Sep 20, 2012 08:37 AM WV Sound
Keeping a beat in the Mountain State
Ridin' Away with Sasha Colette & The Magnolias
Somewhere between Grace Potter and Bruce Springsteen, rock and roll, country, and soul come together in the sound of Sasha Colette & The Magnolias. This band has been stunning audiences from Huntington to Ohio, Kentucky to Nashville, with its killer songs and no holds barred attitude. Paste Magazine, a well-known source for what’s happening in the indie music scene, named Sasha Colette & The Magnolias as one of the 10 West Virginia Bands You Should Listen To Now. Even former Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant has taken note of these promising up-and-comers.
Sasha got her start in music at an early age, and began playing in coffee shops around her hometown of Olive Hill, Kentucky, when she was 16. About a year and a half ago, she started playing gigs with The Magnolias. The band established Huntington as a home base, a place Sasha says is buzzing with music. In January, the group produced its first EP, Ridin’ Away. And soon, the band will begin recording its first full-length album at Aaron Fisher’s Fishbowl Recording in Sissonville. Sasha says the band is getting a good groove going for this soulful album, set to debut in early 2013.
For now, she’s writing kick-ass music, because “if you have good songs, great things will happen,” Sasha says. Her witty, well-crafted songs are complemented by the talents of her band members: Jeremy Short, lead guitar; Chris Justice, bass; and Steve Barker, drums. For Sasha, it seems great things have already begun to happen. Lately, her music has been broadcast on radio stations from North Carolina to Cincinnati. This month, she and the band will play at the Blue Parrot in Charleston, the West Virginia Independent Music Festival in Logan, and the Huntington Music and Arts Fest in Ritter Park, to name a few. If you can’t see the Sasha Colette & The Magnolias live, their music can be heard online, at facebook.com/sashacoletteandthemagnolias or reverbnation.com/sashacolette.