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Rock and Roll duo, The Mad Tea Party, who is described by No Depression as “punkabilly” and as “digs up the bones of classic ‘60s garage rock” in heading to Atlanta this Saturday, April 9th!  They are joining a wild line-up for “Night Terrors” that includes Pinche Gringo, The Clap,  Mermaids, and more at the Star Bar.

Sarah Morgan did a wonderful writeup for the Atlanta Jam Band Examiner; read some of it here and follow the link for the full article:

The government may be shutting down but the music continues with Mad Tea Party at Star Bar. While their name may resemble the other tea party, this Asheville duo leaves politics at the door. Jason Krekel is too busy playing drums, guitar and singing simultaneously, and Ami Worthen’s hands are better served playing electric ukulele than making picket signs.

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Making the trek from North Carolina to Georgia is not something the band does often, however Krekel is hoping to play Atlanta more than their staple twice a year.

“We’re more like weekend warriors,” Krekel said discussing Mad Tea Party’s tour schedule. “We probably average two to three weekends a month and every now and then we do a weeklong tour. The game has changed a lot out there on the road for small bands. It’s just not quite as worth it to go out and beat the highway like I did when I was younger. There are a lot more bands touring and lot less people listening. The recession has hit.”

There infrequency in Atlanta makes the opportunity to see them on Saturday too much to pass up. Where else are you going to hear punk ukulele? Exactly.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.examiner.com/jam-bands-in-atlanta/mad-tea-party-at-star-bar-saturday

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…So the Mad Tea Party is just cranking out the fun new videos!

Not only is Jason Krekel in the Mad Tea Party and a one man band on the fiddle, vocals, guitar, foot percussion; but he also helps to run the HandCranked Letterpress.

Krekel is offering a special on Monster Prints on his Etsy site (www.krekprints.com). Here’s a video of them being made…

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NEW video by Asheville, NC band, The Mad Tea Party, “Hey Teabaggers, Leave Our Party Alone!”

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Ukuleles aren’t just for luaus anymore!!! The Mad Tea Party headlines Hub City Ukefest 9/24! Read more about it in this great interview with Matt Wake from the Greenville Metromix! Also find out more about their NEW Halloween EP, “ROCK-N-ROLL GHOUL” at this previous post.

In October, the band will release its “Rock ‘n’ Roll Ghoul” four-song Halloween EP via seven-inch vinyl and digital download. The set includes detours into doo-wop and psychedelia. (Credit: Jonathan Welch)

Ukuleles aren’t just for luaus anymore

Hub City Ukefest boasts three bands, instrument-maker

By Matt Wake, Metromix

The ukulele Ami Worthen plays in Asheville indie duo Mad Tea Party is hot-rodded, both visually and sonically.  Berkley, Calif., luthier Peter Hurney built Worthen a uke with a black-with-flames paintjob (a la ’50s dragster) and she plugs the axe into a guitar amp. And distortion pedal.

“I’m really into the ukulele as a rhythm instrument and the percussive sound of it,” Worthen, 29, says. “The way I play it is almost like a snare drum. That’s the thing I really dig about it: Its ability to provide an exciting groove.”
She first heard the ukulele on an old-time album from Brad Leftwich and Linda Higginbotham. Worthen took up the instrument about five years ago.

On Sept. 24 Mad Tea Party—which includes guitarist/drummer Jason Krekel and draws from influences including Bo Diddley—will headline the Hub City Ukefest. The show also features Greenville’s Lil’ Junior, who cover Ry Cooder and Velvet Underground tracks, and Spartanburg combo Snidely Sidewinder & The Unrepentant Uke Boys.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://greenville.metromix.com/music/article/ukuleles-aren-t-just/2192390/content

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Click the album art to get downloads and the vinyl~

Just in time for Halloween:
Mad Tea Party’s  ROCK N ROLL GHOUL

EP Release events:

Oct 2nd ~ The Pour House ~ Raleigh, NC
Oct 15th ~
Stella Blue (opening for Mark Sultan) ~ Asheville, NC
Oct 16th ~ The Double Door Inn~ Charlotte, NC

Asheville’s rock ‘n’ roll duo Mad Tea Party celebrate their favorite holiday again this year with ROCK N ROLL GHOUL, a follow-up to 2009’s ZOMBIE BOOGIE. With garage-rock icon Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound, Oblivions) at the production helm, this year’s monster offering promises to make you howl at the moon.

Mad Tea Party provides their usual palate of shimmering vocal harmonies over Jason Krekel’s one-man-band juke joint guitar/percussion and Ami Worthen’s electric ukulele. Of course, ROCK N ROLL GHOUL also includes some sonic surprises.

