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The Flutterbies Featuring Maureen Davis

by The Flutterbies

The Flutterbies are Los Angeles’ hottest alt-country upstarts. Equal parts romance and riot, Maureen Davis and her band seduce with pop sweetness and satisfy with bluesy grit.
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2. Hummingbird Heart
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3. How I Get Over You
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4. Faith In Rain
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The Flutterbies are Los Angeles’ hottest alt-country upstarts. Fierce and fashionable, lead singer Maureen Davis fronts the band with a dusty, honey smothered voice that “…oozes sass and soul…” (Music Connection, April 2009). Equal parts romance and riot, Maureen and The Flutterbies (pronounced the “flutter-byes”) seduce with pop sweetness and satisfy with bluesy grit.

The group’s debut EP The Flutterbies featuring Maureen Davis was produced by slide guitarist Bart Ryan, engineered by Grammy winner Seth Atkins Horan, and co-written with Powerpop luminary Adam Daniel. The recording also showcases the talents of drummer Christopher Allis, bassist Steve Whalen, keyboardist Jamieson Trotter, and backup vocalist Molly Pasutti.

Since its release in March 2009, the single “Hummingbird Heart” has been featured in-auditorium before screenings at Laemmle and Angelika theatres nationwide and has also become the theme for GetToKnowUsFirst.org, a campaign to reverse California’s Proposition 8. In April The Flutterbies were named Country Group of the Year at California’s South Bay Music Awards, and have since been nominated for the 2009 Independent Music Awards, judged by Aimee Mann and the Black Keys.

The Flutterbies’ Maureen first came to public attention as part of the original cast of the Tony-winning Broadway musical Into The Woods (starring Bernadette Peters). After touring Japan and Russia with renowned jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton, the diminutive diva capped her New York career performing at Carnegie Hall before running away to the circus: the Hollywood rock scene. Soon after arriving, Maureen signed a publishing deal with Mastersource music, brainchild of Wayne’s World actor/musician turned film music entrepreneur Marc Ferrari, quickly securing multiple song placements on hit TV shows such as House, Dexter, and My Name Is Earl. In 2007 she became vocal instructor at Santa Monica’s School of Rock/Rock Nation, teaching innocent children to wail like rock stars. And in 2008 Maureen toured America singing raw gospel with Michelle Shocked before forming The Flutterbies.

A smooth lyricist with a sultry delivery, Maureen sums up her life and her band: “For me, it’s veni, vidi, voce—I came, I saw, I sang… I flutter by.”


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Martin Overheul

Ravishing
I’m a sucker for sensual female voices, or – for that matter – for any exceptional female voice. Whether it’s Joni Mitchell, Dusty Springfield or less known singers as Lisa Mednick or Carla Cook, I really love the nuances and emotions they express with their voice. That’s why I’m so excited with the brand new self-titled EP by the American altcountry band The Flutterbies featuring the ravishing Maureen Davis. Trust me; this is a band with lots of potential.

Maureen Davis’ voice has all the great qualities of singers like Lucy Kalplansky, Pat Benatar (especially when she ‘belts out’), and Sue Foley while the guys in the band create a solid yet playful foundation.

Opener ‘Louder, Louder’ does what it promises: crashing guitars, a very tight playing rhythm section, and a fiery Maureen Davis deliver a powerful song with a distinct wink to The Pretenders. On the other hand a song like ‘Hummingbird Heart’ shows that this band also has a feeling for refinement. The delightful arrangement of this song offers Davis’ voice all the opportunities it needs to stand out.

‘How I Get Over You’ and ‘Kill You With Words’ need to be played a full volume. These songs rock like a freight train gone berserk and Davis outclasses the like s of Pat Benatar by far. In between the band play one of their two truly classy songs: ‘Faith In The Rain’, a superb country waltz with sparkling instruments and a dazzling voice. The second classy song is ‘Damn Glad’, a seemingly simple ballad with highly sensitive vocals by Maureen Davis.

Just six songs and it’s over. May we ask for more next time?

(Martin Overheul on www.altcountryforum.nl)

ER - Toledo City Paper

The Flutterbies -- Alt-Female Alt-Country On The Rise
Bands and musicians like Wilco and Ryan Adams have helped me see the light, and now there’s a female alt-country counter-part on the rise. Maureen Davis [and The Flutterbies] has received tremendous praise for successfully blending the two genres. Davis is the whole package: soul-stirring vocals, provocative lyrics and sultry looks. This combination, on top of
guitarist Bart Ryan’s mad slide guitar skills, helped them win the 2009 South Bay Music Award
for best country artist. The band is sure to convert other rock enthusiasts who might want to
break on through to the country side.

Music Connection Magazine

Oozes Sass & Soul
Maureen Davis fronts this band with a special voice, one that oozes sass and soul and allows her to sell these original songs, each of which exudes an alt-country/roots rock feel. "Louder Louder" witha aslide guitar that really rips, builds to an almost cowpunk intensity. "Hummingbird Heart" has a nice country lilt, while "Damn Glad" is a divorce ballad witha wonderfully wistful bag of mixed emotions. Deftly performed and recorded with a clarity that emphasizes lyrics, these tunes could interest film/TV peeps.