“Holy cow…everytime I hear Friends of Lola…they get awesome…er.” –Tammy Ragusa, Country Weekly Magazine.
Nashville born band, Friends of Lola, may not look or sound new to the country music scene, but they are. The three faces of the trio are siblings Houston Wages and Cyrena Wages of Memphis, TN, and Gabe Rabben of Laguna Beach, CA. “Things happened for us so quickly but so organically…we were all a little surprised at how obvious our musical chemistry together is,” -Cyrena. FOL’s self-produced debut EP, “Letters from Tennessee,” was released in February 2013 and is comprised of six songs the three wrote together in their tiny Nashville apartment in the fall of 2012.
Before the birth of FOL, Houston was in Los Angeles pursuing an acting career, Cyrena was beginning her senior year at Belmont University, and Gabe was touring as the drummer for Righteous Brother, Bill Medley. Worlds collided when Cyrena and Gabe went on a blind date and began dating in Spring 2012. Houston and Gabe met for the first time in Memphis a few months later, wrote their first song one night in about ten minutes, and therefore the rest is history. Houston packed his bags, left Cali, and joined the other two in Music City.
“We think there’s something special about getting to tap into the country industry at this exact time. It’s really evolving and inviting fresh, risky, interesting ideas, and we’re excited to be a part of that.”- FOL. With influences stemming from as far as The Eagles to Bonnie Raitt to Stevie Wonder to Hank Williams Sr., it’s no secret these old souled kids were raised on old school musical influences. Their songs find a perfect balance between poetic yet translucent lyrics, with melodies that drive ya mad all day. As for now, the FOL’ers keep their eye on the prize and try to write “good songs that make people feel something.” Stay tuned for what’s to come of Wages, Wages, and Rabben.