The EP offers up 4 spooky selections for your rockin’ Halloween party. “Possessed,” a 60s-tinged psychedelic number, features Worthen’s wicked vocals and a demonic guitar solo from Mr. Cartwright. The furious screamer “Rock ‘n’ Roll Ghoul” expounds upon the theme of flesh-eating music critics while drivin’ rocker “Dr. Phibes” is an ode to the popular Vincent Price villain. The duo close with the Hollywood Flames’ song “Frankenstein’s Den” with Cartwright on drum kit and Caroline Pond (Snake Oil Medicine Show) joining Worthen on doo-wop vocals.

ROCK N ROLL GHOUL is available as a 7” vinyl record and as digital downloads. The EC horror comics inspired art for the record was hand drawn by San Francisco artist Gus Cutty.


Start off the season with some new spooky songs!
If you pre-order the vinyl record before October 1, they will also give you a limited edition hand-carved Dr. Phibes poster by Mad Tea Party’s own Jason Krekel!

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Amelia's Mechanics

Amelia’s Mechanics is pleased to announce “An Evening with Amelia’s Mechanics” at the Jack of the Wood on Saturday, August 28th.

Amelia’s Mechanics is: Molly McGinn (vocals, acoustic guitar, lap steel), Molly Miller (vocals, electric guitar, ukulele), and Kasey Horton (viola)

Despite what the oil-and-iron name might suggest, the women of Amelia’s Mechanics swap that toughness for a more urban, sophisticated take on Americana music, using luxuriating harmonies and classical swells to temper their lyrical frustrations with love and life. The instrumentation and vocal harmonies of Amelia’s Mechanics result in a genre-busting sound best described as “vintage country with a moonshine concerto.”

The band released their debut album “North, South,” produced by Jim Avett (father, The Avett Brothers,) in February of 2010 to critical acclaim and embarked on an inaugural spring tour to the delight of audiences all across the southeastern United States. Amelia’s Mechanics is currently working on their second album (at Echo Mountain Studios) to be released Spring 2011.

LINKS TO THE MUSIC:
iTunes: http://bit.ly/bmP0aX
Show Details at a Glance:

Amelia’s Mechanics
Jack of the Wood
Saturday, August 28th, 2010

doors 7pm
95 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC‎ 28801
(828) 252-5445 ext 105
http://www.jackofthewood.com
www.ameliasmechanics.com

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Mad Tea Party ~ Ami Worthen & Jason Krekel

Kentucky run May 27-29, 2010

WFPK  Studio Session at 4pm on Thurs, May 27th , Louisville

Cosmic Charlie’s on Thurs, May 27th, Lexington

Kentucky Coffeetree Café on Fri, May 28th, Frankfort

Vernon Club:  Bobby Watson’s annual “Dance or Die” Party on Saturday, May 29th in Louisville opening for the Tim Krekel Orchestra. Jason Krekel will also be performing with the TKO.


Photo by Lydia See

Mad Tea Party brews up rock ‘n’ roll, garage-pop and honky tonk to create a fresh and intoxicating sound. “It’s B-52s meets Buddy Holly with a lot more thump.” Musical conspirators Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel serve up an exciting live show to music lovers thirsty for upbeat, original refreshment. Delicious harmonies glide over electrified ukulele, juke-joint guitar, scratchy fiddle and pulsing foot percussion. Catchy songs are steeped in raw rockabilly with shreds of doo wop and devilish blues. Drink deep – Mad Tea Party concocts a musical recipe that will make you boogie.

The Mad Tea Party “Invitation to the Blues” live @ Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC 2.27.2010

The Tim Krekel Orchestra: Led by the late & great Tim Krekel

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By Margaret Hair posted: Thursday, February 4, 2010 in The Steamboat Pilot

www.steamboatpilot.com

Lydia See/courtesy Jason Krekel and Ami Worthen, the musicians behind Mad Tea Party, are set to play a free show Feb 4th at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

Steamboat Springs — Holding her ukulele with intent to attack, Ami Worthen has barreled into rockabilly music with a wry sense of humor and lots of instrumental power.

As the leading voice of Asheville, N.C.-based duo Mad Tea Party, Worthen puts an amplified ukulele to work on songs that draw heavily on a variety of musical styles and cover topics from love to zombies. Her band — which also features multi-instrumentalist Jason Krekel on electric guitar, fiddle and drums — plays a free show at 9 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

When Mad Tea Party started playing about six years ago, the band was taking a more folk-oriented, early jazz direction, Worthen said. That kind of music fit her choice of ukulele as a main instrument, and it worked with her throwback-molded singing style.

