Romi Mayes & the Temporarily Employed: The 1
'This is the sort of sound you'd want to hear pouring out of roadhouses as you drive up expecting to get drunk and maybe fall in love.' (Americana UK Magazine) Romi Mayes' sound is also the sort that folks just can't get seem to get enough of. Quoted as being one of the hardest working independent musicians in Canada, in the past two years alone, she has toured well over 400 dates to acclaimed festivals, packed theatres, dance halls, bars, pubs, cafes, and living rooms across North America. Her last two Americana/roots enriched albums 'Living Room Sessions' (2005) and latest 'Sweet Somethin' Steady' (Gurf Morlix, 2006) have been nominated for various prestigious music awards. Both of Mayes' albums have charted on radio stations worldwide landing on a plethora of 'Best of' top year picks. Mayes has no plans of slowing down. With her award winning 'Sweet Somethin Steady' attracting mass international media attention and her fan base rapidly increasing, Mayes is earning her place at the heavyweight songwriter's table with the likes of Mary Gauthier, Lucinda Williams, and Gillian Welch. Raised in the concentrated and extraordinarily talented music community of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Mayes' writing and performing has been nurtured since she was a young teen. 'When I was 15 I got up on stage and played a couple of tunes. The room was silent. They cheered for what seemed like hours when I was done. I went home and knew that's what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.' Now, at age 32, Romi Mayes has shared the stage with the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Iris Dement, Gurf Morlix, Bo Ramsey, Pieta Brown, Hayes Carll, Jim Cuddy, Lynn Miles, Barney Bentall, Corb Lund, Martha Wainwright, Fred Eaglesmith, Ray Condo, Camper Van Beethoven, and many more. With her unique mix of bourbon infused country, blues, and bluegrass, Romi Mayes' engaging live show will make you miss your mouth when sippin' your beer. Her sexy, sincere vocals have made grown men cry, her solid bad-ass guitar playing has had folks up out of their chairs, and her honest, edgy songwriting is putting her on route to becoming the Joan Jett of country.