THE MAMMALS

subversive acoustic traditionalists

ALBUM PRESS
Allison Ravenscroft
allison@ravescroftpr.com
(mobile) 323.449.5030 (office) 323.938.3216

TOUR PRESS
Ovi Horta
ovihorta@gmail.com
551.486.0929

RADIO
Brad Paul
bradpaul56@gmail.com
617-413-7821

 "Sunshiner clearly qualifies as the band’s best effort yet and one which should reestablish them as a preeminent group in terms of today’s populist precepts." Lee Zimmerman, album review May 18 2018

"Sunshiner clearly qualifies as the band’s best effort yet and one which should reestablish them as a preeminent group in terms of today’s populist precepts." Lee Zimmerman, album review May 18 2018

 "Music has a practical role to play in helping us survive times such as these, whether by providing an escape route or a tool box for building a better way. Count  Sunshiner  among the latter." Album review by Kim Ruehl April 17, 2018   

"Music has a practical role to play in helping us survive times such as these, whether by providing an escape route or a tool box for building a better way. Count Sunshiner among the latter." Album review by Kim Ruehl April 17, 2018

 

 Interview and performance, April 2018

Interview and performance, April 2018

 "A perfect confluence of folk and rock" - FolkWords April 8, 2018

"A perfect confluence of folk and rock" - FolkWords April 8, 2018

 Photo by Tom Krueger

Photo by Tom Krueger

 NEW VIDEO: "When My Story Ends" "Ruth Ungar isn't afraid to dig deep into the soul and say out loud what most people choose to keep inside. This song gets me right from the opening line with the kind of words we all think about but don't much talk about. Ruthy sings with a gentleness and ease that invites you to sing along and maybe even say these things out loud yourself." - Caleb Klauder (Foghorn Stringband)

NEW VIDEO: "When My Story Ends" "Ruth Ungar isn't afraid to dig deep into the soul and say out loud what most people choose to keep inside. This song gets me right from the opening line with the kind of words we all think about but don't much talk about. Ruthy sings with a gentleness and ease that invites you to sing along and maybe even say these things out loud yourself." - Caleb Klauder (Foghorn Stringband)

 Chonogram Album Preview by Peter Aaron April 1, 2018

Chonogram Album Preview by Peter Aaron April 1, 2018

 "Lovin’ the new album from The Mammals. The title track sounds to me like this is what happens when you blend a Mazzy Star vibe with two-part harmony, and sprinkle in some cosmic country dripping with pedal steel magic." The Real Easy Ed, April 26, 2018

"Lovin’ the new album from The Mammals. The title track sounds to me like this is what happens when you blend a Mazzy Star vibe with two-part harmony, and sprinkle in some cosmic country dripping with pedal steel magic." The Real Easy Ed, April 26, 2018

VIDEO PREMIERE via BGS: Sunshiner. Mar 12 2018

March 28, 2018 Listen to Ruthy's interview with Laura Viers on the Midnight Lightning Podcast a series of conversations with musician mothers. (Other episodes include Roseanne Cash, Carol Kaye, Rhiannon Giddens and more!)


Quotes. 

"A perfect confluence of folk and rock." - FolkWordsUK

"The Mammals are better than ever." - Berkshire Eagle

Sunshiner is one of the very best releases this year. No doubt at all . . . a captivating collection, totally uplifting and enough warmth to get you through the coldest season – such is it's touching staying power.” - Listening Through the Lens

"'My Baby Drinks Water' is the best new folk song I've heard in years." - Unreal Bluegrass

"Music has a practical role to play in helping us survive times such as these, whether by providing an escape route or a tool box for building a better way. Count Sunshiner among the latter. For context, the Mammals have populated these songs with the moon and the stars, the water, the birds, and a path into the unknown. There’s a floating leaf from a maple tree, an ode on solar power and geothermal energy (the title track, of course). There’s the abundance of children, family, and friendships, graceful confrontations with mortality, and even the very human (mammalian?) desire to be alone for just a moment . . . Indeed, the Mammals are all heart, and Sunshiner seems to be packed with ideas about how love will yet win over darkness and fear. If there’s a moral to this story, it’s nowhere better stated than in the final line of the final song on the disc. Singing in unison, with instrumentation so relaxed it’s like the world’s gentlest wake-up call, the line comes out of the fog: “May we never say goodbye to all our big ideas.” " Kim Ruehl, Folk Alley

"The Mammals, one of the most compelling young groups on the roots music scene in the 2000s, have returned with a stellar new album, “Sunshiner". . .  a joyous salve for life’s vicissitudes, and a serious cause for celebration for roots music fans." - Rutland Herald

"The Mammals' newest tune, 'Culture War,' gets right to the heart of the fight for the American soul." - No Depression

“A string band at the core, The Mammals augment their sound with drums and electric guitar to create a collectively harmonized howl as thrilling and rocking as any band currently subverting folk traditions.” - No Depression

"While rooted in acoustic music and lefty politics, these anti-war rants and personal reveries are updated with harmonic polish and smart, melodic twists that could equally appeal to a fan of Fleetwood Mac or Bonnie Raitt."
Philadelphia Daily News  

"The Mammals aren't the first band to mix an indie-rock sensibility with bluegrass sounds, but they're gradually becoming one of the best." - No Depression

"Combining a modern pop sensibility with organic musical honesty, you hear everything from string sections to claw-hammer banjo. The band's ability to unite disparate forms to create fresh amalgamations makes them special among the young bands trying to create "World Music." Although the Mammals' style is musically inclusive, it still remains a personal and articulate edge." - Vintage Guitar

"The Mammals are the finest young bluegrass/old-timey band in the country, the country-branch house band for the new weird America. They perform total energy, off-kilter folk that more resembles the twisted quirk of the Holy Modal Rounders than the clean jeans or alter-ninnies currently clawhammering banjos.
Michael Simmons - LA Weekly

“Dear Mike + Ruthy, Your Hoot was one of the best song gatherings I've seen in all my 94 years. I hope next year I can be there for more than one day.” - Pete Seeger