Low Society, led by Mandy Lemons, is blazing new trails on the stomping grounds of blues and Americana music. Texas Blues, Memphis Rock ‘N Soul and a healthy dose of New York attitude help define the sound and spirit of their latest album, You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down, on Icehouse Records. It’s a diverse collection of original songs that inject new life into, while remaining firmly rooted in, the traditional music that they live and breathe. Among the albums guest appearances are two of Memphis’ best known musicians, B.B. King and Lionel Hampton alumni Dr Herman Green on the saxophone and Lucero’s Rick Steff on keys and accordion. The album was recorded at the historic Memphis landmark, American Recording Studio, and mastered by Stax legend, Larry Nix.
Low Society is the brainchild of blues belter Mandy Lemons, and her partner in crime, guitarist and producer Sturgis Nikides, former guitarist for John Cale (The Velvet Underground). The pair has codified their shared love of Texas and Delta Blues, soul music and rock ‘n roll into their own subconscious language. Mandy sings the blues with an emotionally charged powerhouse voice that mixes original southern fried soul and northern attitude. Woven together with Sturgis Nikides blistering slide guitar they blaze their way through a veritable map of the South. Holding down the rock solid rhythm section are Memphis native sons, Mike “Drummerlife” Munn and Nick Dodson on the bass guitar.
“Their music is abundant in the sounds of the past, present, and future of American blues, but it specifically encapsulates the shimmering heat of the Deep South. I have an essential primal need to ingest their dirty, electric, Southern blues. Simply listening becomes a truly spiritual experience.” Averill F. Conway/Confidently Awesome
“…these hipsters have taken southern country blues and super-charged it to a white-hot intensity”.
Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine