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Buddy Magazine- Tom Geddie

“IF YOU AIN’T THE WOMAN he's lying to then you’re the woman he’s lying about,” claims Miss Marcy on the Deep Ellum collection of mostly rowdy songs for mostly bar audiences.And, she sings with her TexasSugardaddy’s -- that’s the way she punctuates sugar daddies -- “I see you watchin’ me like a one-eyed alleycat . . . there’s no turning back, but I want you . . . I knew when I met you ,you’d be my next regret.”Miss Marcy --Marcy Rodsky, she of the literature degree from the University of North Texas, she of a handful of 2013 blues honors from the Dallas Observer -- shares original songs that sound like old songs from the “glory days” of Deep Ellum, when parts of it really were deep, songsinfluenced by early 20th century iconsincluding Bessie Smith and BigMama Thornton, songs that wouldn’t make it on the radio back then. Or,depending on the station and the particular song, perhaps not today.She sings blues about sex and drugs, love (and what often passesfor love) and blues with contributions from Wes Starr (drums),Bobby Chitwood (bass), DaveDave Burris (guitar), Jason Cloud Boulter (guitarand dobro), Brian “Hash Brown”Brian Calway (harmonica), Tim Alexander(piano and organ), and Ron Jones(baritone sax).Amidst the often upbeat-soundingcrowd pleasers, the slow-burningsongs may be the best, including“You Make Me Do Things (that Ireally shouldn’t do)” and her promiseto him that “you will forget everygal you ever knew.”Other highlights: her own “DeepEllum Blues” where she “tried to buywhiskey, all they had was cocaine;”the murderous “Sugar Brown;” “I’mGonna Miss You;” “Come with Me”because “it’s all over town what yougot swingin’ between your knees;” “IWant You;” and more.—TOM GEDDIE” - Tom Geddie

Buddy Magazine

    TO READ ARTICLE CLICK LINK:  http://buddymagazine.com/pdf/2015/201508-missy-mercy-robert-gallagher.pdf ” - Pat Schram

