Grit Pixies

Grit Pixies

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In a scene dominated by bluesmen, Grit Pixies deliver more sound per square inch than your average blues duo–in dresses to boot. With 1 guitar, 2 voices, many harmonicas, and plenty of personality, Grit Pixies play traditional and original duets inspired by duos of the present and of days past.

Biography

In a blues scene dominated by bluesmen, blues women, Grit Pixies, promise to deliver more sound per square inch than your average blues duo – in cute dresses to boot. With one guitar, two voices, multiple harmonicas, and plenty of personality, all brought together by a single microphone, Grit Pixies play traditional and original duets, inspired by harmonica/ guitar duos of both the present (Cephas and Wiggins, Annie Raines and Paul Rishell) and of days past (Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Fred McDowell and Johnny Woods). While this talented pair, based in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, have only recently taken their show on the road, they have already been featured at the The 1st National Women in Blues Festival (with a return invitation for 2007), played at venues including the Grey Eagle in Asheville, and frequently play at moonshine parties throughout the Appalachian mountains -- in the process receiving praise from reputable musicians and dirty old men alike.
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JILL FROMEWICK (harmonica, washboard, vocals). Since Jill’s introduction to live blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack in Atlanta, her fascination with listening to harmonica players has turned into an obsession with playing. She has since studied with harmonica greats including Phil Wiggins, Annie Raines, and Joe Filisko, and incorporates modern and traditional influences in her individual approach to playing country blues. She’s been a regular guest with many bands in Asheville and beyond, ranging from blues to bluegrass, and including the Biscuit Burners, Menage, and The Mad Tea Party. Jill has recorded on Eliza’s CD, “Frisky or Fair”, Peggy Ratusz’s “It Takes a lot of Faith”; and soon-to-be-released solo projects by Nashville-based songwriter Julie Lee and Asheville’s Lance Mills. *****************************************
ELIZA LYNN (guitar, banjo, vocals): An “all-too-rare discovery”; “infectious swing”; “haunting” - SING OUT! Magazine. Eliza, voted Western North Carolina’s best singer/songwriter in the 2006 Mountain Xpress Reader's Poll, sings with a voice that is “soulful to the point of tasting collards (Hunter Pope, Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC)". Her debut CD, Frisky or Fair, was released in 2005 to critical acclaim, including WNCW 88.7’s Top Ten regional albums of 2006, and showcases Eliza’s “near-perfect blend of honesty and integrity in songwriting and music that envelopes you like wisp of smoke (The Beat, Greenville, SC).” She was recently awarded a grant to study fingerstyle guitar with blues legend John Cephas to further absorb the traditional Piedmont blues sound that informs the original songs of Grit Pixies.

Discography

Joseph "joebass" Dejarnette will produce our album in April 2007 at Truthface Recordings in Brooklyn, NY. Tentative release date in May 2007.

Set List

Typically, we play two 45 minute sets, although we have played two 1 1/2 hour sets. In general, we play approximately half traditional blues tunes, each salted with our own arrangments, style, and flair. The other half are our own, blues-inspired originals. Below is a typical setlist.

Set 1:
LAUGHIN’ TO KEEP FROM CRYIN’ (Traditional)
FRISKY OR FAIR (Eliza Lynn)
NOBODY’S BUSINESS (Traditional)
SLOW DRAG (Traditional)
SING A NEW SONG (Eliza Lynn)
JELLY JAM (Jill Fromewick)
CATFISH BLUES (Skip James)
HONEY IT'S TOO LATE (Jill Fromewick)
SITTIN' ON TOP OF THE WORLD (Traditional)
HOW MANY TIMES (Eliza Lynn)

Set 2:
RAILROAD BILL (Traditional)
WAKE UP (Eliza Lynn)
STEP IT UP AND GO (Traditional)
HEADED FOR THE SOUTH (Jill Fromewick)
CATFISH BLUES (Skip James)
STARED AT ME (Eliza Lynn)
BLACK MOUNTAIN BLUES (Bessie Smith)
BURNING BRIDGES (Cephas & Wiggins)
TROUBLED IN MIND (Traditional)
PUDDIN' PIE (Eliza Lynn)
PARTY CLOTHES (Jill Fromewick)