SLOFolks Presents: Blame Sally

June 8th–8th 06:00 Castoro Cellars

Event Description

If you sense a slight incon­gruity in the title of Blame Sally’s Speed­ing Tick­et and a Valen­tine, rest assured that it’s as pur­pose­ful as the life it describes is ran­dom. The album lifts its name from a line in the bridge of the hard- charg­ing lead­off sin­gle, Liv­ing With­out You,” which describes a day, or maybe entire existence,that’s sweet and sour at the same

time/mink and a porcupine/speeding tick­et and a valen­tine.” Clear­ly, this is a band that knows its oxymorons.

The four women who make up the Bay area- based group have some expe­ri­ence with improb­a­ble com­plex­i­ties and con­tra­dic­tions. Almost every­thing about their his­to­ry is con­trary to con­ven­tion­al wis­dom. For one thing, they put their indi­vid­ual careers aside to start Blame Sal­ly when they were in their late 30s and 40s — the age at which bands are tra­di­tion­al­ly sup­posed to break up and begin solo careers. For anoth­er, this is obvi­ous­ly an all-woman band — girl groups”
usu­al­ly being the nov­el province of youth­ful upstarts, not mature singer/songwriters. Split­ting the front­per­son sta­tus among each of the four mem­bers goes against the agreed-upon max­im (agreed upon by every­one but the Bea­t­les, any­way) that every group needs a sin­gle strong focal point. And didn’t they get the memo that women, in par­tic­u­lar women in show biz, are sup­posed to be pack­ing it in at this point, not mak­ing fresh introductions?

Actu­al­ly, they did get that memo and prompt­ly tossed it into the prover­bial cir­cu­lar file. We’ve real­ized that some of the things that might have been con­sid­ered lia­bil­i­ties were actu­al­ly assets,” says vocalist/pianist Mon­i­ca Pasqual, and that in truth, the very thing you might be think­ing you should hide or isn’t going to help you is some­thing that peo­ple are excit­ed
about.”

One of the things I real­ly enjoy about being in this band is how inspired our audi­ences are by us,” agrees vocalist/guitarist
Renee Har­court. There’s a real open­ness and lov­ing­ness between the band mem­bers, and a lot of joy, and I think peo­ple get that when they watch us play. In addi­tion to that, I think peo­ple find what we’re doing very inspi­ra­tional, because it’s a time in your life when you’re think­ing, Am I doing what I real­ly love to do?’ You start ques­tion­ing your career choic­es around that time, along with a lot of things in your life. And we’ve been for­tu­nate enough to be able to defy the odds and do what we love. Peo­ple enjoy see­ing that.”