Buddy Magazine

A BLUES DIVA IN DALLAS: MISS MARCY FINDS HER SWAGGER ON NEW ‘DEEP ELLUM’ DISC With her Texas Sugar Daddy Dave Burris, Miss Marcy brings back strong women blues               The iconic blues divas of the ‘20s and ‘30s – women who could hold their liquor, satiate their men, and whup-up sprightly young things prancing on forbidden territory. These blues divas could sing a mean tune, too. They sang about life, love, fidelity, money and empowerment. They demanded respect, and weren’t afraid to fight for it.             Enter Miss Marcy.             Her name is Marcy Rodsky; call her Miss Marcy. She was born in Dallas and raised in El Paso. She lives in Deep Ellum smack dab in the thick of the nightclub life. She’s a bar singer. No, make that a bluesy, fire-cracking bar singer. She belts the blues with sass and vinegar, with a larger-than-life swagger that still manages to hit you at eye level.             In 2010, five years after Miss Marcy met her musical soul mate guitarist Dave Burris, Miss Marcy & Her Texas Sugar Daddy’s strutted to life. Now, in the summer of 2015, we have Deep Ellum, the first full-length album by Miss Marcy & Her Texas Sugar Daddy’s released on Forney-based CSP Records. Deep Ellum is the anticipated follow-up to the 2013 self-titled, 7-song EP (also on CSP Records) that introduced us to Miss Marcy & Her Texas Sugar Daddy’s.             Recorded and mixed at Audio Dallas Recording Studio in Garland, with production work by Paul Osborn and Jimmy Rogers, Deep Ellum offers a dozen bourbon-soaked, grown-up blues ‘n’ soul numbers. Most of them come from Miss Marcy and Dave Burris’ pen, with the exception of covering Stuff Smith’s 1936 jazz saloon classic “If You’re a Viper.”               Miss Marcy and Burris are accompanied by sizzling musicians such as drummer Wes Starr, keyboardist Tim Alexander, bassist Bobby Chitwood, and harmonica virtuoso Brian “Hash Brown” Calway, a man who proved creatively instrumental to Miss Marcy back in the late ‘90s.             “These musicians are like in Pluto, and I’m on Earth,” says Miss Marcy about the caliber of players on the CD. “What they did to the songs was amazing. When I played the record from beginning to end I was like, “Holy shit! Who is she?’ She seems a lot more confident than I am.”             Deep Ellum comes chock full of scorching gems, from the smoldering manifesto “You Make Me Do Things” to the sobering tale of love gone wrong “Whiskey and Cocaine.” But two songs deserve special attention – “SugarBrown” and “C-A-S-H (That’s What Mama Wants).” On the former, Miss Marcy is a woman on the warpath searching for a former friend who messed with her man.                           “This is a warning not to mess with my man,” she says. “Even if I messed with your man, don’t mess with mine. SugarBrown was a friend that thought she could try my man and quickly realized that there were consequences for betraying me.”             “C-A-S-H (That’s What Mama Wants)” is clearly the album’s centerpiece, a burlesque-savvy stomper that captures the essence of Miss Marcy. She’s bold, fierce and full of eye-winking venom.             “That’s a woman’s favorite four letter word! We already know what a man’s favorite four letter word is, but this is a woman’s. I’m damn tired of being broke!! I’m done with working and ready to just ‘work it’!”             Miss Marcy arrived at the Dallas-Fort Worth blues scene by way of a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the University of North Texas. She taught high school English and has an ESL (English as a second language) certification that she still puts to good use as a part-time ESL professor in the Dallas Community College District. But how exactly do the blues come into this picture?             Miss Marcy, who as an adolescent took piano lessons without much fanfare, found herself drawn to musically potent women. She dug Melissa Etheridge, Rickie Lee Jones, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Mary J. Blige, Loretta Lynn and Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde. These women built her musical foundation. They personified her awe-inspiring admiration of strong, no-holds-barred women with raw talent to spare.             But while at UNT, when she was 23, everything changed for Miss Marcy. During a music course she was introduced to the blues music of the legendary Chess Records label. “I had never heard this before and it made a huge impact,” she says. The music of blues queens Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton and Etta James coupled with Miss Marcy’s longstanding love of 1940’s glamour girls such as Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable awakened a once-dormant muse.             She ventured into the local blues scene and ended up at a blues jam hosted by Brian “Hash Brown” Calway at the now-defunct Scooters Nightclub in Dallas. It was 1997 and Miss Marcy was completely green but hungry. A few weeks later at a second blues jam she got the nerve to get up onstage and sing a tune. It was her first time ever on a stage singing for an audience. There was no turning back.             “I had never heard myself through a mike and speakers before,” she remembers. “It was strange. Hash was like, ‘This is terrible!’ He then picked out a couple of songs for me to learn at home.”             The rest is part of local blues history. Miss Marcy wrote her first tune, “Sugar Daddy,” in 2010 for a KNON-FM blues compilation album of original music. That song remains a signature that Miss Marcy performs every time she’s onstage, which is two to three times a week. She’s a working musician proudly                upholding the tradition of potent women with a roar in their voices and a wink in their eyes.             Miss Marcy talks about blues music with the clarity and heft of a woman who lives it. “The sound itself is reminiscent of a heartbeat,” she says authoritatively, like the coolest teacher you’ve ever known. “The soothing, reflective lyrics are the truth. They are strong but meant for you to laugh about them. The simplicity is a magnification of your feelings inside. You can feel it. It’s real life in song.”             The blues divas of yesteryear would rejoice the arrival of a new sister.                By Mario Tarradell    ” - Mario Tarradell

— Press Release for "Deep Ellum" (2055)

Miss Marcy Miss Marcy could appeal to anybody. She has an irresistible bad attitude, a powerful voice capable of well-worn toughness or disarming sweetness, and those vintage dresses. Anyone who says they are not a fan of blues music should be handed a copy of her debut album, Miss Marcy & Her Texas Sugardaddy's, a masterful mix of blues old and new. Miss Marcy knows how to put a band together and find a killer sound. I don't even like harmonica but it sounds great on "Stand by Your Man," a song with a big sound that showcases a band with no apparent weaknesses. And yet, Miss Marcy with just a piano works great for the opening of "Move On." If you haven't seen Miss Marcy perform or heard her album, you should fix that immediately." ” - Jeremy Hallock

