Family lore has it they sang before they talked. Mizzy and Casey Wiggins are an acoustic folk and roots rock duo known for their powerful voices and rich sibling harmonies.
The Wiggins Sisters can belt the blues or sing quiet Appalachian-style harmonies with equal confidence. Mizzy spent time in Austin and Casey in LA before coming together in 1995. They have earned numerous songwriting awards from Boston to Austin and have gained a following across the Atlantic as well. Their self-produced debut CD came out in 1995. Their second CD “Minnesota” was produced by Lloyd Maines (of Dixie Chicks fame) in Austin, TX with some of the finest musicians that town has to offer. ‘Minnesota’ received rave reviews. The Wiggins Sisters are currently working on a new CD due out in Aug 2010.
Mizzy Wiggins, guitar, piano, harmonica
Casey Wiggins, guitar, mandolin, banjo,
Dean Gordon, violin/fiddle, electric guitar, mandolin
Cadence Carol, percussion
"The Wiggins Sisters"
Both CDs have had alot of radio airplay. Killin America's Soul is being used as a theme song on German radio during the 2008 election period. You Take the Town was voted best independent song of 1999 by the BBC Radio
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"There's nothing like hearing sibling voices and Mizzy and Casey WIggins have great ones. Typical of..."There's nothing like hearing sibling voices and Mizzy and Casey WIggins have great ones. Typical of their sound is a strong melody line joined by a harmony line under it. At times the overall sound can be similar to Lucinda Williams, or the Indigo Girls and then you'll be thinking Buffy St. Marie or Michelle Shocked. This cameleon-like approach to each tune is one of their strengths. My vote for their next CD is for less production. They don't need a lot of extras, distracting from their best qualities; the versatility and strength of their vocals."
Sing Out! Magazine
It's been a long time since we've been floored by a new release. And even longer since we'd admit it. Casey and Mizzy Wiggins are the female counterpart to the Everly Brothers circa "Born Yesterday." Each cut is in a different style and they nail them all. Folk, country, pop, rock, a bit of jazz and some harmonies to die for. Lloyd Maines produces and does a stellar job. You want this disc. Trust me. It's already on our top ten list for the year.
"The songs on this second album are remarkable and except for two, were all written by one of the sisters. Add harmonies that are simply stunning and you're dealing with a major discovery. "Killing America's Soul" deals with children, guns, and misplaced values. "Minnesota" is as fine a song about bittersweet school reunions as you are likely to hear."
Dirty Linen Magazine
"Gifted Songwriters...absolutely stunning harmonies...from tear it up rock and roll to tremendously evocative ballads...."
John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music, Austin, TX
"Wow, and Double Wow...There is not a bad track in the collection...EmmyLou, Lucinda...you gals have company.'
David S. Rush
"Sad and passionate on some songs, playful on others, the new release brings to mind some of the great Everly Brothers records...Mizzy's voice brings the message through more fervently than the lyrics. If I didn't understand a word of English, I would still feel the pain coming through. Casey's shining moment is... 'Only Mine'. The only words in the chorus are 'You're only mine for a litle while'. I think anything more would have been overkill. She capture the whole bittersweet emotion of the song in those seven words..."
"Mizzy and Casey Wiggins not only write beautiful songs, they sing like angels. With styles ranging from folk and pop to rag and jazz this is one of the most exciting discoveries in years."
Marc Nolis, Rootstown MusicMagazine, Deurne, Belgium
"This disc shows an exceedingly dynamic pair of singing sisters with the potential to go to the farthest reaches of the folk/pop world. It's even hard to limit them to that niche however, because they have the type of magic that can transend all barriers. Except for the strong heartfelt version of Jimmy LaFave's 'Desperate Men' (to which he adds backing vocals) and Will T. Massey's 'You Take the Town' all the songs are self-penned. The ominous toned talking blues of 'Killing America's Soul' and the lilting rythms of 'Ireland' are highlights. The songwriting is strong and the musicianship and arrangements on the disc are excellent thanks to the expert production hand of Lloyd Maines and some well known musicians including John Inmom, Paul Pearcy, Darcy Deauville, and Gene Elders. This is a very good CD that bodes well for the future of this promising duo.
The All Music Guide
Bob Gottleib, Tucson, AZ
"A classy sister act with amazingly wonderful self-penned songs that feature a tantalizing variety of styles and harmonies"
Perry Stewart, Fort Worth Star Telegram
"After all these years it takes something special to impress me……I thoroughly enjoyed the new CD ‘minnesota’ by the Wiggins Sisters. ‘Saturday Afternoons’ is just a killer song; ‘Boys from New Jersey’, ‘Ireland’ and ‘Killing America’s Soul’ aren’t far behind."
Arthur Wood, ‘The Kerrville Chronicle’ London, England
"Mizzy & Casey Wiggins have a homespun sound that is immediately endearing...tight harmonies and defiant lyrics. Their debut CD should win them quite a few fans...From the opening jangle, the disc ‘minnesota’ totally engages the listener. More rockin than their first CD, it is my pick for best album this year. Even Linda and Emmylou don’t come close to the harmony sounds of Mizzy and Casey Wiggins. Mizzy’s throaty vocals can tear through the blues while Casey's shines singing solo. The tunes are catchy, the lyrics meaningful and thought provoking. The sisters have taken their sound further, gaining new ground and a certain maturing of their artistry. You can take it to the bank, its only a matter of time before these two get their well deserved place on today’s music scene."
Meathook Williams, Vmag, Northampton, MA
"The Wiggins Sisters are outstanding singers and songwriter…they will beautify any stage. Their original songs are made even more compelling by their heavenly harmonies..."
Phil Ciganer, owner, Town Crier Café, Pawling, NY
Founder, Hudson River Revival Festival
Founder, Bear Mountain Creek Festiva
"These girls can write……they’ve written some epic tunes here"
Lloyd Maines, producer
"One listen to the Wiggins Sisters will tell you why they’ve won so many songwriting awards. Their sensitive and intelligent songs show a broad range and a fancy for variety. Some of their songs are about real world topics, and others evoke foot stompin' fun. Their lyrics evoke crystal clear visual images set off by a comfortable musical style that showcases their country blues and folk influence on their work"
Terry Schommer, NY Times Herald Record
"Their music moves me deeply. Their new album is a huge leap musically and lyrically"
Marilyn Rae Beyer, PD WUMB/Boston
"The Wiggins Sisters go about the business of making music quietly, gently and very professionally. If you haven’t heard of them yet, you will. They write songs full of depth that sing in your head long after the music’s over…"
Dan Woog, Westport News
"...those luscious harmonies…"
Jimmy LaFave, singer/songwriter
"Their new CD ‘minnesota’ is simply great. It evokes the spirit of Austin Texas and reminds me of some of the other great music of that great city"
Joerg Jokisch, German Radio
"The Wiggins sisters officially come of age with their second release ‘minnesota’. It’s a sophisticated effort full of, naturally enough, sibling close harmonies and catchy, folk-pop tunes.The duo’s sound has been given a shot of adrenaline by the Austin-based producer and steel guitar whiz Lloyd Maines. 'minnesota' leaves the obvious Indigo Girls comparisons behind with their bluesy, Texas country palette of sounds, and accent on instrumentation over complicated vocal arrangements"
Joshua Mamis, New Haven Advocate
Sets are typically 45 min with about 8-10 songs per set.
We come together
You Take the Town
Danny's All Star Joint
Idiots like you
Long Hot Texas Nights
Let the Sun Shine
Thank you for loving me