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“Fox news came out and covered our set for the CT Music Awards and Grand Band Slam at Black Eyed Sally's in Hartford, CT. Here's the 11 o'clock news segment!”
“Best Country: Daphne Martin & Raise the Rent Daphne Martin grew up in Southeastern Ohio where the sounds of Appalachian ballads, classic country and fiddle/banjo music were always nearby. She moved to New York City when she was still a teenager to get involved with the Folk Music Society of New York and hone her chops on city stages — before running off to travel America's waterways on schooners. By 2002 she was ready to settle into a drier, more permanent location, and she decided on New London where she's been ever since. These days, Martin and her husband Rich Martin own the Telegraph, a vinyl-centric record store. Out of the shop, they run the Telegraph Recording Company, a label documenting some of the plentiful, high-quality local acts that deserve more attention. Martin and her band Raise the Rent are the culmination of her musical experiences to date. It's country-Americana at its best, mixed with some New Orleans flavored jazz and a little help from her musically talented fr”
"Grace caught up with Daphne to find out how she's following up "Dig & Be Dug," Raise the Rent's first album. What we got was a dialogue about what it really means to have a vocation in life — to see and know your purpose, and the personal, even spiritual commitment it requires on the part of the artist." Read the rest at: http://www.theday.com/article/20120815/GRACE05/120819841/-1/grace
“Video from Live Lunch Break with Daphne Lee Martin & Jim Carpenter! http://www.theday.com/article/20120621/MEDIA0104/120629958”
“As a celebration of All Things Musical in New London and the region, the Whalies have captured not just the imagination of the musicians and fans, but also the public. The awards show, which spotlights over 100 nominated acts in both People's Choice and Critics awards in several categories, is a testimony to the increasing variety of music in our area - and e'er increasing public support for same. "I think the Whalies have become a gauge of sorts; a barometer of the quality that the New London music scene is churning out," says Sean Murphy, founder and producer of the Whalies. "Bands and artists get really excited, and that's the only way I can stay inspired to do this. It means a lot to me because it means a lot to them." Among the acts performing at the ceremony will be The Fly Ones, The Weird Beards, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent, and Pocket Vinyl.”
“PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS BEST FOLK / BLUEGRASS Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent TOP CRITICS AWARDS AMERICANA ALBUM OF THE YEAR Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent Dig & Be Dug CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS BEST FOLK / BLUEGRASS SONG Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent "Pull My Daisy" ”
“Part 2 "A happy codicil to this is “Saratoga Rain,” where Martin abandon’s her pretense and sings from the heart. A weeping, slide guitar confection in which Martin fully embraces the music to her advantage, she allows the nascent grittiness of the guitar chords to subsume her general stilted vocals. “Let’s Stay In Bed All Day” is punchy, and equal to anything Dr. John might have conjured up in his voodoo lair. This horn-driven number has a classic standard feel which stays in your head for days. The closing track, “Nostradamus” is a delightful surprise ending to what in general, is a fairly pleasant listening experience. This reviewer won’t give away the ending — but pay attention to it. "”
“Part 1: "As record store owner, music label executive and frontwoman for the Americana roots music outfit, Daphne Lee Martin and Raise the Rent, Daphne Lee Martin wears many hats that thankfully revolve around her musical passions. An extraordinary musical talent and impresario on the New London, CT scene, Martin’s star is rising. A favorite of the café scene, her material has resided squarely in a cabaret environ, but now Martin and her band have outgrown those confines and settled comfortably into rock clubs. Martin’s latest release is a heady brew of countrypolitan, swing, New Orleans-style jazz and roots-lite. The music and the band are topnotch and the arrangements are stellar. Martin’s voice is a little bit thin, however, to match the gymnastics and energy of the material. That isn’t a deal breaker." ”
“Song of 2011: "Saratoga Rain" by Daphne Lee Martin and Raise the Rent. Much like most of Daphne's music, this song is smokey, smooth and effortlessly sexy. A haunting melody with the power to take me away to another place and time, maybe a dream or a memory... either way, it's real nice there.”
