Robbing Mary
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Robbing Mary

Cleveland, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2004 | SELF

Cleveland, Ohio, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2004
Band Rock Americana

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Oct
15
Robbing Mary @ The Greenville Inn

Ohio, United States

Ohio, United States

Aug
05
Robbing Mary @ Twilight at the Zoo

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Mar
18
Robbing Mary @ The Greenville Inn

Ohio, United States

Ohio, United States

Jan
22
Robbing Mary @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Aug
07
Robbing Mary @ Twilight at the Zoo

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Jun
12
Robbing Mary @ The Greenville Inn

Ohio, United States

Ohio, United States

Feb
01
Robbing Mary @ Twilight at the Zoo

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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There's just something so pure when you hear honest, heartfelt Rock and Roll. I can't quite put it into words, if you don't already understand what I mean. It just puts a smile on your face, and makes you feel alive. You drive with the windows rolled down and the radio turned up, and it makes your feet start tapping uncontrollably. This is the feeling that one gets when listening to Cleveland, Ohio's very own Robbing Mary. There debut release “El Otro Lado,” is an impressive foray into several sub-genres of Rock and Roll. The overall feeling one takes away from the album is this is not just a great local band, but a great band period.

Robbing Mary consists of Dan Mills on vocals and rhythm guitar, Jen Vimonovic on violin and vocals, Stephen Keefe on bass and 6 string guitar, Rom Cullers on lead guitar, bass guitar and vocals, and Will Jones on drums and percussion. Their sound lies somewhere between Alternative Rock, Roots Rock, and a little Alt-Country thrown in for good measure. Robbing Mary draws comparisons to some great 90's bands such as Cowboy Mouth, the Refreshments, Whiskeytown, and the Old 97's. The true talent of the band lays within their musicianship. Yes the songs are catchy and well written, but when you listen to “El Otro Lado,” you are listening to a band of gifted musicians who appear to truly enjoy playing with one another.

Stand out tracks include “Lower A Line,” “I Wouldn't Stay,” “Satellite Radio,” “Roll Over Daisy,” and “Where I Am.” Robbing Mary's sound may borrow from several places, but the feel is uniquely Cleveland. Heartland Rock and Roll, that is unapologetically written and performed from the soul of a band of craftsmen creating their art for whomever has the courage to listen. Robbing Mary is currently making preparations to go back into the studio to record their follow up album. I for one am eagerly awaiting it's release. Robbing Mary plays around town at varied locations and venues. I would highly recommend going to see them perform live if at all possible. This is where the band definitely excels, and after one show it will be come very apparent to you just how good they are. You can find them online at RobbingMary.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/robbingmary and on Twitter @robbingmary. Like, Follow, and support this band. They're one of the good ones in Cleveland. - Bill Smith


I have to admit I totally missed this cd when it dropped in late 2011. I mean the band, Robbing Mary, wasn’t even on my radar but my how things have changed. I was recently invited to a benefit function a few weeks ago and I saw the entertainment they had playing was a band called Robbing Mary. I asked an intern if we had anything from them and sure enough awhile ago someone had sent us a couple of links to some of their songs so I took a listen. I just sat at my desk listening and wondering how did I miss these guys.

The band has been around for 10 years and are based out of Cleveland which made the fact I missed on them sting a little bit more. The band is longtime Clevelanders Dan Mills (vocals/guitar), Jennifer Vilimonovic (vocals/violin), Steve Keefe (bass/guitar), Rom Cullers (vocals/guitar) and Wil Jones (drums) and the best way to describe their sound is too imagine if you could take The Byrds and combine them with Buffalo Springfield then throw in some Jackson Browne and Stevie Nicks for good measure. That’s the hints of sound you get when you listen to them. They describe themselves as an indie/rock/alt-country band but to me I hear the influences of that sixties California country rock infused in them but who knows indie/rock/alt-country would also be a good description of those bands like The Byrds.

El Otro Lado is their first release and right out of the gate it starts off strong with what I feel are the best two tracks on it, “Glad To Be” and “Lower A Line”. “Glad To Be” is sung by Dan Mills and is a throwback to that California country rock I was talking about. It’s one of those songs you can’t get out of your head. It’s got a catchy riff throughout and Mills vocals wrap the lyrics around it perfectly with some great harmonizing from Jennifer Vilimonovic on the chorus. “Lower The Line” features Rom Cullers on vocals and if you closed your eyes you would think Jackson Browne was singing. Again the song features great harmonies, strong lyrics and very tight instrumentation. Some of the other highlights on the album is “Plastic Flowers”, “The Mo-Kan Line”, “Tell Me” and “Roll Over Daisy” but all of the 15 tracks are strong, there really isn’t a weak song on it. Mills’s vocals are featured on eleven of the tracks and Cullers has the other four.

