Though 2014 marks the release of her debut solo record, Molly O has been a familiar name to music fans since the 1980s.
Molly O’s talents on many instruments – most notably violin, mandolin and guitar – shone through at an early age, and it wasn’t long before Molly rose to prominence for her soulful lyrics and songwriting chops.
After making her name fronting Molly & The Heymakers (Warner Reprise, 1987—1997), Molly opened her own venue, The Pavilion, in 2007. The Hayward, Wisconsin, wine bar featured live music and an outdoor courtyard that entertained patrons from near and far. She poured her soul into the venue, only to find herself in legal trouble when the city adopted and enforced an outdoor music ordinance against her in 2007.
To add insult to injury, in 2010 the city denied her request for a permit to play music outside after 10 p.m. at The Pavilion. Molly O then decided she’d had enough, so she challenged the city’s music ordinance and actions in federal court.
After a nearly three-year court battle, Molly O’s belief that music is a protected form of speech under the First Amendment was fully vindicated. Though the battle was difficult, it left her creatively energized and ready to write and record new music.
Molly O and her original Heymakers bandmate, Andy Dee, worked together to write, record and produce her first solo record, “Justified”, in 2014. Molly O’s new songs reflect her love of Irish-inflected Americana –and her vibrant and creative spirit.
A founding member of Warner Reprise recording artists Molly & The Heymakers, Andy lives in the Minneapolis metro area, where he’s an in-demand multi-instrumentalist, session musician, writer, producer and band member.
Andy currently records and performs with some of the Midwest’s finest, including Kevin Bowe, Corey Carlson, The Blue Canvas Orchestra, Robby Vee and more. Andy has recorded with The Proclaimers, Soul Asylum, Jonny Lang, Erik Koskinen, G.B. Leighton and, of course, Molly & The Heymakers.
As a writer, Andy’s commercial credits include TV, radio and Internet spots for BMW, Cadillac, United Airlines, Chipotle, Target and many more. Andy has had hundreds of music placements on cable TV networks such as Discovery, VH1, E!, Showtime and more, and programs such as “Duck Dynasty,” “Jersey Shore” and “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”
Andy’s grab bag of stringed instruments includes electric, acoustic, slide, 12-string, baritone and bass guitars, dobro, Weissenborn, pedal steel, ukulele and more. He can also usually come up with something on harmonica, melodica, accordion, Hammond organ and percussion.