As CMA Fest attendees were flocking indoors to bars all along Broadway during the onset of inclement weather on Sunday afternoon (June 11), Holler's favorite sister duo, Tigirlily Gold, were busy holding court on the second floor of Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row.
In what will easily be one of the highlights of the 2023 festival weekend, the pair of golden-haired singer-songwriters, Kendra and Krista Slaubaugh, sang a perfect nine course set to a packed room as part of Whiskey Jam's CMA Fest takeover.
They set the tone quick with the high-energy title track of their upcoming Blonde EP, set for release on June 23, and mixed in a spirited verse and chorus of Dolly Parton's '9 to 5,' who also happens to be name checked in the girls' song.
Following it up with their empowering unreleased tune, 'Move On,' the North Dakota girls also shared 'Hometown Song,' their open letter to their hometown of Hazen, North Dakota. They shared a few other unreleased tracks throughout the set, including breakup anthem 'Leroy,' which they mashed up with TLC's 'No Scrubs,' and the vengeful 'Stupid Prizes.'
"We spent a lot of days down on Broadway, including right downstairs at Whiskey Row for two years," the sisters shared. "We're so grateful to Whiskey Jam and Whiskey Row for giving us a place to play right when we moved to Nashville. We really appreciate them."
They continued, "We've been in a band together for over 10 years now and we moved to Nashville almost six years ago. We've gotten to do things in this life that we're so thankful for and didn't think could even be possible."
With that, they broke into the confidence-instilling 'Somebody Does,' dedicating it to everyone in the crowd who, like the lyrics say, needed to hear its message.
The Tigirlily Gold girls, who recently made their long-awaited Grand Ole Opry debut, later treated fans to a marvelously 'countrified' version of Leona Lewis' 'Bleeding Love,' which had the whole room screaming along as older sister Kendra gave a simply masterful vocal performance.
Winding down their set, while simultaneously turning up the heat, the pair finished it all off with a perfect one-two punch that featured their first single to country radio, 'Shoot Tequila,' as well as their rendition of Guns N' Roses' 'Sweet Child O' Mine.'
The show-stopping Whiskey Jam set follows their at-capacity slot at the Maui Jim Reverb Stage on Saturday afternoon (June 10). If we learned nothing else from CMA Fest 2023, it's that Tigirlily Gold is on the fast-track for becoming one of the leading new faces of country music and we can't wait to see it.
Tigirlily Gold - Setlist
From their set at Whiskey Row at CMA Fest 2023 on Sunday, June 11, 2023.
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