"Among the acts performing at the ceremony will be The Fly Ones, The Weird Beards, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent, and Pocket Vinyl. One big difference this year, Murray says, is the dominant presence of hip-hop - given that the scene has always been associated with indie rock and Americana. New London rappers Camacho & Poe Swayzie earned nine nominations each - most ever for a Whalie artist - including Album of the Year and Hip-Hop Album of the year for their collaborations as The Fly Ones. But artists from all styles showed up big in the nominations. Americana group Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent are up in several categories including Album of the Year and Americana Album of the Year for "Dig & Be Dug."
"Daphne Lee Martin is a songwriter and singer with a wonderful multi-instrumental swing band called “Raise the Rent.” They are one of those hard working local bands that you can find at your local pub, and their local pub is found in New London, Connecticut. Daphne Lee Martin loves music, and she puts all that she knows and enjoys into her performances, and her songs show that love. Please look them up the Internet. They have only one CD, “Dig and be Dug,” that you can get on-line. The band’s sound has been labeled many different ways, but this listener just labels it terrific. Go to see them if you are able to. I’m featuring ‘Raise the Rent’ with Daphne Lee Martin performing “Some Fine Day” at Burke’s tavern in Niantic, CT."
"The term eclectic doesn’t begin to do this band justice. You’d probably need to find some German loanword to even come close to defining this band’s mighty amalgam of vintage musical styles. They sound, at times, like a Mexican wedding with the spurts of mariachi horns and accordion. Other times, they sound like a New Orleans funeral with the nasally wah-wah of the muted trumpet. Or, like last call at some sleazy country-western saloon with all the pedal-steel twang. The list goes on. Martin’s lilting old-timey vocals are the only constant in this ever-changing backdrop of misc-Americana. Clearly, this is a very talented group of musicians with motley musical tastes. However, the album really measures high on the ol’ hokiness meter. It’s a little heavy on the sappy sentimentality, too, if ya ask me. Still, their nostalgia for the music of the good ol’ days is kinda nice in a wholesome sit-on-grandpappy’s-lap sort of way. "
"Speaking of workhorses, the second highest nominated act this year is Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent. Daphne has spent tireless hours practicing, gigging, networking and even tweeting. She has shown an intense dedication to this project and shows no signs of stopping, getting nods for Album of the Year from CT.com and Motif Magazine. Daphne even employed the talents of Skobie Won and Erik Lamb (also up for 7 awards this year!) to put a spin on her track "Nostradamus," a remix that is up for the brand new Best Collaboration category."
“Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent, “Dig & Be Dug” (The Telegraph Recording Company). New London resident Martin digs vintage sounds on her debut, from dusty borderland meditations to hints of Dixieland and old-school country. She’s at her best on the torchy tunes, singing in sultry tones over blasts of Mariachi-style trumpet on “Old Guitar” and murmuring wistfully on the waltz-time “Saratoga Rain.””
"New London's queen of smokey bar room Americana leads her band of troubadours through a full album of awesomeness." - Chip McCabe, The Best Albums of 2011 by Connecticut Bands by CT.com
“Any review of “Dig & Be Dug” would be remiss if it did not point out the near-perfect musicianship provided by the disc’s backing band Raise The Rent. The tight outfit sways in perfect harmony with Daphne, demonstrating an obvious passion for and knowledge of Western Swing and the hip boogie of the Big Band era. One such number, the mid-tempo shuffle “Let’s Stay In Bed All Day” effortlessly combines both styles, incorporating trombone and fiddle in a manner reminiscent of Asleep At The Wheel. Like roots music itself, “Dig & Be Dug” cannot be easily defined or pinned down to one style. Not swing. Not folk. Not country. Rather, these songs unfold like some tapestry of America’s great and complex musical traditions. If this record is any indication, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent are not mere arbiters of this tradition. Much more than that, they raise it to a new level, thus ensuring its endurance into the 21 st century and beyond."”
