Molly & the Heymakers
|Molly & the Heymakers|
|Also known as||Molly and the Danger Band, Molly Otis, Molly Stoddard, Molly Scheer, Molly & The Makers|
|Origin||Hayward, Wisconsin, USA|
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar, Drums|
Muskie Queen 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
Chad "C.J." Udeen
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
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.
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
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
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.
|Molly & the Heymakers||
|Live In Tokyo||
|B-Sides from the Milkhouse||
(as Molly & the Makers)
|Live at the Palomino
(as Molly & the Makers)
|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|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|