HPMA Showcase Spotlight: The Grievous Angels, "Harmony. Humor. Hell of a Good Time."
In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and ticket information at HPMusicAwards.com, and watch Twitter (@hprocksoff) every day until the showcase for your chance to win tickets.
To which member are we speaking? What are you nominated for?
Photos courtesy of the Grievous Angels
You are speaking to Lainey, unofficial press secretary of The Grievous Angels. As a band we are nominated for Best Local Recording (Grievous Angels) and Best Folk/Americana. Within the band, Libby Koch was nominated for Best Songwriter and Local Musician of the Year, and I was nominated for Best Female Vocalist.
Side props also go to Jack Saunders, who produced our record, for a Best Producer Nom and Rankin Peters, who plays bass with us, for Best Bass Player -- even though we don't take credit for their nominations.
Please list all of your regular band members and what instruments they play.
The Grievous Angels are Libby Koch (guitar and mandolin); Debbie Forrest (guitar); Lainey Balagia (piano, but not onstage). I'm still trying to figure out how to use the stomp box in 4-inch heels. I'm finding that there is at least a 4-inch learning curve.
Who is your single biggest musical influence and why?
We have always been inspired by strong female singer-songwriters. All three of our very distinct writing styles have been shaped by the women who came before us.
It's impossible to pick one for the group, so I'm gonna have to go with the miracle love-child of Patty Griffin, Dolly Parton and Heart. (You've got three really different girls in this band.)
What recordings (if any) do you have readily available?
We just released our debut, self-titled record on July 16. It is available locally at Cactus Records, as well as on our Web site, iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. Additionally, we all have solo albums available on iTunes.