"Dig & Be Dug is the new full length album from Daphne Lee Martin and her band of troubadours. I've been anticipating this album for quite some time and after seeing them live I expected a barrage of different sounds and influences that the band proudly wear on the collective sleeve. This album perfectly captures the essence of their sound. It's a collection of blues, dixieland jazz, folk, and ragtime swing. Front-woman Daphne Lee Martin's sultry, alluring voice swings and sways through each song inviting the listener to times and places long lost but often remembered. To be honest, a lot of bands call themselves "Americana" but very few live and breathe the styles of music that first put popular music on the map in the U.S. At certain points this is music you would have most certainly heard in a Chicago speakeasy during the Prohibition Era. Much like that proverbial long ago venue the music is a little dirty, a little dangerous but a hell of a good time. "
“Part Three " And all of this serves as both backdrop and backstory to “Dig & Be Dug,” which begins slightly off kilter, with a rumba entitled “Rosalita.” The least convincing song in the lot, the track’s melody and chord changes seem somewhat predictable, resulting in lounge music fare. However, things immediately turn for the better with a bluegrass-inspired twostep “Pull My Daisy.” The authentic barn dance romp would have almost certainly been deemed risque in 1920’s America, “I won’t stay lonesome long, not with all that I’ve got going on – stuff so good make a dead man want to… ” “In Lieu of Flowers” is a perfect example of Daphne Lee Martin’s strong songwriting chops, as well as her predilection for combining Old Timey melody with contemporary imagery: “June is holding a smoking gun over the dying breath of May – It’s a piss yellow moon and I’ve been crying wolf..””
“CT.com's Album of the Day review of Quiet Life's Act Natural featuring Daphne on vocals: "Oh and another little scene tidbit for you - one Daphne Glover supplies backing vocals on this album. She's now better known as Daphne Martin and for her work with the phenomenal Raise The Rent. I certainly can't or won't fault a band for wanting to spread their wings and move to wherever the wind picks them up and puts them down. Hell, that's one of the best parts about being a talented group of musicians making amazing music like this. I still can't help but think though that with all the great indie folk acts dabbling with a country ethos now dotting the CT music landscape that Quiet Life would have fit right in here amongst bands like Raise The Rent, Sidewalk Dave, The Proud Flesh and Elison Jackson. CT is waiting for them if they ever want to come on home."”
“You might be tempted to say the live music aspects of Hygienic Art Weekend have become bigger than the gallery show itself. They're not; the sheer, weird wonderfulness of the exhibition couldn't be trumped if Pearl Jam set up on the corner of Bank and Golden Saturday night and serenaded the whole town. Let's just say, rather, that the tangential tuneage is a nice and loud complement in the perfect spirit of the whole event. The anchoring concert, of course, is the Hygienic Rock Fix, taking place Saturday in the Crocker House Ballroom. This year's edition is a fine cross-section of styles and bands, and scheduled are New London groups The Hempsteadys, Suicide Dolls, Recur Occurrence and Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent. Also on the bill are The 'Mericans from Providence and Mystic's Herff Jones. Oh, and look forward to a return-to-hometown set by The Can Kickers.”
“Part Two "Raised on the indigenous musics of the American heartland such as fiddle infused bluegrass, Appalachian folk and white gospel, the Ohio native began her career at 17, recording an album of traditional songs with her mother. Soon thereafter, armed with little else than her guitar, Daphne left hometown familiarity behind and began a musical expedition in quest of further inspiration. Her sojourn initially led her to New York City, where she quickly assimilated into the local folk music community. Working now with experienced folk artisans through live shows and songwriting workshops, her sharpened skills parlayed into a steady gig on the open seas. Singing on vessels which traveled around the four corners of the country, Martin, like Guthrie and Seeger before her, continued the true folk tradition of musical troubadour. Quite a musical journey indeed. "”
“Daphne Lee Martin has a nice voice and there are moments on her debut album, Dig and Be Dug, that perfectly envelop her jazzy falsetto in horns, keys and drums. But there are other times where she shoves in Mexican folk music or honky-tonk and the pairing comes off strange, as if somebody tried to match chocolate and meatballs. I like chocolate and I like meatballs, but they just don't go together. The record's opening track, "Rosalita," hits the listener on the head with its strange Mexi-folk, combined with a classical jazz cadence. But a track like "Saratoga Rain," for instance, features much more appropriate melodies. Daphne Lee Martin isn't a bad musician, but an argument could be made that she's spreading herself thin across too many musical styles. As if to prove my point, she even threw in a rap at the end of last track "Nostradamus."”
