Labor Day bash at The Bullpen featuring Sir Woman and friends. Including Australian sensation MANE, and special Guest Cassidy Snider and the Wranglers
Sir Woman, Austin Music Award’s Best New Act of 2020, was primed to hit the road promoting its much-anticipated debut album Party City, when the world changed. With fewer reasons to celebrate, soul-singer Kelsey Wilson (Wild Child, Glorietta) ditched the party vibe she planned for her maiden, solo debut in favor of a more aptly titled record for troubled times.
Bitch, a genre-bending, Motown-influenced five-song EP, is set for an Oct. 16 release under Wilson’s acid-trip inspired stage name on Austin’s Nine Mile Records. Wilson’s backing band — drummer Amber Baker (Jon Batiste) and back-up singers Spice and Roy Jr. — were joined on the album by guitarist Nik Lee and multi- instrumentalist Dan Creamer (Shakey Graves, The Texas Gentlemen), and critically acclaimed country-pop artist Robert Ellis.
But make no mistake, the Wild Child co-founder has stepped into the spotlight alone with this collection of love songs she wrote for herself as the perpetual party of touring life started to spin out of control. “This EP is me finding what makes me feel good and falling in love with myself. A mix of everything that makes my body move — pop, soul, gospel, funk, folk, and R&B. It feels so right to make a record that has my actual heart in it,” Wilson said. “These songs are the part of me that wants to help people fall in love with themselves through music. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it."
World Café’ declared “warmth, empathy and humor are the shining stars” of the EP’s first track, “Highroad,” which earned a slot on NPR’s “Heavy Rotation: 9 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing.” Consider that evidence Wilson is “moving effortlessly into a brave new R&B-infused, gospel-flecked world where her golden pipes ease you back into a fluffy pillow of serenity and bliss,” NPR critic Gini Moscorro proclaimed. In some ways, the EP’s title track, “Bitch,” set for an Oct. 1 release, took on new meaning after the world shut down. When Wilson belts, “You’ve been a bitch, baby,” it’s as if a year at the crossroads of coronavirus crisis and national civil unrest is the unintended target of the soul-singer’s angsty honesty.
Sir Woman will celebrate the EP’s release with an Oct. 23rd live-stream performance from Austin.
In a time when the entire world is more starved of human connectivity than maybe anytime in history, Adelaide artist MANE has penned a perfect, booming, beautiful anthem that celebrates the people that mean the most to us and the love that those relationships represent in her majestic new single, ‘My People.’ Self-taught and inspired by the likes of Florence and the Machine, Hayley Williams, St Vincent, Lorde, Kimbra and Billie Eilish, … year old MANE (real name Paige Court) has spent the last few years transforming the music she makes from a pastime that brought herself pleasure, into a career that brings happiness to others.
Having found national support via triple j radio and Spotify, as well as performing at festivals like Groovin’ The Moo and Spin Off alongside the likes of The Wombats, Meg Mac and Jungle Giants, MANE’s reputation continues to grow as one of the most exciting new talents in Australian music. Listen to ‘My People’ now and let it envelop you with the love and human connection it celebrates so beautifully, and understand why she’s the next big thing. Speaking about the song, MANE says, “‘My People’ is a celebration of everyone I hold close to me. It’s for my family, my friends – my entire support network.
Cassidy Snider and the Wranglers:
Cassidy Snider & The Wranglers is a band with roots firmly planted in the riverbank soil of Richmond, Virginia.
Led by the traveling troubadour herself, Cassidy Snider, this folk outlet is a grassy assortment of Cassidy's wanderlust-filled soul with sounds of the New Orleans bayou, the blue ridge mountains, and every accent between. From dive bar corners to venue bright lights, each song kicks dirt off the dance floor with story-filled twang. Blending genres, yet always tinged in Cassidy's blues, they have developed a unique sound that morphs the musical styles of the American past with a voicing that can only be sung by this band's bright future.