Dallas Observer

Miss Marcy & Her Texas SugarDaddy's play a brand of smarmy blues that could only come from Texas. Armed with a wit that would make most blush, Miss Marcy's music riffs on the woes of relationships in her own sarcastic way. Style is everything and Miss Marcy's style has helped to make them one of the best blues acts going in Dallas. JK” - JK

— Dallas Observer

Miss Marcy is a powerhouse. She may not look like it as she relaxes in a Whole Foods Market in old East Dallas, reflecting on her oeuvre, but she's every bit as brash and confident as the blues diva she inhabits onstage. A throwback as a performer with her vintage dresses and long, dirty-blonde hair, she's a 5-foot-4 firebrand who bristles with confidence and bleeds the blues.   We do mostly drinking and cheating songs," says Miss Marcy, whose full name is Marcy Rodsky. "We focus on the lyrics and the sexual energy that comes from the stage, from the music itself. I am in my own world. The music is seamless now. 2013 was a good year for Miss Marcy. Her debut full-length, Miss Marcy and Her Texas Sugar Daddies, was released on CSP Records, a label out of Forney, and Marcy won the Dallas Observer Music Award for Best Blues Act. Not bad for a teacher originally from El Paso. I was a late blues bloomer," she admits. "I was raised on Tejano music growing up in West Texas. I came to Dallas not knowing a lot about the blues, but I connected the dots quickly. The catalyst for that process came when Miss Marcy took a music appreciation class at the University of North Texas. She was already enrolled at the prestigious music school when a summer class on Southern roots music exposed her to a genre that would change her life. I was hanging out at these blues jams learning about the music. I already knew about 1940s glamour girls like Bessie Smith and Etta James, but now I knew more about the blues," Miss Marcy recalls. Then, she says, "I was told to check out this man named Hash Brown. I followed him around, learning songs and then I formed my own band."That was around 2005 and after that, there was no stopping. In the time-honored tradition of classic blues performers, Miss Marcy will play just about anyplace that will have her. She's performed in close to 100 area venues. These days, she performs at least three times a week at spots like The Balcony Club and Alligator Café. Ever since her first gig at Main Street Bar and Grill nine years ago, she's been hooked on playing live music. I was already in college when I first hit the stage," she says. "I thought to myself that this was just too much fun. I am very high energy. I didn't want any down time. I wanted it to be high energy the minute I hit the stage. The only oddity about Miss Marcy's musical trajectory is that her first album has been so long in coming, even though she's been gigging constantly in the Dallas area for almost a decade. In fact, Miss Marcy went into the studio a few years back and cut some demos. Those recordings received praise from local DJs and Miss Marcy ended up rerecording much of that material for Sugar Daddies. The difference between the demos and the new versions is startling. This album actually has someone else's money behind it," Miss Marcy says, referring to her label, CSP, which bankrolled the finished recordings. "The demo was released on a singer's budget. Although she enjoys teaching -- she's an ESL teacher at Eastfield Community College and Northwood University -- Miss Marcy hopes that her new album and constant gigging will allow her to play music full time. Anyone who has witnessed one of her shows can testify to the energy of her performances. Live, Miss Marcy is strength and sensuality personified. She cajoles every bit of double-entendre sassiness from both well-chosen covers and fantastic original material. Some of the songs I cover are from female blues singers from back in the day," Miss Marcy says. "That stuff is so naughty. It's suggestive and it's raw and it's so fun. I can tell when I am singing those songs that the women are listening. They are moving their shoulders. That just gets everybody excited. Unlike many current blues performers, Miss Marcy writes most of her own material. The songs on Sugar Daddies are rich creations that take as much from R&B as they do the blues. Songs such as "Restraining Order" and "One More Man (Let Me Down)" are hard-hitting, humorous slabs of high-charged blues. You got to stay away from the 10 covers that every blues band does -- 'Sweet Home Chicago' and stuff like that," she says. "I am not a blues purist. Every single one of my songs is some tortuous memory. You can't write songs like that until you've had some heartbreak. After last November's release party at Poor David's Pub, which was simulcast on KNON-FM 89.3, Miss Marcy knew that 2014 could be the year that makes or breaks her. "I am just hustling every way I can," the singer says. "Blues music is the soundtrack of my life. The hustling includes booking and promoting shows and keeping up with the money. Miss Marcy may perform with a band, but that's about the only thing she needs help with."I manage all of the money," Miss Marcy says emphatically. "Both my parents ran their own businesses so I was accustomed to handling money. I also pay all of the musicians."Miss Marcy has worked with some of the best blues players in Dallas. Her current band includes guitarist Dave Burris and bassist Mike Beall. Like many acts, Marcy has had trouble finding a steady drummer. She does, however, see a benefit in that as well: "We just do it as a trio and that makes it easier dividing up the money. That sort of pragmatic, business-minded approach makes Miss Marcy all the more prone to speak her mind. One opinion she doesn't mince words on is how she feels that Dallas has too many top-flight blues musicians. We have more blues musicians than we have an audience for," she claims. "We have great, talented musicians. People just need to get away from their televisions and enjoy live music. You don't have to get drunk. You can just have a snack. We have music that you can dance to. Women can come out and shake it. Miss Marcy also isn't afraid to stick up for herself when the needs arises -- a characteristic that is often necessary for a musician trying to get paid for her work. It seems some venue owners have reneged when it comes time to pay. But even then, Marcy always seems to find the silver lining. One time, a club bounced three checks on me," Marcy says. "Before I went to the D.A., we agreed that they would pay me in product, so I loaded up my car with $400 worth of steak. For six months, we had these great parties at my house. Sassy at every turn, but determinedly optimistic as well, Miss Marcy isn't about to let anyone walk all over her. That goes for music, business and anything else in life. "Never walk out with nothing," she insists. "That's the lesson. Drag out two bar stools if you have to.” - Darryl Smyers

