American music is one of those titles that means so much, while also is completely meaningless. Music doesn't concern itself with borders or governments. If I play a G major chord in Australia, it's going to sound the same as if I played it in Arkansas. So then how and why do we constantly use the title "American"? Take one listen to our newest NEXT session with Muddy Magnolias
and you'll understand why this title is important.
The group is made up of Jessie Wilson and Kallie North, two glorious singers from different musical and geographical backgrounds who met in Nashville and decided they needed to make music together. Wilson was born in Brooklyn, raised on soul and R&B before she started a singing career of her own in the big apple. North grew up in Texas, going to music joints in Austin, before moving to the Mississippi Delta and falling in love with the deep culture and music of the delta.
Those geographic identifiers collide in the music featured both here in session and on their debut album, Broken People
. "Our music really represents who we are as woman...our childhood, our background, where we've come from", explained North during our conversation. "So we get to have a lot of fun because the space we have to experiment and create is really wide between the two of our influences," adds Wilson. Here, joined by a single guitarist, the two singer's voices lock in on powerful and passionate performances of "Broken People", "Devil's Teeth", and "Leave It to the Sky".
If you love what you're hearing, be band is gearing up to hit the road this week. Check out the dates below and snag some tix:
1/26 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
1/27 - Dallas, TX - Sundown at Granada
1/28 - Beaumont, TX - Beaumont Jazz & Blues Festival
1/30 - Puerto Aventuras, Mexico - Hard Rock Hotel
2/6 - Tampa, FL - Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea
2/21 - Decatur, GA - Eddies Attic
2/22 - Chattanooga, TN - The Revelry Room
3/9 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover