Red Molly to perform on Bluestem August 5


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Red Molly members: From left, Abbie Gardner, Laurie MacCallister and Molly Venter

Leah Landrum

American powerhouse group Red Molly will perform on the Bluestem Stage at 8 p.m. on Aug. 5.

Red Molly consists of Laurie MacAllister on bass, Abbie Gardner on dobro and Molly Venter on guitar.

The band is known for its harmonies, songwriting and welcoming stage presence.

“In short, we’re an Americana folk/country harmony trio,” Gardner said.

Red Molly dropped its newest release, “The Red Album,” on May 27, 2014. The record reached No. 10 on the Americana Top 40 Radio Chart and was in the top 10 of the Folk DJ Radio Chart.

“The Red Album” contains eight original songs written by Gardner and Venter and five covers.

“I think each song is really its own little world, trying to tell a very different story,” Gardner said.

While the band considers itself Americana folk and country, its influences come from a wide range of genres.

Bonnie Raitt’s vocals and slide guitar abilities, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Jerry Douglas are influences for Gardner, she said.

For MacAllister, folk-harmony groups from the 1960s such as Simon and Garfunkel or The Mamas & the Papas are big influences, along with modern vocalists such as Brandi Carlile, Gardner said.

Gardner uses her music and lyrics to express herself, and sharing her music with fans — called RedHeads — brings her out of her shell and makes her feel like they know her more.

Gardner said the band loves being a positive role model for young musicians and girls.

The concert experience will give people a break from their regular lives, she said.

“We’re not very formal onstage — we laugh and tell stories between songs and interact with the audience. We try to take people on a ride of emotions, making them laugh, smile and even cry sometimes.” Gardner said. “There’s a very real power in music and specifically three-part harmony; you can feel it resonate in the room and even down into your bones. Sharing that with a whole community is a beautiful thing.”

Tickets cost $16 and can be purchased at Eventbrite.