Minks Miracle MedicineApr 13, 2016 | 0 comments
Mink’s Miracle Medicine is a twang-inspired Americana group out of West Virginia, featuring the songwriting duo of Melissa E. Wright and Danny Zezeski. Driven by a deep-seated passion for creating music, and fueled by the knowledge that the song is king, neither can imagine a life without writing music. The songs themselves become necessary to write. Like a symbiotic process of sharing those thoughts and ideas that cannot be expressed verbally, chasing them around for a while out on the road, letting them fly in different cities, different states of mind, and the catharsis of those moments when it all makes landfall.
They played their first show to a packed house in a comic book shop in Philadelphia. It was the first time either of them had played to an audience that was fully engaged with the music and not just a drinking crowd in some bar – a realization that provided the impetus to take it further. Since then, they have gone on to play all over the United States, further indulging an already deep-seated fascination with steam engine trains and cross-country road trips. Citing influence from artists like Patsy Cline, Hank Sr., Neil Young and The Beatles, their sound is raw, earthy and smells like a long and winding road that weaves around an undeniable longing, calling to mind early Tom Petty and shades of Patti Smith.
Both seasoned players in their own right, Melissa graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in music business, and has shared stages with internationally known artists like Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley and Larry Sparks. A Pennsylvania native, Danny’s background is in punk and indie rock. Though he holds down the drums in Mink’s Miracle Medicine, he can also fingerpick like Leo Kottke, a skill he picked up while wheelchair bound after a bad train-hopping accident. They live in a trailer on the Shenandoah River in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, and are getting ready to release their first EP in November 2015. Titled ‘Countrypolitan’, it was recorded in an open warehouse space in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, and was co-produced with Matt Schimelfenig of the band Three Man Cannon.
When they are not on the road, riding the rails or poking the muse, you might find them hanging out on the farm, gardening, riding motorcycles or hanging out with their dog, Grandma. Connect with Mink’s Miracle Medicine through any of their social channels to stay up to date on live shows, new music and stories from the road.
— Astrid Young, author of On Being Young