Sunday, 17 August, 2008 11:51 AM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: Jypsi
by Andrew Southam
Nashville recording artists Jypsi
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
SONG YOU'D LIKE TO
by Del Shannon, or Frank Sinatra's 'In the Wee Small Hours of the
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
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 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."
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