"I am one third of the band, we are co-conspirators, we're collaborators, we write everything together, we play everything together, we all sing lead and we all sing harmony; I can also play guitar," stated statuesque Grace Pettis of Austin, TX based Americana/Pop/Folk trio Nobody'sGirl.
Pettis, who like her band mates Rebecca Loebe and BettySoo has had success on her own enthusiastically discussed the upcoming July 30 release of their first full length self-titled album, their current single and post pandemic tour plans.
A veritable melting pot of influences has created a sound which may fall into any of the aforementioned categories or as was once said it, "Bridges the gap between folk and heavenly pop."
"I love that description! I think it was our publicist Wendy who said, "We were like if The Bangleswere an Americana trio;" I like that too," explained a laughing Pettis. "It is interesting how kind of pop it is and how it's sort of sequined and fun which is a big part of what we do together and that happened really organically; it's not like we were trying to manufacture some kind of a sound. We get together and it's a good time; we all hang out, we were friends for a decade before we were ever in a band together. So, it feels like kind of one long slumber party, road trip, band talk; it's a lot of fun being together and I think that translates musically with the tight harmonies and up-tempo pop songs but at the same time we all come from that whole Americana/Roots tradition so there's a lot of that in what we do."
Riding the success of their 2018 EP "Waterline" which saw them perform more than 100 shows, release several more singles and essentially pave the way for this full-length record; they didn't rest, instead they began to write what would become "Nobody's Girl."
"There's a couple of covers on the record; a Carole King cover and an Eliza Gilkyson song called "Beauty Way" but all of the other ones are co-written by the three of us. I think there's 10 tracks, now that you ask me I can't remember," she said with a laugh. "They are all originals except for those two; there's no concept behind this necessarily unless the concept is what has been going on in our lives and the country at large over the past couple of years but there's a lot of influence from the later years of the Trump era which influenced the record for sure as well as our own personal lives and the things that we went through during that time. These are a lot of the songs that we wrote in 2018 and 2019 and there's a few songs that we re-worked from our original key as well; it was pretty much just finding time whenever we could to get together and write. This record was supposed to come out in early 2020, then later in the summer of 2020 but things happened (laughs). We had a few unpredictable events that made it not ideal to be on the road playing shows as a harmony centric trio that relies heavily on vocals. So, we just decided that it was in the best interest of the record and in our own best interest to push back the release to 2021 so that we could do it right."
The current single "Kansas" has been inspired by life events and some from a classic film, some real and others from lessons learned
"Kansas;" I don't know if any of us are particular "Wizard Of Oz" fans but we're all from the South, we all moved away from our home towns in search of a bigger world and there's all of the complicated emotions that go along with that sort of thing, which I think is kind of universal. Everybody, you hit 18 and you leave home to kind of find out who you are and to see who you are outside of the context of everyone who has known you since you were a baby; you know? That's just a part of growing up and that's really what "Kansas" is about; the "Wizard Of Oz" is just a metaphor to get us there. It's a girl who clicks her heels and finds herself in a different world and in the end she sort of finds all of these things that she's been searching for; courage, heart and all of that has really been available to her the whole time and those things are found inside. So, whatever it is that you are out there looking for is readily available to you anywhere all of the time and I think it is really about that."
So, with the pandemic slowing and the world opening up; what do they do after their release show on July 29 at a "Surprise venue" in their hometown of Austin followed by a livestream release on July 30?
"Then we play some shows! We are going to play some shows, we've got stuff on the calendar and God willing and the cases don't rise that is the plan. We've got a show locally, we are playing Mountain Stage in West Virginia, tours on the East Coast, the Northeast and a California tour. We are going to get in a car and do a big blow-out release tour and play all of our favorite venues if they are still standing; just have one big party to celebrate the record and have some fun."
Pettis who says, "I think people should listen to it because I think it's good," is definitely in line with the early reviews and to see for yourselves; please go to www.wearenobodysgirl.com to discover more about this Texas trio.
That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!
