Saturday, April 9, 2011
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Red Molly with Carsie Blanton
343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
The dynamic female trio that began as a happy accident around a campsite (at the 2004 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival) is now drawing invitations from renowned historic national events like Merlefest, and is winning over audiences around the country. Spurred onward by an ever-growing and devoted fanbase, and the desire to commit themselves to touring farther from home, Red Molly is at the start of a new and exciting musical chapter. After six years of touring, the band announced that guitarist/bassist Carolann Solebello will leave the group in August 2010 to spend more time with family and pursue solo opportunities. Remaining founding members Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo) and Abbie Gardner (Dobro, guitar) welcome the newest “Molly”, Austin-based singer/songwriter Molly Venter, to fill out their lush, distinctive three-part harmonies. Over the last month of rehearsals and impromptu live performances in Hamilton Park, near their rehearsal space in Jersey City, the three women quickly nailed the essence of the Red Molly sound, while hinting at inspiring new musical possibilities in the months of touring that lie ahead. “We are busily reinventing fan favorites from our current recordings, while adding new material and collaborating on songwriting for the first time,” says Gardner. “This is an exciting time for the band; we’re so thrilled that Molly has joined us,” adds MacAllister.
Opening the night is Carsie Blanton, is a young singer-songwriter who grew up in rural Virginia and landed in Philadelphia in fall of 2006.
Since then, her soulful, playful, intelligent music has earned her national respect, from among others, Laurie MacAllister, who says, “Carsie Blanton is TOTALLY AMAZING. She’s truly one of my top ten favorite new artists out there.” In her brief time as a performing songwriter, Carsie has shared the stage with nationally hailed acts Amos Lee, Nellie McKay, John Oates and Leon Redbone, and frequented noteworthy venues from The Birchmere (Alexandria, VA) to the Hotel Café (Los Angeles, CA). In addition to opening for Red Molly several times before, Carsie has also toured with Loudon Wainwright III, and with Blue Note recording artists The Wood Brothers, among others.