The meat and potatoes of the Whoreshoes' musical mission is first and foremost to have a good time. Second, it's to deal sternly with anyone who dares call them contemporary country.
San Francisco Chronicle
The group deal in good-time music that comes with a wink and a knowing grin, and their repertoire takes in old-timey country, honky-tonk and a dash of bluegrass. …the consistent vibe is that of a high-spirited boozy singalong.
Maverick Magazine, UK
Famed Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard once said, "Country music is three chords and the truth." The Whoreshoes would agree. This energetic female quintet, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, scorns "contemporary country" and celebrates the roots of country music. Fresh from their European tour, their debut CD "Get Lucky" is getting rave reviews on country music websites and radio stations throughout Belgium, Holland and the Netherlands, and even America.
…the 'shoes habitually hit the stage with banjos blazing and not an ounce of pretension in sight. It's the music that matters, and high-quality multi-instrumentalism is common at these 'hos shows. Beehive hairdo? Check. Washboard? Check. What more do you need?
In just two years, The Whoreshoes have covered substantial territory. Highlights include: performing at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, climbing the peaks of the Sierras to the Sugarbowl Music Festival in Lake Tahoe, traveling to the balmy beach bars of Southern California and most recently touring Belgium and Holland; along the way, sharing stages with the popular Old Crow Medicine Show and the legendary Wanda Jackson. But it is their tireless "tours" of local bars and farmers' markets that helped shape their impressive new CD, entitled "Get Lucky." The new album of "whiskey-soaked sass-grass" (SPIN Magazine) is on the air in Europe and the United States. These hard-working women know how to make a big time, anywhere and everywhere.
This all-female quintet from San Francisco has a lot more than a marvelously clever band name going for them. As their second record, Get Lucky, proves, The Whoreshoes represent a kind of real country music for the 21st century, traditional in sound while novel in concept. These five women play fourteen instruments in numerous country styles with one mission — to twang you hard and well.
Camilla, Joni, Lala, Emily and Diana come from varied backgrounds of music, but their mutual love for the time-honored songs of American old-time music and early honky-tonk country brings them together. Multi-instrumentalism is a trademark of the band: banjo, fiddle, guitar, upright bass, lap steel, dobro, mandolin, ukulele, honky-tonk piano, accordion, washboard and even spoons are featured in their music. Added with their sweet harmonies, and infectious original tunes, The Whoreshoes evoke the best of a bygone era and bring that boot stomping, hollering spirit direct to you.
A truer Americana-folk sound would be hard to find. You can practically smell the washtub and taste the corncob pipe. Every song is a toe-tapper; every one makes you long for simpler days, a hound dog, a porch rocker and a fat jug of moonshine to blow along.
Alameda Music Scene
Following their tour, The Whoreshoes have left a legacy of mostly original catchy classic country tunes, to be found on radio stations throughout Belgium and The Netherlands. Tune in and hear their sweet sounds on "Alt.Country Cooking" Radio Winschoten, HIGHWAY 107, Country Special Radio Beverwijk, VLOK Radio, Country Style. Tunes and advance review on www.rootstime.be, Belgium.
If you're in the United States, tune in to Outlaw Country (Clear Channel Fargo, ND), KDHX (St. Louis, MO), KALX (Berkeley, CA), KDVX (Davis, CA), KALW (San Francisco, CA), KPFA (Berkeley, CA), KBOO (Portland, OR), WECS (Eastern CT State University), KCOF (Kona, Hawaii), CountryBear.com, and ramradio.net.
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Aug 2007 Santa Barbara Independent - pdf
July 2007 7x7 Magazine - pdf
July 2007 Pacific Sun - pdf
July 2007 SF Bay Guardian - pdf
July 2007 San Francisco Chronicle - pdf
Feb 2007 Maverick UK Magazine - album review - pdf
Jan 2007 The Music Scene - album review - pdf
November 23, 2006 San Francisco Chronicle - pdf
July 27, 2005 San Francisco Weekly article - pdf
June 2005 The Music Scene article - pdf
Santa Barbara Independent article - pdf
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Great American Music Hall
Bottom of the hill
Cafe du nord
Plough and Stars
Odeon b ar
Annie's social club
Balazo art gallery
The Arc Café
Hardly strictly b luegrass festival, S.F., CA 2007
S.F. Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, S.F., CA 2005, 2006, 2007
Bernal fiesta, S.F., CA 2007
Sugarbowl Music Festival, Lake Tahoe, CA 2006
SF Ferry Buidling, San Francisco Farmer's Market Harvest Festival 2005
KPIG, San Francisco, CA
KALX, Berkeley, CA
KUSF, San Francisco, CA
KWMR, Point Reyes, CA
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