Remedy Motel

Remedy Motel

BandRockAmericana

Remedy Motel delivers an addictive blend of PORCH ROCK - a hip flask-full of rock/alt-country/americana inspired by the first family of rock and roll...Grandpa Cash, Daddy Parsons, Brother Stipe, and Cousin Petty.

Biography

"Everything's been stolen! The bastards even took the guitar picks."

In the spring of 2002, life-long friends Mica Johnson (vocals), Mike "Digger" DiGregorio (bass), and Nate Semerad (guitar) quit their jobs, maxed their cards, and formed Remedy Motel, a musical retreat of rock/alt-country/Americana that inspires a lazy afternoon on your front porch with a cold beer and your best gal.

It was a long-distance marriage...Mica and Digger were in Los Angeles, while Nate camped in Salt Lake City, but like all committed relationships, they made it work, and over the next four years released three critically-acclaimed albums, "6 Days in Westchester," "A Better Life," and 2005's "My Favorite Record." Over time they added French percussionist and drummer Matt Montaigu, and Los Angeles-area slap steel guitar pro Bart Ryan. A cross-country tour was born, during which they stayed at KOAs, cheap motels, and on strangers' floors, but played some pretty cool gigs along the way - - the 2002 Winter Olympics, South by Southwest, the Sundance Film Festival, XM Radio LIVE and the biggie, the 2005 Super Bowl SuperFest.

Oh yeah, 2005. The year of the grand theft larceny.

Right after the high of the Super Bowl and just before they were to enter the studio to begin recording the songs for "My Favorite Record," everything the band owned, from instruments and recording gear, to merchandise and guitar picks was stolen from the band's trailer in Salt Lake City. "We had no insurance, no money and now we had no instruments," said Mica. "It kinda looked like the end of the band, to tell you the truth." Yet proof of the band's impact on their fans came when, after mentioning the theft during a show the following night (using borrowed instruments, of course), Mica was approached by a woman who handed him a $10,000 check. She told Mica, "[your] music means so much to so many people, it would be a terrible loss if [you] couldn't play anymore." Later, a visibly moved Johnson said, "It's pretty amazing when something as enjoyable and simple as making music with your friends can have that kind of impact on people. It's humbling, and we've taken it a lot more seriously since then."

Currently, the band eagerly awaits the criminal trial of the doorknobs who stole their gear. In the meantime, check out Remedy Motel on itunes, milesofmusic.com, cdbaby.com, and remedymotel.com. And if you see a bass amp on Ebay...

Lyrics

Hollywood

Written By: Remedy Motel

Well he moved out west to live in Hollywood
And he survived to see how long he could
But somewhere along the way
Somehow he decided to stay
Bought an old Cadillac with a new credit card
And he lived in the back and he played real hard
Every Monday night down at Molly Malone’s
To live in the lights you gotta sleep in your clothes
And he thought that he looked fine
In the California sunlit night
But the silhouette outshined
The light that he had left on the inside
Cause you got a life on your line
That’s about to pull you into the night
There is a time that’s right
To remind you what you really look like
But you’re just blind
After a couple of months and a few good breaks
Everyone that he met said “you have what it takes”
After a while he started to believe them
All the love and the light was just what he needed
and he thought that he looked fine
but the California light won’t hide
all the pain the stain and the lies
and the light that he has left
on the inside

Broken Man

Written By: Remedy Motel

It happened young/The road chose me to walk down
Here I come/Nashville on the lookout
I didn't know it then
You knew that I'd come around
I didn't show it then/Time to show it now
Hey my life I'm a broken man without you
I try to make it right
I won't be here long without you a broken man
Years went by/No questioning you followed
The lows and the highs
Spotlights drown your sorrow
I was blind/Married to my music
You took the time/Time gave up on you
Hey my life I'm a broken man without you
I try to make it right
I won't be here long without you a broken man
Now you're gone/It all seems so small
Hard to go on/Reason won't recall
Here I am/Lost within myself
Oh my love I miss you I can tell
Hey my life I'm a broken man without you
I try to make it right
I won't be here long without you a broken man

I'm in a Band

Written By: Remedy Motel

I'm in a band and we roll across this country
And we stand on this stage for everybody
Then we drive all night and we're headin' to your town
And we won't see the light until that sun goes down
We go on and on and on we ride with the music rollin' every mile
How could there ever be a better life?
With the open road and the highway sign
A mornin beer under neon sky outside
And all we have to do is play
I'm in a band and sometimes it's not that easy
We can't stand each other sometimes, believe me
And we will fight and yell and holler and curse
And ya know that just when I think this shit could not get worse
Well it's showtime and we gotta get back on that stage
We go on and on and on we ride with the music rollin' every mile
How could there ever be a better life?
With the open road and the highway sign
A mornin beer under neon sky outside
And all we have to do is play
We are a band
Oh say can you see
And we stand united to be free
And we are hand in hand across this great land and we are raising our voices three
To the drumbeat
To the guitar
And this is the song that we sing We go on and on and on we ride with the music rollin' every mile
How could there ever be a better life?
With the open road and the highway sign
A mornin beer under neon sky outside
And all we have to do is play

Discography

"6 Days in Westchester" (2002) received airplay on almost 300 stations, with high CNJ charting in many parts of the country.

"A Better Life" (2003) charted all over the nation, peaking at #10 on XM Radio. Remedy Motel recorded a live album at XM Studios in DC, which, due to popular demand, was played in its entirety on XM at least 10 times in 2004 and 2005.

"My Favorite Record" (2006) Released after an up and down 2005 featuring performances at the Superbowl in Jacksonville and the theft of all their gear in Salt Lake City.

Set List

Setlists change every night and sets range from 45 minutes in major cities to 3 hours in the mountains
In regular rotation are: On the Road, Side Walk, American Tonight, Came to You, Winter Comin', Changing, Linin Up, Hero, Myself Again, Untied, We're Alright, Worry Your Mind, Hollywood, That Could Have Been Me, I Got High, I'm in a Band, Train to San Diego, Greatest Part, Any Ole' Time, Doot Doot, Free Man Rollin', Boise, Broken Man, Short on Time, California Eyes, 49.95, No More, Grandpa Joe Carter, Come on Inn and My Kind of Story.

Regular covers include: If I Had A Million Dollars (also performed live with Barenaked Ladies during 2002 Winter Olympics), Guitars and Cadillacs (Dwight Yoakam), Elvira (Oak Ridge Boys), Cover of the Rolling Stone (Dr. Hook)