Category Archives: Music

Music Post: MS Bands You Should Listen to

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Dear Paste Magazine,

We are so very in love with this article and write up on musicians of our great state and huge fans of the whole 50 states series!  And, wow, we must say you have great taste.  Many of these talents have been long-time favorites of ours, and others we are so happy to have discovered now thanks to you!

<3 the girls at Libby Story

To our readers- Go read this full article! Really, do it. Now. Click HERE and take pride in all the great sounds coming out of Mississippi. Not from Mississippi? Follow THIS LINK and find great artists from your own state!

Music Post: Bye Bye Birdy

                            Jennica of Bye Bye Birdy – styled in Libby Story -  Photo Credit: Joe Gall

Many of you may have seen our “Traveling Soles” commercials recently, or seen or newest videos here on our blog or on our Vimeo account- if you have, then you’ve already been introduced to the melodic and catchy music of Bye Bye Birdy. We were totally enthralled when we heard her song “All The Things”. This Michigan native’s got gyspy soul, and we like it! If you haven’t heard her yet, hold on to your seats– you’re in for a treat.

Click here for a listen:

“All The Things” by Bye Bye Birdy

Want more? No problem.  Here’s a first hand interview with Jennica- the super cool lady behind it all:

How and when did Bye Bye Birdy come to be and where did the name come from?

Bye Bye Birdy’s first show was in March of 2011. I always wrote acoustic songs on the side from whatever full band I was in, but did not take it seriously until after I had my son, Aubin. When he was born I would always play and sing for him. He inspired me to keep writing music and doing what I love. The name is a metaphor of basically freeing a caged bird. Or freeing whatever is inside you. I think everyone should always do what they’re passionate about no matter how tough life gets. Being creative & expressing your inner most thoughts are so therapeutic. There is also the musical “bye bye birdie” which I did not intend to name the project after.

Where do you draw inspiration from when writing music?

I find inspiration in so many different ways. Obviously through my own hardships & life experiences, but I also tend to find myself being extra inspired by other people’s situations… I think stranger’s stories intrigue me so much, that I tend to put myself in their shoes and think “how would I feel if I were in their situation?” Plus not actually going through what they went through gives my imagination a wide open slate to feel & even grieve what they may have grieved.

Do any of you do any other kinds of art?

Not really. Music is my main thing. I do however, play in another band called The Scenery.

Do you ever get your own songs stuck in your head? (They’re sure stuck in ours!) If not, what song can you currently not help but hum?

haha! Yes definitely. I have one particular song called “grain of salt” that I will be recording super soon. It will be my first full band recording for Bye Bye Birdy. Otherwise… Rivers & Roads by The Head & The Heart has been stuck in my head for awhile now.

Where are you hoping to be in five years?

5 years! thats so far away! haha Honestly, my only hopes are to have a happy family. I play music because I love it & feel it so much, but I’m not doing it to make a ton of money or become crazy famous. I feel like once you set that as your goal… you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.  Its like anticipating the world’s best cupcake and then getting it… & having it taste like a hostess. The music industry is a rough industry to try and wrap your fingers around. I can only play the music  I play because I absolutely love it and feel it and believe in it… & if anything more comes of it, I will accept it with open arms… and with that being said… logically I should have a full record out by then & hopefully a small tour as well.

You  are obviously immensely talented when it comes to music, but do any of you have any hidden talents? (Breathing fire, lion tamer, mind reader, etc.)

Yes. I restore antique airplane engines……. totally not true but that would be SO awesome! I actually danced my whole life… and taught dance at various high schools here in Michigan. Its my second passion next to music… yet they go hand in hand. A dream of mine, has been to write a dance song and then choreograph a routine to it and see it all come together. Maybe on the next next record.??

Lastly, any words of wisdom you can share with other creatives?

Don’t try too hard. And don’t be too hard on yourself. Sometimes the best creations just occur when you let yourself completely free of any expectations anyone could possibly have of you… and you just…. let it out.

 

Wish this interview was still going? Learn more and keep up with Jennica HERE

Feature Post: Singer/Songwriter Rachael Ramona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Rachael Ramona, a lovely voice and lovely face from Memphis, TN. We’re currently swooning over this tune! If you love it too, Click HERE to hear more from this pretty song bird. You won’t regret it! & a big thank you to Rachael for sharing her talent with us!

Music Post: Play Us a Tune

We’re always looking for new music to share via our blog and to use in collaboration with our on-going projects and advertisements here at Libby Story.

Think you have a tune we might like? We’d love to hear it!

Send it in to us @ info@libbystory.com along with your name, age and where you’re from.

If we find a good project match for your tune, we’ll be in quick contact! it’s just that simple!

Music Post: The Lumineers Recap

So we went, we saw, and our ear drums were conquered. As was expected, The Lumineers were absolutely amazing last Tuesday night in downtown Jackson. Even better than we could have hoped for. Their energy and passion for the music was outstanding and their interactions with the crowd were delightful. We can’t say enough wonderful things about the trio or their music, so here are a few of their most recent articles and interviews (click to view) along with some shots we captured at the show.

The Lumineers on NPR

The Lumineers on World Cafe

The Lumineers on CNN

Music Post: An Exclusive Interview with The Lumineers

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with THE LUMINEERS:

If you haven’t already noticed our complete outward adoration for The Lumineers, here’s your chance to jump on the bandwagon. Read our exclusive interview with Jeremiah  below, listen to their amazing tunes, fall into their lovable trap and come out to see them play in Jackson next Tuesday.

(Photo Credit:  Jade Ehlers)

 

How and when did The Lumineers come to be and where did the name come from?

The Lumineers came to be 3 years ago. Wesley and I were playing music together in New Jersey for about 3 years BEFORE The Lumineers ever came to be. He and I were playing a gig one night in Jersey City, and the MC that night thought we were called The Lumineers. Hence, he introduced us as such. Apparently, The Lumineers were playing a gig in that venue next week. We were given the name you could say ;) We moved across the country to Denver, found Neyla our cellist on Craiglist, and the rest is history.

 

Where do you draw inspiration from when writing music?

I draw inspiration from sitting down at an instrument, usually piano or guitar and try and work on stuff. Whether it’s an old idea, or completely brand new, I enjoy working on attempting to creating something. I rarely, if ever, try and cover other people’s songs. Inspiration can come from anywhere technically. I guess for me, anything that moves me, whether good or bad, is a good start to draw inspiraton from.

 

Do any of you do any other kinds of art?

Wes works with other artists to develop our merch ideas. Neyla likes to watercolor animals and create children’s books sometimes.

 

Do you ever get your own songs stuck in your head? (I know our creative team can’t seem to get them out!) If not, what song can you currently not help but hum?

I guess right now I have the only thing I have stuck in my head is that Gotye song. It’s EVERYWHERE!!! Ahhh!!!!!!!!!!

 

You have an incredible tour ahead of you, but what would you like to be doing after that? Where are you hoping to be in five years?

After this long tour? I’d like to be asleep. In 5 years? On tour.

 

You all are obviously immensely talented when it comes to music, but do any of you have any hidden talents? (Breathing fire, lion tamer, mind reader, etc.)

Haha. None of us have any hidden talents. Sorry.

 

Lastly, any words of wisdom you can share with other creatives?

Work hard at it like it’s a job. Don’t think of Art as something that you wait to happen.

 

(A big thanks to Jeremiah for sharing! Come on out & support The Lumineers with us next Tuesday. And, make sure to tune in to the blog next week to see our photos from the show and to hear about our show experience!)