Dallas Observer

Miss Marcy and Her Texas Sugar Daddies at Pearl at CommerceMiss Marcy has been holding down a regular Monday evening gig at Pearl at Commerce for several years now. The early shows (which start at 6 p.m. and end by 9:30) give folks a chance to enjoy happy "hour" with one of our area's best blues vocalists. Originally from El Paso, Miss Marcy graduated from the University of North Texas and will play in just about any bar that will let her and her band in the door. Besides cranking out the expected covers of blues legends Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Big Mama Thorton, Marcy also has a slew of top-notch originals. Check out "Restraining Order" and "One More Man" for a strong dose of feminism guised in the form of the blues.” - Darryl Smyers

Dallas Observer

We are proud to be nominated (again) on the very prestigious Dallas A- List in the Best Wedding Band category.  This is the quote about us:   …If you want to hear a smokey, sultry voice that gives the respect due to any song, any genre, this is the little gal right here that can do it for you…   Thank you so much for continuing to allow us to entertain you!!  That's all we want to do!!!  Thank you, Dallas!!! ” - Dallas A List

Dallas A List 2014

DALLAS OBSERVER BEST OF LIST 2013   The 10 Greatest Dallas Blues Artists:   3. Miss Marcy In a musical genre dominated too often by men, Miss Marcy is at the forefront of the Dallas blues scene, wowing blues aficionados with a voice that sounds one part angelic/two parts devilish, which nearly caused this listener's heart to stop as I fell into her words. Graduating from the University of North Texas in 2001, Miss Marcy has spent the last decade playing club gigs, festivals and private parties across the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In 2010, she released her first album Miss Marcy and the Texas SugarDaddy's. Harnessing blues divas like Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Big Mama Thorton, Miss Marcy is living proof that the blues are timeless.      http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2013/11/doma_2013_winners.php?page=all  ” - Christian McPhate

Dallas Observer

Top Ten Best Places to Find Live Music with No Cover! The Balcony Club! For music fans that prefer a live experience that is a little more nostalgic, nightly shows at The Balcony Club pay tribute to great music from decades past. Almost all genres and time periods are represented here, ranging from Dave Burris' focus on pop music of the 1920s to emotional blues from best-of-Dallas chanteuse Miss Marcy. Jazz fans will also find plenty to love at The Balcony Club, as alumni of University of North Texas' storied jazz band has a regular presence on the stage.” - Amy McCarthy

Dallas Observer Blog

Learn about the Hot Jazz on the Red show in Shreveport, La.  Thank you Shreveport for such a wonderful reception and for diggin' our tunes!  We'll see you next year, the first Thursday of June at the same event!! ” - Kelly Phelan Powell

The Forum