Sassy Molasses is one of the many bands donating their time this weekend for One More Girl on a Stage Festival benefitting The American Cancer Society’s, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. I had the fortunate honor to speak to Moriah and Moose of the band prior to the festivities this weekend.
Give us some background on Sassy Molasses...
Moriah: Sassy occurred out of my desire for more honesty in my writing. My passion really lies in my lyrics and a melody. After a few tweaks in personnel, we've ended up back in a version of our original Nerdy Power-Folk Trio line-up.
What does it mean to you to be a part of such an important festival as One More Girl on a Stage?
Moriah: We are always passionate about supporting a worthy cause. I spend a good deal of time trying to be an advocate for my fellow "Aspies" (a nickname for people with Aspergers Syndrome). I'm trying to live what I care about, and always, at least, speak out when I do feel passionately for something. The thing about Breast Cancer is; it's something yourself, and everyone you know, has been affected by, in some way.
Also, when such wonderful people & venues are involved, there is no hesitation from me to be involved. Kelly Thomas is like a mentor to me, she has always believed in me. That....is truly invaluable.
Moose: I am honored to be a part of this festival. Breast cancer is something near and dear to my heart. My Great Aunt Jane passed away from it when I was about 19, and it effected me pretty harshly because she was so young, and it was totally unexpected. So to be a part of this I feel truly honored.
For those who have not seen Sassy Molasses live, what can they expect?
Moriah: We try to perform with honesty, foremost. That is the most valuable quality I admire in a musician, or any person, for that matter. You can also expect all original tunes and, what people tell me, are "Big" vocals (from yours truly) with some help on vocals by Chelsea Myers, solid (nothin' flashy) Bass lines by our own "Whispering Beardo", Moose Gronholm, and creative, precise beats by Revenge Piñata's Michael J. Hamilton.
Moose: For those that have not seen us they can expect just a rockin' good time. They can expect Moriah's vocals to floor them along with her ability to shred her mandolin and guitar. Our drummer kills it, and I am truly blessed to be a part of this with the two of them. We simply like to have fun and when we are up there that's what we try to do. We try to bring you into our practice space where we get a little weird, in a good way, and just have fun.
What is next for Sassy Molasses?
Moriah: Next: Business-wise, we are about to get busy. We are finally recording The 5 Stages as an LP with Cincinnati's Soap-Floats Recording. I'll also be working like mad on my Autism benefit set for this spring on April 4 @ SGHR. Musically, the road ahead lies in a more vivid exploration of my Gospel & Blues roots, and, perhaps, a horn section....