Spencer Albee – Vocalist, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, producer
Natalie Mishell – Vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, co-producer
Palomino Motel, the new double lead vocal, soulful and slightly psychedelic Americana country-rock band from Portland, ME, is a collaboration between Natalie Mishell and Spencer Albee. Bouncing between Spencer’s home studio and working with producer/engineer Jonathan Wyman, Palomino Motel has been busy finishing their debut album, slated for release in 2023. The first single “Make This Easy” is now streaming and their second single “Hold My Feet To The Fire is set to drop on September 30, 2022.
Spencer Albee is a Portland based musician and producer who has made records with David Bowie, Tony Visconti (T. Rex, Bowie), David Leonard (Prince, Toto) and Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon 5), Amy Allen and The Ghost of Paul Revere. As of Jan 2022, he has released over 20 studio records and has signed recording and publishing contracts with Arista, Tommy Boy, A&M, EMI and Zomba. He has toured extensively sharing stages with artists including De La Soul, OAR, The Wonderstuff, Joan Jett, OK Go, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Steel Pulse, Dr. Dog, 311, and Butch Walker, among many others.
Natalie Mishell was born and raised in sunny southern California. For most of her younger years, she worked in film, TV, and commercials before moving from Los Angeles to New York to pursue her music career. In 2010, she released the EP, “In My Shoes” (produced by Rich Pagano), followed by an East coast solo tour and the 2011 single, “Sunshine”. Natalie released her first full-length record,”Goodnight Stranger” (produced by J.P Bowersock, The Strokes, Ryan Adams) and toured nationally as Natalie Mishell & Company. In 2019 she appeared at the Ladybug Festival (the largest all female festival in the country) took a European tour, and released her second full length record “The Box” gaining significant buzz with over a million streams on Spotify. She now resides in Portland, Maine.
American soul/blues band Dwight + Nicole has been touring the Eastern U.S. since 2017. They have been steadily on the rise ever since – nominated for nine Boston Music Awards, eleven Daysie Awards, and ten New England Music Awards, winning “Band of the Year”, “Vocalist of the Year”, “Best Blues/R&B Band”, Best Blues Act, “Female Vocalist of the Year”, “Blues Act of the Year” and “Video of the Year”. They have opened up for their idols including Mavis Staples, who exclaimed “Dwight + Nicole are my favorite new band!” as well as Melissa Etheridge who said “Dwight + Nicole are absolutely the real deal… They are carrying the torch”
Nelson and Ritcher met in Boston, Massachusetts when they were just out of school, both cutting their teeth on the local club circuit. They each fronted popular bands in the area, and discovered a shared obsession of soul & blues greats like the Staples Singers, Albert King, Lighting Hopkins, Jimmy Witherspoon, Roberta Flack & Etta James. They began singing together often, and developed a close friendship that grew over time. Eventually, forming Dwight + Nicole, which was in the early days, a duo group; Dwight on electric guitar, and Nicole on tambourine stomping their feet and singing in harmony. They began to tour regionally- writing together and developing their sound. After a move to Burlington VT, they met powerhouse drummer Ezra Oklan (Nicole Atkins, Elle King) and the group quickly formed a trio with Nelson picking up the bass.
Their 2018 EP, Electric Lights, was recorded live to analog tape with multi-Grammy nominated producer Joel Hamilton (Aaron Neville, Tom Waitts, The Meters, The Black Keys) at Studio G in Brooklyn, NY. Hamilton undoubtedly captured their sound and live energy. He also brought out their experimental side on Electric Lights. The EP introduced the band to a new wave of fans as well as opportunities including their first major label distribution deal through Orchard / Sony Music. The year wrapped up with another Independent Music Award nomination, and the Electric Lights EP landing on several ‘Best of the Year’ lists.
They were back in the studio with Hamilton, writing and recording during the global shutdowns. The time off the road brought them to new territory as songwriters. Their second EP “Further” was released at the end of 2021. Here’s what American Songwriter Magazine had to say: “What’s so great about “Further” is its sense of immediacy… there’s something about Ritcher and Nicole Nelson’s vocal performances that makes it feel so raw, so urgent” The Burlington Free Press proclaimed it “One of the best EPs to ever come out of the Green Mountain State”.
In May of 2022, Dwight + Nicole finished recording their first full length album with Hamilton in Norway at Ocean Sounds studio. The first single off the new album, a horn-driven powerhouse called “Lift”, was released digitally on July 29th. The song landed in the top ten on the “Retro Soul” Spotify editorial playlist and was streamed over 50,000 times in its first 3 weeks.
“A retro soul band, contemporary blues act, roots rock duo and r&b dynamo all at once, Dwight + Nicole have found that (producer) Joel Hamilton can capture their spirit on tape… and that can be heard on new single “The Next Go-Round. Written by singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Nicole Nelson and based on a simple, hypnotic keyboard line she came up with, “The Next Go-Round” works nicely as a calling card for Dwight + Nicole’s sound. It resembles a gospel tune written a century ago and would also fit nicely on Brittany Howard’s experimental pop album.”
-Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald
“Notes of R&B and hip-hop with a smoothness that feels like cruising through the city on a summer night. The band layers on funky elements on guitar and organ, culminating in a mix of vocal harmonies and rich instrumentals that leave you feeling enchanted.”
“Give “Wait” a spin and, for at least three minutes and fifty seconds, all will be right with the world”
-Dan Bolles, Seven Days
“On their breezy third album [Queendom of Nothing], Rebecca, Rachael, and Kat Wolff — actual sisters, raised just outside the city — live comfily at the crossroads of Americana, roots, and ’60s rock ‘n’ roll, where The Band might meet Brandi Carlile and take her out for a beer.” — The Boston Globe, 2019
The Wolff Sisters Band’s latest album, Queendom of Nothing, picks up right where they left off with their sophomore album, Cahoon Hollow, serving up the right amount of grit, moodiness, and wild rock n’ roll to reflect on the summer’s slow burnout and what comes next. Both albums were recorded at Dirt Floor Studio in Chester, CT, and produced by Eric Michael Lichter.
The Wolff Sisters is fronted by three sisters — Rebecca on acoustic guitar, Kat on the keys, Rachael on electric guitar, and all three on lead vocals and harmonies. Raised on Bob Dylan, The Band, and Little Feat, the sisters crafted their sound around a honky tonk piano in the living room of their childhood home. With a talented cast of rotating drummers and bass players, The Wolff Sisters are a rag tag group of hardworking individuals that bring a big sound and timeless songs. Their music is honest and genre defying, but still rooted in traditional rock and americana storytelling.
Boston Music Award winner for Americana Artist of the Year 2020 and Folk Artist of the Year nominee both 2018 and 2019, the band’s electrifying live performance and unique sound continues to gain momentum and recognition from their hometown of Boston and beyond. Queendom of Nothing landed a spot on The Boston Globe’s top 15 albums for Fall following its release in October 2019, while their previous album Cahoon Hollow was nominated for New England Music Award’s Album of The Year 2018. The Wolff Sisters continue to work tirelessly at honing their sound and touring the U.S while paying homage to their roots in New England.