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"Molly Thomas & the Rare Birds are premiering their brand-new song 'Sharona,' and its accompanying music video, exclusively for readers of The Boot. Press play above to hear the mournful, contemplative tune.
Despite partially sharing its name with the Knack's 1979 hit, 'Sharona' was actually inspired by a woman Thomas met. 'She'd fled from the dregs of New Orleans after [Hurricane] Katrina to Nashville, where I was living at the time," Thomas tells The Boot. "She had an immense impact on me, and all I wanted to do was take her home with me, hug her and help her get better.'
- The Boot
"Today, Wide Open Country is premiering the stunning "Tumbleweed," a cautionary tale that captures the despair of being in love with a rambler. Spacious and dreamlike, the song conjures up images of lonely travelers in a roadside diner somewhere in the desolate southwest."
- Wide Open Country
The players match the sultry spirit of “I Wanna Live” with an irresistible bluesy churn as Thomas sings, “Got my best cotton dress on/ Stickin’ to my skin’/ Part of me is dressed for travelin’/ Part of me is dressed for sin.” In “Laura” Thomas indicts a woman who’s never measured up, but tempers that vivisection with encouragement that it’s not too late; that’s a tricky balance that the music buoys with the sunniness of ‘60s pop. “Thank You,” in which Thomas tenderly arranges the pieces of a broken marriage, becomes a semi-classical lullabye. In “Callin’ My Name,” the song that gives the album its title, the band brings chiming, pulsing rock energy to dreamlike poetry, creating a hallucinatory anthem.
- The Rogers Review
"Glide is thrilled to premiere “Calling My Name” (below) from Molly Thomas & The Rare Birds, a poetically graceful track with a rumbling rock enigma that recalls Patti Smith and Heartless Bastards. Thomas comes across as cross pollinator or rock history, combining the highly charged confessional and big hearted singer-songwriter rock of the 70’s."
- Glide Magazine
"...She’s also a roots-pop singer-songwriter with a strong point-of-view and a way of expressing it that leaves the sharp edges on, often to exhilarating result. There are moments on her new album — Make Everything Bright, which she co-produced with Robert Plant drummer Marco Giovino — when she comes off like a southern Sam Phillips..." read more
~ Julie Hight - The Nashville Scene Critics Picks
"...As a writer, Thomas isn’t about dressing her messages up; she’s about carving down to the essence of the matter at hand...
...Thomas seems to approach writing more like a poet than a songwriter, and when she’s used enough words to get the point across, she’s done..." read more
~ Lawrence Specker - The Mobile Register
..."has carved her niche in the hyper-competitive Nashville, Tenn., music scene through talent, hard work and sheer determination..." read more
~ David Tisdale - The Hattiesburg American
“Molly Thomas is no little lady, bemoaning her trials and tribulations at the hands of the wrong kind of man. There's a streak of defiance a mile wide in her voice and, as a writer, she kicks where it hurts and with unerring accuracy.”
Michael Mee - The Hawick News/UKnetrhythms.com
"The album has a slightly gauzy sound, but it's not the production haze often used to cover up the limitations of weak vocalists. It's more the throwback resonance of projects like last year's Jack White-Loretta Lynn album."
Lawrence Specker - Mobile Register
"Thomas was most effective, raising her voice in hymn-like fashion to stun the audience into reverential silence as songs from her "Shoot the Sky" recording trippingly bounced around the interior walls of the historic building. A seemingly natural musician, Thomas, who began playing violin at age 6, can switch from piano to guitar to violin, writing and producing her compositions into a galvanizing form."
Bill Whiting - Honest Tune Magazine
What other artists & writers have to say about Molly...
"I've always prefered to listen to molly's records more than anybody else's in our little Nervous Wreck family.
They just have this witchy mysterious vibe to them that sounds so great when I'm cooking outside.
And with this batch of songs I really think molly has taken her art even further and opened her heart even wider.
You know it's not easy to be a woman in this town or my band.
Male songwriters think we know everything, I remember a particular night backstage listening to a male songwriter
giving Molly a bunch of advice he probably should've been asking her for.....
She listened politely of course, and then she went out and let her music do the talking. The guy had to follow her and it wasn't pretty.
with this album i feel like once again molly is proving that she lets her music do the talking.
Good luck following this one fellas." ~ Todd Snider
“Molly Thomas is unfiltered ‘south.’ She is the feel and the sound of the southern United States. In an America where food chains,
homogenized broadcasting and department stores oppress the uniqueness of any time and place, Molly manages to sound untouched
and singular in her expression. She's vulnerable and stubborn while she honors the themes of loneliness, literature and that ethereal
humidity that comes with the southern perspective.” ~ Matthew Ryan