She Keeps Bees

She Keeps Bees

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She Keeps Bees is simple, gritty and downright sexy. Jessica sings 'til her stomach hurts while Andy holds down the rhythm--lumberjack style. Recorded over the course of 2008, eMusic hailed Nests as "absolutely astonishing... every song is great."

Biography

Jessica Larrabee, born in Washington DC, has been a self-taught singer and performer since childhood. With a funk/R&B drummer for a father and a delightfully eccentric mother, this is what you get: Jess. Records were always spinning at the Larrabee house...Rick James, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Kahn, Grace Jones, Lou Reed, Millie Jackson...not music a six-year-old usually gets the pleasure of hearing.

Jessica moved to New York, via Philadelphia, in 2003, where she started her solo career. She bar-tended and did odd jobs for two years while writing the songs that would eventually become present-day She Keeps Bees.

In 2005, Jessica was joined by recording engineer and producer, Andy LaPlant, who had just moved to New York from New Orleans. Together, they created Minisink Hotel, the first proper She Keeps Bees release. After a few drum lessons from Jess, Andy learned to keep a beat, and they have been performing, recording, and LIVING together since 2006.

They recorded a digital-only EP Shhhh in 2007, and shortly after, began work on their second proper full-length Nests. During the time they were recording Nests at home, they released an ultra-limited 12-inch vinyl EP with hand-collaged covers (made by Jess), containing early versions of two songs that would eventually appear on Nests.
Nests, self-released in September 2008 in the United States, was released in the UK on Names Records in early August, 2009.

Discography

2009- Nests (UK)
2009- Revival EP (UK)
2008- Nests
2007- Shhhh EP
2006- Minisink Hotel

Set List

30 - 45 min. Short and sweet.
Live review: Visibly a little nervous, but flying at a hundred miles an hour, her offbeat snippets about eating whole mozzarella balls like apples are nestled amongst a liberal smattering of curses, random familial anecdotes and a surging set of sparse, stripped-to-the-bone blues rock that Dan Auerbach would happily call his own. -Loud and Quiet magazine
SKB Live in Toulouse:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1iwUSY_8Z4