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Who Are Molly Starlite & the Sputniks?


Molly Starlite & the Sputniks rocks the Inland Northwest with a unique retro pop sound they like to call "Rockabilly Fleetwood Mac." With more hooks than your Uncle Dan's tackle box, Molly Starlite and the Sputniks is a 4-piece North Idaho band that brings a cohesive look and sound to any event or show. Molly Starlite & the Spuniks can play shows of their rockin' original material up to 6 hours long, with custom setlists, cover setlists, and acoustic setlists available. Just ask about our custom setlists to meet your event's needs including family-friendly cover material from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, up to today! The links below will take you to a variety of media outlets where you can sample our recorded music & albums, watch live performances, acoustic performances, and visit us on social media! We are active on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and more!

 

Molly Starlite - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, songwriting


Molly Starlite is a mid-century and rockabilly enthusiast who's turned her love of all things 1950s and 1960s into the band Molly Starlite & the Sputniks. She's been writing songs since the age of nine and estimates that she's written over 1,500 songs in her lifetime, only showing the very best to her band mates, and even fewer make it to the studio, where she tries to record an album's worth of new music every year. Not just inspired by the rockabilly aesthetic, Molly incorporates vintage styling into her everyday life, too, including dressing in retro-style clothing every day, collecting authentic vintage items, and re-envisioning 1950s recipes for the modern palate. Her goals include playing with Molly Starlite & the Sputniks at every retro, rockabilly festival in the US at least once, restoring her grandfather's 1957 Chevrolet Station Wagon to like-new condition and travelling the Mother Road for a summer (maybe on tour with the band), and driving her Big, Black Ford - named "The Shillelagh" - every single day.

Will Brock - bass & vocals


Will grew up surrounded by music in many different forms and genres, influencing him to learn to play an instrument. He especially gives credit to his parents for teaching him the basics of music and pitch at a young age and introducing him to many forms of music, including classical and opera. His grandfather also taught him to play some on the banjo at an early age, which he incorporates in his bass playing. He chose the bass guitar as his main instrument because he had a talent for it and no one else in the family played bass. Initially a self-taught bassist, he joined his sister's band, which gave him an opportunity to "cut his teeth" in a practical setting. Not content to just "hold down the bottom end," or "play cyclical lines," Will was able to take instruction on the bass, which pushed his abilities got rid of bad habits. During this time, he learned to read sheet music and transpose classical pieces from other instruments to the bass; one that he is especially proud of is the transposing of J.S. Bach's BWV 645. He has continued his musical endeavors, as well, by teaching himself to play the organ and guitar as well a few other instruments. He looks toward his music as one of the best creative and fun outlets and loves to perform whenever an opportunity to do so presents itself.

Ali "Kat" Thomas - drums & vocals


Ali Thomas came to the Sandpoint area in 1982. She’s been making music since the age of 4 when she started singing in the family band. Along with vocals, Ali plays drum kit, guitar, bass and is the number one djembe drummer in the Pacific Northwest. She not only plays the djembe, she also teaches local djembe classes, one-on-one drum kit lessons and is a skilled djembe builder.

Jonny Mason - Lead Guitar & Vocals


Jonny is a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and remodeling train stations on his lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. He writes award-winning operas, and manages time efficiently. Occasionally, he treads water for three days in a row. He woos women with his sensuous and godlike trombone playing, he can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and can cook Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. He is an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru. Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, Jonny once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. He plays bluegrass cello, was scouted by the Mets, and is the subject of numerous documentaries. When he's bored, he builds large suspension bridges in his yard. He enjoys urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after work, he repairs electrical appliances free of charge. He is an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over his original line of corduroy evening wear. He doesn't perspire. He has been caller number nine and won the weekend passes. Last summer, Jonny toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. The laws of physics do not apply to him. Jonny balances, weaves, dodges, frolics, and his bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, he participates in full-contact origami. Years ago, he discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. He has won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. He has played Hamlet, had brunch with Sasquatch, and spoken with Elvis. But he has not yet written his band bio.