Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, and releasing six charting albums, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is striking out on her own! No stranger to solo performing, she has three solo CDs to draw from, each with award-winning songs. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie.
Abbie has been recognized as an award-winning songwriter, as well, with such accolades as 2008 Lennon Award Winner (folk) for “The Mind of a Soldier,” and 2008 American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize Lyric Winner for “I’d Rather Be.” Her song “Honey on My Grave” was also published in Sing Out! Magazine in 2008. She has taught at The Swannanoa Gathering, SummerSongs and Resosummit, as well as teaching private one-on-one sessions and one-day workshops. In 2016 she headlined the Virginia Arts Fringe Festival, Rhode Island Folk Festival and co-billed with Brooks Williams, Jesse Terry and Jim Henry. Her first songbook was published in December 2016 and she’s looking forward to recording a new solo CD in early 2017.
“With a confidence that can only be earned, Gardner bursts out with a national steel guitar and a ballsy blues on the opening cut ‘Break It Slow.’ It’s an unprecedented romp, full of gnarly guitar lines and lyrics reminiscent of Lucinda Williams or Bonnie Raitt.” – Eli Peterson, Twangville