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Sunday, 17 August, 2008 11:51 AM

CMA New Artist Spotlight: Jypsi

Photo by Andrew Southam

Arista Nashville recording artists Jypsi

By Bob Doerschuk
© 2008 CMA Close Up News Service

Even if you didn't know that Jypsi consists of three sisters and one brother, something in their look and performance suggests that they're washed in a river of experience that runs deeper than most band histories.

Ranging in age from 16 to 26, they started working together when the youngest sibling, Lillie Mae, proved old enough to carry a tune - at age 3. Today she handles lead vocals and plays the fiddle, with the lineup rounded out by Amber-Dawn on vocals and fiddle, Scarlett on mandolin and Frank on lead guitar and vocals. Together they present a refreshing visual appeal, with a sassy fashion sense that marries haute couture, thrift store happenstance and an adventurous sense of fun.

These elements reflect throughout their self-titled Arista Nashville debut album, produced by Blake Chancey. Country is the root of their sound, with a combination of authenticity and irreverence derived in part from the coaching received from Cowboy Jack Clement after the family relocated to Nashville years ago from Galena, Ill.

These 12 well-chosen tracks are as varied as the band's attire, from the Cajun groove of "Shame on Me" to "Stray Dogs and Alley Cats," a charming account of innocent transgression. The first single, the Liz Rose/ Stephanie Chapman composition "I Don't Love You Like That," captures Jypsi's appeal in one winsome and playful rainbow of music.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS:

SONG YOU'D LIKE TO COVER

FRANK: "'Runaway' by Del Shannon, or Frank Sinatra's 'In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.'"
LILLIE MAE: "That'd be a beautiful one . and 'I Get Along Without You Very Well.'"

ACTOR TO PLAY YOU IN A BIOPIC

AMBER-DAWN: "I love Meg Ryan, but I'm thinking more like Cameron Diaz."
FRANK: "Meg Ryan could do a good job with Amber-Dawn."
LILLIE MAE: "Audrey Hepburn. She was dainty and elegant and beautiful, and while I think I'm a lot more 'rough,' she's my favorite actress."
SCARLETT: "Jaclyn Smith when she was young. I like her."

CD ON YOUR STEREO

LILLIE MAE: "Jackson Browne and The Beatles' White Album."
SCARLETT: "Marty Robbins."

PET PEEVE

AMBER-DAWN: "My pet peeve is not getting things back that I let people borrow."
FRANK: "People who talk too loud."
SCARLETT: "I think one of the biggest things is when you're really trying to focus and feel the music, and all you hear is people talking - that drives me insane."

MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU'D RELIVE IF YOU COULD

LILLIE MAE: "When we first moved here, we were at Cowboy Jack Clement's office almost every single day. I was a little girl, and I wish I could go back because it was such an amazing time looking back now. He even taught me how to play the ukulele."
FRANK: "I don't think we should go back and re-live anything because it's all worked out. But at the same time, that would be a good time."

On the Web: www.jypsi.net

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