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Good news for Redheads, the wait is over! Americana powerhouse trio Red Molly is touring again this April, and one of the band’s first stops just happens to be the South Orange Performing Arts Center.
Though the talented ladies who comprise Red Molly – Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) – decided to take a hiatus to pursue solo projects, they’ve reunited and will grace the SOPAC stage Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m.
While performing together for more than a decade, the band earned a well-deserved reputation for its stunning harmonies and impressive range, which spans a cappella to bluegrass and nearly every genre in between. As much as the members of Red Molly have enjoyed making music together, Gardner noted that she and her bandmates had little time to pursue solo endeavors. Ultimately, this lead them to take a short break to explore their creative passions.
Gardner shared that despite their desire to work on their own records, the musicians, known for their engaging stage presence, wanted to “support each other in that process.”
“That’s what brought us back together,” explained Gardner, who added that the band launched a fundraising campaign via PledgeMusic.com, to raise money for their individual projects as well as their collaborative effort, a six-song EP titled “One for All and All for One,” which will be available for purchase at SOPAC.
Gardner noted that, similar to Kickstarter, PledgeMusic offered supporters various levels of involvement.
“Some of the rewards for backing us included private concerts,” she said. “But then we realized that would be something that only the super-wealthy could afford, and that felt wrong on so many levels. So we decided to offer a few limited shows (last fall) and it went really well. We had so much fun, we decided to do a one-month tour in April and see how that goes.”
While the band still remains very much “female-fronted,” Gardner said Red Molly brought in “two guys” who are not only exceptional musicians but also happen to be husbands of Red Molly members.
“We had such a great time,” she said. “It brings a fuller sound and we’re able to step away and just do vocals and bass, or it frees us up to do more complicated vocals. It’s easier to have that solid backbone to solo over.”
In addition to hearing new songs during the April performance, fans will be treated to the sounds of gifted singer/songwriter Ellis Paul, as the folk scene veteran will open for Red Molly.
“It’s fun that he’s opening the show because we all listened to him as we were coming up,” Gardner said. “It’s exciting to be able to feature some of his songs for people who may not have heard him before. And we have a whole bunch of new arrangements that we think the audience we’ll really like.”
To hear Red Molly’s latest, visit https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/redmolly4.
For tickets, visit SOPAC’s website.