If you sense a slight incongruity in the title of Blame Sally’s latest release, "Speeding Ticket and a Valentine," rest assured that it’s as purposeful as the life it describes is random. The album lifts its name from a line in the bridge of the hard- charging leadoff single, "Living Without You," which describes a day, or maybe entire existence, that’s "sweet and sour at the same time/mink and a porcupine/speeding ticket and a valentine." Clearly, this is a band that knows its oxymorons.
The four women who make up the Bay area- based group have some experience with improbable complexities and contradictions. Almost everything about their history is contrary to conventional wisdom. For one thing, they put their individual careers aside to start Blame Sally when they were in their late 30s and 40s – the age at which bands are traditionally supposed to break up and begin solo careers. For another, this is obviously an all-woman band – "girl groups" usually being the novel province of youthful upstarts, not mature singer/songwriters. Splitting the front-person status among each of the four members goes against the agreed-upon maxim (agreed upon by everyone but the Beatles, anyway) that every group needs a single strong focal point.
A unique collective of four distinct voices and musical backgrounds, in 2011, Blame Sally rose from "Bay Area phenom" (-Santa Cruz Sentinel) to "a remarkable success story" (San Luis Obispo New Times) with the release of "Speeding Ticket and A Valentine", Alternate Root Magazine’s People’s Choice Awards "Best Album of the Year" out of 14,000 voters. The CD’s "sensual vocal blend and…agile instrumental prowess" (- Blurt) earned them a sold out release show at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA in April, NPR’s "song of the day" last June, an appearance with John Oates on Mountain Stage in August, a live PBS concert taping in December and much more yet to come in 2012!