“Part One: "I’ve been sitting with the latest CD release from Connecticut-based musical alchemists Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent, desperately attempting to come up with some clever catch-all phrase that will accurately describe the 10-track offering, and thus in the process do it justice. Sure, the words Americana and rootsy immediately come to mind. But the broad interpretations of those genres prove inadequate after putting Dig & Be Dug in the CD player, or on the turntable as the case may be, vis`- a-vis´ a limitededition blue vinyl LP. But I’m getting ahead of myself here.... In a jazz-tinged voice ever-so-subtly reminiscent of Patsy Cline, Daphne Lee Martin displays her vast musical, and often geographical, journey throughout this collection of self authored material. " ”
“Part 3: Martin thought it would be fun to write an adult version of those songs, one that incorporated the repetitive simplicity of the childhood melodies and rhythms into the naughtier quality of decidedly adult, double-entendre jazz-blues. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT: Martin firmly believes in the stand-alone essence of a song in its starkest form. If she can't sing it a capella in the shower and have it work, then no amount of production or layering or complex arrangements will save it. Once she was happy with "Pull My Daisy" in its natal form, she was ready to take it to the band. Since the guys are so stylistically versatile, they easily tapped into Martin's concept, fleshed it out, and brought significant choppage and wit to the table. Raise the Rent has been doing some very nice major label showcases in New York, and "Pull My Daisy" is certainly emblematic of their sound.”
“Part 2: Martin and the boys are fascinated by and fluent in such archival Americana sounds as Louis Armstrong and Buddy Bolden, pure honky tonk, Waits/Newman barroom confessionals, and even wisps of Appalachian front porch music. HOW "PULL MY DAISY" CAME ABOUT: Martin had come across an online interview wherein Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald were discussing the magical components of children's songs. She was reminded of her own youth - particularly playground "double dutch" tunes and hand-clap games. A lot of those gradeschool tunes had a slightly risque quality, with puns that you definitely didn't want the teacher to hear.”
"Featuring the sultry voice of 'Dame Calico, Daphne Lee Martin' — whose melodies and delivery would be at home in a ’30s Parisian café, a midnight set in a Nashville honky-tonk, or a blues juke in East Baton Rouge — 'Raise the Rent' are one of the area’s finest and most unique bands. But it’s not just Daphne. Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Craig Edwards, who’s fluidly adept in styles from sea chanteys to zydeco; drummer Matt Gouette, a fine pop songwriter in his own right; and bassist 'Brad Bensko' — across the board, this is a really intuitive unit."
“Part 1: A burgeoning New London musical force, singer-songwriter Martin enjoyed a folk-music-happy upbringing in southeastern Ohio. It provided a solid underpinning for the array of sonic exploration and saturation once she settled into our diverse musical community. She's utilized many of the scene's finest musicians as core players as Raise the Rent's persona has evolved, and counts on vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Sandy "Sandman" Allen and Jim Carpenter, bassist Brad Bensko, keyboardist John "Wayno" Waynelovich, trumpeter/vocalist Danny Motta and drummer Robert Burt as current Raise the Rent principals. Craig "Honeyboy" Edwards and Matt Gouette have also contributed substantially. SOUND: There's a very firm base of easy-flowing Western swing to the band's identity, and Martin's evocative voice hovers playfully betwixt Patsy Cline and Dinah Washington.”
“Part 3: "Confused on how these sounds all fit together? The simple answer is Daphne Lee Martin. Her voice and charisma pull you through the album easing your mind about the different sounds and structures you're hearing behind her. There is a full range of emotion on the album but Daphne never loses composure and allows a boisterous chorus to pull her out of her range or a somber verse to dull her to whisper, she shows control rather than restraint. The work ethic of both Daphne and her orchestra of Americana musicians shine like a beacon to those wondering how to make a good album. The sounds on Dig & Be Dug are not a shot in the dark. These are the sounds of effort, vision and drive."”
“Part 2: "There are 4 Tom Waits-esque songs that land somewhere between The Heart of Saturday Night and Blue Valentine that set up the framework for the album. They have a loungey vibe but with an electric and more lush instrumentation. The intricate mix takes the songs out of the smoky basement bar and puts them on the silver screen. It's not so much about the authenticity of the sound as it is using the sound to tell a story with grand, vivid images. The other songs on Dig & Be Dug run the gamut between the southern swing pop of "Pull My Daisy" to the New Orleans trumpeting of "In Lieu of Flowers" and floating country ballad "Saratoga Rain"."”
