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.

 

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

Behind The Song Pt. 6 ~ Song For A Friend 

Welcome to the sixth 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 sixth track off the record is Song For A Friend. 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 Friday evening! 

Quotes and Reviews:
“New tracks are just on repeat for me over and over! ‘Song for a Friend’ so earthy and melodic....I really look forward to seeing this music live for sure.” ~Polly Parsons, Daughter of Gram Parsons




Song For A Friend

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Song For A Friend 

I’ll be around 

If you wanna hang out 

I’ll be around 

If you’re down and out 

I’ve done a lot 

So many things 

Things that I forgot 

At least that’s how it seems 

I’ll be around 

If you wanna hang out 

I’ll be around 

If you’re down and out 

I sang this song 

Had nothin better to do 

So I move along 

I still think about you 

When the sun goes down 

Who’s on your side 

When the swell rolls in 

When the tide gets high 

I’ll be around 

If you wanna hang out 

I’ll be around 

If you’re down and out 

I’ll be around 

I’ll be around 

I’ll be around 

I’ll be around


Behind the Music: 

This is a brand new song and was the last one recorded for the session. The basic riff came about as we were rehearsing with the band one night. It sounded really cool and Robert just free-styled some lyrics to help it along. I grabbed my phone to record it so we wouldn’t forget it, as happens so often with a jam session. We knew this one was really good! The verses further developed when Robert was on a week long backpacking trip in the Sierras last summer. They were inspired by the loss of our friend, Neal Casal, and when he returned, we ironed out the verses, wrote the chorus, bridge and spent a few sessions working out ideas for the solos. I had been practicing vocals on the piano when Robert came in and loved the sound of the keys.    Two days later we took it to Earle’s! We hadn’t even performed it live yet, but we knew we had to be include it on this record! Especially poignant during this time when we all need to be there for one another!


 

Geek Tech Notes: 

Epiphone EJ200 / Rhythm 

Fender Telecaster Thinline > 1953 Tweed Fender Deluxe / Rhythm 

Fender Telecaster Thinline >  1965 Fender Blackface Reverb Deluxe > J. Rocket Designs Archer Overdrive > Keeley Kantana Clean Boost > Keeley MS30 Double Tracker > Strymon Flynt Reverb / Lead 

Guitars, Robert Ramirez 

Bass, Cary Von Gott 

Piano and Tambourine, Michelle Votrian

Behind The Song Pt. 5 ~ Changes In The Weather 

Welcome to the fifth 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 fifth track off the record is Changes in the Weather. 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 Thursday evening!

Quote and Reviews:
“The Newest musical  endeavor from the Ventura duo Medicine Hat has just enough twang, fiddle and great finger picking to qualify as a bonafide Americana album. Robert and Michelle have found their groove with this new record. A favorite is ‘Changes in the Weather’ with vocals that harken back to 60’s Laurel Canyon.” ~Polly Hoganson, Ones To Watch Presents

CHANGES IN THE WEATHER

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CHANGES IN THE WEATHER 

Got some things I wanna say to you 

There’s some things that I wanted to do 

I can’t help myself 

I keep falling down 

Got some things I wanna say to you 

There’s some things I’ve been going through 

How can I run to you 

Without my feet on the ground 

How can I run to you 

Without my feet on the ground 

It’s been a long, long time 

Been a long, long time 

It’s been a long, long time 

There’s been changes in the weather 

Change is in the weather 

Yeah, there’s been changes in the weather 

Got some things I wanna say to you 

There’s some things that I wanted to do 

I can’t help myself 

I keep falling down 

Got some things I wanna say to you 

There’s some things I’ve been going through

 

Behind the music: 

We wrote this song about 3 or so years ago out at the beach (like so many others). We were camping and Robert jumped up like he was on fire and ran to the trailer for his guitar. “I had to strum it before it left my head” he said. He came out playing the beginning of the song. It was one that came quick and the ideas flowed naturally. When we needed a second part I remembered something I’d jumped out of the shower to record before I forgot it, sometime before and had never finished, but loved. The two seemed to fit together beautifully! Two sparks that made a fire! We’ve been playing it out as a duo and a full band for quite awhile now. So it continues to develop both as an acoustic/singer songwriter and electric/full band song. Super fun both ways and one of my all time favorites for sure! 

 

Guitar Geek Tech Notes: 

All guitars capo’d 1st Fret 

Epiphone EJ200 / Rhythm 

Fender Telecaster Thinline 69 reissue > 1956 Fender Vibrolux / Rhythm and Lead 

Fender Telecaster Thinline 69 reissue > LovePedal Karl Fuzz > 1956 Fender Vibrolux / addition Lead 

Guitars, Robert Ramirez 

Violin, Hekar Rivera 

Bass, Cary Von Gott

 

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