Naomi Hooley and Rob Stroup form a Folk Soul duo out of Portland Oregon called “Moody Little Sister”. For the past three years – they have been doing things differently.
After having to walk out on a violent crowd in a small town bar – the duo was forced to reconsider the path that most bands follow. Meanwhile – they were also reconsidering a record they had been working on for over a year.
The decision to scrap their record and start from scratch was coupled with the decision to scrap the entire formula for how artists book shows and set up tours. This “Soul-Searching” led them to question who they were as people, what they wanted out of their life and music, and what they want their fans to experience at their shows.
Moody Little Sister redefined themselves and their approach. They started crafting a new record with honesty and intention while also crafting a fresh and non-traditional way of giving music to their fan base. For the past three years – they have been performing nearly 100 shows a year, but not in bars and venues. Instead – they play in back yards, living rooms, and on large pieces of property where they have created “Camping Concerts”. Folks bring their tents and families to hang out with the band, with each other, and with nature. “Fans” transform into “Tribe Members” as they begin to see themselves and each other as companions in the human experience. Community, nature, and the inward journey are the chorus line themes to most of the band's songs. Their debut record “Wild Places” is a soundtrack for anyone on a journey to be more authentically themselves. The live shows have been described as “transcendent” - as people are given the opportunity to experience community, nature, music with purpose, and themselves. That same transcendence was captured on their new record.
“Wild Places” was produced under the solid direction of americana music's pioneer, Pete Droge and executive produced by Elaine Summers . An all star team of supporting musicians were assembled including Jay Bellerose on drums (Plant/Krauss, Joe Henry, T-Bone Burnett), Jennifer Condos on Bass (Ray LaMontagne, Don Henley) and Portland's own Bob Dunham on lead guitar (Drunken Prayer, Resolectrics). Droge described the basic tracking sessions in L.A. as capturing “lightning in a bottle”. Hooley sang with grit and emotion – capturing most of her lead vocals in the moment. The band supported with raw vitality creativity. There is a lot of humanness, realness, and even error, left on the record. The results are captivating.
The band's debut record "Wild Places" will go public in June.. until then it will only be available at live shows.