"Abbie Gardner gives the grit to Red Molly with her Dobro playing. On her new solo CD we get to hear not only her instrumental and songwriting prowess, but her marvelously versatile voice, which can convey pain or playfulness or pure bad girl blues power." - John Platt, WFUV
Coming five years and three Red Molly albums after her last solo CD, Hope is Abbie Gardner's latest solo recording- set to be released on April 1, 2011. The CD features her versatile voice backed by 3 types of slide guitar (dobro, lap steel, and National bottleneck) and a band comprised of not only her father, Herb Gardner (piano), but also her sister, Sarah Gardner, on organ. Ben Wittman (the drummer on Red Molly's James) locks in with upright bassist Craig Akin, who is featured on the first instrumental Abbie has ever recorded (a bass and dobro duet). The songs range from heartache to hope, from gritty lap steel to singing cellos, courtesy of Emily Hope Price. Folk sweetheart Robby Hecht lends his voice to three tracks and fellow member of Red Molly, Laurie MacAllister, is heard throughout. Longtime friends and collaborators Fred Gillen, Jr. and Beaucoup Blue also lend their voices.
"I feel like the songs revolve around Hope, both the song and the idea. Rather than having all hopeful songs, this CD reflects the glimmer of hope we all look for when in the midst of darkness." - Abbie Gardner
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NOVEMBER 2015November 4th, 2015
What a beautiful loooong Fall we’re having! I keep getting confused about whether to wear a coat or not, but I like it.
I had a great time trading songs with Pat Wictor at University Cafe last month and am really enjoying settling into a groove with my practice routine. It’s SO good to be home. Being able to do ANYthing every day without interruption is such a beautiful thing that I really appreciate more than ever. Oh wait, did I mention that I got a puppy? Haha, so much for no interruptions! She is beautiful and funny and makes me laugh every single day.
In about a week I’m headed to the annual RESOSUMMIT down in Nashville. That’s where all us dobro players get to nerd out with some of the best teachers and players from around the globe. I’m adding in a few extra days for co-writes with some old and new friends.
On the gig front, I just got called to open a show for David Jacobs-Strain at the uber swanky Club Helsinki. Really looking forward to trying out some new stuff and jamming it up with my buddy. Hope to see you there!
Friday November 20th @ 9PM
Abbie Gardner SOLO – Opening for David Jacobs-Strain
405 Columbia St, Hudson, NY
More shows being added for 2016, including a co-bill tour with Brooks Williams in March and another with Jesse Terry in June! Not to mention, not one, but TWO swing dance gigs. I’m one lucky duck.
See ya’ soon!
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