Nashville-based Molly Sue Gonzalez bridges the gap between rockabilly and soul with power and sincerity. She's been described as having a voice as strong as Patsy Cline's but with the growl of Wanda Jackson and the soul of Dusty Springfield. Her two singles for 2013 "Bad Example" -- an original -- and "Save Me" -- a great Aretha Franklin cover --showcase Molly Sue's hard-hitting lyrical abilities and her soulful vocal prowess.
For Molly Sue, singing has always felt natural. "I was always standing on the coffee table," she recalls, "with a hair brush or pledge can, putting on a show for the 'masses,' which usually was my mother and my aunt. So it just made sense to do it for real." In her hometown of Hammondsville, Ohio Molly Sue sang anywhere and everywhere she could. As a young teen singing country music she quickly became a big fish in the small pond of Hammondsville where she was offered opening slots for many nationally touring artists who came through town, most notably Ronnie Milsap, Air Supply, Randy Travis, and KC & The Sunshine Band.
In 2008, Molly Sue Gonzalez made the transition to Nashville, TN where literally upon arrival as a fresh-faced 21 year old, she began singing in "lower" Broadway's famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. It was there that she cut her teeth as a professional singer entertaining tourists from all over the world. It was also there that she developed her signature sound. Influences like Wanda Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and Patsy Cline are evident in her vocal style but when asked directly, Gonzalez admits to having a wide palette of influences covering a range of styles such as Bob Seger, Anne Murray, Hank Williams Sr., Stevie Nicks, and Lucinda Williams, to name a few.
Since teaming with her bass player and band leader Vincent Wynne in late 2011, Molly Sue has been tearing up the rockabilly scene in Nashville, playing more the 70 shows in 2012, which included multiple tours up and down the East coast. On November 6, 2012 she released her debut rockabilly record Under the Influence. Molly Sue purposefully wanted her debut record to be a "covers" record so that she could pay homage to her rockabilly influences, while simultaneously laying the foundation for what is to come. Like the great rockabilly records of old, Under the Influence was recorded entirely live in the studio. The entire record was cut in less than three hours -- all live, including Molly Sue's vocals -- no overdubs.
To kick off 2013, Molly Sue and her band (The Mean, Mean Men) announced the release of their first original song entitled "Bad Example," included as a bonus track on her February 19, 2013 release "Live at the White Horse." "Bad Example" received a handful Triple A radio spins, while the follow-up single "Save Me" (released on June 18, 2013) found its way onto several Roots Rock charts and continues to gain traction as possibly the best interpretation to date of Aretha Franklin's great song.
At present, Molly Sue has added a horn section for most of her live shows, and she promises a full-length record of mostly original material for early 2014. The band continues to tour regularly on the strength of Under the Influence and Live at the White Horse.