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- Lipstick Voodoo frontwoman Molly Boyles is back with her new band Blue Moll, who'll be playing an album release show this Saturday at Stargazers.
One of the interesting things you notice following a local music scene for any number of years is the cyclical rhythms of the scene. You can, for instance, set your proverbial watch to festival season. And while the weather may be unpredictable, there seems to be something in the late spring air that is conducive to creativity. As an example, you can catch two notable album release parties this week, with, I'm sure, many more to be announced in the coming weeks.
On Saturday, June 10, funk-pop quartet Blue Moll will celebrate the release of their debut, self-titled LP with a show at Stargazers Theatre. The release party falls under the banner of Stargazers' ongoing "Summer Fun Free Concert Series," so no tickets are necessary.
If you haven't heard of Blue Moll, perhaps you'd be more familiar with lead singer/guitarist Molly Boyles, who has been a part of various local projects, including Lipstick Voodoo and Ms. Molly's Western Cabaret. Blue Moll finds Boyles fronting bassist Rob Beardsley, who has performed with a variety of Colorado-based acts over the years, Colorado-via-Chicago drummer Roger Anderson, and the formerly Texas-based keyboardist Shelley Small. The band proclaims influences from Shuggie Otis to D'Angelo to The Cars, and, led by Boyles' fluid guitar and soulful voice, produces a sound that is, in the immortal words of Santana and Rob Thomas ... smooth, likely to appeal to fans of both classic rock and jazz.
Boyles, who hails from a musical family, including her father and uncle's lounge show The Fabulous Boyles Brothers, was born in Wyoming but raised in Colorado. She boasts a decade's worth of touring experience, including stints up and down the West Coast as the bassist and vocalist of Los Angeles-based funk band mamaSutra and Motown-inspired rock quartet Hunkamama, performing at Joshua Tree, Burning Man, the House of Blues and a host of other festivals.
"Billy Joel once sat in with a jazz band I was playing in for a set," recalls Boyles, "but I was nervous and hit a lot of wrong notes. In a row. It was awesome."
Since moving back to Colorado in 2008, Boyles has stayed busy, musically, and describes Blue Moll's debut album as an expression of "musical candor," exploring "lucid dreams, disparate religious beliefs, steady love and the joys of singing cuss words."
"Over time," says Boyles, "I have come to crave other people's candor. When life happens, you have the story of how you think you should feel versus how you really feel. You know which one I want to hear, and share."
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