EXCITING NEWS! Mamma Coal's album Dance Hall Crush has broken into the Top 50 on the national Americana Music Association's Radio Albums Chart. Will post at 45 on February 28!
Based in Tucson, Arizona between the Rincon and Catalina mountain ranges, Mamma Coal is a hard-gigging, regional presence in the Americana and Country scenes, sharing stages with notables like Lainey Wilson and Kaitlin Butts. She writes songs with her sunburst, Guild guitar in hand or by singing ideas into her phone while driving from show to show. When she's not playing, she's busy raising two children, ages six and nine.
Mamma Coal developed her sound while playing Arizona's western night clubs and barn dances. The songs on DANCE HALL CRUSH were kindled by both a need to get folks on the dance floor and a desire to connect with their hearts. Mamma Coal and her band have captured a diverse collection of sounds ranging from rock-tinged power-ballad to tender waltz to TUX-MEX Tejano-Country fusion. Speaking on the shifts in modern country, she recently told KPIG's Jamie Coffis, "Country music is working people's music and they have the right to make it work for them."
Mamma Coal is one of those artists that national publications and playlists too often overlook, while her well-crafted music carries with it a national and international appeal for anyone with a love of country music in their hearts.
Get To Know Mamma Coal - Listen to her interview on KXCI-FM
Saving Country Music's Kyle “Trigger” Coroneos gave Dance Hall Crush 8.1/10, a high rating for a no-holds-barred music critic. He writes:
This is where her soulful and smoky voice really stand out via a confident delivery, helping to sell the ideas behind her well-written songs that explore eternal truths that may expose themselves on dance floors, but resonate throughout life.
Dance Call Crush is also well-produced, rising to the challenge the quality songwriting presents. Whatever a song calls for, it gets, from the banjo coming in at the end of “Dance Hall Crush” to really set it off, to the harmonica on “Ghost Town Get Down.”
Pop Matters' Jonathan Frahm had this to say on the new record:
Her warm, expressive vocal delivery, matched with a fine mix of bass, drums, fiddle, and pedal steel, recalls the best red dirt, outlaw country, and Southern soul in a contemporary package.
Dance Hall Crush features a who’s-who of top brass Tucson musicians, including multi-instrumentalist Alvin Blaine, bassist Thøger Lund, drummer Arthur Vint, and fiddler Nick Coventry (The Black Market Trust, Tucsonics).
Billboard Argentina reviewed Mamma Coal's bilingual song featuring Laura Denisse y Los Brillantes:
For Everything Bad, Mezcal is a unique sound experience that transports us to a place where passion, nostalgia and the flavor of mezcal intertwine in an extraordinary way.
…a piece that demonstrates the indisputable talent of Mamma Coal and Laura Denisse as performers. Their collaboration on this song is a testimony of talent and a tribute, both to Mexican music and to one of its main products. The song carries with it a reflection on life, where the message is to live and enjoy.