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ABBIE GARDNER

Vulnerability is an essential human emotion. It is the greatest measure of courage...without it we fail to appreciate the intimacy of close human relationships. Abbie Gardner exposes a great deal of vulnerability in her music. She reflects on the human condition with subtle verses filled with emotion, growth, aspiration and conflict. Abbie Gardner embraces her vulnerability and turns it into soul inspiring music, gut wrenching at times, but always filled with compassionate resolution. Don't lose sight of the fact that she's a masterful dobro player and that swampy, bluesy underbelly is what makes her music so damn compelling. She's one of the founding and seminal members of the group Red Molly out on the road solo to promote her album 'Wishes on a Neon Sign' and her performance here is radiant, much like her personality. To take to a stage alone, with just a guitar, a booming voice and a collection of immensely personal songs takes courage, confidence and faith. These are traits she has in spades and also the tenacity to put them out there and dare you not to take notice.

Abbie Gardner grew up in a musical environment, the daughter of jazz pianist and trombone player Herb Gardner who joins Abbie on "What Gives You the Right," a torchy ballad and one of the most scintillating moments of the evening. Exposure to a wide variety of music is apparent as her songs can range from the high-lonesome to low down blues and her skill as a songwriter is something to be reckoned with. "Wallflower Days" is about the triumph of the human spirit, the need to overcome doubt and gather the strength to grow. Gardner's songs are road maps for the lost, they are breadcrumbs scattered along a path to guide the soul out of the darkest woods. They beg for tired ears and brighten the dimmest of moments. During this entire evening one could experience the myriad of human emotion from joy, to pain, to sorrow, to love...from triumph to empathy all delivered with style and grace and talent and power from a young woman ...alone on a stage, with a guitar, a booming voice to highlight this incredibly personal collection of songs. It was, in a word, "brilliant."
 

ABBIE GARDNER

Abbie Gardner - dobro, vocals

Herb Gardner - piano

The Session Crew

Produced and edited by:
Bill Hurley

Cameras:
Maribeth Arena

Bill Hurley
H. Nat Stevens
Joanne Craig

Audio:
Eric Nordstrom
Connor Quigley

Mixed by:
Connor Quigley

Lighting/Special Effects:
Rick Smith

Stage Production:
Gerry Earabino

Photos:
Dan Busler Photography