It's all about chords and notes. And real voices singing real melodies and harmonies. It's stomping feet, hitting boxes, and shaking shakers to the sounds ringing out of acoustic guitars. And there are ghosts in the music. Sometimes they whisper. Once in a while they scream. Always asking, "Do you remember?" "How does it feel?" or "Can you take me there?" The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter is a band project made up of Steve and Meredith Roth. What started as a shared love for bending wire over wood eventually became a shared love. Period. Their journey has led them from the rustbelt open mics and two-for-one barrooms of Buffalo, to the Biblebelt stages of Nashville where every microphone tastes like whiskey and every songwriter has a song about whiskey. From the vows exchanged in a Tennessee coffeehouse, they found there's no line that's been crossed that cannot be uncrossed. Even the one that runs back North. Drawing on the influences of roots rock (with some folk and Americana thrown in), they create music and sing songs that are earthy and minimalist, broken and redemptive, emotionally unstable and always grounded on a firm foundation.
Beautiful Addiction is Steve's debut release produced in 2004 with Armand Jon Petri, (The Goo Goo Dolls, 10,000 Maniacs, Sixpence None the Richer, etc.). Simultaneously broken and joyful, the album also features the harmonies of Meredith (MJ) on three of the songs including the critically acclaimed title track. Cuts have been in rotation on traditional and internet radio stations as well as featured on TV promo beds and radio bumps.
if I should stumble is the first recording project of Steve and Meredith under the name, The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter. Featuring plenty of lush harmonies, the disc is a vulnerable collection of songs about love, failure, doubt, faith and longing set against a folk rock backdrop. Along with originals it also features the Johnny/June Carter Cash duet classic, "Jackson," and the starkly beautiful "Wedding Dress" by Derek Webb.