!) and one with Roy Bookbinder and Antje Duvekot.  We were also lucky enough to sit in on solo sets by Antje and Cliff Eberhardt.  Highlights of our weekend include the fabulous Italian meal we had Saturday night, seeing our brand new "Red Heads" shirts on our fans, making it to the front page of the Times, and the awesomely strong coffee in performer hospitality. 
 
Coming up: special WEDNESDAY night show, opening for the Duhks in NYC at Madison Square Park (7/8) and our first time at the Pleasantville Music Festival on Saturday 7/11.

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 12:01 PM
RM Tour Diary #113

Our first show in California was so much fun. We knew we were in California (not New York) when backstage, instead of slipping in doggie doo-doo, Carolann slipped in guacamole! We played at the fabulous Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena, to a large and happy crowd, on a gorgeous sunny day. Abbie supported the local economy by buying a sweet new summer dress. But that didn't stop her from getting on her knees for a ripping Dobro solo at the end of the show. Classic Abbie. Even though we flew in on Saturday and out on Sunday, we still managed to squeeze in three fabulous meals, including what has become a fly-in tradition, Mexican food! This time it was El Cholo. Delicious. And for dinner after the show, we treated ourselves to Japanese food. Even more delicious. Nothing like saba (at least Laurie thinks so). Big thanks to Glen Williams, Liz Levitt, and Eddie Cota for their hospitality. Coming up: One of our favorite festivals, the unique Summerfest in New Bedford, MA.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 7:45 PM
Red Molly Tour Diary #112: Breaking Things

We played an indoor set Thursday night in Hoboken, down by Sinatra Park (which is quite lovely in when it's not raining!). It was fun to do a show without any sound system at all, just for the brave folks who ventured out into the rain. We also got to show off our brand new Red Molly banner! Look for it this summer when we play outdoors.

Friday we headed up to the legendary Club Passim, where we had such a rowdy time in the green room that we broke a lamp! Crazy rock stars! Sorry Matt! But the show must go on, especially when it's sold out! Opener Judd Caswell drew everybody in with his songs about "fruit" (yeah, right Judd). We asked him back up during our set to play Millworker with us, and one more solo song about a motorcycle by Richard Thompson.

Saturday we were thrilled to be back at the 10th annual Roots on the River Festival, otherwise known as Fred X. The Sweetback Sisters were awesome and so was Hayes Carll, who tells hilarious stories. The festival gives away a vintage guitar each year and Abbie was shocked and honored to be awarded a 1930's Oahu.

We picked the winner of our T-shirt contest and are hoping to have the shirts in our hands by early July. See the winning entry by Marie Guglielmo here. Congratulations Marie!

Coming up: Red Molly heads to Southern California on 6/21!

Monday, June 8th, 2009 12:00 PM
RM Tour Diary #111

Friday night we went back to Long Island and played for all the friendly smiling cowboys out there! The crowd was so happy and nice to us, even singing along to Long Island Cowboy and laughing at our bad jokes. We tried out a new tune- Gillian's "Miss Ohio" which is a different type of song for us... very groovy.

Saturday we played in Hyannis for a big high school fundraiser, dedicating "May I Suggest" to the students and getting to meet the great quartet, Tripping Lily. Sunday we headed over to the Sustainable Living Festival in Rhode Island, where Laurie got to sing backup with Marc Erelli for the first time. Then we played our own set, ate some uber-healthy food, drank some yummy Blue State coffee and walked around on our "sustainables" checking out the clean energy exhibits.

Coming up: Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, NJ on Thursday 6/11, Club Passim in Cambridge, MA on Friday 6/12 and Root on the River in Bellows Falls, VT on Saturday 6/13.

Monday, June 1st, 2009 12:00 PM
RM Tour Diary #110: 350 shows so far!

The Living Room show with John Platt marked our 350th show as a band! WOW! How cool!!

This past Saturday we played the Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival in Connecticut. It was fun to be a part of the Folk Stage, along with The Kennedy's and Tracy Grammar & Jim Henry. We tried out new individual vocal microphones at this show and had some fun with Lucinda William's song "Can't Let Go."

Sunday night we played TWO sold out shows at the Turning Point in Piermont, NY. Wow. Kind of hard to believe I was once scared to play the open mic there! But we did our best to keep all those people entertained and we certainly entertained ourselves.

Coming up: Garden Stage in Garden City, NY (Long Island) on Friday 6/5, The Living Room in Hyannis, MA on Saturday 6/6 and The Sustainable Living Festival in Coventry, RI on Sunday 6/7.