Suddenly, Tammy!

Lancaster Roots & Blues - February 22nd, 23rd, 24th 2019

Performance Times

Venue Day Start
Chameleon Club (Main) Fri 7:00 PM

suddenly, tammy! Reunion!!

suddenly, tammy! was a rock trio from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Siblings Jay and Beth Sorrentino had played music their entire lives.The Sorrentino family lived in the loudest house on the street, with Jay hammering his drum kit in his bedroom, and Beth honing her piano skills in the living room while listening to her favorite vinyl. Not far from the Sorrentino home, their school chum Ken Heitmueller was playing bass, forming bands, and recording in the studio he built in his basement. In the ’80s, when the three were classmates at Hempfield High School, they formed a trio and their music started to coalesce.

Ken worked as a sound engineer at the Chameleon for many years, so the band performed there often. Once their repertoire developed, the band issued two EPs. Spokesmodel was recorded in Ken’s basement studio (the CatBox), and El Presidente was produced by Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie at The Outpost, in Stoughton MA. After College Music Journal (CMJ) featured the young trio on their cover in 1992, the band attracted label attention. Indie label SpinART released their full-length, self-titled debut in 1993. ST! toured and opened for artists such as Jeff Buckley, Suede, the Cranberries, Warren Zevon, and countless others. In 1994, the band joined a major label roster, signing with Warner Brothers at the urging of legendary record exec Lenny Waronker. For WB the trio recorded two full-length albums (We Get There When We Do and Comet) and a holiday EP (Shut Up, It’s Christmas! ). They toured throughout the US and Canada to support the WB records, but were released from the label in December 1996 (after Waronker left the company). The group disbanded and Beth, Jay, and Kenny have pursued creative and musical projects individually ever since.

They are all thrilled to be reunited for The Lancaster Roots and Blues Fest playing their beloved old haunt, Chameleon Club.