Seattle based country roots act The Joy Mills Band will release their new EP 'Coming Up' on March 9th. This is the fourth release by the band and they'll be supporting it with shows throughout 2017 including a visit to Europe planned for September. The title track highlights the impressive harmonies of Joy and bassist Tom Parker while Lucien LaMotte adds layers of sprightly guitar twang which all sounds good to me. More about Joy Mills and her band follows:
Coming Up continues the band’s well-grooved blend of roots, rock ‘n’ roll, and an urban country style filled with layers of pedal steel, organ and electric guitar set against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest. The EP, with four originals and one cover, share the band’s richly layered sound and melodic hooks that buoy Mills’ haunting and lilting vocals. Themes explore our connections with nature and each other in a world increasingly plugged-in and overstimulated. “Love, I'm hanging up my coat / been down that dusty road/ heaven's a seed / Sun, through the clouds well I don't know / nothing is as it is told / so what can be done.” And on the title track, there is a simple beauty and profundity in the chorus: "I love when the robin sings / sweet things through an open door / and how I've been waiting for / these songs in the dawn."
The band has won over fans in the northwest and throughout their tours both nationally and in Europe. 2017 will find them touring down the west coast in April, the midwest in July, and Europe in September / October (as a duo). The Joy Mills Band features Joy Mills on lead vocals and guitar with Tom Parker on bass and vocals, Lucien La Motte on electric guitar and pedal steel, Mike McDermott on drums, and Jack Quick on keys.
Seattle-based, they've received accolades from notable sources as The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, Maverick Magazine and Americana UK; toured nationally and in Europe; and shared performances with the likes of Todd Snider, The Avett Brothers, Eilen Jewell, Fred Eaglesmith, Zoe Muth, and the Wood Brothers.