Songs: Molina is a group of musicians who were brought together by the late Jason Molina, who was their band leader, singer, collaborator and dear friend and brother. Comprised of original members of Molina’s bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., Songs: Molina reunites Mike Brenner (lap steel), Jason Evans Groth (guitar), Michael Kapinus (keys), Mark Rice (drums), and Pete Schreiner (bass) under the spirit of live performance, carrying the torch for Molina’s beloved catalog of songs. For fans who knew and loved Molina during his too-short life, and for those who discovered Molina after it was too late, it’s a rare chance to experience Molina’s songs in his preferred setting, live and onstage, with the people and players who knew him best.
The group is honored to be joined by guest vocalist Timothy Showalter of Strand of Oaks. Showalter’s tribute to Molina, “JM,” inspired fans new and old after Molina’s untimely death in 2013. To-be-announced special guests will join the group as well, many unique to each stop on the tour.
The European tour is inspired by a reunion that took place in the U.S. during the summer of 2017, in conjunction with the release of the authorized biography Jason Molina: Riding with the Ghost by author Erin Osmon. Songs: Molina, Osmon, and a host of special guests who knew Molina formed for a short run of live tributes where songs were played, short passages from the biography were read, and stories were told. Fans also had the opportunity to share their memories and ask questions about Molina, his life and work. Fans overseas now have the opportunity to experience that same magic, that same celebratory spirit.