There are very few things in life as hard to define as where we come from. Our past seems to fade from our memories as we progress and evolve, leaving us struggling to recollect the origins of our wisdom. Music seems to accelerate this process exponentially. To me, with music, all sense of time is forgotten and we allow ourselves to be guided solely by the pulse of our own existence. Now I know I’m probably talking too much but that is quite typical of me. But the point I’m making is that neither Theresa nor myself can justify where our musical journey began. It’s as if we’ve been this telepathic, over-enthusiastic guitar-mandolin duo from Sulphur, Louisiana forever, and yet, we’ve only been playing for a little over a year and a half together. While the dawn of our work cannot properly be explained, the source of its wisdom can: Long hours spent Friday and Saturday nights playing at the Stellar Beans coffee house situated in the old part of downtown Lake Charles. Now every band has their own venue that brings them back to their roots and that being said, The Bean is like our mother ship. It was there that we nervously stepped out in front of a live audience for the first time with an eleven-song set consisting of ten covers and one original. That original song would later become known as “The Mississippi Song” affectionately named by Theresa’s wonderful grandmother, who loved the song so much that she requested it at the end of every show. Those first performances are the ones that we remember the most, looking out into the crowd to see our family and friends looking back in anticipation. I personally cannot express enough gratitude for the tremendous role both of our families have played in being a part of our journey. They were there at every show to rejoice in our success and to help us laugh at our mistakes. Without them, our success would have been impossible. Often, we are asked to describe our music and more often than not we are completely stumped by the question. The only thing I can answer this puzzling question with is that our music reflects the cultural landscape from whence we came and the radical way in which we are shaping it.
- Thomas Townsley