This week's event listings
Arts Council of Princeton 102 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-8777 Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Artist Talk with Robin Resch (FREE and located in Dohm Alley next to Starbucks on Nassau St.) Fri. 6 p.m. "Summer Nights" Concert Series feat. Billy Joel Tribute w/ "You May Be Right." (Takes place at Princeton Shopping Center 301 North Harrison Street) Bill's Olde Tavern 2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton (609) 586-0192 Thurs. 7 p.m. Kindred Spirit Duo Tues./Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ "Super" Dave Curtis Ages 21+ Broken Goblet Brewing 2500 State Road Bensalem, PA (267) 812-5653 Thurs. 7 p.m. Mike Estabrook Sat. 8 p.m. Steve (the band) Wed. 8 p.m. Open Mic w/ Cara Cartney All Shows 21+Bruno's Bicycles, One Sweet Ride 19 South Main Street Allentown (609) 208-0544 Fri. 7 p.m. The Successful FailuresCandlelight Lounge 24 Passaic Street Trenton (609) 695-9612 Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam Hosted by The Mojo Gypsies. $5 (Includes hot buffet) Championship Bar 931 Chambers street Trenton (609) 396-5457 Mon. 8 p.m. "Art Chill Night" Tuesday 8 p.m. "Jam Night" Hosted by Nikki & Caleb Ages 21+COARadio.com 125 South Main Street Hightstown (609) 241-7103 Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Katye Kellye and the InterruptionCooper's Riverview 50 Riverview Plaza Trenton (609) 393-7300 Thurs. (7 p.m.) Fuzzy Side Up (9 p.m.) Club Night feat. Rotating DJs (inside event) Fri. (5 p.m.) "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere Happy Hour" (8 p.m.) The Mix Sun. 11 a.m. " Sunday Latin Jazz Brunch" w/ Victor Tarassov Mon. 7 p.m. "Sunny Monday Blues Jam" Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ Karen and Mark Wed. (12 p.m.) "Wine Down Wednesdays" (7 p.m.) The Slick Rhodes Band All Events Ages 21+Cream Ridge Winery 145 Route 539 Cream Ridge (609) 259-9797 Sat. 1:30 p.m. Maggs and BudDacey's Pub 215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA (215) 295-4838 Fri. 6 p.m. Acoustic Music Night Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo Dempster's Pub 437 Pine Street Mount Holly (609) 261-0500 Thurs. 9 p.m. "Throwback Thursday/Ladies Night" w/ DJ entertainment feat. retro 70's, 80's and 90's music. Fri. / Sat. 9 p.m. DJ entertainmentDog & Bull Brew House 810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA. (215) 788-2855 Fri. 6 p.m. Justin Beck Sun. 11 a.m. Dana Collins Eddington House Bensalem 2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA (215) 639-1220 Sat. 8 p.m. Mike DEscape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA (215) 968-0600 Fri. 6 p.m. KirkoGerman American Society 215 Uncle Pete's Road Hamilton (609) 585-5200 Sat. 10 a.m. "16th Annual Euro American Car & Motorcycle Show" w/ Union, DJ EntertainmentGleason's Bar 6700 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA (215) 943-4781 Thurs. 7 p.m. Weekly Corn Hole Tournament Sat. 9 p.m. Never Enough Wed. 5:30 p.m. Family Fun Night w/ "Gina the Balloon Girl" Greenhouse 90 South Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 693-1657 Thurs. 8 p.m. "Musicians Night Out" Hosted by Lovelight Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Sam Ryan Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Dwayne DunlevyGrounds For Sculpture 80 Sculptors way Hamilton (609) 586-0616 Fri. 8:30 a.m. Wellness Walk Sat. 10 a.m. "Member Mornings" Sun. 1 p.m. "Family Meditation"Halo Pub (Fete) 9 Hullfish Street Princeton (609) 921-1710 Sat. 6 p.m. Blue Jersey BandHavana New Hope 105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA. (215) 862-9897 Thurs. 