“Abby & the Myth are the kind of band that music fans always hope to stumble upon at a bar, but seldom ever do. With a presence big enough to fill an arena, it is hopefully just a matter of time before they get there”
If one was asking the question: What if a makeup free Ruby Rose was the leader of a modern folk band like The Lumineers? The answer is – they would be Abby and the Myth. Tall gorgeous lesbian Buddhist and multi-instrumentalist Abby Posner is releasing her third album, as Abby and the Myth, the twelve song When You Dig a Well, largely recorded on 8-track tape, February 10, 2017, with a release event at 7pm on February 11 at LA’s neo-folk headquarters Hotel Café. Legendary Sapphic folk singer Phranc will be open the show.
Born in the mountains of Evergreen, Colorado, Abby Posner began studying music and performance at age six. A gifted pint sized pianist, she quickly picked up guitar, drums, bass, banjo, and mandolin, and continues to master new instruments throughout her career. Posner moved to Los Angeles in 2002 to advance her musical training at California Institute of the Arts, where she concentrated on both world percussion and composition for songwriting.
Upon moving to LA, Abby began performing live with a number of bands, establishing a name for herself as a multi-talented artist. Abby writes for several prominent music licensing companies, including Ear Parade and Frameworks, through which her songs are regularly picked up for commercials and films. She has scored two feature length documentaries, and her original song “The King and She” debuted in Old Fashioned, a feature film in wide release last year. Abby played banjo and guitar in two episodes “Glee,” and has two compositions in rotation on the wildly popular radio show “This American Life.”
Posner started working on her solo project in February of 2011. She released her first album The Gatherer and The Thief, and shortly after released a follow-up album titled For You, The Spring. Along with her second album, Abby released “The Fall Sessions,” a three-song bonus EP featuring Abby playing every instrument, which she recorded and produced herself in her home studio.
In 2013 Abby slowly began fleshing out her live shows, integrating accordion, banjo, upright bass, drums, and using a looping pedal, for rich instrumentation that showcases her sensitivity as an arranger. The band, composed of musicians Abby met through various musical projects around LA, coalesced and became The Myth. Together, Abby and The Myth have created a unique, infectiously catchy indie bluegrass rock sound that’s garnering major attention. Abby and the Myth released a well-received EP Ghosts and Frames last year.
Since Abby started playing live with The Myth, a buzz has rapidly stirred up the Los Angeles music scene. They are regularly invited to play at venues around the city and have secured several highly coveted, high profile residencies including a monthly slot at the legendary Hollywood songwriter hangout, Hotel Café and they are the house band for “Don’t Tell My Mother” a popular live event featuring celebrities and top comedians sharing true stories they’d NEVER want their moms to know.
The band recently filmed three live in-studio videos, directed by Chris Russo and shot at Earls Music Productions. Abby and The Myth were profiled in a glowing review that appeared in the live section of Music Connection Magazine.
Fans compare Abby and The Myth to Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and Of Monsters and Men. Their catchy harmonies, feel-agood rhythms and sing-along choruses make for a lively, kinetic show that invariably has audiences up on their feet and dancing. Cara Batema, on accordion, adds tasty melodic ornamentation and winsome drones to thicken the chorus breakdowns, Donovan Bullen plays energetic upright bass lines with heart-tugging harmonies, and David Celia’s nuanced and virtuosic drumming adds a range of styles and flavors to the mix. As an ensemble, Abby and The Myth is going to take the nation by storm.
Abby Posner brings a lively contribution to the folk/americana genre with her insightful lyrics and catchy melodies. There is a brilliant contemporary freshness to her work. -Chris Wilson KPFK Radio, Los Angeles