Mama’s Blue Dress is an all-female country quartet featuring airtight harmonies and vocal chemistry, blazing twin fiddles and a hint of soul. As one fan said, “I haven’t heard a group of women play and sing together this well since the Bush administration.”
Since their first show in January 2012, the band has played to numerous sold-out rooms across the Southeast, often receiving standing ovations for their dynamic performances, stellar songwriting, gorgeous harmonies – and, perhaps most importantly, the homemade baked goods and cakewalks that accompany each show. In their first six months, Mama’s Blue Dress performed at the 30A Songwriters Festival, Folk Alliance, the CMA Music Festival, and the Nashville date of the Country Throwdown tour, where they took the mainstage. The group was recently featured on WSM Radio’s “Coffee, Country & Cody”.
We caught up with the foursome before they play an intimate set at Eddie’s Attic, Friday June 7. Check out what the ladies had to say!
What is the strangest thing a fan has done for you or at your show?
Vanessa: I wouldn’t call it strange, but one of our favorite supporters, Big Mama (Frances Carroll) made me a good luck birthday ring out of a $20 bill! She’s awesome!
What is the funniest moment you have had as an artist?
Elizabeth: I think pretty much 75% of what Vanessa says on stage with this band is hilarious.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Nicole: One cup of bold coffee, lip gloss application 497 times. The lip gloss has to be on my music stand on stage. It’s the one thing I can’t “leave home without” and a “Dear God please let me remember my lyrics and not blow the whole show” kind of prayer. Step three is by far the most important to me.
If you could describe your music in one word, what would it be?
Andrea: Happy! Every time we add a new song, we do our best to make sure that it can capture the excitement we feel on stage each night. We enjoy “feel good” songs with a positive message. Songs that can take you right along with us through the show.
How do you connect with a crowd?
Andrea: Each of us has their own way of getting in the groove with the crowd. But as a band, we let the songs do most of the talking and keep the interaction as constant as we can. Each song has a story and some of them even have specific roles for the crowd- like our song “Hillbilly 401K”. When you’re having fun, it is contagious!
How did you decide on your band name?
Vanessa: My mama got married in a blue dress (it was her second marriage and she wasn’t fooling anyone with a four-year-old at her side. Ha!), and I used to put it on as a kid and run around the house playing dress up. I’d always wanted to write a song about it called Mama’s Blue Dress and mentioned that at the band’s first meeting. Nicole said, “Hey! That should be our band name!”. And the rest is history!
What is the best way to write music?
Nicole: The best way to write music is with your friends in a inspiring location. The beach is always kind to us. Never forget ’em sunsets, with a soundtrack of crashing waves, a sun that puts a glistening glow on our skin, and food that makes a mama’s mouth water and some beach air that chills out all of us type As.
Catch Mama’s Blue Dress playing at Eddie’s Attic Friday, June 7!