Photo by Emily Sevin
Electronic Press Kit
About the Band
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.
The band generated a lot of buzz with its November 2014 release of "Heartless Woman," the second album by singer/songwriter Laura Benitez and her first album with The Heartache (her earlier solo record, "For Duty or For Love," was released 2010). Benitez won an Honorable Mention for her as yet unpublished song, "Our Remember Whens" in the American Songwriter Magazine's lyric contest for January of 2016. Laura Benitez & the Heartache are hard at work on their new album, to be released in January of 2018.
Praise for "Heartless Woman"
"Benitez conjures up visions of the past, from the hip, two-stepping beat of 'Good Love' and 'Heartless Woman' to the smooth, fox-trotting rhythm of the semi-'50s and '60s-sounding 'I Know You're Bad,' to the waltzing beauty of 'Sweet Green Eyes.' They channel the best of that which made the old hometown tick musically back then. Before you say it must be rehash, let me assure you that it is not. It is original, as good as it got and as good as it gets."
- Frank Gutch Jr., No Depression
"[The] brand new album by Bay area Country artist Laura Benitez delivers home run after home run! With a voice
filled with sunshine she takes a bad break-up and molds it into 10 new Country classics dripping with heartache... Her 4 piece band the Heartache is always right on the money with warm, twangy guitar and steel guitar sound, scaled back drums, bass and never gets in the way of her wonderful voice that fills and brightens every room. "
- Gaby Maag-Bristol, Blue Suede News
"Her tight and focused band play country music with a view to the past and an ear for the future. This is identifiably country music and not some pop crossover. There’s twang, there is steel guitar and there’s an understated but entirely effective rhythm section pushing things along. Then there are Benitez’s songs and her clear and concise delivery. All of this makes this a very good album... Her songs are both catchy and captivating and show that she has a full understanding of life, love and leaving. "
- Stephen Rapid, Lonesome Highway
"Heartless Woman is an Americana/Country classic in the making."
- Ian D. Hall, Liverpool Sound and Vision
"So what happens when Shelby Lynne and Lucinda Williams are busy being perfectionists? Laura Benitez comes along, takes advantage of the void and ups the game so that her fore mothers are going to have to really work it to keep up. A tasty bit of insurgent country that finds it's inspiration in Bakersfield and honky tonks, Benitez takes the California country sound and gives it some new zip for nu times."
- Midwest Record
American Songwriter Lyric Contest Jan/Feb 2016
Honorable Mention - "Our Remember Whens"
No Depression Review
Hyperbolium - Twangy Throwback Country Meets Modern Relationships
Lonesome Highway Album Review
Blue Suede News Review
Liverpool Sound and Vision Interview
The Bay Bridged San Francisco Twang Mixtape
June 10th - Overland, Oakland CA
June 15th - (Solo) Ivy Room, Albany CA
June 17th - Private Event, Palo Alto CA
June 2oth - Brick and Mortar, San Francisco CA
July 7th - Cadillac Hotel, San Francisco CA
Great American Music Hall (San Francisco)
Slim's (San Francisco)
Ink N Iron Festival (Nashville, TN)
Ink N Iron Festival (Long Beach, CA)
West Coast Country Music Festival (Ashland, OR)
Humboldt Hills Hoedown (Redway, CA)
Leo's Music Club (Oakland)
Brick & Mortar Music Hall (San Francisco)
Hopmonk Tavern (Novato)
Don Quixote's (Felton, CA)
The Uptown (Oakland)
Berryessa Brewing Company (Winters, CA)
The Ivy Room (Albany)
Kelly's Pub (Redding, CA)
Jamison's Roaring Donkey (Petaluma, CA)
The Starry Plough (Berkeley)
Awaken Cafe (Oakland)
Amnesia (San Francisco)
Hotel Utah Saloon (San Francisco)
Thee Parkside (San Francisco)
The Lost Church (San Francisco)
The Crepe Place (Santa Cruz)
Neck of the Woods (San Francisco)
El Rio (San Francisco)