Two lawyers and a worship leader walk into a bar. It’s a terrible intro for a joke, but it turned out to be the start of something great for three women with a love for the kind of country music that disappeared with the invention of auto-tune and the advent of songs dedicated to plastic dishware.
Libby and Lainey met back when the Spice Girls were telling us what they really, really wanted and the Cowboys were capable of winning a Super Bowl. She was older and cooler and successfully banned Lainey from entering her bedroom until December of 2011. One summer they figured out that the sound they made when they sang together was something special. And it helped Lainey get a boyfriend. So it was really win, win. Libby went off to college, then law school, and eventually made it home to Houston. From Aggieland to Nashville to Houston, she kept writing and singing. Running 4 years behind her, Lainey followed a very similar path, only hers kept her in Austin for a decade. You’re probably thinking, “How could a Longhorn and an Aggie ever find a way to peacefully co-exist?” And when we figure it out, you’ll be the first to know.
In what can only be described as a divine plan, Lainey had a new relationship that linked a connection between Libby and Debbie by way of a mutual friend in Nashville. Debbie had been in Nashville for 9 years, attending school, working in music city, and perfecting her Tennessee twang. Call it fate, call it God, either way Debbie was back in Houston and was about to change the way each of us looked at our music.
In the wake of the Bastrop Wildfires, Libby put together a benefit concert featuring artists from all over the state. As all of the girls would all be playing that day, Debbie suggested they cover a fun song she had heard on the radio that called for three-part female harmony. Three type-A female artists attempting to blend and share sounded like a recipe for disaster. It’s a cliché, but it’s supported by dozens of B-list teen movies and the devastating breakup of Destiny’s Child. A week before the benefit, over red wine and really terrible hummus, they started to sing together and every doubt and fear they had disappeared. Now, that may have been attributable to the wine, but they choose to believe it was the sound they made when they sang together. Taking their name from the Gram Parsons album, they test drove The Grievous Angels at the Wildfire Benefit and haven’t looked back yet. Although "Traded In" was written by Debbie before the band got together, they decided to make it their first recording together. Getting to write and sing songs every day is such an incredible gift. Getting to do that with your best friends every day? Well, that’s just heavenly.