7 p.m. Funk n' Blues Jam Fri. 8 p.m. Eric Clapton Tribute w/ "Bell Bottom Blues" Sun. 5 p.m. Jenny Grace Mon. 9 p.m. "Lipstick Mondays Drag Show" Hopewell Valley Vineyards 46 Yard Avenue Pennington (609) 737-4465 Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Christine Havrilla Sat. (1 p.m.) Ed Wilson (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Acoustic DuoVer Sun. 1:30 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Darla & RichIron Plow Vineyards 26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus (732) 306-9111 Fri. 6:30 p.m. Monk & Monk Sat. 6:30 p.m. Wayne Palmer Trio Sun. 2 p.m. Ronnie BrandtIvy Tavern 3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton (609) 888-1435 Thurs. 9:30 p.m. "Thursday Night Dance Party" Fri. 8 p.m. Ess Gees Duo Sat. 8 p.m. Southside WanderersJohn & Peter's 96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa (215) 862-5981 Thurs. 9 p.m. 8 p.m. Tom Kanach Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational All shows 21+ Killarney's Publick House 1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton (609) 586-1166 Thurs. 5 p.m. "Girls Night Out" w/ Radio Fiction Sat. 5 p.m. Mario & FrankLanghorne Summer Concert Series 115 West Richardson Avenue Langhorne, PA Wed. 7 p.m. BullzeyeLaurita Winery 85 Archertown Road New Egypt (609) 752-0200 Thurs. 7 p.m. "Laurita Idol 2021" (Tryout) (Open to adults 18+, $15 registration fee to tryout) Fri. (12 p.m.) "Wine In The Grove Friday (7 p.m.) Paint & Sip Bicycle Wines (7 p.m.) BBQ Grill (7 p.m.) Awesome 80's Dance Party Sat. "Winery Weekend" feat. (1 p.m.) Living The Dream Sun. "Winery Weekend" feat. (1 p.m.) Rick WinowMakefield Highlands Golf Club 1418 Woodside Road Yardley, PA (215) 321-7000 Fri. 5 p.m. Rob GrodenMcGuinn's Place 1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence (609) 392-0599 Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke Ages 21+ McStews Irish Sports Pub 5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (215) 949-9570 Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia NightMercer County Park Festival Grounds Hughes Drive/Old Trenton Road West Windsor (609) 448-1947 Thurs. 5 p.m. "Mercer County L.E.A.D. Fest" feat. (6:30 p.m.) Diamond Eye Jack Fri. 5 p.m. "Mercer County L.E.A.D. Fest" feat. (6:30 p.m.) B Street Band Sat. 1 p.m. "Mercer County L.E.A.D. Fest" feat. (6:30 p.m.) Southern Steel Sun. 1 p.m. "Mercer County L.E.A.D. Fest" feat. (6:30 p.m.) Ernie WhiteMusic Mountain Theater 1483 Route 179 Lambertville (609)397-3337 Fri. 8 p.m. "Head Over Heels" Sat./Sun. 3 p.m. "Head Over Heels" Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA (215) 458-7081 Thurs. 7 p.m. Super Smash Brothers Project M TournamentNew Hope Winery 6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA (215) 794-2331 Fri./Sat. 8 p.m. Classic Stones feat. The Glimmer TwinsNewtown Brewing Company 103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA (215) 944-8609 Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night Sat. 7 p.m. Music with Two DuoNick's Roast Beef 4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA (215) 637-5151 Thurs. 6 p.m. Mike McCullough Fri. 6 p.m. Jawn Of The Dead Sat. 6 p.m. Old School Sun. 4 p.m. AJ SlickNottingham Fire Co. Ballroom 200 Mercer Street Hamilton Square (609) 890-9834 Fri. 7 p.m. "Show & Dinner" feat. The Amazing Grace Little & The Grace Little Band, Meg Hanson Group, Infinity Band, w/ Music by DJ EZP. (Doors open at 6 p.m., $45)Odd Logic Brewing Co. 500 Bristol Pike, Bristol, PA Thurs. 6 p.m. TriviaO'Fowley's Tavern & Grill 200 State Road Croydon, PA (215) 785-6998 Fri. 8 p.m. DJ EntertainmentOld Hights Brewing 123 West Ward Street Hightstown (609) 469-5976 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Old Town Pub 135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown (609) 291-9232 Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia Tues. 7 p.m. "Dinner Is A Drag"Palmer Square 40 Nassau Street Princeton Thurs. 