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An Intimate Evening with Molly Thomas & Rick Hirsch
March 15 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm CDT$20
Tickets: $20 (Call 251-367-4599 to reserve)
Molly Thomas doesn’t shy away from expressing who she is in her music. Never trying to emulate anyone with her sound, but always mindful of the influence that her experiences bring, she has constantly continued to craft her skills. She has now poured them into a stunning showcase, in the form of her latest effort, Make Everything Bright.
The road to Make Everything Bright started when she began playing violin as a child in Mississippi and has taken her around the world sharing the stage with names like Todd Snider, Will Hoge, Matthew Ryan, Mando Saenz, Amelia White, Will Kimbrough, Tommy Womack and K.S. Rhodes. Each mile prepping her for making the type of music that begs to be written. Her desire to share her stories and evoke emotion from others is where her talent and heart shines brightest.
Make Everything Bright, co-produced by Marco Giovino (drummer for Norah Jones, Patty Griffin, Robert Plant) is filled with the same gritty passion that has always permeated her music. It’s an album made of “real” and reflects on life with an exuberant joy but certainly not through rose-colored glasses.
It is an album that cuts through the predictable female singer songwriter stereotype and Molly is able to call it like it is and move on. But these aren’t the ramblings of some prepubescent
wallowing in her misery these are the stories of a woman who sees through the games people play without becoming bitter or victimized.
Molly’s music stirs up a plethora of emotions. Sometimes, tied to a sense of loss, but if you are able to step out of this disjointed world in which we live, you will find that there is also plenty of room for toasting, loving and laughing. Molly’s music is a reflection of these ingredients of the human spirit and this album provides a perfect snapshot in which to relate.
To learn more about Molly Thomas, visit: http://mollythomas.com
Rick Hirsch’s career in music began in ’69 as a founding member of blues and soul rock band, Wet Willie.
In 1977, he moved to Los Angeles after being asked by Gregg Allman and Cher to assume the guitar chair in their band, and then with Gregg’s own band, recording and touring with both groups. He made the decision to make Los Angeles home for the next thirty plus years where he networked in the music industry touring and recording with several artists including Joan Armatrading, Bonnie Bramlett, Billy and the Beaters. In 1987, he put together a small recording studio in West Hollywood where the focus was writing and producing his own music and eventually the music of other artists.
During the next several years, his music was licensed for use in various film and television projects (The Leeza Gibbons Show, NBC, ABC, and ESPN sports), and had songs recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Alabama, Tina Turner, et. al. He has performed as guitarist for several notable artists, among them Merle Haggard, Henry Mancini, and Mel Torme.
Still maintaining his Los Angeles residence, in 2004 he fulfilled a life’s dream, and moved part time back to Mobile where he opened another small recording studio, Studio H2O, which has won awards for the best local recording studio for three subsequent years in a row, 2015, ’16, and ’17, and where local and international artists have recorded including Eric Erdman, Ryan Balthrop, Lisa Zanghi, Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet, Tom Riepl, Sirius Plan, The Hussy Hicks, Beverly Jo Scott, Ingrid Marie Felts and many others.
He co-produced several Live From Avalon shows with Catt Sirten and Alabama Public Television. He was recently inducted, along with fellow members of former group Wet Willie, into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, recognitions for which he is humbled and grateful.
Ricky has enjoyed playing live shows with Molly Thomas and the Rarebirds for about three years, and is recording a new CD with them now. He still enjoys playing an occasional show with Wet Willie, and is forever grateful to the fans who have kept their name alive, next year (2019) being the 50th Anniversary of Wet Willie.
To learn more about Rick Hirsch, visit: http://www.ktb.net/~insync/index2.html