Hussy Hicks – That Old Heartache
Coastal Heart, Southern Soul.
Added to 2016 BLUESFEST LINEUP FOLLOWING THEIR STUNNING AMW PERFORMANCE
Now receiving air play by Sarah Howells on Roots n All – Triple J
and as of today NUMBER 3+6 ON AIRIT METRO AND REGIONAL CHART
When you think of the USA’s Deep South, you think of bluegrass and country, rhythm and blues. And when you think of the Gold Coast it’s all about the surf. Hussy Hicks have taken the best of both and brought them to life with their latest single ‘That Old Heartache’.
The girls from Burleigh Heads with countless local and international tours under their belt venture out yet again for summer with a new single and tour to lead into their 2016 album release….interview and tour dates below….
Here’s some background from a chat with singer Leesa-
- What inspired you to become a singer/writer/ and who are your early influences.(Leesa) I grew up listening to really traditional country music, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton… you get the idea! I think the initial inspiration to become a singer was when mum and dad took my sister and I to the Tamworth country music festival, it must’ve been about 1990, and after watching all the concerts and glitzy costumes I was totally sold… Singing was pretty much all I wanted to do from that point, so I started having vocal lessons when I was 9 years old and then started playing pub gigs with my sister at about 13. Julz started really young as well, she was plying violin from about age 3, then picked up the guitar at about 7 or 8. She hit the gig trail at 13, just like me, playing with a bunch of different Gold Coast acts and eventually joining the Phil Emmanuel band. Julz’s influences are definintely more from the blues world, her dad is a real blues-lover and you can hear a lot of that in her playing.
2-Tell us a little about how you write, how do the songs come? What gets you going creatively? I write in bursts and under deadlines… I always have books full of bits and pieces of unfinished lyrics and melodic ideas and then when it’s time to get back into the studio I’ll knuckle down and finish off half a dozen songs in an afternoon or two. Sometimes I’ll sit and dedicate time to writing and it will be a complete failure, then I go through phases where almost everything I hear will inspire a little song to emerge in my head.
3-A recent story would be? An article popped up recently that mentioned an incident from many years ago that has been a real talking point of late – Julz once got into a bar fight with Osama Bin Ladens cousin… it sounds rather dramatic but it actually happened by accident and was over before we even realised what went down. I’ll elaborate: Julz and I were playing a series of shows in Dubai back in 2006 and we hit the clubs one night after our gig. We were having a great time and got a little over-exhuberant with our dancing, pulling out some kind of ninja moves and Julz stepped back and bumped into Prince Bin Laden. He pushed her out of the way and Julz continued to play along with her ninja dancing thinking he was totally in on the fun, until things got serious and security came running in and took the prince away to the VIP room and gave us a very stern talking to!
4-Fave food or drink and is there a story associated with that…. Julz and I like to tend toward vegetarianism but both of us are suckers for Cajun Crawfish. It’s a totally southern thing and it’s one of the many drawcards to spend time in Alabama. They’re essentially yabbies that get boiled up with cajun spices and are usally served with corn and potatoes… and they’re the perfect food for a lazy afternoon sipping on beer and watching the world go by
10 – Federal Hotel, Bellingen NSW
16 – Taps, Brisbane QLD
18 – Buskers by the Creek Festival, Currumbin QLD
21 – house concert, Thirroul NSW
22 – Lazybones, Marrickville NSW
23 – Sydney Blues and Roots Festival, WIndsor NSW
24 – Great Northern Hotel, Byron NSW
30 – Currumbin Creek Tavern, Currumbin QLD
1 – Grass Roots Music Festival, Brisbane QLD
6 – Cinema under the Stars, Ballina NSW
7 – State Library, Brisbane QLD
18 -The Basement-Sydney
19-22 Australian Music Week, Cronulla NSW
28 – Destination Blues, Glasshouse Mountains Tavern, Qld
4 – The Night Quarter, Gold Coast QLD