“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”
Self-styled as a soul-folk band with an eclectic bluegrass edge, Abby and the Myth has been leaving thrilled fans and admiring critics in their wake since their dynamic stage presence and ecstatically original sound first started shaking up venues across Los Angeles in 2015.
At the band’s heart is singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Abby Posner, a Colorado native who got her start in Los Angeles playing lauded venues from the House of Blues to Whiskey a Go Go with the alternative rock band Fearmia. All the while, Posner felt her songwriting shifting to a more organic, acoustic roots sound, and in 2011 she began to pursue her solo projects full-time.
That same year, she met fellow keyboardist Cara Batema when they crossed paths as music teachers. It was serendipity—Posner had been wanting an accordian player to round out her new sound, and Batema was eager to pick it up. After working with an evolution of band mates, and multiple collaborators, Abby and The Myth had come together with Elissa Linowes on upright bass, David Cela on drums, Cara Batema on accordion, and Posner playing banjo/mandolin/guitar as well as constructing the arrangements for the ensemble.
On the momentum of Posner’s nuanced lyrics and stick-in-your-head melodies, Abby and The Myth has already been making waves and earning critical praise for their live performances and recording projects. Their performance highlights have included opening for artists like folk icon Phranc, showcasing at the 2015 Folk Revival Festival, and being invited to perform live on LA’s KPFK Radio multiple times. They’ve secured coveted, high profile residencies including a monthly slot at Hollywood’s legendary Hotel Café and as the reigning house band for the award-winning live show “Don’t Tell My Mother.”
In 2015, they released the EP Ghostsand Frames, and 2017 saw the release of their debut album When You Dig a Well. Rave reviews followed,and the original song “Delicate Parade” from the album was placed on Freeform’s hit show “The Fosters.”
Abby and The Myth has also toured several times as a duo, playing well-known house concerts up and down the West Coast and radio shows including KBOO in Portland. They also appeared on Lake Tahoe TV and headlined at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tahoe.
The band’s fans and reviewers have likened them to contemporary folk-inflected artists like the Lumineers, the Decemberists, and Laura Veirs, with a freshness and energy all their own. They signed with KCRW DJ Gary Calamar’s music licensing company Laurel Canon in 2017, and with their second, highly-anticipated album in the works, are ready to reach and captivate even more listeners.
Abby and The Myth bring a lively contribution to the folk/americana genre with their insightful lyrics and catchy melodies. There is a brilliant contemporary freshness to their work. -Chris Wilson KPFK Radio, Los Angeles