Title - Nobody’s Girl
Artist - Nobodys Girl
For those not in the know, We always joke that it started out by accident offers singer-songwriter (and former Voice contestant) Rebecca Loebe when asked about the fortuitous aligning of stars that officially brought her and fellow Austin-based troubadours BettySoo and Grace Pettis together as Nobody’s Girl.
Well, actually, Grace and I like to joke that we tricked BettySoo into being in a band with us ... she adds, with a sly smile.
BettySoo, sitting across the table from her two bandmates at a post-rehearsal Tex-Mex dinner, laughs at this, but Grace is quick to correct the record. It is not really a joke, though, she insists with a mischievous grin. It is true!
But why split hairs? Whether it was sparked by happy accident or some manner of sly master plan, the magic of that union was undeniable from the get-go.
That three of the loveliest voices in Americana and contemporary folk music could complement each other so beautifully might have been a given, but it was the songs they wrote together - songs unlike any of them had ever or probably would ever write on their own - that really made Nobody’s Girl, well, sing.
In a lot of ways, I think of Nobody’s Girl as a super fun project that lets us blow off steam, because it gives us a whole different channel to tap into, says Rebecca. But most of all, I am always really moved by the power of what we are able to access as a trio: just the power of three voices onstage together, carrying the same message.
They have carried that message for the better part of two whirlwind years, playing more than a 100 shows together from Texas to Ireland in support of a 2018 EP, Waterline, and a handful of singles released late last year.
But that power of three they share has never been stronger than it is now, and it has captured like bottled lightning on the trios strikingly assertive - and yes, striking fun, too - full-length debut: the self-titled Nobody’s Girl, releasing on digital, CD, and vinyl through Lucky Hound Music on July 30th, 2021.
4. Promised Land
5. Beauty Way
6. What Will I Do
9. So Far Away
10. The Morning After
Opening on the strong-foot beats of Kansas and the atmospherically effluent Rescued, they back those up amiably with the gentle foot-tapper, and Petty-esque Tiger, the Summer breeze, top down flow of Promised Land, and then we get the light, but gritty guitar work combined with some truly buoyant foot-tapping melodies on Beauty Way, with the melodically magnificent What Will I Do backing that up nicely.
The soaring jangle of Waterline is still one of my own personal favorites and that is backed by the translucent shimmer of Birthright, which in turn is followed by their piano ballad rendition of the Carole King classic So Far Away (recorded on the very same piano that King herself played on the original recording!), the album closing on the hauntingly ethereal, slow slip step of The Morning After, and then the lighter acoustic guitar fare of Lark.
Recorded in September of 2019 and January of this year at Lucky Hounds own state-of-the-art Studios at Fischer campus in the Texas Hill Country, the new album found Nobody’s Girl once again working with Michael Ramos, the Grammy-winning producer who helmed Waterline.
The sessions also reunited - and expanded - the veritable dream team of Austin talent that played on the EP. Michael brought in so many great players for this record, it is kind of insane, marvels Rebecca.
In addition to Ramos on percussion and keyboards and the formidable rhythm section of bassist Glenn Fukunaga and drummers J.J. Johnson and Conrad Choucroun, Nobody’s Girl features arguably the deepest roster of Texas guitar heroes this side of a classic Joe Ely or Arc Angels record: Charlie Sexton, David Grissom, and David Pulkingham.
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