Little Red Rocket

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Little Red Rocket was a pop-rock band made up of Alabama School of Fine Arts students Maria Taylor (theater) and Orenda Fink (dance) along with a rotating group of instrumentalists. They started out as an acoustic duo, but quickly picked up drummer Louis Schefano and bassist Greg Nobles. After only four months as a band, the group signed to Geffen Records in 1997, but nothing materialized from the deal and they were dropped after Geffen was absorbed into Universal Music Group in 1999.

Fink and Taylor then moved to Athens, Georgia. There the two leads recruited drummer Scott Sosebee and bassist Jackie Ferguson and debuted their new lineup at a 1999 Valentine's Day show. That line-up lasted about a year, with two well-received shows at Austin's South by Southwest festival, before they split to pursue separate projects. Fink and Taylor started playing with Now It's Overhead and also started performing as the duo Azure Ray with Eric Bachmann.

Azure Ray is now based in Omaha, Nebraska and records on Omaha's Saddle Creek label. Both Taylor and Fink have also recorded solo albums and have appeared on disc as part of Saddle Creek founder Conor Oberst's project Bright Eyes.


  • Little Red Rocket. Who Did You Pay (1997, Tim/Kerr)
  • Little Red Rocket. It's in the Sound (2000, Monolyth Records)
  • Little Red Rocket. "You Shook Me All Night Long/Motor Away" single, with 8-Track Gorilla (2001, 8th Street Records)
  • Azure Ray. Azure Ray. (January 15, 2001, Warm Electronic Recordings)
  • Now It's Overhead. Now It's Overhead. (September 2001, Saddle Creek)
  • Azure Ray. November (January 21, 2002, Saddle Creek)
  • Azure Ray. Burn and Shiver. (April 15, 2002, Warm Electronic Recordings)
  • Bright Eyes. Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground. (August 12, 2002, Saddle Creek)
  • Azure Ray. "The Drinks We Drank Last Night"/"The Love of Two"/"We Are Mice" single (September 1, 2003, Saddle Creek)
  • Azure Ray. Hold On Love (October 6, 2003, Saddle Creek)
  • Azure Ray. "New Resolution"/"The Drinks We Drank Last Night" (live)/"New Resolution". single (January 19, 2004, Saddle Creek)
  • Now It's Overhead. Fall Back Open. (March 9, 2004, Saddle Creek)
  • Now It's Overhead. "Wait in a Line"/"The Book of Love". single (July 27, 2004, Saddle Creek)
  • Bright Eyes. I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning. (January 25, 2005, Saddle Creek)


  • Link, Melissa. (April 6, 2000) "Little Red Rocket shoots for the stars". Athens Banner-Herald.
  • Smith, Lee (November 18, 2001) "Gorilla rides Rocket's final voyage." Creative Loafing Atlanta.
  • Laurence, Alexander (October 2002) "Azure Ray: Interview with Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor." Free Williamsburg
  • Perry, Jonathan. (June 22, 2000) "Declaration of faith: Little Red Rocket hold on after a bumpy ride." Providence Phoenix.

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