SIRENS OF SOUTH AUSTIN – TUESDAY, 4/10/18 @ 5:00PM
Rebecca Loebe, Grace Pettis, and BettySoo have known each other for nearly a decade. They each met in the same place: Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas. All three women are winners of the prestigious New Folk Songwriting Contest and have spent many summers over the years performing, attending and teaching at the festival, which is a mecca of sorts for songwriters nationwide.
As staples of the national folk music scene and veteran troubadours, these critically acclaimed songwriters and performers have shared stages occasionally over the last decade. Throughout, they’ve remained close friends and loyal fans of each others’ work. It was not until recently, however, that they considered joining forces to create music together. Nobody’s Girl was originally conceived as a one-time tour; a chance for three like-minded peers to travel and perform together for a few weeks.
Originally dubbing their tour concept “Sirens of South Austin,” Rebecca, BettySoo, and Grace recorded a music video on a shoestring budget to help book shows. That video, a live performance of “Fast Car” (originally written by Tracy Chapman) filmed on iPhones, was released without fanfare. With $0 of paid promotion, it racked up close to 20,000 views and hundreds of shares in less than 48 hours. Rebecca, Grace, and BettySoo’s booking agents began to receive emails from venues across the country, asking about the group’s availability. A 20 city tour was booked before anyone could blink.
An inclination to take the tour-turned-side-project seriously brought the three friends to Lucky Hound Music’s Firefly Studios in Fischer, Texas for a two-day songwriting retreat. That collaborative effort yielded three brand new co-written songs. Nobody’s Girl was born. Lucky Hound signed the group on the spot. A new EP was promptly recorded with veteran Austin producer Michael Ramos at the helm. That recording is expected to be released soon.
Since its inception, Nobody’s Girl has been working hard to keep up with its impressive momentum. The ladies will embark on their highly anticipated national tour debut in April of this year. Expect great things.