The Hello Strangers

The Hello Strangers

Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Haunting harmonies by sweet and lonesome sister duo meld with indie-twang, old-timey pulp, and the sounds of a midnight train.



What does Austin-influenced, rural-Pennsylvanian, indie sister-folk sound like? Verbosity aside, it sounds uniquely like The Hello Strangers, a sister duo whose haunting harmonies and original, wittingly noir songwriting style are the backbone of their sound.

The Hello Strangers were born out of the Austin, Texas music scene in 2006 when sisters Larissa Chace Smith and Brechyn Chace wrote their first song together, entitled "Pregnant in Jail." Based on true events, it was a preamble to a string of original tunes the pair crafted in a little cottage off South Congress Avenue. Soon, however, the mountains of Pennsylvania beckoned the girls back north, and so they packed up their lives, dogs, and Larissa's husband and returned to their two-stoplight hometown.

The move has since proven to be a boon for the duo. The sisters have created a catalogue of original music with nods to American folk traditions, modern indie rock, Texas country-folk, and roots rock, all tied together with lilting harmonies that only sisters can create. Timeless imagery and fables are at the core of each song, from tales of a boggy creek bottom where a murdered man sleeps, to a Texas roadhouse with bawdy dancers and clinking beer bottles, to more poignant reflections on the loss of winter or a man gone wrong.

The sisters are backed by Spencer Pheil on guitar, Trent Renshaw on drums, and Tom Hoy on bass.

The Hello Strangers recently won the AirPlay Direct "Win An Americana Record Deal Contest" and will have the honor of working with IMI Music in Nashville, Tennessee on their forthcoming album.

No Surf Music calls them "perhaps the most exciting prospects on the Americana scene today, with dark, perfectly crafted lyrics expressed through a pair of harmonious voices literally born to sing together and coated in folk-inspired music bolstered by a fresh, modern attitude."


"Introducing Max Schmidt" - EP, 2010
"The Hello Strangers, Acoustic in Austin" - EP, 2006

Set List

Original Material:

Same Routine
Poor Dear
The World Knows Far Better Than Me
Before You Left
Lonestar Serenade
Pregnant In Jail
Oh, He'll Drown
Faithful, Truly, Always
My Old True Love
What's Left of Him
Leave Me Alone
Yellow-Bellied Cur
Bad Omen
Another To Tell
Never Roam Again
Big Flood
What It Takes to Break a Heart
Holy Unholy
Rattle To Shake

Various covers based on venue
2 60-minute sets with breaks in between, or any variation.
Have performed up to 4-hour slots.