Secret Emchy Society - Mark's Yard Media Kit
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Queer Country Firebrands, Secret Emchy Society, Release “Mark’s Yard: The Campfire Covers” Capturing Lively Sing-a-longs and Jam Sessions and Offering a Peek into the Hidden World of Musicians After Hours.
OAKLAND, CA – Cindy Emch (leader of Secret Emchy Society) invites us in on those private, late night, loose and lively song swaps that musicians cherish and audiences rarely get to see.
“Since I started playing music in bands my favorite part of the night has always been the post-show music jam. When the wine or bourbon comes out and people just start sharing the songs that mean the most to them at that moment. The best part is just all of these musicians, chosen family, coming together and rowdily, joyfully singing together. It’s our church. It’s our sacred time. When we’re the most real, the most raw, and the most authentically ourselves. I wanted to capture that for the Mark’s Yard album and bring the listener into that rare and magical time. To encourage them to sing-along…to enjoy…to cut loose..to just have a little bit of fun.”
The 12 tracks are a mix of songwriter friends’ catchy originals, reimagined versions of tunes from Cindy’s own back catalogue, queered-up takes on conservative country stars’ hits, and a Tom Waits cover – cause what’s a late night jam session without a feel-good/feel sad Tom Waits tune, right?!
Mark’s Yard: The Campfire Covers features songs by Carolyn Mark, Hank Williams, Jr, Tom Waits, Mack Allen Smith, Tolan McNeil and more!
Album is available now in Digital and CD Formats on Bandcamp, iTunes and Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer, Spotify, Pandora, and Amazon Music.
The Huffington Post anointed “First Lady of Queer Country,” Cindy Emch, plays foot stompin' heart breakin' Americana music about good friends and hard times with her band The Secret Emchy Society. SES is an international mix of musicians ready to leap into action and back-up traveling troubadour, Cindy, whenever she hits town. Recorded in Oakland, CA and Victoria, BC, this marks the first long distance collaboration between her California and Canadian SES Bands.
Rhythm Guitar/Vocals – Cindy Emch
Upright Bass/Harmonica – Hans Wino
Washboard/Percussion – Michele Kappel
Lap Steel/Mandolin – Mya Byrne
Lead Guitar – Nick Foley
Electric Bass – Deleina Mae
Backing Vocals – Carolyn Mark, Terri Upton, J McLaughlin, Dave Lang, Grayson Walker, Michele Kappel, Mya Byrne, Deleine Mae, Nick Foley, Kathryn Popham, And Eddi Wilson.
Listen to Mark’s Yard: https://emchy.bandcamp.com/album/marks-yard-2
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What people are saying:
"It’s authentic. It’s original sounding. It’s timeless. It’s fun. It also feels like it goes back to the roots of folk and country music.” - Rock The Pigeon
"...a strangely perfect cover..." - Dave Lang, Songwriter (Monkeys in the Zoo)
"How do you get a live album to sound like a bunch of drunk friends singing happily around a campfire? Well if you're Cindy Emch, you gather your bandmates and friends around a campfire with drinks and acoustic instruments and just record the whole rowdy hootenanny. What go wrong? Bears. Bears could go wrong. Especially if you feed them whiskey. Don't feed the bears whiskey. Too late. A group of singer-songwriter friends strummin' and singing around a campfire surrounded by drunken bears. They survived, miraculously, and we get to enjoy this unique album as a result. " - Eric Din, Lead Singer of The Uptones
"Wanna feel like you have a gang of friends in the house? Buy this album!! The songs are covers of Cindy Emch's friends' songs, some from a few famous people, and some from her old bands. I have it on now...feels like there is a little party going on in the living room. It's officially my Christmas music for 2018!!" - Gina Villalobos, Songwriter