Edwards and McMullen almost accidentally formed The Makers (named for Maker’s Markbourbon) back in 2011, when the singer was scrambling to assembles last-minute band for a festival at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, where she was sound engineer and McMullen was a regular performer.“We played a couple of shows, just casually, and then Greg and I started to write together,”Edwards recalled. “It was just a perfect match, and our first song I think is still one of our best.”
Lizzie & The Makers’ debut album,Fire from the Heart of Man, appeared in 2015, followed by the Meanwhile ...EPthree years later. A 2017 concert collection,Live at Rockwood Music Hall, conveyed The Makers’ famously visceral stage show.ButDear Onda Wahl, recorded atMissionSound Recording Williamsburg, both captures and compliments the band like nothing before.
The Makers are rounded-out by seasoned sidemen with prodigious résumés: bassist Brett Bass(Gregg Allman, Bernie Worrell); drummer Steve Williams (Sadé, Digable Planets); and keyboard player Rob Clores (Black Crowes, John Popper Band)