When you listen to El Otro Lado it is really hard to put it into just one category like country, rock, or indie. It fits comfortably in all of them. I compared Robbing Mary to some real heavyweights like Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, and Jackson Browne because when you listen to them you hear elements of all of them in their music but I can also compare them to some of their contemporaries like Scars On 45, Arcade Fire and The Head and Heart and they hold their own if not outshining some of these newer bands.

If you don’t believe me, give them a listen then tell me if I’m wrong. I personally can’t wait for their next release.

For more info on the band and where to catch them live go to www.robbingmary.com


Last modified on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 17:56 - Cleveland Rock and Roll


Chugging, driving alt-country seamlessly pours from this Cleveland group on their full-length debut (they released an EP, Groveland, in 2009). Robbing Mary draw inspiration from their Cleveland roots in songs like "Halite," which spotlights the city's skyline ("It's pretty, even through the haze," sings frontman Dan Mills), while organ melds with classic guitar solos in "Where I Am." And you can hear influences ranging from Uncle Tupelo to the Drive-By Truckers in the rumbling "Tell Me." Touches of twang, along with vintage guitars and heavenly male-female harmonies, fuel the dusty El Otro Lado. It's roots rock with bar-band-style hooks. — Danielle Sills - Scene Magazine


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Robbing Mary has been playing significant large venue concert and festival performances for over a decade now to diverse and enthusiastic audiences. Original members Dan Mills (vocals/guitar), Jennifer Vilimonovic (vocals/violin) and Steve Keefe (bass/guitar) met in the early 2000's and quickly scored a broad catalog of original material. Not long after, Rom Cullers (vocals/guitars) was recruited to lend additional vocal, guitar and songwriting depth. Original compositions were brewing consistently, while unique interpretations of some of the greatest songs ever recorded aided material development.  The line-up continued to evolve and grow with the full time addition of Dave Drotos in 2013, an expert Hammond B-3 and piano player who played on the band's first LP, El Otro Lado, and recently, the band welcomed Scott Mehalko as the group's third full time drummer. 

Robbing Mary is frequently invited to play large venue gigs and festivals to critical acclaim (references are available upon request). Equally as important, Robbing Mary is a professional band and works well with concert and festival promoters and their staff so that everyone can have a positive and memorable experience.  The live performances are powerful, dynamic, and memorable, and the band is flexible enough to deliver exceptional performances ranging in length from 30 minutes to 4 hours.

Fueled largely by positive feedback from the Groveland Project, an EP recording available on their website site, and some noteworthy gigs and festivals supporting that release, Robbing Mary expanded its recording budget and in October 2011 released a comprehensive full-length studio album, titled El Otro Lado. The record was engineered and recorded by Matt Curry and Gavin Murphy at AnteUp Audio in Cleveland and produced by Robbing Mary. El Otro Lado opened doors for Robbing Mary to garner a widespread fan base, and was followed by their 2015 album Electric, further demonstrating the talents of the band and its impact on the music scene in Cleveland.  Recorded at the legendary SUMA Recording Studio, where such infamous bands as The Black Keys and Grand Funk Railroad recorded classic albums, Electric built upon the strong foundation that was laid on their past releases, while forging a strong path into the future. 

The band has been hard at work recording tracks for their third album, under the guidance of the incredibly accomplished producer Jim Wirt at Crushtone Studios.  Jim is a well-known and highly respected musician and producer, whose influence can be heard on dozens of recordings, including records from Incubus, Live, Hoobastank, L.A. Guns and Jack's Mannequin. The bandmates are pretty jazzed about the next slew of tunes-in-the-making; a cool mash of styles that incorporate the classic "RM alt-country, Americana" jangles with some funk, R&B, and straight-ahead Rock & Roll.....all with healthy doses of vocal harmonies and complementary instrumental riffs. Look for the new CD to drop this early spring.

For additional information about Robbing Mary, please visit www.robbingmary.com or contact the band at robbingmary@windstream.net or Steve Keefe at stkwork@live.com.






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