Band Name: The Patti Fiasco
Album Name: Small Town Lights
Music Style: Indie Country
Jet-fueled by powerhouse front woman Alysia Kraft and flavored by the electric dobro stylings of 2007 Rocky Grass dobro champ, Ansel Foxley, The Patti Fiasco arrives with their own fiercely unique brand of Americana on sophomore album, Small Town Lights. Always riding the edge of emotional extreme, the band delivers a brash yet fiercely soulful brand of rock and roll with a heavy dose of rockabilly, blues, and ballad.
Seeing potential and greener pastures in the burgeoning music scene to their North, the band of Wyoming natives moved to Fort Collins, CO, where they recorded and independently released full-length album (The Patti Fiasco) in 2011.
The album was named to 5 local “best of” lists, and single “Nobody’s Girl” received more spins on Colorado radio than any other song in
2011. Gaining fast regional acclaim and an enthusiastic fanbase for the energy of their live show, the band began touring throughout TX, NM, UT, MT, OK, ID, LA– landing coveted opening slots and the region’s biggest stages.
The band shows they’re at the top of their game with the release of Small Town Lights. With fiercely original songwriting, versatile instrumentation, and hooks around every turn, the ten cuts on the disc show that The Patti Fiasco is equally at home with rock, country, and americana. Not to mention blending the three.
Kraft explains, “This band has an incredible capacity to capture a tone, setting and mood to match the lyrics in every song.” With songs that span a retro-soul confession from an Elvis-obsessed housewife, a distorted Southern-Gothic diatribe chronicling the early days of American oil, and a floor rattling nod to the1969 race riots that rocked Detroit (just to name a few), the album resonates with freshness, urgency and energy.
The title track, “Small Town Lights,” reels you in with a nostalgic and spacious guitar melody and then launches into a driving rhythm. Layering and building as it progresses, Small Town Lights swells with each anthemic chorus but never stops barreling forward. Sealed with a dramatic crescendo at its conclusion, the song is inspiring throughout.
“Small Town Lights is about the first taste of freedom—the moment where you leave behind what you know and launch into the unknown with your heart beating in your throat. It’s exhilaration and emancipation in the form of a fast car and a fearless love. It’s a feeling we’ve all experienced once in our lives… and a feeling we all crave when life gets tough or mundane.” Kraft, who grew up rebellious in small town Wyoming, says the track draws heavily upon personal experience.
The Patti Fiasco has opened for the likes of Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, The Black Lillies, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Justin Townes Earle, Great American Taxi, Cracker, Greensky Bluegrass, The Futurebirds, Born in the Flood, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, HoneyHoney, and Grammy-nominated Cajun band Feufollet.
“Small Town Lights,” has garnered multiple accolades, including
Wyoming Public Radio’s Best Regional Album award, FoCoMA’s Best Album
award, and high positioning on the Colorado charts. It finished in the
top 10 most-played Colorado records of 2013.
Taking some time during the winter of 2014 to record their upcoming release, “Saved By Rock and Roll,” the band will be touring full time again as of Spring 2015.
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