Toronto, Ontario -- Blending elements of folk, bluegrass, Americana and swing, coupled with exquisite three-part vocal harmonies, the Toronto-based Good Lovelies have already won over the hearts and minds of their countrymen (and women). Now, with the release of their new CD, Let The Rain Fall, (distributed by Six Shooter Records/ADA) and upcoming tour dates, they plan to follow suit in the U.S. The Good Lovelies are Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore, who combine their love for these rootsy musical styles with an inherent wit and a pinch of sassiness to create a sound that has been delighting crowds in the Great White North ever since they joined forces in 2006
Although the band members differ in their remembrance of just how they got together - Sue remembers meeting her band mates during a limbo competition; Caroline thinks they met at a chess tournament; and Kerri is convinced they first crossed paths during a bar fight - one thing is certain: ever since these three got together to start harmonizing, something very special has happened. Touring the Canadian provinces from coast-to-coast, the good Lovelies developed into an immediate smash with audiences in their homeland, and are now spreading the love with tours to Australia, the U.K. and the U.S.
Light-hearted songwriting and irresistibly buoyant dispositions have made them the darlings of the summer festival circuit, including spots at the storied Mariposa and Hillside Festivals and the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival. Along with their textbook three-part harmonies, constant instrument swapping and witty on-stage banter, the Good Lovelies have enlivened the folk music landscape wherever they played.
Let The Rain Fall, their third full-length album, is an ode to camaraderie. With equal parts city and country, highway and home, wistfulness and sass, the Good Lovelies’ good humor and self-assurance shines through the toe-tapping, Western Swing-influenced opening track, “Made for Rain,” to the sweet final notes in the French-flecked “Mrs. T.” In between are reflections on urban imperfections with “Backyard,” straight-up love songs like “Best I Know” and upbeat songs like “Kiss Me in the Kitchen,” with its bluegrass spunkiness.
In addition to Let The Rain Fall, the Good Lovelies have released a delightful holiday album, Under the Mistletoe (2009), which showcased old and new seasonal tunes, including three original songs. The Good Lovelies’ self-titled full-length album, also released in 2009, went on to garner the band New Emerging Artist honors at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. In 2010, that same CD received the Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy) for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year.