Molly Sue Gonzalez & the Mean, Mean Men
Nashville-based singer-songwriter Molly Sue Gonzalez is the perfect blend of Patsy Cline, Wanda Jackson, and Aretha Franklin. With power and sincerity, Gonzalez bridges the gap between three separate music genres--Rockabilly, Traditional Country, and Soul. She sings with the same feminist confidence and authority as the three female pioneering icons who represent each genre: Wanda Jackson, Patsy Cline, and Aretha Franklin.
For Gonzalez, singing has always felt natural. "I was always standing on the coffee table," recalls Gonzalez, "with a hair brush or pledge can, putting on a show for the 'masses,' which usually was my mother and my aunt. So it just made sense to do it for real." In her hometown of Hammondsville, Ohio Gonzalez sang anywhere and everywhere she could. As a young teen, she quickly became a big fish in the small pond of Hammondsville where she was offered opening slots for many nationally touring artists who came through town, most notably Ronnie Milsap, Air Supply, Randy Travis, and KC & The Sunshine Band.
In 2008, Gonzalez made the transition to Nashville, TN where literally upon arrival as a fresh-faced 21 year old, she began singing in "lower" Broadway's famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. It was there that Gonzalez cut her teeth as a professional singer entertaining tourists from all over the world. It was also there that she developed her signature sound. Influences like Wanda Jackson and Patsy Cline are evident in her vocal style but when asked directly, Gonzalez admits to having a wide palette of influences covering a range of styles such as Bob Seger, Anne Murray, Hank Williams Sr., Aretha Franklin, Stevie Nicks, and Lucinda Williams, to name a few.
Since teaming up with her backing band The Mean, Mean Men (led by bassist Vincent Wynne) in January 2012, Gonzalez has been tearing up the Nashville rockabilly scene.