Molly Gene One Whoaman Band
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Molly Gene One Whoaman Band

Warrensburg, Missouri, United States | INDIE

Warrensburg, Missouri, United States | INDIE
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"Molly Gene One Whoaman Band"

From the depths of the one-man band underground there has emerged an undeniably impressive female singer/songwriter -- a one-woman band, rather -- whose dirty blues and raw country sound is quickly earning her a place among the more notable artists of that particular movement. Molly Dyer, better known as Molly Gene One Whoaman Band, is a down-home young woman, all cowboy boots and t-shirts and flannels, all soul and grit and fire. Her bottleneck slide technique is reminiscent of the old blues greats, though with a rock 'n' roll edge. Her raspy whiskey and cigarettes vocals, which do not come across as androgynous but remain entirely feminine, join together with her big plugged-in guitar sound to form songs that are as wicked as a desert rattlesnake, as sharp as a straight razor, as fiery as a sip of backwoods moonshine, as sultry as summer nights in the Deep South, and nearly as sexy as Molly herself.

Based out of a small town in Missouri called Warrensburg, Molly Gene is one of the more talented of the handful of one-person bands located in the United States. That is to say, not only is the one-person band scene dominated by males, it is also much more prevalent in Europe than anywhere else in the world. But as a one-woman band from the States, Molly does remarkably well. In fact, she does better than that, since she can hold her own beside artists like Bob Log III and Ben Prestage, among others. And Bob Log must have seen that in her from the start, or he wouldn't have invited her to accompany him on tour this past summer.

If Molly's sound lands at one of the ends of today's one-man band spectrum, it would be the same one where such artists as Bob Log III, Honkeyfinger, Possessed by Paul James, Phillip Roebuck, Ghostwriter, and Reverend Deadeye belong. And that becomes quite clear while listening to her songs, too, really listening to her songs, and taking in every chord, every note, every slide bit, every pronounced boom and tap and jingly beat of her foot drum setup. One gets an especially good sampling of her sound from her new album, her second full-length release titled "Hillbilly Love" on Solid Audio Productions' label, which was released this past spring just before she went on tour with Bob Log III.

"Hillbilly Love" is an eleven song album with superb recording quality and some of Molly's best material to date. The CD comes in a gatefold case, on the front of which is a photo of Molly sitting outside in an old chair in some backwoods setting, looking for the world like the country gal she truly is in a sleeveless top, black mini skirt, red knee-high fishnets and black high heels, holding a double-barrel shotgun in one hand and a jug o' hooch in the other. And with songs like "Bumble Bee," "Ain't Goin' Home," "My .22," "A Whoaman's World," and "Dancin' in the Graveyard," "Hillbilly Love" is bound to end up alongside the more important one-man and one-woman band albums in music's recent history.

Speaking of Molly Gene's tour with Bob Log, I had the pleasure of seeing her perform at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, New York. It was quite a day leading up to that point, however, and my traveling companions and I nearly missed the show altogether. That was due to the traffic-choked highway going into the city, and then almost getting arrested at the Holland Tunnel. Though we weren't arrested, our vehicle was impounded, and we had no choice but take the pathway into Manhattan from Jersey City. It was hot. Too hot. And there was a light drizzle coming down, making the day all the more humid and intolerable. Eventually, after a lot of walking and more than a little sweating, a stroke of good luck: we scored a ride from Manhattan over to the venue in Brooklyn. Even though we had a difficult time getting there, we arrived just in time to catch Molly starting her set. To be sure, her songs sounded just like they did on the album, only overflowing with the raw energy that comes only from live performances. Her stage needs are minimal, as she only brings a guitar, a harmonica, a Farmer foot drum setup, and her voice. Still, her sound is a big country and blues sound, definitely something that one-man/woman band purists can sink their teeth into. And I left the venue that night with what I was no doubt a lasting impression of Molly Gene One Whoaman Band, and even after I had experienced the absolutely incredible Bob Log III set.

If you were to ask Molly to describe her music, she would invariably tell you that it is "folk, blues, and booze." And if you to ask her to include you in her line-up, she would invariably say, "No, you cannot be in my band."

After listening to "Hillbilly Love" over and over, attending the show in Brooklyn, and carrying on a rather infrequent correspondence with Molly Gene, I finally got the chance to interview her recently. The contents of that interview have been included her in this piece for you in their entirety.

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Discography

Hillbilly Love - 2010
Folk, Blues and Booze - 2011

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