Yo Mama

Yo Mama

 
Kingston, Ontario, CAN
BandAlternativeArt Rock

Yo Mama plays jazz-inspired rock. With a sound that is as equally silky as it raspy and raw, their passionate interpretation of jazz rock is set to become an audience favorite. Lead singer Shelley Montreuil alternates between captivating with her vocals, and strutting with her saxophone, weaving beautiful lyrics and melodic lines with grace, grit and attitude providing the rock solid band with a clear and inspiring focus and direction. Keyboard and guitar leads by Hofmann and Toth bring the

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Biography

"Shelley Montreuil's soulful voice and powerful stage presence was electric. Yo Mama's performance at Pitaya Fest 2014 was one of the pivotal musical moments of the entire festival. Shelley raised the bar at the festival."

Brooke Rundle,
Artistic Director Pitayafest


Having just released 'Four for the Road', a four-song EP featuring three Yo Mama originals and a re-make of Big Mama Thornton's Hound Dog, Yo Mama is eager to hit the road and start playing these tunes for festival-goers.  With more tunes in the works, the band is looking forward to releasing a new full-length CD in the next year or so, but they are determined to infuse these new tunes with the experience of being on the road and playing to music-lovers across the country.

With a sound that is as equally silky as it raspy and raw, their passionate interpretation of jazz rock is set to become an audience favorite. Lead singer Shelley Montreuil alternates between captivating with her vocals, and strutting with her saxophone, weaving beautiful lyrics and melodic lines with grace, grit and attitude providing the rock solid band with a clear and inspiring focus and direction.  Keyboard and guitar leads by Hofmann and Toth bring the final sound to a striking level of musicianship and energy.

The new Yo Mama EP includes keyboardist Hofmann's song Tumbling Dice, as well as two of Montreuils co-written songs, telling the stories of two women; Ramona - a sexy, precocious world traveller, and Isobel - a confused corporate climber who struggles to realize her joy really is in life itself.  Montreuil has yet to confess as to whether her lyrics are fictional or fact the listener cant help but wonder how much her experiences inspire the eventual stories her songs recount. The EP is rounded out with a well-known cover of Leiber and Stollers ... Hound Dog - Montreuil opens the disc with a spine-tingling acappella intro of  "You aaaaint . nothing but a Hound Dog" , followed firmly with a bawdy version of this classic, sung in her signature raspy blues voice, reminiscent of Big Mama herself.

"Together van Oort and Montreuil create the dusky sound of bar-blues and smoky jazz. Their debut is at times a nostalgic nod to memories, other times a gentle lingering introspection. But most often, Shes Right, is a swinging bawdy celebration of small town life. With solidly crafted guitar lines, deep funky basslines and the expressive punctuation of Tim Roberts on sax, the albums only clear shortcoming is that it has been so long in coming.

If there is a notable point that stands out in Shes Right, it is Montreuils voice a voice that is not perfect, nor boasts an expansive range but nevertheless tugs at heartstrings with a husky sincerity."

Lara Purvis,
Capital Xtra


Lyrics

Frosted Fields

Written By: Montreuil / van Oort

On a cold clear morning I lift my head and sigh
Why - I ask myself...why.

On a cold clear morning, I tilt my head and cry
I don’t really want to try.

But the frosted fields gleam with a knowing glint in their eye
The frozen gems would not condemn a girl for asking why
The radiance of that farmer’s field is quite a sight to see
By the time I’ve gone and gotten you, it’s just a memory for me.

In the evening I crawl into my very last refuge
In the evening, I lie and wonder just what will I do?

To get me past this thing that just makes me want to cry
The days keep coming and going by and by.

But the frosted fields gleam with a knowing glint in their eye
The frozen gems would not condemn a girl for asking why
The radiance of that farmer’s field is quite a sight to see
By the time I’ve gone and gotten you, it’s just a memory for me.

[Instrumental Break]

In the evening I crawl into my very last refuge
In the evening, I lie and wonder just what will I do?

To get me past this thing that just makes me want to cry
The days keep coming and going by and by.

But the frosted fields gleam with a knowing glint in their eye
The frozen gems would not condemn a girl for asking why
The radiance of that farmer’s field is quite a sight to see
By the time I’ve gone and gotten you, it’s just a memory for me.

Grandma Owned a Pool Hall

Written By: Montreuil

Grandma owned a pool hall, fixed cues and smoked cigars
When she wasn’t playing pool she took bets behind the bar
She didn’t take any lip, take no guff
And you didn’t want to hear her say she finally had enough.

She never really thought that she would ever settle down
Too much work to keep a man around
She didn’t want a family, didn’t care to keep a house
What she didn’t count on was Edgar coming ‘round.

CHORUS:
Grandma Jean was lean she wasn’t mean
Fair and reasonable was all she’d ever been
She was a rock and roll mama and a boogie woogie queen
She was lean my Grandma Jean.

