Meet the Band

If you’re looking for sizzling summer blues with a touch of Americana and rock n’ roll harmonies, Molly Hanmer and the Midnight Tokers have you covered...
— Mindy McCall, No Depression
 
 
Dave Clancy Photography

Dave Clancy Photography

 

Origins

Americana influenced singer-songwriter/guitarist Molly Hanmer is originally from Pacific Grove in Monterey County. Molly started playing solo gigs in San Francisco and Monterey and a short time later she had a serendipitous encounter with Claudia Miles, a former industry professional with a passion for music who had left the business for a career in Psychotherapy. Even though they were years apart in age they found themselves to be kindred spirits and had a lot in common when it came to music.

Claudia instantly sensed Molly’s talents on guitar and harmonica, but discovered that she wasn’t finishing her original songs. She was writing, but deciding they weren’t good enough and tossing them out as useless ideas. Claudia encouraged Molly to finish the songs she had started. It was then that she became Molly's manager and their partnership began. Claudia eventually persuaded Molly to move to LA (Claudia's hometown) to launch her music career. And after Claudia moved back to L.A. in 2013, Molly followed the next year.

Soon after moving, Molly formed a band which was to be dubbed, "Molly Hanmer & the Midnight Tokers.” Being millennials, Molly and her bandmates didn't notice the connection to the Steve Miller song “The Joker” (I'm a smoker, I'm a joker, I'm a midnight toker). But it has since provided plenty of in jokes, and is also fodder for some merch. 

In July 2016, Claudia introduced Molly to producer Marvin Etzioni. Marvin loved Molly’s songwriting and guitar playing, and was eager to work with her. After that first meeting, Molly and Claudia both knew it was a perfect match. Next they chose critically acclaimed producer and engineer Sheldon Gomberg who most recently had worked with Ben Harper. It was a dream team to be sure. After a year in pre-production, production and mixing, the team emerged with Stuck in a Daydream, Molly’s extraordinary debut album.

 

Members

Molly Hanmer
Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals

Keith Palmer
Drums, Percussion, Vocals

John Bird
Organ, Piano, Wurlitzer, Vocals

Graham Chapman
Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Vocals

Claudia Miles
Management