Medicine Hat


Medicine Hat plays Lonesome Desert Rock, with an emphasis on melody and rich harmonies. Their fresh Americana sound is the perfect soundtrack for long drives down a lonely highway.

 

Sadie, the new single, is now available!  

Sadie is now available on all streaming platforms. Here’s what our producer, Fernando Perdomo, has to say about the recording of Sadie. 

“I saw Medicine Hat perform live before working with them in the studio. When I saw them, I saw a band with a perfectly crafted sound that was absolutely ready to go in the studio. Michelle and Robert have an incredible vocal blend. When recording "Sadie" I insisted on them singing together, facing eachother in the studio. What you are about to hear is an accurate representation of the essence of Medicine Hat.” 

~ Fernando Perdomo, Producer/Multi Instrumentalist, featured guitarist in the documentary, Echo In The Canyon.

Finally… Heading back to Austin! 

Medicine Hat is finally heading back to Austin, March 2022, with the band in tow.  They’re currently booking dates at some of their favorite venues as well as some new ones. Stay tuned for show dates! 

Fences ~ In Orange Vinyl! 

It's finally here and shipping! Fences ~ Is now available in limited edition Translucent Orange vinyl and can be purchased from the Website Store and at all live shows. 

Medicine Hat returns to Joshua Tree with a monthly, summer residency at Joshua Tree Saloon 

"Ventura's Medicine Hat is a "lonesome desert rock" duo with a surf-meets saloon vibe. Polly Parsons herself praised their latest album, 2019's Fences, as reminiscent of the music of her late father. Michelle and Robert have become a favorite both in Ventura County and at SXSW, and their hazy, wistful Americana with lush guitarwork and melodious harmonies will soon make them a fixture on the Joshua Tree scene." ~ Joshua Tree Saloon

Catch them the last Wednesday of the month, throughout this summer, July 28!

Behind the Song Pt. 8 ~ The Photos 

Socially Distant Storytellers Bonus Post!  
Shooting the cover was a blast! We often play a cool little spot called The Place in Ventucopa. We knew we wanted to shoot up that way when we decided on ‘Fences ‘ as the working title of the album. The scenery is gorgeous, it all had the right vibe we were striving for and to top it off, we got to have a delicious burger and a slice of Vicky’s homemade pie for lunch! Thanks for reading along. We hope you enjoy listening to Fences, as much as we did Writing and Recording it!
 

Fences, the album

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Behind The Song Pt. 7 ~ Lay It Down 

Welcome to the seventh post of our Socially Distant Storytellers Series! We recorded the entire record with Earle Mankey at his Psychedelic Shack in T.O. It was an honor and privilege to get to work with him once again! The recording was mastered by Guy Martin at Black Couch Studios, who is always a pro! The seventh and final cut off the record is Lay It Down. Take a listen and enjoy the story! We’d love to hear your feedback and answer any questions you have in the comments! Stay safe friends and enjoy your Saturday evening! 

Quotes and Reviews:
Medicine Hats new release invokes the wide open space of the American West with the high lonesome harmonies of Graham Parson’s and Emmy Lou Harris while still retaining their own distinct sound. ~ Annette Zilinskas, Blood on the Saddle, The Bangles

Lay It Down

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Lay it Down 

Pink telephone pay thing 

By the Motor Lodge the Inn 

There’s a room there without a view 

Crystalline sin 

Lay it down 

Lay it down 

On the table on the bed 

Lay it down 

Lay it down 

On the floor like she said 

Red walls, she sings 

Let’s out the lonely creeping in 

The perfect room without a view 

Seeking comfort can’t win 

It’s a way out place to be 

A place you can’t stay 

Serious price for tomorrow 

Not forever, just for today 

Lay it down 

Lay it down 

On the table on the bed 

Lay it down 

Lay it down 

On the floor like she said

Behind the Music: 

This is another track off the album that we’ve been playing for quite some time and just hadn’t recorded yet. An imagined scenario of what may go down at a local, Ventura motel named the Crystal Lodge. There is a painted pink telephone booth in the parking lot that stands out as you don’t see too many pay phones (especially pink ones) around these days! Really fun to write! We wanted to give it a Spaghetti Western sort of feel, with lots of reverb a la James Wilsey style and of course our signature harmonies! It was fun adding the clave to this one for the finishing touch! 

Geek Tech Notes: 

All guitars capo’d 1st Fret 

Epiphone EJ200 / Rhythm 

Fender Telecaster Thinline > MXR Carbon Copy > Strymon Flynt Reverb > 1956 Fender Vibrolux 

Guitars, Robert Ramirez 

Bass, Cary Von Gott 

Tambourine and Clave, Michelle Votrian

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