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"One Hell of a Wisecrackin' Duet"


This coming Saturday, the 23rd, you can catch Angela Rose and Cas Sochacki, at Lauren's Café in Boonville (9 P.M, $5.) The wisecracking, bantering couple regularly play and sing with a larger ensemble of musicians known as The Blushin' Roulettes, whose act you may have caught anywhere from San Francisco's the Make Out Room, to local roadhouse The Caspar Inn, or even this past summer's Kate Wolf Festival. They are also a favorite amongst DJ's on KZYX, KMFB, KOZT and KHUM and are kept in regular rotation. Of late, Angie and Cas have been working on a forthcoming EP of duets called The Day Pigs Fly, whose material will be largely showcased Saturday night. Their musical style is deeply rooted in the American traditions of folk and Bluegrass, which rings true to their geographic origins: Angela being from
Ohio originally, Cas from Kentucky.
Like so many great couples in history, Cas and Angie appear to be each other's foil. Where Angie stands barely five feet tall, Cas breaks six feet, easy. Angie's clarion vibrato has earned her voice comparison to country greats Dolly Parton and Iris Dement. Cas's molasses baritone puts him closer to Johnny Cash. With her Old World beauty: large hazel eyes and wavy brown hair, Angela Rose's stage presence is both affable and day dreamy. Mr. Sochacki on the other hand, not just tall, but dark and handsome to boot, is a man of few words: he has a sardonic sense of humor, his delivery deadpan. On stage, as in life, the two play off of these differences beautifully, comically. As important as their differences is what they do share in a common: a life together living on Cas's family farm and a rare knack for writing songs that are at once poignant and clever. Songs like "The Day Pigs Fly" and "Ramblin' Gamblin'" are written with an affectionate, tongue-in-cheek
take on relationships.
Cas and Angie don't just sing about country living: they embody it. In previous years Cas's family run and owned Old Mill Farm has provided locally grown organic produce and meats to Mendocino Farmer's markets and restaurants. Old Mill farm has also hosted many Sustainable Living workshops on everything from straw bale housing to homespun yarn. Angela Rose says that living and working in such close proximity to each other, as they have for the last few years, has provided them with a wealth of material for their songs. "Oh you bet. We're miles from town, so there are plenty of days where we're the only person the other sees. After the chores are done there's really only so much talking you can do! But we've set up a studio in the living room and that's made it easy for us to just sit down and write. . .
work out new songs," says Angela Rose.
With Angela Rose on acoustic guitar, Cas Sochacki on Dobro slide guitar, and Mike "Lupe" Luparello on bass: Saturday night, January 23, 2010 should prove to be an intimate and entertaining
evening at Lauren's Café.
This article was originally published in Anderson Valley Advertiser, January 20, 2010. Copyright © 2010 Sara Liner. Reprinted with permission. - Anderson Valley Advertiser


Discography

"Bootlegs and Backsides"- Angela Rose Heimann Solo
"March Sketch"- Blushin' Roulettes full band album
"Took to the Country"- Blushin' Roulettes full band album
"The Day Pigs Fly"- 3 song Duets EP by Angela Rose and Cas Sochacki

+All discs receive regular airplay locally and regionally in the pacific northwest and on a spattering of folk/americana shows across the nation and internationally. You can hear a live radio podcast at www.khum.com.

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Award-winning songwriter/guitarist Angela Rose Heimann hails from the Mendocino Coast and delivers old-time tunes with a modern twist deeply rooted in feminine perspective. Angela belts her sweet and sultry tunes of damsels in their bliss and distress in a vibrato often likened to Iris Dement and Dolly Parton. She often tours with her Caspar, CA based band the Blushin’ Roulettes.

Angela has earned herself a few ribbons in countrywide songwriting contests, including KZFR/Sierra Nevada's Celebration of the Song, Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition, Artists for Literacy's SIBL Project, and South Florida Folk Festival.

In 2009 and 2010, the Angela and the Blushin’ Roulettes have had the pleasure of performing at venues such as the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival, The San Francisco Free Folk Festival, the Humboldt Folklife Festival, the Caspar Inn and the Sierra Nevada Big Room. They’ve had the honor of sharing the stage with other artists such as the Wailin’ Jennys, Hot Buttered Rum, The Devil Makes Three, Wayne "the Train" Hancock, Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys, Cosy Sheridan, Laura Love, Michael McNevin and John Trudell.

Angela’s solo album “Bootlegs and Backsides” (2006) features delicately intricate vocals, sparsely-layered instrumentation, and intimate, poetic lyrics. The Blushin' Roulettes have released two full-length albums “March Sketch” (2009) and “Took to the Country” (2010) which have received steady airplay and earned the band an ever-increasing following in northern California and southern Oregon.

Blushin’ Roulettes Quotes
“Their songs are stripped down, enthralling, sexy, little jewel boxes stuffed with ancient mountain magic. “
-The San Francisco Free Folk Festival

“Like a jugband visited by fairies!” –Peter Viehover, Revival Tent Soundman, Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival 2010