THE HOT MAMAS
The Hot Mamas are an all-female singer-songwriter collective that is rapidly gaining interest
around the Shenandoah Valley. With instrumentation ranging from toy piano, clarinet, banjo,
accordion, ukulele, washboard, dueling kazoos to amazing harmonies, The Hot Mamas not only
entertain and know how to have a good time but they also captivate audiences with their depth.
Their writing styles range from jazzy to pop, from sea chanteys to murder ballads, soulful blues
to drinkin’-when-you’re-sad country tunes. The Hot Mamas are quirky, fun, profound and sincere and not to be missed!
As a lifelong professional performer, Mallory McKendry has sung on stages around the world. She returned to her Shenandoah Valley home after a twenty-year career as a military vocalist. Performing opera with Hawaii Opera Theatre, busking in New Orleans, and artists like The Bird Man of Rome, Ella Fitzgerald, and Janis Joplin influenced her jazzy songwriting style and powerhouse vocal sound. Playing jug bass, four-string banjo, foot percussion and kazoo, Mallory loves to add a dash of quirk and whimsy to even the most serious of subjects. Her exceptional up-beat tunes like “Sad Songs,” “Ride This Train,” and “Have a Good Time” are currently taking the Valley by storm. She has waited her entire life to be in an all-girl, original band and could not be happier to be part of The Hot Mamas.
Maria Leckey’s pop/folk inspired songwriting is firing up her home in the Shenandoah Valley. Drawing on the influences of Carole King, Taylor Swift, and Peter, Paul, and Mary, Maria’s songs of love and loss are enough to make any ex-lover run for the hills. A performer from a young
age, Maria started her musical escapades as a pickpocket in Lincoln Memorial University’s “Oliver!” at the age of 5. When she picked up the accordion, Maria began performing 80’s covers at The Little Grill Collective in Harrisonburg to a mix of awe and chagrin. Now with a Theatre and English degree in her pocket, Maria brings a special sparkle to the Hot Mamas with
her charming persona, poetic lyrics, and fabulous sense of fashion.
Casey Rolfe is a Hampton Roads sweet potato who plays the washboard, Irish bodhrán (pr.bod-d-r-rin if you’re Mallory), and the ukulele for The Hot Mamas. Her background in classical percussion, jazz theory, and arranging may single her out as a huge nerd, but it has become the
backbone of collaborative songwriting in this all-female mixed-genre project. Casey can transpose music into any key and works with all kinds of noisemakers. Her songwriting abilities continue to produce excellent indie and Appalachian tunes, the likes of which can bring a tear to the eyes of the toughest. Inspired by Death Cab for Cutie, John Prine, and Guy Clark, Casey
hones in on the raw and honest. Self-classified as the meanest member of The Hot Mamas, she is easily mollified with a piece of cheese.
Jess Young is an acoustic multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter from Harrisonburg, VA. She brings a background in theatre, poetry and short-story writing and publishing to The Hot Mamas. Her improvisational musicianship stems from symphonic and marching band clarinet, stealing her older brother’s guitar Christmas 2007, the inheritance of her late grandmother, Jackie Brantley’s, string instrument collection, and experiments with other local artists. Her inspiration
runs across the board, musically, but a few of her muses include Feist, Regina Spektor, Sierra Ferrell and Orville Peck. Jess has played in multiple bands in various contexts in the Shenandoah Valley, from ukulele duo Deb & Jess to the grunge rock Companion Cubes, cover bands, Rock Lotto (just ask), and other harmonious jaunts.
Hot Mamas Quartet of Staunton to Host Women’s Songwriting Contest at Court Square Theater
A new band on the scene locally may be called The Hot Mamas – but only one of the four songwriting women in the group is a mother.
A mom in real life, Mallory McKendry formed the music group in June with friend and collaborator Maria Leckey, of Staunton. Percussionist Casey Rolfe and Jess Young, both of Staunton joined soon after.
“She’s our only mom,” Young said, of McKendry. “The rest of us have like cats and stuff.”
The Hot Mamas are getting ready to record a debut album of original, Americana-style songs that highlight love, loss, friendship and women empowerment.
The Hot Mamas formed to play a last-minute three-hour show (First Show!) at Barren Ridge Vineyards, Fishersville, VA
Arts Council of the Valley Advancing the Arts Grant Recipient. The Hot Mamas won a grant that allowed them to record their first record!
Performed at the Fall Foliage Arts Festival before an audience of thousands of awesome folks.
NEW YEARS EVE,
Sold Out New Years Eve Show at Redbeard Brewing, Staunton, VA.
RECORD RECORDED LIVE,
Sold Out Live Recording Show at Clementine Cafe, Harrisonburg, VA.
FEMME SONGWRITING CONTEST
Hosted Sold Out Femme Singer-Songwriter Contest at Pale Fire, Harrisonburg, VA. Winner named: Julia Catherine!
Released First Album!! Show Featuring sets by Spectator Bird and Contest Winner Julia Catherine. Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg, VA.
REDWING ROOTS GUESTS
Performed "Bird On A Wire" and "Shame" with Corrie Lynn Green onstage at Redwing Roots Music Festival, Natural Chimneys, VA.
HAMPTON ROADS TOUR
Performed on WAVY TV 10 for Live Music Friday. Performed sold-out listening room show at award-winning venue Victorian Station--The Big Pink.
STEPPIN' OUT FEST
Headlined Friday Acoustic Stage for Steppin' Out Fest which had 30,000 attendants this year! Blacksburg, VA.
THE HOT MAMAS
Eric La Frenière
We went to see The Hot Mamas Friday night at The Blackburn Inn, and they rocked! Lots of goddess energy, excellent breakup songs and some saucy, suggestive language. All four voices solo-worthy. Last song was written by the entire band: was eminently danceable. Just delightful. We’ll go see them again!
Amy Marcella Labarge
FANTASTIC! We stumbled upon this band on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at our favorite
brewery and we knew we would travel 40 minutes to see them the next day, because we
LOVED THEIR MUSIC!
Recording Engineer at Singletrack Audio
“Objectively fun as sh*t!”