Sirens of South Austin - Featuring Rebecca Loebe, Grace Pettis & BettySoo
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA, 30030
Doors 5:00 PM / Show 6:00 PM
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Atlanta Native Rebecca Loebe returns to Eddie's Attic and she's bringing some of her favorite Austin songwriters with her!
Rebecca Loebe, Grace Pettis and BettySoo are razor sharp performers with award-winning songs and stunning three part harmonies. Join them for a raucous night of music celebrating strong southern women!
"...one of the most talented young singer-songwriters in America."
- Michael Granberry, The Dallas Morning News
NPR's Mountain Stage NewSong Songwriting Contest Winner and "Best Song" Winner
Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Contest Winner
Wildflower! Songwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner and "People's Choice" Winner
Grace Pettis, from Lookout Mountain, Alabama, has songwriting in her blood. The daughter of a poetry scholar and a troubadour, Grace comes by her love of words honestly. Her father, Pierce Pettis, is a critically acclaimed songwriter and performer who penned the Garth Brooks hit "You Move Me." Both Grace's brothers Rayvon and George (100 Watt Horse) are songwriters and musicians.
In her short career, Grace has already lived up to her birthright, winning numerous songwriting awards (Kerrville New Folk Contest; NPR's Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, etc.) and garnering praise from critics, fans, and industry alike. What sets her apart in her talented family is her distinct, unaffected voice, described as a "wide open prairie, full of waving golden grains before menacing, dark thunder clouds" (Sirius XM Program Director, Mary Sue Twohy).
Grace's latest Kickstarter campaign has succeeded at 120% of its goal, with the help of 350 backers, raising over $24,000 towards the making of Grace’s third album, produced by Dan Barrett, of the Austin-based band, PorterDavis (exp. 2017 release ).
In recent news, 3-time Grammy-nominated artist Ruthie Foster has covered two Grace Pettis original songs on her spring 2017 release, "Joy Comes Back." In May 2017, Grace became an award recipient of the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation , which made it possible for her to attend the exclusive "Chris Difford's Songwriting Retreat" in Glastonbury, England.
"BettySoo’s voice is the perfect combination of strength, vulnerability and clarity. It is just perfect." – Americana-UK
"Real music. Terrific!" – Bob Harris, BBC2
"In the over-crowded, somewhat stale field of Americana, BettySoo is the very real deal…" – Houston Press
A lot happens in five years. Marriages start, marriages crumble, daughters run away, innocence is lost, husbands punch their wives in the face, and those lost causes we’ve resigned to the wind get sober and start over. Children are born – but some don’t make it past five.
During the five years since her last album of original material, BettySoo zigzagged her way across the North American and European continents more than a few times. Mostly, she toured. Every other minute, she was flying to visit best friends in rehab, driving for days with friends whose family lives were crumbling, visiting mental hospitals, going to houses and cleaning kitchens and bathrooms when friends had no will left to do it themselves.
As an insomniac and someone who understands depression from her own life-long struggle, maybe she was exactly where she and her friends needed her to be: in the thick of it, reminded of how fragile the balancing act can be for people like herself whose mental health isn’t solid as a rock. And perhaps she did exactly what she needed to do: she wrote dozens of songs – capturing those seemingly endless moments of grief, loneliness, and loss, and those fleeting moments of joy and love – and she recorded twelve of those songs on her new album When We’re Gone.
Produced together with Brian Standefer at his studio in Buda, Texas, When We’re Gone is an intimate look into private spaces in life. Wall-hung sinks (“The Things She Left Town With”), cluttered floorboards (“Josephine”), packed suitcases at the door (“Hold Tight”), and crumpled clothing at a young girl’s feet (“Summertime”) – these are the furniture for the setting, but center stage is BettySoo’s voice, her melodies, and the unmistakable texture of Brian’s cello.
BettySoo and Standefer performed the bulk of the record themselves, layering cello on cello, voices on voices, guitars on guitars, and piano whenever it begged to be played, but the album also features several of their closest friends (who happen to be some of Texas’ finest players): Glenn Fukunaga on bass, Dave Terry and Rick Richards on drums and percussion, Joey Colarusso on clarinet and flute (“Lullaby”), Will Sexton on guitar (“The Things She Left Town With,” “Summertime”), and Lloyd Maines on pedal steel (“Last Night”).
Previous albums have garnered successively greater and numerous positive reviews. The Austin American-Statesman says BettySoo has “exceptionally well-arranged songs, as easily equal in precision to, say, Patty Griffin or Alison Krauss…a confidence that speaks volumes,” and KUT praises her “beautiful, heart-wrenching songs that are also edgy and unwavering.” BettySoo’s last album, Heat Sin Water Skin, received a great deal of radio airplay, including spins at influential Non-Comm/Triple A stations WFUV, KUT, WXPN, KGSR, KDRP and SiriusXM’s The Loft.
When We’re Gone builds on this previous success, brimming with what feels like new-found confidence and strength. Perhaps all the shared brokenness from the past five years is paying its dividends.