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The Podunk Poets / Press

“Being bornt and raised in California it always brings a smile to my face when I'm made aware of a young band based in California carrying on the California Country Sound. Give these kids a listen”


“The Podunk Poets is a five-piece band from Los Angeles. Cindy-Lou Jolotta discusses the band's traditional country sound, the southern California country scene, and the band's live shows. AXS: How do you describe The Podunk Poets for someone who has never heard the band? The Podunk Poets: Well, the quick answer is we're a duet-fronted traditional country band in the spirit of Johnny and June Carter Cash or George Jones and Tammy Wynette. We mainly perform our own original music, but we throw in some classic covers as well. We're a band that likes to have fun: when we show up to do a gig, we don't just play a few songs and leave the stage - we do our best to really put on a show. We really are having a blast every time we play and it translates to the audience. We feel lucky to have found each other and the formula we have created just works. Maybe we're just in the right place at the right time.”

“Country music and the LGBT community may not seem to go hand-in-hand, but the popularity of Urban MO’s biweekly Kickers Country Line Dancing events certainly suggests otherwise. Consider that with the successful recent appearances by LGBT-friendly country band The Podunk Poets and it seems the two pair quite well in San Diego. The Podunk Poets possess a fun-loving spirit, which made them an ideal choice to play MO’s last month. Inspired by other duet-fronted acts like Johnny Cash and June Carter, the L.A.-based band blends twangy sounds and contemporary themes while staying true to their country roots. This combination makes the five-piece band a refreshing departure from the recent rash of pop-country artists; playing a style vastly more appealing to those that adore conventional country. Fans of this brand of classic country are in luck as the band has been invited back to MO’s for an “encore” performance Saturday, Aug. 23.”

“The Podunk Poets kept the party moving with their brand of country music. According to the band’s profile they draw heavily on the past to recreate the nearly lost, but still iconic, male/female country music duo. Kelly Kidd and Cindy Jollotta handle the vocals for the band and at times channel Cash and Carter with their deliveries and do an amazing rendition of their hit song “Jackson”. Doug Carrion is the bass player, Patrick Genarosa on drums and the dual guitarists of D. Tony Castro and Jake Kelly make up the rest of the Poets. While their music is clearly classified as classic country, it incorporates all the elements that get the audience moving: Swing, Rock-A-Billy and even a bit of 60’s for good measure. Their set was really good and each member knows how to play their instruments which made for a great time. Everyone that was there was dancing in the aisles and on the dance floor turning the usual rock/punk vibe of diPiazza’s into a hoe down.”

“Ladies and Gents - The Podunk Poets - Classic Country - Straight Out Of Los Angeles”