It’s a misnomer to say that the boys in Miss Lonely Hearts have their fingers on the pulse of the Nor Cal country music scene, rather, they’ve been its lifeblood since the release of their sophomore effort, “Crying Bottle Blues” in 2012. With their hard driving honkey tonk sound, MLH has packed bar rooms and dance halls all up and down the West Coast, and opened for nationally touring acts like The Devil Makes Three, Eileen Jewel, and Brothers Comatose.
Now the band is making a stab at the big time and recording their first studio album under the guidance of Lee Jeffries, the veteran Bay Area producer and legendary lap steel guitarist. Due for release in summer 2014, the record establishes frontman Wyatt Hessemyer as a writer worthy of naming George Jones and Townes Van Zandt among his influences. The infectious rhythms supplied by drummer Patrick O’Connor and bassist Mischa Gasch are complimented by an ensemble cast of lead players, including guitarist Sean Carscadden, fiddle player Josh Rabie (Water Tower Boys), and country hall of fame inductee Patti Maxine.