“Part 1: "There is a certain amount of struggle between modernizing a style of music in order to evolve the genre and staying true to the roots and original intention of it. This struggle is especially true when you’re playing Jazz, Country and or Folk. There are Jazz purists that would call the music of Cecil Taylor noise, Country purists that say Hank III is a disgrace to the family name and Folk purists that still curse the name Bob Dylan. With Dig & Be Dug, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent have made it clear that they have no intentions to playing to the purists." ”
“Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent are the musical equivalent of a Happy Hour where you go from drink-to-drink, and it all mixes together in wonderful ways you'd never have believed. They sway from Dixieland to Western swing and zydeco to life-is-a-cabaret/sophisto-lounge treatments - and do so with a sly, sweltering spirit of confident fun. To answer a question: yes, the long-rumored CD is tentatively slotted for a September release. The tracks are recorded, they're in the mixing-then-mastering stages, and even videos are being shot as we speak. In preparation, RTR is gearing up for a heavy touring season all over the region; it kicks off Friday at Sneekers in Groton.”
“Daphne Lee Martin and Raise the Rent perform 'Some Fine Day' during the Blue Collar Happy Hour at Burke's Tavern in Niantic on Friday, April 22, 2011. (Video Attached)”
“Pics & Video from Meriden's Daffodil Festival”
"Lipbone Redding has been through the spin cycles of free jazz, angst-rock, Memphis soul and various Dr. John and Tom Waits-isms. The simmered essence of these influences and experiences makes for a thunderously great listening experience. Not to mention what the New Yorker can do with his voice. He is marvelously gifted and expressive, but a lot of the instruments you think you're hearing - on his latest CD, "Party on the Fire Escape," for example - are actually him singing. With his band, the Lipbone Orchestra, Redding lands at the Oasis Pub in New London Saturday. It's a particularly cool date because they're the ideal act to share a bill with our own woefully underrated Roadside Attractions. Vocalist Miss Daphne Glover's(Lee Martin) e'er-thirsty quest for stylistic expression, along with her spectacular range and emotion, would be welcome anywhere people have ears."
“Photographs by Liz Simons ~ Raise the Rent & Barefoot Truth @ The Garde Arts Center”
“If you haven't noticed, the Roadside Attractions(Raise the Rent) have became a New London musical force. Behind the pale-angel voice of Daphne Glover (Lee Martin) and a coalescing musical identity, the Attractions take their place atop the area's sonic heap. Along with Glover, who also plays guitar and banjo, the band is comprised of virtuosic Craig Edwards (guitar, fiddle, voice), Matt Gouette (drums) and Jason Banta (bass, voice). What's great is, as with acts like the Paul Brockett Roadshow Band, RA are bridging the divide between the city's indie rock neighborhood and the strengthening roots-country scene. Accordingly, it's high time the Roadside Attractions headlined their inaugural Blue Collar Happy Hour this Friday at the Bank Street Café.”
“"Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent's lovely "Rosalita" sounds like the Texas Tornados if they replaced Freddie Fender with Linda Ronstadt."”
“You know what would be cool? If Celia Woodsmith and Daphne Lee Martin sang onstage together. It could happen. Soon. After all, Woodsmith sings for the Boston-by-way-of-Vermont band Hey Mama, and Glover fronts our own Raise the Rent, and both acts share the Oasis Pub bill Saturday. While Hey Mama emphasizes a bluesier approach to roots music, and Raise the Rent have that country/torch flavor, both bands are accomplished and both singers are excellent. Hell, maybe both bands will climb onstage together. Why not? Throw in opener Brad Besko, whose clever pop is garnering a lot of attention, and this night has more than a little potential."”
"So tap into the spirit of Joyce's Leopold Bloom and wander through “dear, dirty” New London. Paul Brockett Roadshow Band will be at Hot Rod, and then you could dart down Green Street to the El 'n' Gee Club for a trio of country-noir featuring The Royale Brothers, The Furry III and Bloodshot Hooligans. If that doesn't strike your fancy, you can make your way to Bank Street to the Oasis, for freak-jazz foursome Incognito Sofa Love, and the folk-jazz of Roadside Attractions(Raise the Rent), plus the debut of a new band called Gay Cruise. Perhaps at the end of the night women will wear flowers in their hair like the Andalusian girls used to. But more likely, when you get home you'll thank the heavens March 18 is a Sunday."
