PATRICIA VONNE ANNOUNCES HER SEVENTH FULL-LENGTH ALBUM
TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN IS OUT ON BANDOLERA RECORDS
Three time Austin Music Award winner Patricia Vonne is back with her seventh album “Top of the Mountain”, on her own Bandolera Records. The album celebrates the human spirit in the midst of adversity and the Higher Power that lights our path. The defiant stand-your-ground title track sets a declamatory tone as the rest of the album winds a sinuous path through the border radio groove of “Lil’ Lobo,” the careening rocker “Graceland Trip,” “Madre de Perla,” (a flamenco-flavored tribute to Vonne’s mother), the spaghetti western soundtrack that is “Western Blood”, and much more. It is produced, mixed and engineered by Rick Del Castillo and Michael Ramos. The album features the multi talented Vonne on lead vocals, acoustic guitar, castanets and electric guitar as well as several special guest musicians. The list includes: Fort Worth sax virtuoso Johnny Reno, Scott Plunkett of Chris Isaak’s band on the keyboard, Grammy award winner Max Baca of Los TexManiacs on the bajo sexto, David Grissom and Grammy award winner Joe Reyes. The album features co-writes with Joe King Carrasco, Alejandro Escovedo, Willie Nile, Steven Medina Hufsteter of the Cruzados and longtime performing and songwriting partner Robert LaRoche.
Hailed as a “Renaissance woman of Austin, Texas” by the New York Times, Patricia Vonne has claimed many titles in her illustrious career: singer, songwriter, actress, activist and most recently, award winning filmmaker. Vonne took Best Animated Short at the Madrid International Film Festival for “Huerta de San Vicente”, an homage to Spanish poet Federico García Lorca. The song was off of her critically acclaimed all-Spanish album “Viva Bandolera”.( Top 8 of The Huffington Post) She also took top honors for her film at the Barcelona International Film Fest & San Francisco New Concept International Film Festival.
Vonne has appeared on the big screen in Spykids, Desperado, Machete Kills, Four Rooms, and Sin City:A Dame to Kill For in which she reprised her role as Dallas/Zorro Girl; the role which has made her a cult figure among indie and fantasy film fans. Her song “Traeme Paz” was featured in the film Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
Vonne continues to advocate for human rights donating proceeds of her song, “Missing Women”, to Amnesty International to help bring attention to the surge in homicides in Ciudad Juarez. She is active in the United Nations’ program Artists United Against Human Trafficking. Additionally, in Austin, she works as an advocate for school music programs through the Texas Music Project. In April 2019 she was invited to sing the National Anthem at the retirement ceremony for war hero and Pat Tillman Award recipient, Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro.
Press Quotes & Testimonials
“Imagine a young Chrissie Hynde fronting the Mavericks with a little help from Calexico.”
“This indie goddess, an award winner in every discipline she touches, comes back from another foreign victory with album number seven, a set that finds her at her sexy, sassy brassy best yet.” -Midwest Record
“Vonne’s new effort incorporates rock, folk, flamenco, bilingual Tex-Mex and Latin strands that, taken together, form a rich and colorful tapestry.” – Glide Magazine
“A carefully-crafted cornucopia of her trademark vocal range and a devil may care attitude. Vonne is the Tejano embodiment of fierce merited success” -Track Rambler
Latinitas (Girls Empowerment )
“It’s assumed in a city like Austin that most kids have explored the arts, media and technology in some way – but that is not the case for everyone. So when someone like Patricia Vonne visits Latinitas’ summer camp, someone most known for her musical talent, who also addresses body and dance movement, traditional Spanish performance, writing, expression and creative visualization all with a hint of her own Tex-Mex identity – well that’s when the most magic happens. That’s where something manifests for the girls in Latinitas, ages 9-14 – that they too can make art their life and their living their art.” – Laura Donnelly, CEO and founder Latinitas youth empowerment programs.