Tue, 9 February 2010
Music supplied via IodaPromonet
Artist - Patricia Vonne
Track 1 - La Gitana de Triana
Track 2 - Rebel Bride
Track 3 - Fiesta Sangria
Vonne is able to assert her vibrant personality within a diversity of musical and thematic modes offering "something for everyone" thanks to a lifelong immersion within a universe of music. One of 10 offspring of a drummer father of Mexican descent and a singing and guitar playing Spanish mother, she grew up in a household where "music was always a part of our lives." Her mother would quell the brood and instill them with a harmonic sense by leading them in Spanish folk songs from an early age, while also treating them to afternoons at the cinema enjoying MGM and Broadway musicals.
By her early teens, Vonne was also enjoying musical input from the various sounds and styles found within her siblings' record collections. But it was artists with a particularly Texan mix such as Lone Star heroes Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Ely that captured her imagination. After attending her first concert by Chris Isaak sideman Johnny Reno and his Sax Maniacs, Vonne was captured by the allure of performing onstage. Then when one of her brothers brought home an album by Chicano new wave rockers The Cruzados, she discovered a modern style that reflected her identity. " They sang in English and Spanish, which made us proud of our heritage," she recalls.
Moving to New York City to pursue her creative ambitions, Vonne landed a gig singing and then also playing bass in Mick & The Maelstroms, a hard-working pop-rock band on the Big Apple club circuit. By 1996, she had the confidence in her abilities to start penning songs that reflected her own musical and cultural experiences, often collaborating with her then boyfriend and now husband, Robert LaRoche from the Virgin recording act The Sighs. Hooking up with lead guitarist Kirk Brewster, a Texas transplant from the legendary Dallas band The Werewolves, Vonne formed a band that could deliver her Lone Star style with New York City intensity.