There still are traces of those early influences in what Mad Tea Party does today, but the band evolves with its tastes in music.

“There are so many different kinds of music, so we have a lot of different incarnations as far as what genres we’ve focused on over the years,” Worthen said.

As classically danceable rock ’n’ roll from the 1950s and ’60s worked its way into Worthen and Krekel’s record rotations, those jangling rhythms also worked their way into Mad Tea Party’s musical mind.

“I play a really driving rhythm that’s almost like a snare drum or a Jerry Lee Lewis keyboard rhythm. … So I’m keeping the train going along rhythmically but also adding a chordal element to it,” Worthen said. “It fills in a space in the music that really helps it all gel.”

Krekel added a bass drum, marching snare and hi-hat cymbal to his stage setup, and Worthen applied her ukulele strumming to the newfound surf-rock sound.

“Through our desire to rock out more, we just figured out what we could do to make a fuller sound, and people are really surprised when they come see us — they can’t believe there are only two of us,” Worthen said.

After finishing a two-week tour of Colorado, Mad Tea Party plans to do a run of shows with fellow North Carolina-based, honky-tonk-influenced showmen Southern Culture on the Skids. Worthen said the two bands share an approach to making music.

“If somebody knows about them and their show, there’s a similarity to what we’re doing with our live show — just kind of fun and irreverent and rockin’,” she said.

If you go

What: Mad Tea Party

When: 9 p.m. Thursday Feb 4th

Where: Ghost Ranch Saloon, 56 Seventh St.

Cost: Free

Call: 879-9898

Online: Learn more about the band at www.themadteaparty.com.

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Well, looks like the annual avalanche of x-mas “cheer” is upon us once again.

For those of you struggling not to be swept away by it, retro rock duo Mad Tea (aka Mad Tea Party) is throwing out a rope. Namely, Jason Krekel and Ami Worthen are giving away two rockin’ songs dedicated to the grinch in each of us. A little seasonal angst that you can dance to.

Just go to www.themadteaparty.bandcamp.com to download “Oh Sh*t it’s Christmastime” and “It’s Cold Outside” for your holiday playlist.

You can also hear these songs live at the Mad Tea’s upcoming shows opening for Southern Culture on the Skids – Friday, December 4th at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC and Saturday, December 5th at the Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill.

— Ami Mad Tea (aka Mad Tea Party)

www.themadtea.com

www.ukulelerockstar.com

Happy Holidays from Mad Tea

credits:
released 27 November 2009
Mad Tea
Jason Krekel – guitar, drums, vocals
Ami Worthen – ukulele, vocals

Engineered by Doug Williams
Mastered by Seva

Cover art by Jake Hollifield

Just go to www.themadteaparty.bandcamp.com to download “Oh Sh*t it’s Christmastime” and “It’s Cold Outside” for your holiday playlist.

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By Jon Busdeker

The Huntsville Times

blog.al.com

November 05, 2009, 9:14AM
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Mad Tea Party, featuring ukulele-player Ami Worthen, will play the Flying Monkey Arts Center tonight

HUNTSVILLE, AL — In the 1950s, when hillbilly music mixed with rock ‘n’ roll, the world got rockabilly. Now, Mad Tea Party has taken rockabilly one step further, merging it with – what else? – the ukulele.

The result: raw and rockin’ uke-abilly.

“It’s such a fun instrument,” said ukulele player Ami Worthen.

But Worthen doesn’t play a boring, ol’ brown ukulele like Tiny Tim did. Hers is custom-made by a company in California, and it looks like a hot-rod car.

“It’s pretty badass,” Worthen said.

Mad Tea Party – made up of Worthen and guitarist /drummer Jason Krekel – will be at the Flying Monkey Arts Center tonight. The show starts at 8. Tickets are $5.

Worthen and Krekel, who both live in Asheville, N.C., met through mutual friends. The two clicked and formed Mad Tea Party.

“Becoming a musician was like jumping into a rabbit hole,” said Worthen about the “Alice in Wonderland” reference.

Since 2004, the duo’s been touring and releasing CDs and records, including “Big Top, Soda Pop” and “Found a Reason.” At tonight’s show, the band will play several tracks from its most recent EP, “Zombie Boogie.” The release features songs such as “Cemetery Stomp,” “You Spooked Me” and “Zombie Boogie.”

Aren’t vampires all the rage now? Why zombies?

“We like the campiness of it,” Worthen said. “It’s just spooky and fun.”

“Zombie Boogie” is available for digital download and on 7-inch vinyl. If you buy the vinyl edition, you receive a download card unleashing a surprise bonus track.

Worthen didn’t want to ruin the surprise, but here’s a hint: Steve Miller and magic.

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