Hussy Hicks / Press

“Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz – Hussy Hicks – conjure a special kind of magic as their vocals entwine together, becoming more than the sum of their parts. It’s the glue which binds their eclectic musical adventures: from nu-country to folk ditties, from power ballads to blues & roots. Recorded in Alabama with Rick Hirsch producing and lending a hand on guitar, Lucky Joe’s Wine is a seven-track serve of good music that seems to have audibly soaked up the Southern hospitality. The jaunty Flying opens the show; there’s the lamentations of Look What You’ve Done; the title track is as lively and jumpy as Lucky Joe after enough of his wine; and Slow Train is an agonising heartbreak of a track. The marching rhythms of Roll Along are infectious, and closer 3 Rainbows brings a touch of soul to their mix – even the feel of Bob Marley’s early work.”

“The London Sessions, third studio album for Queensland duo the Hussy Hicks see's Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz fleshing out songs previewed on last year's work in progress (live in the studio) release "Postcards and Previews". Album highlights include Parker displaying her six string dexterity on Armageddon which starts off like a dark bluesy declaration of troubled times and slowly builds into a gospel style positive affirmation, "We Can Go Anywhere" with its catchy chorus and African style guitar arpeggios and the musically adventurous "People of Passion". Gentz excels with a reflective "Dear Jean" whose plaintive melody is held aloft by her emotive vocal and ethereal harmonies, "Breaking It All Down" a meditation on the difficulty of confronting the inequities of modern life and her exquisite and positively life affirming "Sandcastles". These girls epitomise everything I admire about great music - instinct, passion, courage, creativity and a distinct refusal to compromise their vision”

Kim Cheshire - Country Update Magazine

“On “The London Sessions”... their enthusiasm and joie de vivre is palpable. The sound is completed by a rhythm section that understands its obligations, and they swing like few folk groups do. Not that they’re purists by any means. Taking inspiration from various genres, including jazz, soul, old country and blues, the different combinations they employ keeps their music fresh, without sacrificing their trademark sound. That’s defined by Parker’s expressive musicianship – she’s played with a variety of acclaimed guitarists from Tommy Emmanuel to Lulo Reinhardt – and Gentz’s distinctive and versatile vocals. Standout performances come thick and fast, “Armageddon (Outta Here)” arrives on blues-rock guitar lick... It’s a cracking start, and brings to mind Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt and the best of ‘70s FM radio. “Breaking It All Down” serves up a little social commentary, though it though it’s observational rather than preachy, and my current fave, the roots”

“Watching Julz Parker play her custom-made acoustic dreadnought is nothing short of breath-taking; a stark reminder of the huge gap between simply ‘playing guitar’ and the ability to make an instrument the extension of your musical imagination. In other words, inspiring and just a little bit humiliating.”

“Two hussies, one guitar There’s no room for religious politics in the street press so we won’t cry divine intervention, but I’ll just say it’s a happy coincidence when different pieces of a musical outfit align in one place this well. This folk/acoustic debut is one such coming-together of influences. With the vocals and lyrics of Leesa Gentz and the guitar work of Julz Parker there’s a strange diversity in the sound thanks to the nature of equal collaboration – most tracks either flourish vocally or instrumentally. There are definite moments of musical and lyric gorgeousness, occasionally at the same time. It’s a lot Missy Higgins, a smattering of Tegan & Sara and a wee bit knee-slapping country. Highlights are the understated, vocal-focussed This Time and the oldschool country charm of You Are. The meld of drawn-out, chirpy guitar twang and playful, overly metaphoric lyrics could be too sanguine to handle, except that it’s balanced by downright cynical and sweetly em”

Anna Angel - Rave Magazine

“Perth Blues Club 13th April, 2010 gig review: "HUSSY HICKS, the current darlings of the Festival circuit, were up next and their energy-charged set had everyone in the audience mesmerised. You won’t find a finer female lead guitarist than Julz Parker, who switched from acoustic to electric with ease. As for the voice of Leesa Gentz, it soars and screams yet can be as gentle as a feather tickling your back. The two girls intertwine their vocals delightfully in exquisite harmonies through a broad selection of ballads and more uptempo rootsier-sounding songs. One to entertain the crowd was “Drummer Boy”, which told tales about past loves in a comedic double entendre so familiar to the Blues genre. More songs from the album, “A Million Different Truths”, had the crowd bopping along, caught up in their musical magic. “Don’t Talk To Me” posed questions, yet their thoughtful lyrics tended to provide answers.”

Derek Cromb - Play The Blues Radio

"If you thought a combination of The Dixie Chicks and Missy Higgins would suck, you’d be damn wrong. The new Hussy Hicks not only literally sounds like a combination of the two, their new record A Million Different Truths is a swirling blend of dreamy country twang and soulful blues influences. You really cannot listen to this record and not feel totally spurred to go out and rustle up some cattle or sit around a campfire listening to the cicadas. Lonely inflicts the sense of just that: being alone. Beautiful vocals accompanied by a subtle guitar really make this the highlight track for us. On the other hand, the single Millisecond sounds like something you’d hear out of a coming-of-age chick flick; it’s upbeat and somehow joyfully liberating. Overall, this honest and charming record is a real pleasure to listen to."

Scott Templeton - Esperanto Magazine

“HUSSY HICKS has a sound all of its own. The songs on this album are at the same time simple yet endlessly interesting and optimistic yet heartbreakingly honest and raw. It is an album written and sung from the heart”

Susan Jarvis - Country Capital News