Well Edgar had to beg her just to let him come around
Maybe see a movie or to take her into town
The day that she told him she was carrying his twins
Is the day that old Edgar says the story just begins

CHORUS

Grandma owned a pool hall, kept the cues behind the bar.
No one dared to question her or to push her very far.
It might have been the serpent tattooed on her left bicep
or maybe just the sign that read “Don’t do anything you may regret”

Promises Were Made

Written By: Montreuil / van Oort

Elizabeth watched herself walk down the street
She never thought much of her circumstance
She fixed her hair in the window of a car
She never realized it wasn’t parked

Whatever happened to the pretty girl?
Whatever happened to that pretty girl?
Whatever happened to the pretty girl?
Whatever happened to the pretty girl?

MaryAnne fed her cat for the fifth time
She filled the bowl until it overflowed
She took a sip of her cold cold tea
And thought about just what a fool she’d been

Whatever happened to the smart girl?
Whatever happened to that smart girl?
Whatever happened to the smart girl?
Whatever happened? Whatever happened?

Promises were made, they were large and gave
Sure stability, couldn’t lose you see

Promises give a sense of providence, make you feel omnipotent and can harm the innocent, promises.
Promises make the world feel ominous, they can be calamitous and can end disastrous, promises.

Jennifer looked at her wristwatch
She never noticed that it had stopped
She turned the music on the radio
So loud she couldn’t hear the voices go

Whatever happened to the girl?
Whatever happened to the girl?
Whatever happened to the girl?
Whatever happened? Whatever happened?

Promises were made, they were large and gave
Sure stability, couldn’t lose you see

Promises give a sense of providence, make you feel omnipotent and can harm the innocent, promises.
Promises make the world feel ominous, they can be calamitous and can end disastrous, promises.

Promises were made, they were large and gave
Sure stability, couldn’t lose you see
Promises

Let It Ride

Written By: Montreuil / van Oort

Doves fly home, elephants moan
What will I do when I’m all alone
Ants don’t care - I swear
It’s a long, long walk home
when you’re all alone.

Ashes float across the air
Singers sing into the night
I just can’t make up my mind
Should I stay or should I fight?

How far will I go before I need you more than ever?
How can I make myself feel fine?
What will it take for me to start feeling better?
When will this pain in me subside?
I’m gonna let it all ride.

Ashes float across the air
Singers sing into the night
I just can’t make up my mind
Should I stay or should I fight?

How far will I go before I need you more than ever?
How can I make myself feel fine?
What will it take for me to start feeling better?
When will this pain in me subside?
I’m gonna let it all ride.

Exit Sign

Written By: Montreuil / van Oort

Been a long time baby I just can’t seem to find
The doorway out of here baby, looking for the exit sign
Have you seen it baby? Or have I lost my mind?
I think it’s that way maybe, looking for the exit sign

I came in but I can’t get out
No one here really hears me shout
I must be running out of time
To find the exit sign

Been a long time baby I just can’t seem to find
The doorway out of here baby, looking for the exit sign
Have you seen it baby? Or have I lost my mind?
I think it’s that way maybe, looking for the exit sign

I only meant to stay here for a moment,
Just until my feelings became dormant
I didn’t want to stay for very long
Now things are starting to go wrong

Been such a long time baby I just can’t seem to find
The doorway out of here baby, looking for the exit sign
Have you seen it baby? Or have I lost my mind?
I think it’s that way maybe, looking for the exit sign

Now or Never

Written By: Montreuil / van Oort

Now you’ve gone and left me hanging
By a thread too weak to tether
Now you’ve gone and left me dangling
Twisting over a sea, twisting over a sea
Twisting over a sea
Of now or never

Now you’ve gone and left me standing
On the edge, the edge of danger
Now you’ve gone and left me straddling
The possibilities, the possibilities
The possibilities of now or never

When will I learn, when will I go
When will I leave, when will I know
When will teardrops fall
When will freedom call
Will I ever leave this place at all?

Now you’ve gone and left me hanging
By a thread too weak to tether
Now you’ve gone and left me dangling
Twisting over a sea, twisting over a sea
Twisting over a sea
Of now or never
Of now or never
Of now or never

I Can Breathe Now

Written By: Shelley Montreuil / Franc van Oort

I can breathe now, since you've gone away
I can breathe since I made you pay, made you pay

I can breathe now, since you’re gone
I know for sure now that it was all wrong

Love shouldn’t hurt and all of that work
Was too much to bear, why did I care?
You were mean to me, made a fool of me, why could I not see?

I can breathe now, since you've gone away
I can breathe since I made you pay, made you pay

I can breathe now, since you’re gone
I know for sure now that it was all wrong

Love shouldn’t hurt and all of that work
Was too much to bear, why did I care?
I just made you leave, I could not believe that we could retrieve.

I can breathe now, since you've gone away
I can breathe since I made you pay, made you pay, made you pay

I can breathe...

Set List

Yo Mama can perform as an acoustic or electric act and are comfortable performing as a feature performer or as background music..

Tell Mamas performance is flexible. We have enough material to play 1, 2 or 3 - 45 minute sets of originals as well as some cover songs from our favorite performers including: Louis Jordan, Ella Fitzgerald, , Steeley Dan