Sonia Tetlow's latest record, “better days,” was released October 25 2022. Recorded mostly live at Marigny Studios (New Orleans) over a long weekend during the summer of 2022, the album captures the spontaneous joy of veteran musicians coming together to create after years of pandemic isolation. Paul Sanchez produced the record and brought together Mary Lasseigne on bass and harmony vocals, Glenn Hartman on keys, Jonathan Pretus on electric guitar, percussion, and harmony vocals, and Andre Bohren on drums, lap steel, harmony vocals, and percussion. Tetlow played acoustic guitar, mandolin, and tenor banjo and sang lead vocal. Ben Lorio engineered the session, and the atmosphere in the studio was open and joyous and a beautiful creative collaboration ensued. Though everyone had played together as individuals in some capacity over the years, the first time everyone played together as a band was when the session began. Three days later they had recorded 11 songs (10 Tetlow originals and 1 song by Paul Sanchez).
After years of creating in fits and starts as Tetlow (and everyone else) navigated the challenging and thwarting environment of the pandemic, the intention behind making this album was to create a little more light in the world. The songs range from meditations and reflections to poking fun and persisting. If listeners experience even a fraction of the joy that went into the making, "better days" will help to make some better days indeed.
Sonia Tetlow is musician who studies the craft of song, a songwriter who performs with abandon, giving herself freely to the moment of live music making. Her music blends Atlanta indie and Americana with the New Orleans rhythms of her roots. She has fronted her own bands and played multiple instruments in others, including guitar, mandolin, bass, and banjo. She has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists such as Patti Smith, Indigo Girls, and Hootie and the Blowfish. She has toured nationally as the bass player for Cowboy Mouth and the guitar and mandolin player for Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show, and regionally as the banjo player for Roxie Watson and guitar player for STB. Tetlow has performed on stages across the U.S., from the Paradise and Cafe Passim in Boston, to CBGB's, the Bitter End, and the B.B. King Blues Club in New York, the House of Blues clubs in Chicago and New Orleans, to the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C., the Roxy in L.A. to the Roxy and Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA, the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA to the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN, as well as in Ireland and Mexico. She's performed at festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI, VooDoo Fest in New Orleans, LA, Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, TN, Music Midtown in Atlanta, GA, Springfest in Pensacola, FL, and many others.
Her solo and band discography includes (click the links below to access each):
better days (Sonia Tetlow, 2022)
Now (Sonia Tetlow, 2017)
Songs From Hell's Hollow (Roxie Watson, 2014)
A Place for Everyone (Sonia Tetlow, 2014)
Of Milestones and Moon Pie (Roxie Watson, 2012)
Own Way Home (Sonia Tetlow, 2012)
Reclamation of the Pie-Eyed Piper (Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show, 2011)
True Stories (Roxie Watson, 2010)
Herman Put Down the Gun EP (Herman Put Down the Gun, 2010)
Herman Put Down the Gun LP (Herman Put Down the Gun, 2008)
From a Seed of Sand (Sonia Tetlow, 2006)
Voodoo Shoppe (Cowboy Mouth, 2005)
mouth to mouth (Sonia Tetlow, 2004)
Swerve (STB, 2002)
Spit (STB, 2000)
Tetlow's songs also have been performed and recorded by artists such as Bonerama, Glen David Andrews, Paul Sanchez, Arséne DeLay, Cowboy Mouth, Roxie Watson, Maid of Orleans, and Jamie Vessels.