Since forming in 2016, Dirty Mae have made a name for their striking, cabaret-inspired performances and rare blend of New Orleans blues and soulful folk traditions. Founding members Curtis and Fireman spent years writing music together for projects ranging from bluegrass to hard rock before joining forces with Robbie Frost. They released their self-titled EP in the Summer of 2018 and are currently on tour in support of their debut album, 'Holy Mama' – out September 13.
When Dirty Mae began writing 'Holy Mama,' members Cassie Fireman, Ben Curtis, and Robbie Frost were in search of a new direction after their 2018 EP. “When we started creating this album, we had no idea where we were headed or what would show up along the way,” Fireman explains. “As we discovered more about ourselves, a unique sound evolved and took on a life of its own. In a lot of ways, this a coming of age album that captures our experiences of love, loss and who we became for one another on the journey.”
In March, Dirty Mae released the album’s first single, “Big Red,” alongside a video that featured a feminist reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood. The band also launched the first annual Big Red Fest, an all-female benefit show that presented a diverse array of music, comedy, poetry, and dance performances at the Bowery Poetry Club. All the proceeds from the show were donated to local charities supporting survivors of domestic violence and sex trafficking.
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