4 p.m."Locals Night" w/ Live "Strolling" Musician Fri. 8 p.m. Movie Night on the Green feat. "Sing" Sun. 2 p.m. Some Assembly RequiredPasquale's Sports Bar 9078 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA (267) 202-6268 Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour feat. (TBA) Sat. 8 p.m. DJ or Live Band Entertainment Tues. 7:30 p.m. Quizzo Wed. 7 p.m. Open MicPatriots Crossing 1339 River Road Titusville (609) 737-2780 Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night Sat. 7 p.m. Paul Plumeri Blues Band Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo" Ralphie's 2295 2nd Street Pike Newtown, PA (267) 491-5408 Fri. 7 p.m. Leisure SuitRevere Restaurant 802 River Road Ewing (609) 882-6365 Sat. 6 p.m. Brian Elliot Wed. 7 p.m. David BoydRobbinsville Community Concert Town Center Lake Drive Gazebo, Robbinsville Tues. 7 p.m. The Gumbo GumbasRomeo's Restaurant & Pizza 10 Schalks Crossing Road Plainsboro (609) 799-4554 Sat. 7 p.m. The Blue-Eyed Balladeer Rosedale Mills 101 Route 31 North Pennington (609) 737-2008 Sat. 1 p.m. Outdoor Line Dancing. $10 (Rain date Sundays 12 p.m.)Sherman Theater/Penn Community Bank Amphitheater 2400 Byberry Road Bensalem, PA Wed. 7 p.m. "Real Diamond" Neil Diamond Tribute (Doors open at 5:30 p.m., tickets available online)Small World Coffee 14 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-4377 x2 Thurs. 8 p.m. "The Fluid Acrylics of Adriana Groza" (Runs 7 days a week thru 8/3)Tara's Tavern 1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown (609) 286-2300 Fri. 9 p.m. Jason Fox Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Big Daddy GTavern On The Lake 101 Main Street Hightstown (609) 426-9345 Wed. 9 p.m. KaraokeTemperance House 5 South State Street Newtown, PA (215) 944-8050 Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara CartneyTerhune Orchards 330 Cold Soil Road Princeton (609) 924-2310 Fri. 4 p.m. "Sips & Sounds Friday" feat. Ragtime RelicsThe Bog (Cranbury Golf Club) 49 Southfield Road West Windsor (609) 799-0341 Sat. 7 p.m. Mikey V and the Unprofessionals The Buck Hotel 1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA (215) 396-2002 Thurs. 7 p.m. Kevin Kirko Fri. 7 p.m. Love JunkThe Cool Cricket 216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro (609) 291-9110 Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke Sat. 8:30 p.m. Asylum ChoirThe Dubliner 34 North Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 693-1816 Sat. 7 p.m. Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session"The Morrisville Tavern 376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA (215) 295-5310 Sat. 7 p.m. The Williamsboy Mon. 7 p.m. "Country Night" The Roost 181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge (609) 208-0050 Fri. 8 p.m. ArHouse Sat. 8 p.m. Kindred SpiritThe Sycamore Grill 255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA (215) 908-6326 Fri. 8 p.m. Sister Blue Sat. 8 p.m. Plush DuoThomas Sweet Ice Cream 183 Nassau Street Princeton (609) 683-8720 Sat. 7 p.m. The ShaykzTrain Wreck Distillery 25 Madison Avenue Mount Holly (609) 288-6300 Thurs. 6 p.m. Fri. 7 p.m. Tiltin' CatzTrenton Buzz 702 Pine Street Trenton (609) 392-6000 Sat. 10 p.m. "Buzzed Saturdays" Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location) 400 Union Square New Hope, Pa. (215) 862-8300 Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia Sun. 7 p.m. Open Stage All shows 21+ Vault Tap Room 19 West College Avenue Yardley, PA (267) 907-8550 Thurs. 7 p.m. Comedy Night w/ Fri. 7 p.m. Sarah HeineWater's Edge Gastropub and Lounge 1067 Totem Road Bensalem, PA (267) 332-2095 Thurs. 7 p.m. Cornhole "Blind Draw." $10 Sat. 9 p.m. "Comedy on the Crick" feat. Reverend Bob Levy, Matt Bridgestone Sun. 12 p.m. Drag Brunch Wed.7 p.m. Drag Bingo & KaraokeWest Windsor Arts Center/Nassau Park Pavilion 952 Alexander Road Princeton Sat. 5 p.m. BD Lenz TrioWorking Dog Winery 610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown (609) 371-6000 Fri. 1 p.m. Jersey Sure Cats Sat. 1 p.m. Maggs and BudWWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor Jazzon2.org Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"
Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.