Nashville-based singer-songwriter Molly Sue Gonzalez is the perfect blend of Patsy Cline, Wanda Jackson, and Aretha Franklin. With power and sincerity, Gonzalez bridges the gap between three separate music genres--Rockabilly, Traditional Country, and Soul. She sings with the same feminist confidence and authority as the three female pioneering icons who represent each genre: Wanda Jackson, Patsy Cline, and Aretha Franklin.
For Gonzalez, singing has always felt natural. "I was always standing on the coffee table," recalls Gonzalez, "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 Gonzalez sang anywhere and everywhere she could. As a young teen, 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, 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 Gonzalez 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 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., Aretha Franklin, Stevie Nicks, and Lucinda Williams, to name a few.
Since teaming up with her backing band The Mean, Mean Men (led by bassist Vincent Wynne) in January 2012, Gonzalez has been tearing up the Nashville rockabilly scene. In May of 2012 the band was asked by Nashville engineer/producer Willie Domann to record a few songs in his new studio The Stagger Inn. The session was recorded live with no overdubs, and after wrapping three songs in less than one hour, Willie left the tape rolling and
told the band to "just keep playing." The band wrapped twelve songs in a 3 hour time slot, nine of which will be released on the forthcoming record, Under the Influence. All nine songs were recorded live, with only one over-dubbed guitar solo for the song "Rip it Up."
Scott McEwen, owner of reputable Nashville studio Fry Pharmacy, mastered the songs. Commenting on McEwen's involvement, bassist and band leader Vincent Wynne noted, "We wanted Scott involved on this project in some form or fashion. Since Willie did such a great job recording and mixing the songs, it made sense for us to just hand them over to Scott for mastering."
The November 6, 2012 release of Under the Influence will be Gonzalez's debut record with The Mean, Mean Men, and as the title suggests, the songs on the record signify the band's primary influences and the band's raison d'être. "This record also serves as a preface for what lies ahead," says Gonzalez. And what lies ahead is a full-length record of original material that the band is currently writing, and projected to record in 2013.