• New Album Recording is Done!

    We are proud to announce that the new album is complete! We finished vocals and overdubs in Brooklyn this week. The blizzard didn't stop us.

    There are nine tracks - featuring guest appearances by members of the band Hem, James Abrams of the Abrams Brothers, Jeremy Ezell of The Well Reds, and pedal steel master Bob Hoffnar. The record was produced by Gary Maurer of Hem, who counts many Union veterans in his Ohio family tree.

    Mixing begins in February. A release date for "An Army Without Music: Civil War Stories from Hallowed Ground"  will be announced soon.

  • Unkovr

    Thanks to Ted Russell Kamp and for the feature:

    "The songwriting team of Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins is a powerful one. Their music is rooted in the deep traditions of the American South and they write about history in a way that is both personal and timeless."

  • Rose of Sharon video

    Video number four in our "An Army Without Music: Civil War Stories from Hallowed Ground" series is now live!

    This is "Rose of Sharon", recorded in Mansfield, Red River Parish, Louisiana. It features a special guest appearance by Charles Whitstine of the Grammy-nominated bluegrass duo the Whitstein Brothers on mandolin. His grandsons, Charles Wesley and Jesse, appear as soldiers.

    A rose of Sharon, also known as a Confederate rose, was often etched on jewelry given by soldiers to their sweethearts before they went away to war. This story was inspired by a friend's great-great-great grandfather, who left home to fight in the Red River Valley campaign. He was last seen sitting under an old oak tree, and was never heard from again. The Battle of Mansfield was the largest battle within that campaign. Today, the land is scarred by lignite mining operations.

    A special thank you to Richard Holloway of the Civil War Roundtable of Central Louisiana, and to the Whitstine family.

    We have three more recording sites left: Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. These recordings will be a part of our next album, "An Army Without Music." We're making a double disc - one side, live recordings - the other side, studio versions of the same songs produced by Gary Maurer (of the band Hem) in Brooklyn.

  • SXSW

    Austin, Texas...come hang with us:

    Thursday March 13, 2014
    NotSXSW at Giddy Ups - Full Band
    Austin, TX
    7:00 p.m.

    Saturday March 15, 2014
    NotSXSW at Giddy Ups
    Austin, TX
    2:00 p.m.

    Saturday March 15, 2014
    SXSW showcase at 219 West
    Austin, TX
    6:10 p.m.

  • New Album Update

    We spent the weekend in Brooklyn working on An Army Without Music: CIvil War Stories from Hallowed Ground at Saltlands Studio with producer Gary Maurer (Hem).

    The tracks sound beautiful. Gary has added mandolin (a 1917 Gibson we both drooled over). There's now banjo by Jason Mercer and fiddle from James Abrams of The Abrams Brothers. James' fiddle on Mollie Glass made us cry. Texas legend Bob Hoffnar will be adding pedal steel soon.

    Looks like the album will have eight tracks: Mollie Glass, Rose of Sharon, Chantilly Grace, Lanterns at Horseshoe Ridge, Grancer Harrison, Goodnight House, Glorieta and Salem Church.

    We hope for a summer release. Stay tuned!

  • Revisiting lost recordings

    In 2010, we recorded a handful of tracks in Nashville that were meant to be our first album, but were never completed. However, we've recently revisited a few of them, and thanks to Derek Murphy we've mixed up a few for free downloads as The Nashville Tapes.

    Today we're releasing one of the very first songs we wrote together, "House of Bourbon Part I", written from the perspective of a young Marie Antoinette.

    The song features legendary pedal steel player Al Perkins, and Vanessa's live scratch vocals.

    Download your free mp3 now - you can grab "Ghost of Traveller" from the same sessions while you're at it!

  • 30A Songwriters Festival

    Catch us this weekend at the 30A Songwriters Festival:

    Friday January 17 Crush Wine Bar (Seaside) 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday January 18 Rosemary Beach Town Hall 7:00 p.m.