“Abbie Gardner gives the grit to Red Molly with her Dobro playing. On her new solo CD we get to hear not only her instrumental and songwriting prowess, but her marvelously versatile voice, which can convey pain or playfulness or pure bad girl blues power.” -John Platt, WFUV
FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 10
NEW YORK (February 4, 2022) – Red Molly’s Abbie Gardner announces the release of her solo single, “Three Quarter Time,” on February 10. It’s off the album, DobroSinger, due out May 13. The single gently waltzes into Valentine’s Day with sentiments of lovers’ romantic embrace.
She recorded this song late at night in her tiny home studio, all alone. The Beard Deca-Phonic resonator guitar romances with a woody, grounded dobro sound. The lyric, “leave the flowers in the dirt, leave the cork in the wine,” goes against traditional romantic gestures and towards something more meaningful. She says, “I’m releasing this song close to Valentine’s Day to remind people that they don’t need flowers and cards and chocolate to feel romantic. I love thinking of a couple playing the song and swaying barefoot in the kitchen together.”
Gardner traveled across the country as a solo act, but when everything shut down in 2020, she had the opportunity to make the record she’s always dreamed of making. Using a tiny closet recording studio in her home in the shadow of NYC, she gathered a collection of songs. She recorded them raw – singing and playing without a band, without separating the voice from her instrument, and without any studio tricks to hide behind. The result is intimate – you can hear every breath, every chuckle as if you are in the room with her.
DobroSinger Track Listing
- Down the Mountain
- Only All the Time
- See You Again
- Born in the City
- Three Quarter Time
- Cypress Tree
- Too Many Kisses
- Honky Tonk Song
- When We Were Kids
- Those Memories of You
- You Belong to Me
About Abbie Gardner:
Whether performing solo or with the Americana harmony trio Red Molly, her acclaimed tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, are propelled by her impeccable slide guitar playing. Her father, Herb Gardner, is a swing jazz and stride pianist and Dixieland trombonist. Gardner’s first full-length recording, My Craziest Dream (2004), is an album of jazz standards featuring her father on piano, and it earned her an entry in the 2009 Hal Leonard book “The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide.” She made seven records with Red Molly and toured the world for over a decade before the band focused on individual solo careers. In this space of transition, Gardner recorded Wishes on a Neon Sign (2018), collaborating with kind-hearted outlaw Chris Stapleton (on the wistful “Bad Leaver”), Nashville regular David Olney (on the deliciously slick “Empty Suit),” and bandmate Molly Venter (on the deeply true “Cold Black Water”). She’s opened for Lori McKenna and Martina McBride.
August 3 Endless Mountain Music Fest, Corning, NY
July 8-10 New Bedford Folk Festival, New Bedford, MA
August 7 Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford, CT
Praise For Abbie Gardner
“an album that’s both introspective and expressive, with the accessibility factor weighing in heavily on each of its entries” – No Depression