Grammy Nominated for Best World Music

Who is she? Well, it’s kind of a secret, but we can tell you the following.  Unusual, weird, ethnic, worldbeat, shades of David Byrnes and Frank Zappa….all this from a mysterious Seattle transplant in world/alternative music, named Lucy Mongrel. You will hear African, Cuban, Brazilian and Spanish rhythms filter through the music of Lucy and her group of musicians, music which they choose to call Mongrel Music. Come on and hang over the musical ledge and howl to the weird tunes written by the full moon.

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The Album

  1. Meet in the Streets (5:00:54) Middle Eastern collides with banjos
  2. Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed? (5:58:67) Irish/Peruvian ballad laced with Andean instrumentation
  3. Five Years Ago (3:08:57) Upbeat Zappa has a head on collision with the Middle East
  4. Don’t Call it Too Late (6:20:22) Haunting Afro/Latino rhythm merges into Flamenco guitar
  5. Circle the Wagons (4:25:12) Afro/Street meets Sons of the Pioneers
  6. Quicksand Passion (4:23:10) Worldbeat gets hit with the Blues
  7. Livin’ the Blues (2:38:17) Thrown lumber beckons the Delta
  8. Next Time You Wake Up (it won’t be next to me) (3:50:11) Rock and Roll visits Turkish Sambas
  9. Thank You (3:14:20) Drunken melodies hint towards Marlene Dietrich
  10. Miss Roweena (3:04:12) Whispered voices sing a Spanish melody
  11. Papa Legba (4:59:57) Haiti is introduced by Tuvan octaves
  12. Ode to a Cowboy (3:02:40) Jazz standard treated with Jamaican juice harp
  13. Max the Circus Cat (2:47:51) Mongrel music at it’s most annoying
  14. Freedom (7:39:74) Upbeat Pop with Afro/Celtic/Brazil rhythms underpinning Gaelic spoken word

Nominations and Awards

The musicians (including Lucy), performing on “Mongrel,” have long musical histories, appearing with such notables as Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Nils Lofgren, Etta James, Brian Auger, Jimmy Page, The Kingsmen, Duke Ellington and have been the recipients or nominated for over thirty musical awards.

Background Info

  • The musicians (including Lucy), performing on “Lucy Mongrel” have long musical histories, appearing with such notables as Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Nils Lofgren, Etta James, Brain Auger, Jimmy Page, The Kingsmen, Duke Ellington and Sly Stone.
  • Recipients or nominated for over thirty musical awards.
  • #7 On World Music Charts
  • Featured on Joe’s Blue Plate Special, the most syndicated college radio show in the nation (2,000,000 listeners weekly).
  • #21 on the College Charts
  • In addition to Joe’s Blue Plate, promotions added 527  College Radio Stations
  • Two songs used for Extreme Sports BMX Film
  • Syndicated by Trans World Broadcasting – 78 Commercial Stations
  • Current Airplay on over 1,000 commercial and college radio stations
  • Nominated for 2001 Grammy / Best Alternative, Best New Artist
  • Included on Sheheshe compilation to garner airplay on 100 radio stations

“Papa Legba” is my favorite song. It’s got a fun African vibe and reminds me of what you might get if Youssou N’Dour and Bjork did a piece together…Chadbo,
-Hybrid Magazine

“What kind of music is this anyway?”
-President of well known record company 

“I can’t play ‘Max the Circus Cat’ at home ‘cause it scares the shit out of my dog.”
-John Westery, A&R, Virgin Records

“What kind of music is this? Whatever you want it to be — like Kate Bush or Lene Lovich with a world beat flavor”
-Marianne Moro, Unpop Music

“It’s like Frank Zappa or David Byrne on the estrogen patch!”
-Liz Smith, The Night Guide

“Got the CD….I think it’s swell…….the other people around here too.  Hmmmm, wonder what that tells me about our staff.”
-Barking Frog Music