Imagine if Johnny Cash, Bob Marley and Joan of Arc were one woman. Now, imagine that woman gathering a band of eclectic musicians on a crusade to expand the bounds of Country music. The Evangenitals, founded by playwright/director Juli Crockett and opera, jazz & gospel singer Lisa Dee are an alt-country/Americana love revolution made flesh for your listening pleasure. On a quixotic crusade in the key of life hell-bent on breaking hearts open, they are a genre-bending, ever-creating force of nature.
The Evangenitals boast one of the most eclectic resumes in the indie music world. As live performers, they’ve built a fiercely loyal following through a thousand shows at clubs, coffee houses and festivals throughout the world (including Scotland’s prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Their shows are notable for music that can be bawdy and rollicking in one moment, and, in the next, sufficiently mysterious and haunting to make the rowdiest of beer brawlers pause, turn toward the stage and listen.
The group’s current lineup consists of principal writer/vocalist Juli Crockett, gospel/jazz singer Lisa Dee (Selah Gospel Choir), bassist Joey Maramba (John Cale), Andrea Baker (The Moth Mainstage) on fiddle, keyboardist Michael Feldman (Cousin Junebug), Cody Farwell (Goodnight Cody) on guitar/lap steel, Danny Graziani (DoSomething) on viola and harmonica, and dual drummer/percussionists Rob Shaffer (Ninja Academy) and Nick Stone (Pixarmonic Orchestra). Mandolinist Daniel Mark (Dustbowl Revival) and accordionist Odious Ari DeSano also make occasional appearances.
Combining pioneer lineage with a love of performing arts, the Evangenitals take listeners on a journey of passion and creative freedom, embracing all of life as source material.
Ranging from truck-stop lullabies to Klezmer-punk-jazz, ballads & barn-burners to hillbilly stomp, citing influences from the new-wave intelligentsia of the Talking Heads to the archetypal fire of Johnny Cash, all welded together with the mutant masterminds of Ween: The jukebox at the Mad Hatters tea party is the Evangenitals.