Mel Flannery Trucking Co.

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A few years back, when Melanie Flannery graduated from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music as a jazz performance major, the classically trained singer could have taken the easy road and accepted various offers to record and perform as a standards singer. Opting instead to take the more challenging but creatively fulfilling route of forming her own band, Mel Flannery Trucking Co., the multi-talented singer/songwriter and her brilliant all-male trio forged ahead with an organic, eclectic sound that has shaken the foundation of New York’s independent music scene. Appealing coolly to everyone from punk rock lovers to jazz aficionados and fans of sultry, envelope pushing pop/rock, the band fashions a tasty new hybrid Flannery dubs “avant-soul” on their upcoming third album As It Turns Out. Driven by her tear-your-heart-in-two ballads and her insightful, clever songwriting, Mel Flannery Trucking Company—which includes keyboardist and Flannery’s frequent co-writer Lee Pardini, bassist Matt Aronoff and drummer Danny Sher—has been a mainstay on the NYC scene since forming in 2003, playing hip venues like Joe’s Pub, The Cutting Room, The Bitter End, Cornelia Street Café and Rockwood Music Hall. Beyond their home base, they’ve performed in Nashville at The Rutledge and B.B. King’s and last year, the group headed west to play at Genghis Cohen in L.A. and several venues in the Bay Area. Flannery and Company are planning a Northeast tour for mid-March and will hit the Coast again with more shows in the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe region. They are a Sonicbid’s “I Am Sonicbids” artist and were a nominee for Best Song at the Just Plain Folks Awards in 2009.

 

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