After a few years of waiting for a windfall that never came, Amanda decided to do something drastic. With the help of Sean Archer, she launched a campaign asking fans, friends and family for donations to produce her first record. Miraculously, with the help of family, good friends, total strangers and one totally anonymous benefactor, enough funds were raised within two days to fund the entire project. The universe seemed to be saying YES! Absolutely, YES! Now, here we are. The debut 11-track album, “When Darkness Glows” is here, with ten original songs penned by Crumley and a beautiful cover of Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns.” Songs of heartbreak are paired with the theme of finding light inside of the darkness itself; not ‘redemption’ necessarily, but even better: finding reward in the journey.
Produced by Crumley, with help from renowned pedal steel player Greg Leisz (Brian Blade, Shawn Colvin), local Chicago giants John Rice and Brian Wilke, the music shimmers. With a new line-up of musicians including Rob Clearfield on piano and accordion (Information Superhighway, District 97), Jim Tashjian on guitars (Treehouse, District 97), and Jess Birch on drums (BRONZE), the music has truly come into its own.
Mandy and the Bandits perform regularly in Chicago venues such as Martyrs’, the Abbey, Uncommon Ground, Katerina’s, Lizard’s Liquid Lounge, the Custer Arts Fair in Evanston and countless other clubs and festivals throughout the Chicago area. In November 2008, Mandy & the Bandits opened for Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain at the Chicago Bluegrass Legends music series, to wide acclaim.
In 2009, they were voted into the Top Ten Bands in the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues contest to open for Bela Fleck where they garnered many new fans and a great deal of exposure. Their original song, “The River Bend” recently received an Honorable Mention in the Billboard International Songwriting Contest.
Edited by acrumley on 11 May 2011, 04:32
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