The Drunken Hearts with special guest Todd Sheaffer (of Railroad Earth)

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The Drunken Hearts with special guest Todd Sheaffer (of Railroad Earth)

Mama Magnolia, Todd Sheaffer

Saturday, March 31

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Washington's

$12.00

PLEASE NOTE WE ARE A STANDING-ROOM ONLY VENUE

The Drunken Hearts
The Drunken Hearts
“...An electrifying force of Americana music."

From their humble inception as an acoustic trio, The Drunken Hearts have grown into an electric five-piece that is captivating audiences across the country. In those few years, the Colorado-based group has managed to make a name for itself in a state that is known for producing and cultivating world-class music. The band fearlessly bottles a tempestuous, yet honest brand of American music — infusing spirited vocals with electric and acoustic instruments, and crafting thoughtful songs that are resonating with crowds everywhere.

Originally an outlet for lead singer and acoustic guitarist, Andrew McConathy, he knew the band needed to expand musically to satisfy his growing songbook of material. With their latest release, Love & Thirst, the band's journey is clear and truthful, letting the listener in beneath the love and loss that has shaped the band and it’s members. With the track “Want You Back,” their rowdy guitar-riff rock and country influences are showcased, while the title track “Love & Thirst” conveys a more delicate sentiment through both the music and lyrical delivery.

Following the 2016 release of Love & Thirst, the band toured the country from coast-to-coast, with stops at famed venues and festivals, such as Electric Forest, Vertex, Fayetteville Roots Fest, Hangtown Music Festival, and the band’s own YarmonyGrass, among others. Very much in their element on the festival scene, Tyra Sutak (Elevation Outdoors Magazine) described her experience as being "Magnetic. It’s one of the only words my buddy and I could agree on to describe the feeling of the first time we caught Colorado-based band, The Drunken Hearts, live."

With 2017 underway, the band will be releasing a new album, The Prize, and touring extensively across the nation.

THE DRUNKEN HEARTS:
Andrew McConathy | Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Jon McCartan | Bass, Vocals
Cody Russell | Pedal and Lap Steel, Banjo
Kory Montgomery | Electric guitar, Vocals
Alex Johnson | Drums
Mama Magnolia
Mama Magnolia
You’ll find soul at the heart of any band worth its salt.

It’s the unspoken magic that invariably unites musicians of different styles and sensibilities. It’s the magnetic force that pulls together genres. It’s what makes music connect cerebrally, physically, and spiritually. Mama Magnolia live on “the soulful side of rock.” The Denver six-piece—Megan Letts [lead vocals, keys], Thomas Jennings [guitar], Zachary Jackson [bass, vocals], Jackson Hillmer [drums], Carrie McCune [trumpet, vocals], and Alex Cazet [saxophone]—would be just as at home in a New York City jazz dive as they would be on forested festival grounds. Like a musical time-warp where Etta James fronted Lake Street Dive, they pepper this brew of soul and rock with boisterous horns, jazzy flavor, gospel heart, classical resonances, and even a little hip-hop swagger…

“There’s a lot going on,” says Megan. “We certainly get down, but we’re not a rock band per se. It’s retro, but there’s a grittier side with the horns. Most of us grew up as jazz nerds. After playing by the book for so long, we’ve allowed ourselves to push the boundaries. It feels good.”

While enrolled in the music program at University of Denver, the members started jamming during 2013. 2016 saw them release their independent debut EP, Something About Fire. Between shows with everyone from California Honeydrops to Marco Benevento, they earned the praise of early supporters Denver Post, Sound Fix, The Grateful Web, and many more. Building a profile, they quietly recorded their 2018 self-titled full-length, Mama Magnolia, with GRAMMY® Award-winning producers and engineers Steven Vidaic and Mike Yach. The musicians emphasized a live approach in order to bottle the spirit of their shows on tape.

“We tracked everything together, so drums, bass, guitar, horns, and keys were all done live,” recalls Megan. “That really captured who we are. We just react to each other very well musically. It’s a symbiotic relationship. The EP was like a preview; this record is an introduction to who we truly are and what we sound like.”

The single “Half His Heart” opens up the world of Mama Magnolia. “Lyrically it’s about discovering the good in people even when they don’t seem like good people,” she explains. “Half of your heart is being told to be a certain way, but you still have that pure serenity somewhere inside you.”

Meanwhile, “Ain’t Your Mama” tempers a simmering musical groove with raucous and robust vocals punctuated by funky bass and rambling horns.

“It’s a reminder to bad roommates,” smiles the singer. “Clean up after your own self, because I’m not your mom! So many of our songs have these deep, intentional meanings and shadowy lyrics. This is very straight forward!”

In the end, the soul of Mama Magnolia comes from the “family” bond shared by all six members.

“Our fans always say we’re like a family,” Megan leaves off. “We can express anything musically, because we’re so comfortable with each other. We just like sharing our music with everybody as a family. When you listen to us, I hope you take away that experience. You’re a part of it too.”
Todd Sheaffer
Todd Sheaffer
Todd Sheaffer is the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for Railroad Earth, who are currently on tour with their latest EP release "Captain Nowhere". In addition Todd continues his solo work, performances with various friends, and reunion concerts with his long-time friends and band mates "From Good Homes."
Venue Information:
Washington's
132 Laporte Ave
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
http://washingtonsfoco.com/