“Several bands, who write their own music and whose members range in age from their late teens to their 40s, are connected, despite diverse musical styles, by an affinity for indie rock and punk. So, whether country or pop-tinged, their sound is firmly rooted in an era and ethos defined by artists like Pavement, Husker Du, Sebadoh, The Replacements, Sonic Youth, and the Velvet Underground. The inner circle of the musical enclave, which counts about a dozen bands, includes Fatal Film, the Liz Larsons, Low-Beam, the Paul Brockett Roadshow Band, Brazen Hussy, Estrogen and Tonic, the Royale Brothers, Total Bolsheviks, Society for Rational Dress, Roadside Attractions(Raise the Rent), the Cavities."”
“Roadside Attractions(Raise the Rent) will perform Saturday as part of the Hygienic Rock Fixxx at the Crocker House Ballroom in New London and also at the Oasis Pub as part of the Hygienic Cabaret. 5 Questions: Roadside Attractions bring the swing - Norwich, CT - Norwich Bulletin”
“All you really need to know about Brooklyn-based Oakley Hall is that they're named after an obscure American novelist and they've toured with Bright Eyes. The rootsy six-piece's tour stops in New London at the Oasis Pub Saturday on its way to Philadelphia and the Midwest. The band combines warm harmonies, fiddling and fuzzy guitar tones to great effect — at times hearkening to country's Emmylou Harris and Graham Parsons while other times putting down more straight ahead rockers. The song “Rue the Blues” from the group's 2007 release “I'll Follow You” shows off all of the band's strong suits in a single compact, three-minute tune. So if you're in the mood for some good, old-fashioned American music, you're in the mood for Oakley Hall. Fittingly, they'll be partnered with New London's own roots kings and queens, the Paul Brockett Road Show and the Roadside Attractions(Raise the Rent).”
"The musicianship on the record is awesome - the steady tight rhythm section of 'Brad Bensko' (bass) and Matt Gouette (drums) along with the fiddle and lead guitar work of Craig Edwards… you couldn’t hope for a better backdrop to lay your vocals on. The vocals are what most people are going to take away from this record and Daphne has really become known for her sultry cabaret vocal stylings. "
"While the sturdily growing local roots scene is notably absent, the wildly diverse indie rock scene - for which New London is justifiably renowned - is significantly represented. Revered local heroes the Paul Brockett Roadshow Band and the Can Kickers are proven crowd-pleasers. And the area continues to produce newer bands, as well.(Raise the Rent)Roadside Attractions - candlelit swing"
“It's a natural and inspired group of acts. The 'gods are perpetual local favorites, and Velvet is a long-time force on the New Haven scene. And the Attractions(Raise the Rent) recently completed recording a debut EP of their swirling pop and swing.”
"Songwriters are troubadours, travelers, wanderers; it's about living, loving, losing, gleaning, going down to the crossroads, all that stuff," he said. "I equate songwriting with experiencing life, good and bad, and relaying that back to anyone who cares to listen." In that context, Parent and like-minded friends founded Sinner's Circle, a semi-regular series of songwriters-in-the-round shows that reconvenes Saturday night at Bean & Leaf coffeehouse in New London. This is the second Sinner's Circle event, and the format is that four theoretically disparate songwriters get onstage together with acoustic guitars and respectively and collaboratively showcase their tunes and the stories behind them. Saturday's artists are Daphne Lee Martin of Roadside Attractions(Raise the Rent), multi-instrumentalist Sandy Allen of The Rivergods and The Hoolios, Hugh Birdsall of The Reducers and Dogbite, and John Fries of The Lo-Fi Radiostars.
“But where Powers really shines is in its quieter moments, like Roadside Attractions'(Raise the Rent) folksy simpatico "You Ain't Gonna" and Matt Gouette's sublime "Summers Without Mars."”
“Barefoot Truth ~ "Without benefit of a record deal, radio airplay or even significant exposure through opening for bigger acts, BT has scored over 4 million hits on Pandora. Wanna see why this is happening? They headline Saturday in New London's Hygienic Arts Park as part of the Summer Nights in the District concert series. Raise the Rent (formerly loved as the Roadside Attractions) appears in support."”
"A rich variety of interpretive material from across the roots, blues and folk spectrum - all gorgeously arranged for Milky Way harmony clusters. More intriguingly, as with "Iris," the group is slowly beginning to work on original material." - Red Hot Stove Tops
“"Menhart also surfaces in the Red Hot Stove Tops, with harmony-happy cohorts Daphne Lee Martin and Nancy Parent, on their sublime "Jezebel."" Good stuff!”