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Laura Benitez & the Heartache

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Laura Benitez and the Heartache use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Their songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to rock 'n' roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes, and cover everything from unwed motherhood ("Me or the Baby") to mean drunks ("Don't Wake the Devil"), with a whole lot of heartbreak in between. Their twangy honesty shines through in straightforward arrangements, crystalline harmonies, and spare instrumentation. Beware their catchy hooks and sweet melodies - these stray puppy tunes will follow you home and become your most steadfast companions. Laura Benitez, songwriter, lead singer and founder of Laura Benitez and the Heartache, has been making her mark on stage and screen since the year 2000. After several years spent pursuing an acting career and appearing in soap operas and commercials in Los Angeles, she decided to focus on her music and moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 2004. Diving into the region's rich Americana and roots music scenes, she first started honing her country music chops when she joined the newly formed Cottonpickers with her then husband Mitch Polzak in 2005. Taking her musical cues from the heavily rock influenced Bakersfield sound, and her lyric inspiration from her favorite songwriters Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, Laura began writing songs in 2008. She released her first album, "For Duty or for Love" on her own Copperhead Records label in 2010. The album is available for purchase from the artist and can be downloaded at In 2012 she recruited the multi-talented singer, songwriter, and drummer Michele Kappel-Stone (Kirby Grips/Tippy Canoe) into the band, and was lucky enough to secure the talents of Bob Spector and Ted O'Connell (of The GoldDiggers) on twang guitar and bass. The newest honky-tonker is Ian Taylor Sutton on pedal steel. When she's not writing songs, Laura spends her time behind a sewing machine, making her own stage-wear and dressing the band whenever they let her. After spending the last few years winning the hearts of audiences in the San Francisco Bay area, Laura Benitez and the Heartache are branching out to tour farther afield in the coming year. They are also working on recording their second album. Check them out live for a preview of the soon-to-be-released new tunes. See you at the next show!


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