Molly & the Heymakers

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Molly & the Heymakers
Also known as Molly and the Danger Band, Molly Otis, Molly Stoddard, Molly Scheer, Molly & The Makers
Origin Hayward, Wisconsin, USA
Genres Country,
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Drums
Years active 1987-1995
Labels Reprise
Muskie Queen Records
Media Records
Associated acts Molly & the Danger Band, Molly & The Makers, Freedy Johnston, Molly Otis Band, Molly Scheer, Molly Stoddard, Molly O
Website Molly and the Danger Band featuring Molly Scheer Otis Stoddard
Members Martha "Molly" Scheer Otis Stoddard, Sean Okamoto, Kevin Kiss, Randy Wydra
Past members Andy Dee
Jeff Nelson
Joe Lindzius
Chad "C.J." Udeen
Tom Draughon

Molly & the Heymakers was an American country music group formed in 1987. The band consisted of Martha "Molly" Scheer (lead vocals, fiddle, mandolin, rhythm guitar), Andy Dee (lead guitar), Jeff Nelson (bass guitar), Joe Lindzius (drums) and Chad "C.J." Udeen (steel guitar). Their highest charting single, "Chasin' Something Called Love," peaked at No. 50 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1991; it was included on their self-titled debut album, issued in 1992 on Reprise Records. Molly's current touring group is called Molly and the Danger Band and features no original members from Molly & the Heymakers, due to lineup changes.

Transition to new sound[edit]

In 1998, Molly Scheer and Andy Dee, along with Rick Berger (bass guitar) and Scott Tate (drums), released an album of harder-edged material under the moniker known as "Molly & The Makers." The music on this album featured a mixture of styles including Alt.country, Cowpunk, Country, folk rock, Rock and Roll, Alternative rock, rock, power pop, punk rock, Garage punk, indie rock and indie pop. The album received mixed reviews around the world, partly due to its heavier sound, which alienated some fans of traditional country music. Scheer noted in the liner notes that the effort was a "departure from our 'Heymaker' style;" the music was less country than previous releases.

Current projects[edit]

Molly performs in the U.S. and throughout Europe both as a solo artist with her active group Molly and the Danger Band. She performs as a solo artist under several different names, including Molly Otis, Molly O and Molly Stoddard (she no longer uses the "Scheer" name).

Molly opens The Pavilion in Hayward, Wisconsin[edit]

In 2000, Molly opened an eclectic club/restaurant/retail store/guest inn called The Pavilion in Hayward, Wisconsin. The Pavilion includes a state-of-the-art live music venue, an art marketplace, a lavish hotel and a restaurant featuring fine wines and beers. When she is not touring, Molly performs concerts at the Pavilion, showcasing sets of solo material and songs from her careers with Molly & The Heymakers, Molly & The Makers and Molly and the Danger Band. Tourists travel from around the world to stay at The Pavilion guest inn, meet Molly and hear her music performances.

Molly vs. City of Hayward Court Case[edit]

In 2012, Molly won $400,000 in compensatory damages from a legal case involving the City of Hayward Council members who passed what was later determined to be an unconstitutional music ordinance. Molly sought compensatory damages in her claim to seek justice for lost business income, stigma, loss of reputation and emotional distress resulting from the actions of the corrupt city council members.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details
Molly & the Heymakers
Live In Tokyo
  • Release date: 1993
  • Label: Grieving Rhinoceros Records
B-Sides from the Milkhouse
  • Release date: 1993
  • Label: Muskie Queen Records
Big Things
  • Release date: 1995
  • Label: Muskie Queen Records
Lucky Flame
(as Molly & the Makers)
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: Media Records
Live at the Palomino
(as Molly & the Makers)
  • Release date: 2005
  • Label: Unknown Bootleg

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country CAN Country
1990 "Chasin' Something Called Love" 50 38 Molly & the Heymakers
1991 "He Comes Around" 59 51
1992 "Mountain of Love" 79
"Jimmy McCarthy's Truck" 69 86
"Swinging Doors"[1]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. August 29, 1992. 

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