About Mama's Black Sheep
Mama's Black Sheep is the musical collision of singer-songwriters Ashland Miller (guitar/vocals) & Laura Cerulli (drums/vocals). With a casual demeanor onstage, these ladies will make you feel like you’ve known them and their music for years, and perhaps you have, as they are both veterans of the singer-songwriter circuit. Unmarked Highway is the debut CD for Mama's Black Sheep, who have been touring together since 2008. Effortlessly erasing boundaries between the genres of Country, Pop, R&B and Acoustic Rock music Unmarked Highway is a journey about love & life, featuring rich vocal arrangements, poignant lyrics, and an underlying groove between the musicians. Miller & Cerulli are joined on the album by violinist Helen Hausmann, saxophonist Young Devereaux, and bassists Jaime Horrigan & Robin Elder.
Before Mama's Black Sheep, Ashland toured for twelve years as part of the award-winning acoustic duo CommonbonD, releasing six CD's and performing on The Nashville Network (TNN) and in over forty American states as well as overseas. Ashland's songwriting, harmonies, and creative musical arrangements have been shared on stages with talent such as John Mayer, Ritchie Havens, Catie Curtis, and Sophie B. Hawkins. Laura previously fronted her own band, Cerulean Groove, and since 2005 she has been touring nationally and internationally as a member of SONiA & disappear fear. Laura's distinctive style has been seen on stages from The Kerrville Folk Festival (TX), to The Barns at Wolftrap (VA), to High Sierra Music Festival (CA), to The Red Roof Women's Festival (Ontario), and even 'down under' at Woodford Folk Festival (AUS).
Together Miller and Cerulli create a unique tapestry weaving songs of vibrant color and rich texture centered around a dynamic conversation between guitar and percussion. Miller's passionate voice unleashes songs that make you laugh, cry, feel inspired, and ultimately want more. Bob Steel of Baltimore Out Loud writes 'Cerulli opens her mouth and the world stands still as she wrings every drop of emotion out of the lyrics with her powerful, soaring voice, forged in the fire of the blues and tempered in the cool technique of her classical training."
If you take one guitar, a bunch of drums, two amazing voices, a dash of humor, a touch of love, and some outrageously strong musicianship'mix 'em all together'and stir well'.you've got the recipe for a great time. From festivals, to clubs, to the most intimate private parties, Mama's Black Sheep is sure to deliver absolute entertainment for any crowd.