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Mama Red & the Dark Blues Album Launch

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Mama Red & The Dark Blues are set to release their brand new album, The Wages of Sin, in early July at The Ellington Jazz Club.

The Wages of Sin will take listeners on a musical journey to Hades via Lost Love Canyon, Near Miss Alley and Shotgun Street – and bring them out feeling like they've ridden a thousand miles on a horse named Sorrow, but lived to tell the tale.

Described as 'Alt-Country-Pop with a hint of gospel', but messing with genres, gender stereotypes and refusing to be stylistically confined, the band's eclecticism and originality is part of their charm.

They hark right back to the earliest bawdy blues, sink into soulful R&B via the hallowed halls of country, grab a little gospel and then give a slightly ironic nod to modern pop – all within one hour and across one cleverly coherent album.

With significant musical collaboration from some of Perth's most creative instrumentalists, the album boasts some stellar compositions and works its way from a stripped back, emotionally raw a 'Capella sound, to the uplifting resonance of a fifteen strong choir of Perth's finest voices, directed by the incredible Libby Hammer.

Mama Red & the Dark Blues is the brainchild of Perth writer / performer partnership Harry Deluxe and Melanie Bainbridge. Not only partners in music, but also in life, these girls are set to take Perth, Australia and the music scene by storm.

Having played swing, jazz and rockabilly favourites for Perth and interstate audiences for over 20 years, lead vocalist Harry Deluxe is now transforming, developing, reinventing – bashing down the walls of the cover band box and bringing her original tunes and her authentic self to the stage.

Mama Red is not a character, but an alter-ego, a deeply buried part of Harry's soul who is now coming out to dance with the devil in her sexiest shoes.

With a lead vocalist who can simply blow the speakers, a posse of the State's most talented musicians and some seriously sexy harmonies – Mama Red & The Dark Blues deserve your undivided attention. And beware… if you don't give it, you may have it taken from you by force.

Mama Red and The Dark Blues album launch will be on Friday 1st July at The Ellington Jazz Club, 191 Beaufort Street in Perth.

Mama Red and The Dark Blues are: Harry Deluxe on lead vocals, Melanie Bainbridge - composer, lyricist and backing vocals, Al James – guitar, Gregory Brenton – drums and percussion, John Wilson – bass, Paul Gioia – piano / keys / organ and Therese Cruise – backing vocals.

Tickets available from The Ellington Jazz Club.
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When: Fri, Jul 1 at 7pm - 10pm
Where: The Ellington Jazz Club, 191 Beaufort Street in Perth
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